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Davis, Harrison add to Team USATF medal count

7/13/2018
 

TAMPERE, Finland -- A pair of bronze medals took Team USATF’s total to eight after the fourth day of the IAAF World U20 Championships. The U.S. extended its lead in the points table to 17, tallying 78 to Kenya’s 61.


Eric Harrison Jr. (Washington, D.C.) was able to capture a medal in the men’s 200m finals. Harrison flew down the track, narrowly trailing the lead. His 20.79 effort was good for third place, earning himself and Team USATF a bronze medal. Harrison is the first junior athlete from the U.S. to medal in both the 100m and 200m since Aaron Ernest captured a pair of silver medals in 2012. Harrison is only the fourth male sprinter for the U.S. to do so in meet history, following not only Ernest, but Stanley Kerr and Derrick Florence who accomplished the feat in 1986. Teammate Khance Meyers (Grand Rapids, Michigan) competed in finals as well, speeding through the race in a time of 20.87. Meyers finished the event in 6th place overall.


Tara Davis took home bronze in the women’s long jump, missing out on silver by one centimeter with her 6.36m/20-10.5 in the final round.  She moved to second place on her second jump but Japan’s Ayaka Kora leapt 6.37m/20-10.75 on her second attempt to move ahead of Davis. Germany’s Lea-Jasmin Ricke had a personal best 6.51m/21-4.25 for the win.


Jasmine Moore jumped 5.99m/19-8 on her third attempt, but did not advance to the final.


Javelin

Tzuriel Pedigo (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) passed the automatic qualifying standard of 72.00m/236-3 on his first throw with a personal best of 73.25/240-4. This toss moves him to seventh on the all-time U.S. U20 javelin list and secures a fourth seed for the final round. Taran Taylor (Arkansas City, Kansas) finished 13th in qualification group B with a third round effort of 60.36m/198-0.


100m hurdles

Tia Jones (Marietta, Georgia) comfortably beat her competition by more than half a second to win the sixth heat of the women’s 100m hurdles. Her 13.25 performance will make her the top seed going into the day five semi-final. Cortney Jones (Conyers, Georgia) will join Tia in the semi-final as she blew across the finish line in 13.53 to decidedly win heat one.


Heptathlon

Anna Hall (Greenwood Village, Colorado) made her last attempt count with a third round leap of 5.74m/18-10 in the long jump while teammate Sterling Lester (Kennesaw, Georgia) opened strong with a 5.50m/18-0.5 jump. The two showed a pattern as they moved on to javelin. Hall’s best attempt of 32.44/106-5 came in the third round while Lester opened with her best toss of 26.01m/85-4. After six events Hall sits in 12th with 4765 points while Lester holds 19th with 4529.


800m

Josh Hoey (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) led the way from the gun to win heat one of the men’s 800m in 1:48.86 to take the fifth fastest semi-final qualifying spot. Teammate Rey Rivera III (Old Bridge, New Jersey) will join Hoey in the semi-final as he strode through the finish with a 1:49.53 to take third in a competitive fourth heat.


1500m

Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, Florida) battled through the race in the women’s 1500m to move on to the final race on day six. Collier kept with the lead pack to finish with a personal best time of 4:18.40. Rachel McArthur (Bristow, Virginia) finished 11th in qualification group B with a 4:28.72.


High Jump

Shelby Tyler (Noblesville, Indiana) cleared the automatic qualifier of 1.84m/6-0.5 with ease on her first attempt at the height to take the fifth qualifying spot into finals. Teammate Sanaa Barnes (Keller, Texas) fought to stay in the competition but struggled to clear the automatic qualifier. Barnes ended the day with a second attempt clearance of 1.82m/5-11.5.


200m

Team USATF 200m duo Lauren Rain Williams (Lakewood, California) and Jayla Kirkland (Tallahassee, Florida) both advanced to the evening’s semi-final as the first and sixth seed, respectively. Williams ran the fastest qualifying time and only time under 23 seconds as she pushed her way the finish line with a 22.98. Kirkland led the pack in her heat as well with a close 23.41 win over Germany’s Sophia Junk.


Evening session


Triple Jump

The University of Alabama’s Christian Edwards (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) finished 17th in the men’s triple jump qualifying round. His furthest jump of 15.53m/50-11.4 came in the first round.


4x100m relays
The women’s 4x100m team of Daija Lampkin (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Tamara Clark (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Jasmin Reed (Carson, California), Thelma Davies (Darby, Pennsylvania) ran a strong race until a dropped baton on the final exchange stunted their success. Davies recovered the baton and sprinted to the finish but the team was disqualified for the first time since 1994.

