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Team USA equals most medals in team history after final day of IAAF World Junior Championships

7/27/2014
 
EUGENE -- Team USA repeated relay success on the sixth and final day of the  IAAF World Junior Championships at Historic Hayward Field, where the U.S. team added three golds and a silver to equal the highest overall U.S. medal count at a World Juniors, a combined 21 total pieces of hardware achieved throughout the championships.
 
The U.S gold medal tally led all countries with 11, dominating the team scoring with 206 points as Kenya was the next closest with 82.
 
The men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relay teams brought the evening and the event to a close with no better ending than back to back gold medal finishes.
           
In the women’s relay, Shamier Little (Chicago, Illinois) of Texas A&M handed off with a small margin over Nigeria and Germany. Individual 400m bronze medalist Olivia Baker (South Orange, New Jersey) finished very strongly over the last 150m to extend the lead to 10m at the second handoff. Shakima Wimbley (Coral Gables, Florida) of the University of Miami kept the lead on leg three, and individual 400m champion Kendall Baisden (Austin, Texas) of Texas powered away over the first 200m of the anchor. Baisden held on to grab gold for Team USA in 3:30.42, the fastest Junior time in the world this year as the team earned a seventh straight World Junior title for the Americans in the 4x400m relay.
 
Josephus Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia)handed off just behind South Africa to Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio), who made a late surge to hand off in the lead ahead of Jamaica.  Ricky Morgan (Woodbridge, Virginia) battled with Jamaica on the third lap before he passed off to Michael Cherry (Gastonia, North Carolina) in a virtual tie. Cherry ran an amazing anchor leg, powering away over the final 60m to carry Team USA to victory in 3:03.31, the fastest Junior time in the world this year. It was the seventh gold in a row for the Americans in the event, and the 13th in World Juniors history.
 
Rachel McCoy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Chaffey College cleared the first two heights on first attempts, not missing until 1.82m/5-11.5. McCoy cleared that bar easily on her second attempt before sailing over 1.85m/6-0.75 on her first try to equal her lifetime best and move into third place. With the bar set at yet another lifetime-best, 1.88m/6-2, and a place in the medals on the line, McCoy missed twice before clearing on her final attempt to sit fourth. She was unable to clear 1.91m/6-3.25 and finished the competition in fourth place.
 
In the women’s 100mH, Dior Hall (Denver, Colorado) was out fastest from the blocks, a step ahead of Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) of the University of Georgia. Through the middle barriers Williams continued to inch up on Hall, who was running the race of her life, and the Georgia native managed to just edge past Hall for the gold in 12.89, a meet record. Hall took the silver in 12.92, a high school record as she took down the previous standard of 12.95, set in 1979 by Candy Young. The sweep of medals in the women’s 100mH is the first in World Juniors history, and Hall moved to No. 6 on the all-time World Junior list.
                                   
Two days after breaking the 35-year-old national high school record in the prelims of the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Bailey Roth (Colorado Springs, Colorado) lowered the record again with a time of 8:47.04 to place tenth.
                       
With two of America’s most talked about distance runners in the women’s 1500m final, Alexa Efraimson (Camas, Washington) was in the top six through the first lap, and she moved up to the top-four runners in the second 400. Efraimson edged up to second with 550m to go, with a large pack right behind her. At the bell, eventual gold medalist Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia made a dash for the front that Efraimson covered, but with 200m to go, Efraimson started to lose contact. Down the home straight, Elise Cranny (Niwot, Colorado) passed her with a strong kick to both take fourth at 4:12.82 and equal the best finish ever by an American in the event. Efraimson placed sixth at 4:13.31.
                                   
The two Kenyan entrants took the race out at insane pace, clocking 23.59 through 200, with Tre’tez Kinnaird (Louisville, Ky.) of Indiana in sixth. The lead duo went past the bell at 49.42, and with 300 to go Kinnaird tried to move up into the top five but was held off. A strong sprint over the last 100 gave Kinnaird a lifetime-best 1:47.13 and a sixth-place finish in one of the greatest Junior races ever, as the top seven recorded personal bests.
                       
TEAM USA MEDALS (21)
 
GOLD (11)
 
Kendal Williams, men's 100m
Mary Cain, women's 3,000m
Kaylin Whitney, women’s 200m
Trentavis Friday, men’s 200m
Kendall Baisden, women’s 400m
Shamier Little, women’s 400m hurdles
Women’s 4x100m relay (Teahna Daniels, Ariana Washington, Jada Martin, Kaylin Whitney)
Men’s 4x100m relay (Jalen Miller, Trayvon Bromell, Kendal Williams, Trentavis Friday)
Kendell Williams, 100m hurdles
Women’s 4x400m relay (Shamier Little, Olivia Baker, Shakima Wimbley, Kendall Baisden)
Men’s 4x400m relay (Josephus Lyles, Tyler Brown, Ricky Morgan, Michael Cherry)
 
SILVER (5)
 
Trayvon Bromell, men's 100m
Desiree Freier, women's pole vault
Raven Saunders, women’s shot put
Valarie Allman, women’s discus
Dior Hall, 100m hurdles
 
 
BRONZE (5)
 
Kaylin Whitney, women's 100m
Braheme Days, men's shot put
TJ Holmes, men’s 400m hurdles
Olivia Baker, women’s 400m
Jade Miller, women’s 400m hurdles

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