Quarter-miler Russell to keep rolling at G C Foster College

Outstanding Holmwood Technical quarter-miler Rickiann Russell is set to continue her track and field career next season at G C Foster College in Spanish Town, Catherine.

Dave Anderson, head coach of Holmwood Technical, who has guided Russell’s career for the past six seasons, said his charge is delighted with the decision to join the Maurice Wilson-led programme at G C Foster College.

“Rickiann Russell is going to attend GC Foster College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports, and after that, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in business,” said Anderson in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“For Rickiann, I think that is best place for her because she will be managed by the best set of coaches who I think are good for her, and as a quarter, she is going into one of the best quarter-miler programmes in Jamaica and she will be getting a chance to complete her education,” he said.

“I have no doubt that she will do very well and the person that will be in charge of her is the person who I look up to the most as a coach, and so I have no doubt that she will be in the best hands,” Anderson said.

Russell, 19, had a very outstanding season this year which saw her winning the Class One 400 metres at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships (Champs) in March. In fact, Russell’s personal best time of 51.26 seconds makes her second-fastest Jamaican junior quarter-miler of all times behind former Holmwood Technical athlete Sonita Sutherland’s Champs record of 51.13.

Anderson also shared that Russell had also received a lot of scholarship offers from a number of universities in the United States but she decided to turn them down to remain closer to her family here in Jamaica.

“There were many offers for her on table because Rickiann is the second-fastest-ever female quarter-miler at Champs and so she was very marketable and so there were a lot of calls from overseas and she is qualified academically, but we decided that staying home and being close to family was best for her,” he said.

Meanwhile, Russell’s teammate and national junior discus record holder Cedrick Williams has recently announced that she will be continuing her studies at the Barton Junior College in the United States.

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