Khalifa St. Fort, the nation's top female sprint recruit in the Class of 2016, signed with UCLA on Thursday evening. The move comes under the thoughtful guidance of her coach, Ato Boldon, who is an alumnus of the program and four-time Olympic medal winner for Trinidad and Tobago.
She chose UCLA over USC, Brown and Stanford.
The Florida-based St. Fort also competes for Trinidad and Tobago. The 17-year-old became the youngest female sprinter in history and first U.S.-based high schooler to medal at the senior-level world championships this past summer when she earned a bronze medal for her efforts in the 4x100-meter trials this past summer at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. St. Fort also won gold in the 100 meters at the Pan-American Junior Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada and silver at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, behind only national high school record holder Candace Hill. St. Fort ran her personal best of 11.19 in the finals in Colombia. Her personal best in the 200 meters is 23.50.
St. Fort's plans for 2016 include qualifying for the Olympic Games.
Read more about Khalifa St. Fort:
- Meet Khalifa St. Fort, First U.S. High Schooler To Medal At Senior Worlds
- Ato Boldon Guides Khalifa St. Fort To Her Dreams