Months after news surfaced that she had parted company with the Sprintec Track Club, 2017 World Championship bronze medallist Ristanana Tracey has revealed that she is now a member of the Hurdles Mechanic Training group headed by Lawrence ‘Boogie’ Johnson.
Johnson, Head Track & Field Coach for California State University, Northridge is regarded as one of the world’s best sprint and hurdle coaches.
He trains USA’s Breana McNeal, the 2013 100m World Champion; 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Mohammad and Olympic 100m hurdles bronze medallist Kristi Castlin.
Tracey, 26, had spent the last two seasons at the Sprintec Track Club headed by Maurice Wilson, who helped her revive a flagging career and win her first individual medal in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in London in 2017.
However, last season the former Edwin Allen star athlete was a shadow of herself. She reportedly suffered from a knee injury that saw her regress.
However, early in the pre-season, it was reported that Tracey had left Sprintec but she declined to reveal where she planned to end up.
However, on Wednesday she revealed her destination on Instagram.
“I am pleased to announce that I have joined the @hurdlesmechanic training group under the guidance of @boogiejohnson,” said Tracey who spent her immediate years after high school at the Racers Track Club.
I have welcomed the challenges of training with world-class athletes in continuing my track and field journey.”
She revealed that so far, her time with her new club has been good.
“The support thus far is amazing and I am adapting well. As I look forward I am very optimistic about the things I see ahead.
Source: Leighton Levy