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Day Three Morning Session Quotes - IAAF World Junior Championships

Shamier Little, 400mH
“I was kind of nervous in the blocks and a little tired, and I got out, attacked and was kind of feeling a little iffy going over every hurdle. When that straightaway came around, I tried to do my best to maintain my form and everything and bring it home.”

Jade Miller, 400mH
“My coach said to run the first five hurdles the way you are supposed to and then see where your competition is and breeze through the last 200. That’s what I tried to do. I looked at my time, and I was pretty surprised. I didn’t think I would hit that, so that makes me confident and now I just need to be strong enough to get through the next few rounds.”

TJ Holmes, 400mH
“I tried to speed up coming into the curve and my steps were a little choppy, so my stride wasn’t as fluid a it is. But I finished strong and was able to get through. I know I’m definitely going to have to work hard in the finals.” 

Kenny Selmon, 400mH
“My start was phenomenal. My start felt really good. I was really strong coming out, and I don’t know. I think maybe I need to watch the race. So I came off that hurdle, and I basically fell. I fell and I basically caught myself. But I stumbled when I fell, and I couldn’t come back from that. I completely threw off my entire momentum and everything was just hit at that point. If it happened, it happened, and I can’t beat myself up about it. But you know, I would much rather be in the final.” 

Keturah Orji, Triple Jump
“I qualified on my first jump, 45-2. I’m happy with getting it on the first jump. That’s what I wanted to do. I’ve seen the competition, so I’m more nervous. But, I’m hoping I can step into the competition and medal.” 

Charles Ionata, Hammer Throw
“It was good. I started off and it wasn’t my greatest throw, but on my last throw, I ended up with a personal best so that was really good. I finsihed 10th, so I’m happy with that. I’m glad that I got to represent USA.”

Marshay Ryan, Triple Jump 
On today's jumps 
“They were consistent jumps, which is the most important part of it for me. Some days I know I need to work on them and I feel them. I have another day to work on them and do it, so I’m just working hard."

On advancing
“This was my goal to even be here in the first place. Just to be qualifying for the finals is a big step in itself.”

Valarie Allman, Discus
“It was really exciting. Just from the start of the morning, getting dressed and putting on my United States uniform, it absolutely got my adrenaline going and it escalated way more throughout the course of the day. My goal today was to throw 52 meters, so it was really nice to be able to come out and on the first throw, hit  all fire. It definitely just set a good tone going into tomorrow, so I’m excited about that.” 

Trentavious Friday, 200m
“It was very smooth. The start was great, coming up tight on the curve real hard and coming through nice and uptight and just had to cross the line. It felt great, and I was just ready to put on a [USA] jersey.”

Devin King, Pole Vault
“Coming in, the wind was in my face and it was kind of hard to get off the ground, but I cleared the first attempts like I always do. I qualified, so that’s all that matters. I’m just ecstatic. I’m nervous and excited, and it’s all emotions, but yea I’m ready. I’m ready for the finals now.”

Cole Walsh, Pole Vault
“I was feeling really good going into the meet. I was feeling really confident that I would make the finals, but once I got on the runway it didn’t seem to click. I think I gained a lot of confidence, competing on the world scale. If I were to do it again, I think  I would be more comfortable. Every bad jump day has something to take out of it.”

Clarence Gallop, Hammer Throw
“I went pretty good. I had a couple good throws, but I just missed the final. It’s a good experience to be out there representing USA and throwing against the world’s best to get here, and I appreciate everything.”

Amir Ali-Patterson, Shot Put
“Going out there and being the No. 1 thrower - the first thrower in either ring - it’s nerve-racking. I know I’ve got to take a deep breath, center the nerves, use that nervous energy, and turn it into whatever I need to throw the far throw. I was lucky enough to be able to make the finals with not the best and not the worst throw, so tonight, I’m coming out and I want to get on that stand.” 

Braheme Days, Shot Put
On competing today
“Showing up to the meet today, it’s a very big meet and it’s a big stadium. It’s nice to see all the throwers from different countries, and you get an understanding of what it’s like to be at a meet like this. To be able to do something like this, I think it’s really special.”

On today's strategy
Today, at least for just the first round, was just an auto-Q. I wanted to get the auto-Q. I did it. Now it’s just time to go back in the lab, figure it out, come back for tonight and go bigger.”

Elinor Purrier, 3,000m Steeplechase
On race strategy 
“I had planned to stick with the second group because I thought the first group would go out a little bit hotter than I wanted to.That’s what I did. I just stuck with them and let them pull me. In the last two miles, I kind of picked it up and kicked at the end. .”

On finishing with a qualifying time
“Honestly, I didn’t really know where I was. I just saw the girl and I tried to catch her the best I could, but she got me.”

Hope Schmelzle, 3000 Metres Steeplechase
On competing today
“It was definitely a good experience being able to get out there with such an amazing field and the girl running 9:27 - that’s something I can say that I’ve done now, competing against her. Like I said, it’s just an amazing experience for the future to hopefully learn a little bit in my race today, and be able to use that and execute further levels in college and NCAAs.”

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