Star Jamaican Sprinter, Jumper Joins Spartans

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Aug 15,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – One of the top teenaged track and field athletes in
Jamaica is coming to Trinity Western as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau officially
announced the signing of high school champion sprinter and jumper Claudette Allen
Tuesday.

Allen, who runs in the 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles while also competing in long jump
and triple jump, joins TWU after being named the most outstanding female athlete at
the 2014 CHAMPS – Jamaica’s most prestigious boys and girls championships – and
captaining her high school, Edwin Allen, to the competition’s team title.

At the 2014 CARIFTA Games, which features countries within the Caribbean Free Trade
Association, the 5-foot-9 native of New Longville, Jamaica earned a silver medal in
both the U-20 long jump and triple jump competitions.

Allen, 19, also recently competed in long jump at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

She currently has personal bests of 6.45m in long jump, 12.69m in triple jump, 11.83
in the 100m, 24.25 in the 200m and 13.79 in the 100m hurdles.

“Excellence in two events is rare, but being internationally successful in five
events is unheard of,” Primeau said. “Having represented Jamaica multiple times over
all of these events, we know that she will bring a wealth of athletic experience and
leadership to our team. We also expect that her faith qualities will go a long way
toward contributing to the culture of the Spartans track and field program.”

“With the help of my team and God I hope to embrace this opportunity to be a good
leader as a member of the track and field team at Trinity Western University. I am
coming to TWU to further my studies, explore a new culture and to meet new friends,”
said Allen.

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