Leah Anderson, a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., has made a mark in athletics by breaking Jamaica’s 500m indoor record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, USA. Anderson, who ran a time of 1:08.34, is now recognized as the new record holder for Jamaica in the indoor 500m race.
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Returning to the track in New York for the Millrace Games on Saturday (11 Feb), Anderson showcased her skills again by competing in the 300m race. Although she placed third behind Abby Steiner, who set a USA record and world lead of 35.54, Anderson’s best time of 36.58 was just a second shy of Patricia Hall’s Jamaica record of 35.69.
“Representing Jamaica and Honoring Her Father”
In an interview with Trackalerts.com correspondent Anderson Emerole after the race, Anderson expressed her excitement and motivation for competing.
She plans to “show Jamaica I exit. I am here and representing them (the people of Jamaica).
Anderson also wants to pay tribute to her dad, who passed away two years ago.
To make the national team and show Jamaica who she is, Anderson is determined to continue her success on the track.
Anderson, a track star at St. John’s, has won multiple BIG EAST awards, including Most Outstanding Track Performer at the indoor and outdoor championships. She holds indoor records for 200-meter and 400-meter races and the outdoor record for the 400-meter dash. Anderson won gold in both the 200-meter and 400-meter events at the BIG EAST Championships in May and set conference records. She was also part of the first-place 4×100-meter relay squad.