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Day One Evening Session Quotes - IAAF World Juniors

Tyler Brown, 400m
On the race overall
Coming out of the blocks, I knew my start wasn’t good enough to make up the stagger too too much in the lane outside of me. But I knew on the second turn I could push him again really fast. I’m more of a strength runner as opposed to a get-out kind of guy, but I’m trying to put it together, and that’s what I did at Junior Nationals where I had my PR.
Lamar Bruton-Grinnage, 400m
“I really just wanted to make it through to the next round. I know there’s a guy who is also running very well this year, so I know if I just get out and compete with them I will definitely be able to make it through. Coming from lane 8, that’s pretty tough if you’re in my circumstance. I’m more of a chaser, so the inside like a lane 2 or 3  would have been better for my situation because I like to pace off of other people and
Hayley Showalter, Hammer Throw         
On competing on a U.S. National Team
“Overall, it’s really exciting. It’s a huge honor to represent the USA, and I’ve had a lot of fun on the trip. Besides how I performed, it’s just a really great experience.
On competing on future USA Teams
For future big competitions - just to know what it’s like to compete against the best in the world is really, really great. I have a lot of work to do,  and a lot of practice and just really getting used to international competition.”
Ariana Washington, 100m
On the race and her strategy
“I just kind of stayed relaxed and focussed and not really try to push myself too hard because I have two round tomorrow. Definitely the goal for me was to cross the line, and that’s what I did.
On feelings and preparation for tomorrow
I feel really confident. I didn’t really use a lot of gas today, so I know tomorrow I should be able to turn it up. Tomorrow I want a PR and a medal.
Kaylin Whitney, 100m
On the race overall
I felt great. My start was a little choppy. The girl from Japan got a really great start, and I just tried to adjust and come back at her in transition and just maintain and finish strong while keeping my energy levels down.
That’s my goal tomorrow  as well - finish first in the semifinal and go on to the final.
Quanesha Burks, Long Jump
“It was a blessing, and it was a lot of fun. The main thing is to stay focussed and not get caught up in trying to jump 6.20. My first jump was good. I’m just looking forward to accomplishing all three jumps. It’s exciting to be able to move on”
Ashlee Moore, Heptathlon           
On competing on an international stage
“It’s definitely different, really different. I’m not used to the whole six-hour break in between two events, so that was kind of hard to adjust to. I’m really used to finishing high jump and then going into shot put, so I definitely had a lot more time to think about shot put. I don’t know if that helped or hurt me, but I’m just happy. It was really fun, and I’m happy for the experience.

Harrison Williams, Decathlon
On the competition overall
Overall, It was not as good as Sacramento. I think I may have peaked at Sacramento, which is what you want to do. You usually do try to peak at the trials because making Team USA is really hard. I had a good 100 and a good shot put. Long jump wasn’t so good - 6.80. My best is 7.13, but I think I can make up points in other events. In the 400m, I went out way too fast, and I was dead the last 100.

Looking forward to tomorrow
Tomorrow I am looking forward to hurdles. I had a terrible hurdle race at the trials, I jumped the first hurdle with the wrong leg and ran a 14.98. Hopefully, I can match my PR of 13.79 and maybe PR a little bit more in the hurdles and hopefully just get a solid mark and get more points. In pole vault, I’m hoping to jump over 16 at least.

On competing for Team USA and the overall experience
It’s been awesome. To be sitting in the dorm or in the lounge with like Trayvon Bromell, Kaylin Whitney and Mary Cain and all these amazing athletes, it’s awesome. Meeting all these foreign athletes, that are amazing too, that’s really been a great part of this experience. It felt really good running in my Team USA gear, and I’m just really proud to be representing my country.

Gabe Moore, Decathlon
On the day overall
“It was alright. Im a little bit behind where I was at trials. It’s not going bad by any means, but I can definitely pick up some stuff tomorrow and compete better. If I can come out and run a good hurdle race, that will be really important because at trials I was a little bit slow in the hurdles. So if I can start off well tomorrow, it will kind of get the whole thing rolling.

On today’s performance and improvements for tomorrow
My first three events were kind of mediocre compared to what I did at trials. To be able to come out and to better than I did at trials in the high jump was important after being down. That kind of sparked me up a little bit. The 400 wasn’t too bad, but I was a little bit behind where I was. Everything is just a step behind, but I can definitely pick it up tomorrow.

On representing Team USA
There is no greater feeling. It was great being out here today, especially in front of the U.S. crowd. It’s definitely an amped up level from last year at Youth. Being in a younger age group here and competing again everybody in the 19 and under and being younger because I am 18, I am competing against older guys. It’s fun and it’s certainly a new experience, so it’s fun. 

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