And they had won the past 7 gold medals.


Joseph Anderson (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Jared Hayes (Buford, Georgia), Austin Kratz (Telford, Pennsylvania), Micah Williams (Portland, Oregon) powered their way to second place in the third heat of the men’s 4x100m with a time of 39.49 to move on to the final round.


Heptathlon

Sterling Lester (Kennesaw, Georgia) led through the first lap in heat one of the 800m and stuck with France’s Agathe Guillemot until the final seconds of the race. Lester crossed the line second with a hard-earned personal best time of 2:11.08. Anna Hall (Greenwood Village, Colorado) took an immediate lead in heat two and left nothing on the track as she won her heat by a landslide with a personal best time of 2:15.21. Hall tallied a total of 5655 while Lester stacked up 5478 across the seven events.


400m Hurdles semi

Cory Poole (Gainesville, Florida) narrowly missed qualifying for the men’s 400m hurdles final as he finished third in heat one in the semi-final with a time of 51.27. Teammate Quivell Jordan (Houston, Texas) fought a competitive field to take fifth in the third heat with a time of 50.86.


200m semi

Lauren Rain Williams (Lakewood, California) blew out the rest of the field to win heat two. Her 23.15 performance took the top seed going into the day five final. Jayla Kirkland (Tallahassee, Florida) battled her way to a second place finish in the third heat to take a qualifying spot in the final with a time of 23.54.


400m hurdles

Brooke Jaworski (Athens, Wisconsin) crossed the finish line seventh for Team USATF in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 58.43.


400m

Baylor University’s Howard Fields (Fresno, Texas) was the fifth to cross the line in the men’s 400m final with a time of 46.53.


3000m SC

Alice Hill (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ran a massive personal record time of 9:57.04 in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Her gutsy performance was good enough for seventh place in the final and moves her into fifth on the all-time U.S. U20 list. Kristlin Gear (Fort Myers, Florida) was close behind as she crossed the finish line tenth in 10.00.99.


Click here for results. Fans in the U.S. can watch live coverage on the Olympic Channel (also available online).


Day five continues with action starting at 2:30 a.m. ET and at 6:30 a.m. ET. Click here for the full schedule.


Medal table (8)

Silver (3)

Men’s shot put, Adrian Piperi

Men’s 100m, Anthony Schwartz

Women’s 100m, Twanisha Terry


Bronze (5)

Women’s javelin, Dana Baker

Men’s 100m, Eric Harrison

Women’s 400m, Taylor Manson

Women’s long jump, Tara Davis

Men’s 200m, Eric harrison Jr.

 

Quotes


Joseph Anderson on qualifying for finals in the 4x100m relay: “We had a little bit of a stutter on the first exchange but we still got the stick, that was the goal. Just like our coach told us, Wallace, let’s just get the stick around and just get in tomorrow’s final.”


Jayla Kirkland on being an older, experienced member on the U20 team “Knowing I have experience is very helpful, it helped me a lot because I know what to expect. I know what I have to bring to the table, and just seeing the kids, younger, who make the team, it just motivates me to go hard so they can have someone to look up to.”


Tara Davis on her bronze medal and conditions: “Getting a medal always is going to have a good feeling. It’s not the medal I wanted, but you know, I’ll take it. The conditions out here were a bit strange. It was pouring down rain when we were warming up then the track was wet, some weird stuff going on. If you get hit with anything, you’ve got to deal with it.”


Lauren Rain Williams on her strategy for the final: “I’m going to be as aggressive as possible and put it all out there. I’m definitely going for the gold and that’s my ultimate goal. I PR’d back in April and I really just want to do that this meet as well. I’ve worked really hard so I’m hoping it shows tomorrow.”


Alice Hill on her steeplechase personal record: “The post went out slowly and I thought I better be strategic. I ran a good time in prelims so I’m happy with that. I was shocked when I crossed the line. It was basically a kick through the last 300m. I wasn’t really thinking, I was just trying to power through.”


Eric Harrison on doubling up in sprints: “It’s definitely not easy doubling in the 100m and 200m. This is what I wanted to do so I can’t complain because I was one of the only ones that did double. That’s no excuse, I’ve got to get back to the drawing board and continue to work hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again. I learned what my limit was. I’m very grateful but I do not like losing. This is a stiff competition all around so everybody’s got to be on their A game.”







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