World Youth Olympics 100m silver medallist Julien Alfred has committed to the University of Texas.

The 17-year-old St. Lucian star, who attended St Catherine High School in Jamaica, winning silver medals at the annual ISSA Boys and Girls Athletic Championships, will join the ranks of other Caribbean athletes who have represented the Longhorns over the years.

Alfred, who will be studying to become a sports psychologist, had offers from several schools including University of Oregon, Baylor University, South Carolina, Iowa, University of Indiana, Texas Tech and University of Texas San Antonio but chose the Longhorns because of their programme and their coach.

“I chose Texas because I heard a lot the programme and also the coach that’s there, Coach Flo (Eldrick Floreal). I also like the track team. I like the way they do things around there. When I went to visit I observed that everybody gets the special attention that they need, so even though there is a large group, Coach Flo trains everybody in small groups, so everybody gets the attention that they need,” she said.

She also revealed that she only two site visits, Texas San Antonio and the University of Texas. “I don’t want to anywhere that’s cold,” she said with a laugh.

She begins classes in January 2019.

Alfred won silver at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October days after her aunt died in hospital. Her father passed away five ago. On her return home to St. Lucia she attended her aunt’s funeral and dedicated the medal to her memory.

Source: Leighton Levy