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Saint Lucia has a new national junior record in the women’s 200m dash, but the holder is far from a woman herself. Aged just 14, Julien Alfred, a student at Leon Hess Comprehensive and a member of Survivors Track Club, broke Merica Monchery’s nine-year-old mark in the half-lap at this weekend’s National Junior Championships and CARIFTA Qualifiers. With some of Saint Lucia’s leading athletes lining up for a chance to head to next month’s CARIFTA Games in St Kitts and Nevis, Alfred was the most outstanding athlete of them all, winning the 100m and 200m in the under-18 division by some distance, and against competitors up to three years older than her.

If she is to line up in Basseterre over the Easter weekend, Julien would have to get special dispensation from the Organising Committee, but she is far and away Saint Lucia’s best sprinter at the moment. In her record run of 24.27 seconds (wind 1.9 metres per second) she beat Allan Paul of Morne Stars by over 1.6 seconds. The 14-year-old also broke Moncherry’s record of 24.41, which the Micoud native ran at the 2006 CARIFTA Games in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe. Julien was the only athlete to run under the CARIFTA qualifying standards set by the Technical Committee of the Athletics Association. The young lady also ran under the A standard for the 100m dash, stopping the clock at 11.76 seconds, against a standard of 12 flat. She even went under the under-20 standard of 11.80. The only other athlete under at least the B standard for CARIFTA was Survivors teammate Desray Desir, running 12.18 for silver.

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