Texas interim track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey speaks with her hurdlers at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on March 30, 2018. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Shiann Salmon becomes the most-recent Jamaican standout to join Texas’ track and field team

Posted May 8th, 2018

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Texas has found an elite prospect in a familiar place.

Texas’ track and field program announced the signing of Shiann Salmon on Tuesday. A Jamaica native, Salmon becomes the 10th woman in UT’s 2018 recruiting class. Salmon is expected to compete in the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles at Texas.

At the Kingston ISSA Championships in March, Salmon was clocked at 55.78 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles and 52.05 seconds in the 400-meter dash. According to Texas, those times rank first among the world’s 2018 recruits. That time in the 400-meter hurdles would have earned Salmon a bronze medal at last year’s NCAA meet.

“There is no one like Shiann in the world right now that is not already running collegiate track and field,” UT interim coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said in a statement. “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.”

Rushelle Burton of UT competes in the 100-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays on March 31, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Read more: Texas’ Jamaican newcomers make their first impressions at the Texas Relays

The signing of Salmon extends UT’s recruiting reach into Jamaica. Fellow Jamaicans Amoi Brown and Shian Hyde join Salmon and Walker in UT’s 2018 recruiting class. Texas sophomore Rushelle Burton, who is one of the program’s top hurdlers, is from Jamaica. As are freshman Washington Brown and sophomore O’Brien Wasome, who recently won the NCAA’s indoor championship in the triple jump.

Texas Ex Chrisann Gordon also hailed from Jamaica. Gordon is the NCAA’s reigning champion in the 400-meter dash.

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