In celebration of Black History Month, HurricaneSports.com will highlight several African-American student-athletes that left their mark on the University of Miami. Our next profile focuses on Patrina Allen, who was a standout hurdler for Miami's track and field program.
Patrina Allen always made an impact on others.
It began at Palm Beach Lakes High School, where Allen carried her track and field teammates to a pair of state championships and was named the Palm Beach County Female Athlete of the Year in 1994.
Allen's success continued at the University of Miami, where she became a six-time All American. She is the only Hurricane to earn All-American honors in four different events: the 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay.
A 2012 inductee into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, Allen was an impact athlete from the minute she stepped on the track at Cobb Stadium. She is the only Hurricane to earn three All-American honors as a freshman. In her illustrious career, Allen also won six BIG EAST outdoor titles, more than any other Cane, including three consecutive 400-meter hurdles titles from 1996 to 1998.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Allen participated in two Olympics for her native country, Jamaica, competing in the 400-meter hurdles in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. Allen credits her work with legendary UM track Coach Amy Deem for the hours Deem invested to train her to become a world-class hurdler.
Allen graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) and works as an intensive care nurse. Allen is married to 3-time Canadian Olympic sprinter and former Hurricanes assistant track coach, Atlee Mahorn. They have three children, Cameron, Ashley and Jayden. She also enjoys her volunteer work at the Oasis Compassion Agency, helping the needy of Palm Beach County.