National junior 100m record holder, Alana Reid, signs multi-year deal with Nike

By Sports Desk June 20, 2023

World Under-20 200m bronze medalist, Alana Reid, has signed with Nike.

The 18-year-old announced her decision to turn professional two weeks ago when she signed with Auctus Global Sports earlier this month and now, we know what brand she will be representing on the pro circuit.

Reid has enjoyed a sensational 2023 season, so far.

She was instrumental in helping her school, Hydel High, secure their maiden Girls Champs title. She ran an excellent national junior record of 10.92 to win Class 1 100m Gold at those championships before running 23.08 to complete the sprint double.

Reid also produced an 11.17 effort to win Under-20 100m gold at the Carifta Games in Nassau.

In her first outing against pros in May, Reid ran times of 11.12 and 11.08 at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix at Drake Stadium in California in May.

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