Jamaican Schoolgirl Alana Reid Makes Track and Field History with Sub-11 Second 100m Race

Alana Reid, the Jamaican schoolgirl who made history by running the sub-11 second 100m race at last week’s ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, is causing a stir in the track and field world.

Reid, who clocked in at an impressive 10.92 seconds, has left many wondering about her future plans. In a recent interview, Reid announced that she will not be returning to Hydel High next year, leaving the question of whether she will go pro or attend college.

Many believe that Reid’s talent and potential make her a prime candidate for a professional career in athletics, while others speculate that she may choose to pursue higher education before turning pro. As the world watches and waits to see what Reid’s next move will be, it is clear that she has left an indelible mark on Jamaican track and field history.

Last year, Alana Reid’s former teammates at Hydel, Brianna Lyston and Kerrica Hill, faced a similar decision about their future in track and field. Lyston, who ran an impressive 22.53 seconds in the 200m race at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, ultimately chose to attend college. She later went on to win the World U20 title in the 200m race.

On the other hand, Hill set the 100m hurdles on fire with her incredible performances at Champs and World U20, leading her to pursue a professional career in athletics.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

4 thoughts on “Will Alana Reid Choose Higher Education or a Professional Career in Athletics?”
  1. I am leaning towards her going pro, while continuing her education. I was not pleased to see how Oregon handled Kemba Nelson. They totally overworked her in her first year, then when she came to the trials she was totally flat. The second year they did a better job, however you could see the effects of a long competition season by the World Champs!

  2. In this day and age I would say go pro and invest your earnings wisely and learn how to coach while you train. Once you are done with track and field you can relax and impart the knowledge to the younger generation. And if you so choose…then go get the education after.

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