John Albertie was 20 when he represented Saint Lucia at the first-ever International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, in Helsinki, Finland. He ran 10.90 and 22.53 in the 100m and 200m, failing to advance from the first round.
The way things are looking, John’s son Jordan could follow in his father’s spike marks, as the youngster has already matched his father in the two sprint events. And this at the age of just 15, competing in only his second season of serious track and field.
John attended Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and then went on to South Dakota State, where he was an All-American. Now married and living in Sahuarita, Arizona, his son attends Walden Grove High School and is a member of the Arizona Titans club.
The family drove down to El Paso, Texas this weekend, for the USA Track and Field Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships, incorporating athletes from Arizona, Border, Colorado and New Mexico. Jordan came in ranked second in the 100 and first in the 200.
After a stormy prelude, occasioning a two-hour delay the skies cleared somewhat on Saturday morning, and Jordan stormed onto the track. He won his semis handily, with personal-best times of 10.91 and 22.39, clearly declaring his intentions for the finals.
In the finals, it was more of the same, as Jordan pulled away to win in 10.91 and 21.90. Like another former Saint Lucian sprinter and still 100m National Record holder, University of Texas El Paso alumnus Ronald Promesse, Jordan had dominated Kidd Field.
As a regional champion, Jordan will now compete at the 49th USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Florida. Action gets underway later this month and carries over into August.
The younger Albertie is eligible to compete for Saint Lucia through his father. Although there are several cross-generation stories of national representation in football for Saint Lucia, they are far rarer in athletics.