Team USA led the way in the men’s 100 meters and 110m hurdles, and the U.S. brought in three top finishes with those athletes advancing to semifinal races.
The U.S. Men swept the 100m heats as Kendal Williams
(Jacksonville, Florida) led from start to finish in the fifth heat of the men's 100m to advance to the semifinals. Williams clocked 10.23 for a personal best just prior to teammate Trayvon Bromell
’s (St. Petersburg, Florida) start in the penultimate heat. Bromell maintained his dominance in the field with his top heat finish in 10.13.
In the men’s 110mH, Theophile “Misani” Viltz
(Long Beach, California) was an easy winner in heat two, clocking 13.59 to advance to the semifinals with the fourth-fastest time overall in the seven heats. Nick Anderson
(Orlando, Florida) won the following heat with his time of 13.61, the fifth-fastest overall. Anderson also moves on to the next round.
(Floral Park, New York) advanced to the 800m semifinal after taking third in the fourth and final heat of the women’s 800m with her time finish in 2:05.84. In heat three, teammate Raevyn Rogers
(Houston, Texas) took the lead during the first lap and was impeded by a Kenyan, stumbling as they approached the 400 mark. On the back stretch, Rogers moved to third and then into fourth before finishing sixth at 2:08.01. Rogers will not advance to the semifinals.
Throwing in javelin qualification Group A was Rebekah Wales
(West Monroe, Louisiana). Wales opened the competition with a mark of 46.99m/154-2, but was unable to improve and did advance to the final. Wales was 11th in the flight. U.S. javelin champion Megan Glassman
(Park City, Utah) started her day with a 49.68m/163-0 effort. However, the 2013 Pan Am Junior champion did not improve on her next two attempts, and also did not advance to the final.
(Fort Worth, Texas) waited until 4.10m/13-5.5 to make her first attempt in the pole vault competition. She cleared that height on her third and final jump, which was enough to advance her to the final, where she will be joined by teammate Bonnie Draxler
(Wrightstown, Wisconsin). Draxler cleared her opening height on the first attempt, but she needed all three at 3.90m/12-9.5. After two attempts at 4.00m/13-1.5, she went up and over 4.10m/13-5.5 on her first vault to grab a spot in the final.
(Grand Blanc, Michigan) pushed through a jostling in the men’s 1500m to remain in the large group after the first lap and close to the leaders in the first heat through 800 meters in 2:00.28. After he appeared to get clipped from behind, he started to fade back in the pack, finishing ninth at 3:49.62.
(Leesburg, Virginia) was in the third heat and started off in the back half of the pack before slowly advancing through the middle of a tightly-packed group. He made his wat to the front half, running a strong race over the final 600 before finishing fifth at 3:49.00 and missing out on a qualifying spot.
The women’s heptathlon began with the 100mH, where Ashlee Moore
(Chandler, Arizona), running in lane 5, finished second as she slightly trailed Nadine Visser of the Netherlands after the final hurdle. Moore's finish earned her a personal best of 13.59 and bumped her into second in the points standings after one event. Fellow American Shaina Burns
(Lakeville, Minnesota) finished seventh in section three in 14.58, which was just shy of her personal best time of 14.44. Burns was 18th in the standings.
As the heptathlon continued, Moore, a 1.78 jumper at the USATF Juniors, made 1.73m/5-8 before going out at the next bar, while Burns was 13th with a height of 1.70/5-7.
When the decathlon opened with the 100m, Harrison Williams
(Memphis, Tennessee) and Gabe Moore
(Freeport, Florida) ran in lanes 3 and 5 respectively in the third heat. The Americans owned the race, maintaining a lead through the opening 80 meters. Williams finished in 10.75 for the top spot, well ahead of the 10.82 he ran on the way to his PR score at the USATF Juniors in Sacramento. Moore held on for second in the heat at 10.98 as Mathias Ako of France challenged on the outside, finishing .03 seconds behind Moore for third.
After the first event, the two U.S. men were second (Williams) and 11th (Moore) in the standings.
In long jump, Moore hit his best jump of the day in round three, spanning 7.01m/23-0, as Williams had a best of 6.80m/22-3.75 in the second round, and was 16th after two events, one spot ahead of Moore.
Day One of the competition continues at 4:30 p.m. PT with the decathlon high jump.
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