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Team USATF looks to build on U20 World Championships decade of dominance

7/8/2018
 

TAMPERE, Finland -- Team USATF is set to take on the world this week at the IAAF World U20 Championships at Tampere Stadium. On a mission to continue Team USATF’s decade of dominance, 79 Americans will take on 1,383 athletes from 157 countries after having claimed at least 20 medals at each of the last three IAAF U20 World Championships and being atop the medal table since 2008.


Click here for the Team USATF roster and click here for the coaching and support staff at IAAF World U20 Championships. The competition schedule and results can be found here.


Scheduled to compete in the 100m are 17-year-old Anthony Schwartz (American Heritage HS/Teon Elite Track Club) who won the USATF Junior title in 10.23 last month and Eric Harrison (Ohio State University/Team Accelerate Maryland), who was second in Bloomington in 10.26. Schwartz is the world U20 leader courtesy of his 10.09 clocking in Albuquerque last month and if he can reproduce that form in Tampere, it’s highly likely he will follow in the footsteps of Noah Lyles, the 2016 champion, and send the gold medal back to USA.


In the Women’s 100m, Twanisha Terry (USC/Metro-Dade Track Club) became just the fifth U20 athlete in history to run 100m within 11 seconds, clocking a personal best of 10.99 earlier this year. Terry finished third (11.39) at the NCAA Championships and first at the US Junior Championships.


High school junior, Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, OH/Southwest Ohio TC) took down the high school and two-year-old American junior record (pending) in the 10,000m race walk clocking a time of 49:07.52 at the USATF Junior Championships to make Team USATF.

 

Making her third U.S. junior national team, UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, NJ/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ) became the first junior woman to qualify for Team USATF in three throwing events for a single championship event. Over the course of three record setting days, Wilson won the shot put (16.80m/55-1.5) and hammer throw (66.33m/217-7) and placed second in the discuss (53.84m/176-) at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Wilson has competed for Team USATF twice in the shot put but this marks her first time competing in the discus and hammer throw.

 

University of Florida freshman Cory Poole (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) became just the third junior male in USATF history to win both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles in a single championship event. He joined Kenneth Ferguson (2003) and Jeffery Jackson (1993) in accomplishing the USATF Junior hurdle double. Poole clocked 49.71 in the 400m hurdles and a personal best of 13.34 in the 110m hurdles.

 

Georgia’s Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, CA/Plyometric Fusion) dominated in the women’s long jump, finishing with a personal best and a junior world-leading jump of 6.71m/22-0.25 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships to earn a spot on Team USATF. The second place finisher in the long jump, Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/ North Texas Cheetahs) made the team with a personal best jump of 6.39m/21-11.75.


Fans can watch daily recaps of the IAAF World U20 Championships on NBC Sports Gold.


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