Julien Alfred turns into first Longhorn to comb USTFCCCA Observe Athlete of the Yr awards

Regardless of being the primary Texas Longhorn in historical past to comb the USA Observe & Subject and Cross Nation Coaches Affiliation Observe Athlete of the Yr awards, Julien Alfred continues to be not happy. Alfred is the primary Texas athlete, male or feminine, observe or discipline, to win each the indoor and outside Athlete of the Yr awards in the identical yr, after securing the outside award on Sunday.

Alfred is an 11-time USTFCCCA All-American, two-time indoor NCAA champion, two-time outside NCAA champion and two-time indoor NCAA file holder. Alfred, who’s at the moment coaching for the World Athletics Championships, continues to be hungry for extra.

“Every little thing I’ve achieved up to now, it reveals my exhausting work,” Alfred mentioned. “I feel there’s a much bigger objective to be a world champion.”

Alfred, additionally a Bowerman award finalist, mentioned she wouldn’t have had the success she did with out the assistance of her coaches. Led by head coach Edrick Floréal, often known as Coach Flo, Alfred helped Texas girls’s observe and discipline win its fifth outside nationwide title. 

She mentioned that on the workforce’s facet, they barely confronted any difficulties with profitable the nationwide championship. 

“We actually have nice chemistry, we have now work ethic and I feel everyone works exhausting,” Alfred mentioned. “If one particular person determined to slack off, all of us picked up for one another and we additionally believed in one another.”

Nonetheless, Alfred confronted just a few struggles on her personal with staying targeted mentally, however turned to her coaches to assist her keep optimistic and work via her psychological block. Alfred hopes that the workforce continues its sturdy mentality and work ethic to steer themselves towards one other nationwide championship win. 

“We had such an awesome workforce this yr, and I’m hoping that the athletes coming in may simply see how exhausting this yr was,” Alfred mentioned. “To get to that time and simply by no means be comfy with the sensation of understanding you already received championships as a result of I imply, everyone desires to beat Texas now.”

For Alfred, being the primary Longhorn to win each the indoor and outside observe athlete of the yr just isn’t the whole legacy she desires to go away. 

“It means lots, and I’m hoping it might encourage athletes right here at Texas to do the identical and present them that it’s doable — not solely at UT, but in addition at dwelling,” Alfred mentioned. “No matter you set your thoughts to, you’ll be able to obtain. Having good communication and trusting in your coach and in your self goes a great distance.”

Alfred, a St. Lucia native, desires to encourage younger athletes like her to have the ability to obtain their targets. She mentioned if she might inform her youthful self something, she would inform herself to maintain working exhausting and never hand over on her targets. 

“At the moment, I used to be attempting actually exhausting to get into a brand new surroundings and simply to be in Jamaica and in some unspecified time in the future, I wished to surrender,” Alfred mentioned. “I’ll inform my 14-year-old self that ‘It will get higher and don’t hand over on your self now. It can take loads of exhausting work, dedication and sacrifices to get to the purpose you’re at proper now.’”

With all of her success in faculty, Alfred is simply now getting her skilled profession began. She is at the moment coaching for the World Athletics Championships that start Aug. 19 whereas working towards her objective of being the quickest girl on the planet, with no plans to decelerate any time quickly.