Nicolee Foster has never won an individual Gold medal at ‘Champs’ and the versatile Holmwood Technical High athlete is on a mission to change that. The 2017 edition of the world’s premier high school track and field championships will present the outgoing senior with her best and final chance to grab a coveted Gold medal.
Foster’s path to ‘Champs’ glory will not be an easy one, as she will face formidable opponents in her preferred event the 400m Hurdles and will have to overcome some hotsteppers if she chooses to compete in either the 400m or the 100m Hurdles. The 400m hurdles final is expected to feature Foster who was 3rd in last year’s final and two other finalists from 2016, Shiann Salmon of Hydel High (5th) and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical High (4th).
The Holmwood Technical Team Captain is the season leader in the 400m Hurdles with 57.85 and sent a strong message to rivals with a well timed run to peg back a tiring Shiann Salmon to win at the CARIFTA Trials. Salmon (57.89) looked to have the race won with 20m to go but a determined Foster came with a late surge to beat the Hydel High School athlete who has the tendency to run out of steam in the drive to the line.
Walker of Vere Technical High will not be intimidated by her older rivals and the Class Two athlete underlined her title credentials by winning the U18 division at the CARIFTA Trials by the proverbial city block in 58.06. Foster will have to put every foot right if she is not to be denied that elusive ‘Champs’ Gold medal.
Written by J. Dario Chin