Hungry for success, Julien Alfred cops Big 12 sprint double at Iowa State

By March 02, 2020

Driven by a hunger for success, St Lucia’s Julien Alfred won the sprint double at the Big 12 indoor Track and Field Championships on the weekend spurring the University of Texas Longhorns women’s team to their third straight team title.

Alfred was among four women tied for the highest number of points scored, took the 60m dash and the 200m title to continue her incredible run of form this season. The St. Lucian star was also a member of the Longhorns winning 4x400m team.

Going into the 60m with a personal and season’s best time of 7.10, Alfred lived up to expectations, crossing the line in a meet record 7.15 over Oklahoma State’s Aaliyah Birmingham and breaking a 23-year-old facility record and the 16-year-old meet record held by Longhorns legend Sanya Richards-Ross.

“I’ve been trying to go after it (the record) but I don’t like to think about times because when I think about times I get nervous and I don’t execute my race as well,” she said afterwards.

Unlike the 60m, Alfred was not favoured to win the 200m. However, her winning time of 23.02 was good enough to take the gold as she became the first Texas woman to win the Big 12 60 and 200 titles since Marshevet Hooker in 2006.

Alfred said the 200m victory was the sweeter of the two victories.

“The 200 gave me more pleasure because I don’t really like it and just knowing that  I am a lot more stronger in the event makes me happy,” said Alfred who was fifth in the Big 12 60m final last year.

She was second in the 100 and third in 200 outdoors, but she missed the rest of the postseason when she tripped and fell at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

“I am very hungry for this season,” Alfred said. “When I went out last season, it made me feel bad I missed out so much. I need to get my team points at the national level.”

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