Shiann Salmon has signed with the University of Texas, Longhorns. The Carifta Games 400m champion, according to Interim Head Coach Tonja Buford-Bailey is special to their team.
“There is no one like Shiann in the world right now that is not already running collegiate track and field,” Buford-Bailey said.
“She is the top athlete in terms of the 400 and 400 hurdles available in this signing class with our other signee Sanique Walker being No. 2 behind her. I couldn’t be more excited to have Shiann make the decision to be a Longhorn.”
Salmon, Hydel High’s inspirational captain, enjoyed a great 2018 season. She won the Class 1 girls’ 400m, 400m hurdles and anchored her team to the 4x400m title.
She has personal best times of 52.05 (400m) and 55.78 (400H), both achieved at Champs in March.
The 19-year-old multi-talented has in the past won three high jump Carifta Games titles for Jamaica. Her personal best in this year is 1.82m, which gave her victory at the Carifta Games in Grenada 2016.
Vere Technical students, Amoi Brown and Sanique Walker, will also attend the University of Texas.
Jamaican Shian Hyde, who now attends New Mexico Junior College, and British Virgin Islands’ Nelda Huggins, who is at Iowa Central Country College, will also set to join the team.
“This is one of the finest recruiting classes assembled and we are glad they will all be Longhorns,” Buford-Bailey said.
“Shiann can come in and make an immediate impact on our team next year. She brings international experience to the table that will help her when we go to conference and national championships.