EUGENE -- During the evening session of the first day at IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field, American sprinters finished atop their heats and women’s long jumpers were among the top-six advancing into the next round of their events. With the seven advancing from the morning session and six from the evening, a total of 13 Americans will appear in semifinals or finals on Wednesday.
(Long Beach, California), a two-time World Youth Championships medalist, proved her dominance in the women’s 100 meters with an easy victory in 11.67, .08 ahead of the next closest competitor, Anne Runia of Holland.
Sixteen-year-old Kaylin Whitney
(Clermont, Florida) cruised to an even better 11.48 in the women’s 100m to win the seventh and final heat, defeating her next closest competitor, Japan’s Anna Doi, by .17 seconds. Whitney’s time was the fourth-fastest overall.
(Kansas City, Missouri), from Group A in the women's long jump, had a best of 6.18m/20-3.5 on her first attempt and matched that mark on her second try, placing second in her group and fifth overall as she advances to the final. Teammate Quanesha Burks
(Hartselle, Alabama) spanned 6.12m/20-1 on her second attempt, which was good enough for sixth in her group and a place in the final with McCoy.
(Findlay, Ohio) ran a strategic race in the fifth heat of the men’s 400m, remaining with the field through the second curve. Approaching the final straightaway, he pulled away, running neck and neck with Jack Crosby of Britain before easing to a first-place finish in 46.45.
(New Castle, Delaware) also performed well in the second heat of the 400m. Bruton-Grinnage ran a strong race from lane eight to clock 46.74 and advance to the semifinals.
In the decathlon, Harrison Williams
(Memphis, Tennessee) and Gabe Moore (Freeport, Florida) finished the first day ranked in the top 12.
With a clearance on his second high jump attempt at 1.97m/6-5.5, Moore set a personal best and inched up the point standings to sit 12th after four events, while Williams cleared 1.94m/6-4.25 and finished the day 13th overall.
Williams ran to a fourth-place finish in the second section of the 400, finishing at 48.21, two spots ahead of Moore, who had a time of 49.01. Williams has 4,032 points after the first day’s events, 94 off his PR pace from USATF Juniors. His score put him at No. 10 in the standings, while teammate Moore tallied 4,010 points, 102 behind his Sacramento first-day score, and is 12th after five events.
Heptathlete Shaina Burns
(Lakeville, Minnesota) finished with the third greatest distance in shot put portion of the heptathlon when she threw 13.59m/44-7 to move up from 17th to 7th place in the point standings. Burns ran 26.48 in her section of the 200m but was disqualified for a lane violation and fell to 23rd with 2,520 points after scoring zero in the 200.
(Chandler, Arizona), also a mutlieventer, threw 9.87m/32-4.75, dropping from fifth overall to 13th. She was fifth in the third section of the women’s 200m at 25.05 and finished the first day with 3,331 points to rank 11th in the point standings.
In the first final of the Championships, Brendan Shearn
(Ashland, Pennsylvania) placed 15th in the 10,000m with a time of 30:24.30. Jonathan Green
(Shrewsbury, Massachusetts) ended up 24th at 31:15.69.
IAAF World Junior Championships continue Wednesday with the morning session’s opening events at 10:00 a.m. PT.
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