(SNO) — Two years ago, Arden Hallpike was representing for St. Mary’s College in inter-school competition. He trained with Cuthbert Modeste, then Gimry Lewis, and attained some degree of success. But since moving to the United States, the 16-year-old quarter-miler (turning 17 this year) has been blazing a new trail.
Hallpike opened his 2019 season with a 49.7 400m at the Fort Bend Relays, a new personal best for him. Now coached by Donald Moffett and Anthony Wise, he runs for Foster High School in Richmond, Texas, where he moved to stay with his father and stepmother.
Since then, the youngster who ran 50.65 indoor two seasons ago, has gone on to post 49.6 at the Dawson and Manvel Track Meet. A 2018 4x800m Junior Olympics All-American, he also split 49.02 on the lead-off leg for his team.
Says Hallpike of his American experience: “I miss my friends and family and just the atmosphere and vibe, but it’s been great. I would like to go to college to run track and field, and if I do well, hopefully, go pro.”
Asked why he thinks he is off to such a fast start, he explains: “I think it’s because of my indoor season and the way I approach my training is totally different. When I practice, I train to get tired. And when I’m tired, I push to help me with lactic acid.”
His progression, he explains, has been steady: “My 2017 outdoor season, I ended with a 50.11 400m, and I never ran the open 800 but I split 1:58.9 on my 4x800m. My goal for my 400m is 48 high and if I run the 800m 1:57. If the opportunity presents itself then I would be more than happy to go to CARIFTA, but for now, I’m just sticking to my training and trusting the process.”
Remarkably, Hallpike is yet to meet Ronald Promesse, a former national record holder and an Olympian, who is in Odessa, Texas, where he works as a coach. But he excited to link up with the Saint Lucian icon, and to keep developing his craft.