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Day Four Morning Session Recap -- IAAF World Juniors

7/25/2014
 
EUGENE -- After a morning session of competition in the the sunshine at Historic Hayward Field, 10 U.S. athletes will advance to higher rounds of the IAAF World Junior Championships.
 
Ryan Njegovan (East Sandwich, Massachusetts) of St. Francis picked an opportune time to set a lifetime best of 59.89m/196-6 with the 1.75kg international discus, earning an automatic qualifying spot in the final with his third attempt in Group A. In Group B, Kord Ferguson (Ottawa, Kansas) hit the automatic standard on his first attempt, throwing 59.20m/194-3 to advance to the final.
 
Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) of the University of Georgia took the lead early in the first heat of the women’s 100m for a comfortable win in 13.00, the fastest time of the day and only .04 off the meet record. With the win, Williams automatically qualified for the semifinals tomorrow. She will be joined by Dior Hall (Denver, Colorado), who ran away from the field in the fifth heat to win in 13.29, the third-fastest time overall.
 
Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina) threw 16.73m/54-10.75 on her second attemptin the women’s shot put for an improvement of more than three feet over her first throw and to achieve the longest throw of the competition. Saunders surpassed the standard and automatically qualified for the final.
 
In women’s high jump qualification, Rachel McCoy (Blacksburg, Virginia) sailed over a lifetime-best 1.85m/6-0.75 on her first attempt to hit the automatic standard and grab a spot in the final. Bailey Weiland (Atlanta, Georgia) cleared 1.75m/5-8.75
 
In the women’s 1,500m, Alexa Efraimson (Camas, Washington) moved her way into the the top three at the start of the race, and maintained a steady speed to remain in that position. At the bell Efraimson remained in third place but completed the race in fourth in 4:16.87 American teammate Elise Cranny (Niwot, Colorado) also advances to the next round after she also finished top-four with a slightly faster 4:15.21.
 
Indiana University’s Tre’tez Kinnaird (Louisville, Kentucky) showed racing savvy in heat three, ensuring an automatic berth in the semifinals with his 1:50.07 third-place finish.  Myles Marshall (Kingwood, Texas) found himself at the back of the pack after jostling on the first straight, and he never recovered from that contact as he finished eighth in heat two at 1:53.98.
 
Bailey Roth (Colorado Springs, Colorado) finished seventh in the first heat of the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, setting a personal best of 8:48.60 to smash the national high school record that had stood for 35 years. His time was fast enough to advance him to the final. In heat two, Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wisconsin) of the University of Missouri-Kansas City was seventh at 9:06.17 and did not advance.
 
Triple jumper Hayden McClain (Phoenix, Arizona) of the University of Oklahoma had his best effort in the second round, leaping into a wind-aided 15.09m/49-6.25. Unfortunately, his mark was not enough to advance the the final. John Warren (Prince George, Virginia) had a best of 14.71m/48-3.25 in Group B, but he also did not advance.
 
Anthony Peters (Bartlett, Illinois) set a personal best of 45:31.86 to finish 28th in the 10,000m race walk, moving up two spots to number six on the all-time high school list.
 
TEAM USA MEDALS
 
GOLD (2)
 
Kendal Williams, men's 100m
Mary Cain, women's 3,000m
 
 
SILVER (2)
 
Trayvon Bromell, men's 100m
Desiree Freier, women's pole vault
 
 
BRONZE (2)
 
Kaylin Whitney, women's 100m
Braheme Days, men's shot put
 
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