Two of the best sprinters to come through Florida in recent years squared off in the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Trayvon Bromell (c/o 2013) and Kendal Williams (c/o 2014) went at it in the 100 meter final with the younger Williams coming out as world champion! The outcome is FloTrack's #5 upset of 2014.
Kaylin Whitney had more medals than most countries at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. At only 16, the East Ridge High School rising junior brought back gold medals in the 200m dash and as a member of Team USA's 4x100m relay. She also took bronze in the 100m dash. The three medals were the cherrry on top of one of the best seasons for a high school female sprinter we've ever seen. Her performance at World Juniors earned her a second USATF Athlete of the Week honor.
This past weekend the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more specifcally a select few athletes, proved it still was the place for quater milers. With three gold medalists in the 4x400 and another girl who helped the team qualify this was proven but doing. These elite athletes were Michael Cherry, Felecia Majors, Josephus Lyles, and Ricky Morgan.
Team USA ran the fastest 4x400m relay time in the prelims, a world junior leading 3:23.73, and didn't disappoint as the favorites headed into the final day of competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Shamier Little led off for the Americans with Olivia Baker second and University of Miami freshman and former Dillard star Shakima Wimbley getting the baton as the third leg. Kendall Baisden brought it home for the foursome, in 3:30.42, an improvement on their world junior leading time set the day before.
Two one of the fastest high school girls in United States history found themselves mixing it up with the Kenyans and Ethiopians in the women's 1500 meter finals at the 2014 World Junior Championships between Elise Cranny from Colorado and Alexa Efraimson from Washington. Watch their race video and post-race video interviews.
Watch the US men's 4x400 meter relay team at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon featuring three Virginians in Michael Cherry on anchor, Josephus Lyles on opener, and Ricky Morgan on third leg along with World Junior 400 meter finalist Tyler Brown from Ohio on second leg maintain an "Old Dominion" over the rest of the World.
Watch the American team of Shamier Little, Olivia Baker, Shakima Wimbley, and Kendall Baisden take on the World's best and come through as the champions at meet end in the 4x400 meter relay finals with a World Junior leading time of 3:30.42. Race video above and post-race video interview below with the U.S. quartet after their victory at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Watch the United States women go 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles finals at the World Junior Championships with University of Georgia freshmen Kendell Williams set a new meet record with her 12.89 gold medal victory, while high school senior Dior Hall from Colorado broke a US high school record which lasted since 1979 (Candy Young from Pennsylvania at 12.95) with her 12.92 silver medal finish at Hayward Field.
Interview after his awesome 6th Place finish
Tre’tez Kinnaird capped off a memorable freshman season with a sixth-place finish in the 800m at the IAAF World Junior Championships Sunday at Hayward Field.
Regular updates on the performances of Colorado-connected athletes at USATF JOs and World Juniors.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Sunday's session (day 6) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Start lists and live results from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
From preparation to race to victory laps around historic Hayward Field with the American flag draped over you, Florida athletes experienced it all. Check out these awesome images from Saturday's competion which saw several Floridians experience gold in the women's and men's 4x100m relays!
Featured photos by TrackTown Photo from Saturday's events at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Raven Saunders finished second in the shot put with a best throw of 54 feet, six inches. Tianqian Guo of China was first in 58 feet, 1 inch.
Photos by Matt Holton and Kiana Smith.
Photos by Matt Holton and Kiana Smith
Photos by Matt Holton and Kiana Smith.
Photos by Matt Holton and Kiana Smith.
With arguably the most talented relay that the United States has ever assembled for a World Junior Championships between Trentavis Friday, Trayvon Bromell, and Kendal Williams completed by opening leg Jalen Miller, the team nearly flirted with a World Junior record. The US team did accomplish the main goal. Watch their gold medal race video and post-race interview.
The quartet of Teahna Daniels (FL), Ariana Washington (CA), Jada Martin (GA), and Kaylin Whitney (FL) brought home gold for the United States in the first relay finals of the World Junior Championships with a World Junior leading time of 43.46. Watch their gold medal winning race video above and post-race video interview below.
In the women's 400 meter hurdles finals at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the United States nearly had a 1-2 finish from Texas A&M's Shamier Little and Harvard University's Jade Miller. Watch Little and Miller's 1-3 finish race from World Juniors as well as their post-race interviews.
Interviews after both of his Tretez's races from World Juniors
Tretez Kinnaird advanced to the 800m Final at the IAAF World Junior Championship in Eugene, Oregon tonight.
Add two more medals to the Team USA bank as both the women and men's 4x100m relay teams pulled the golden sweep. Both teams had a Florida flare with Teahna Daniels leading off for the ladies and Kaylin Whitney on anchor. The men's team featured 100m gold medalist Kendal Williams and silver medalist Trayvon Bromell with incoming FSU Seminole Trentavis Friday, the 200m gold medalist bringing it home. Also, in action Shakima Wimbley on the women's 4x400m relay and Daeshon Gordon competing in the 100m hurdle semifinals.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Saturday's evening session (day 5) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
On her final throw at the World Junior Championshipsin Eugene, Raven Saunders moved up from bronze to silver medal in the women's shot put. Watch Saunders' final throw in the women's shot put video highlights along with her post-event interview.
Kaylin Whitney records her second medal of the World Junior Championships; a golden token for the USA's new golden girl. Baylor freshman TJ Holmes takes home bronze and the 4x100m relay teams advance to the finals. Check out all the photos from day four!
Competing against top sprinters from Jamaica, Anguilla, Nigeria, Japan, Great Britain, and Trinidad & Tobago, Trentavis Friday created a continent separation between him and the rest of the field in the men's 200 meter dash finals at the World Junior Championships as he pulled away with a decisive victory in a wind-aided 20.04 clocking.
A bronze in the 100 finals and near false start prior to the 200 finals, Kaylin Whitney of East Ridge High School in Florida put all that behind as she stormed down the straightaway at Hayward Field to a 22.28 gold medal victory in the women's 200. Watch her race above and video interview.
Watch Kendall Baisden & Olivia Baker go 1-3 for the United States in the women's 400 meter finals at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
Day four definitely provided fireworks especially for Floridians! The morning session saw Daeshon Gordon, running for Jamaica, advance to the semis the 100m hurdles. For UF freshman Andres Arroyo the year came to an end after a disappointing 800m prelim. However, it was the night cap where our stars shined the most. The girls 4x100m relay team set a new world junior leading time with Teahna Daniels leading it off. The boys 4x1 ran the second fastest time of the meet with Trayvon Bromell and Terry Jernigan running second and third. Capping off the night was a bronze medal showing in the 110m hurdles by T.J. Holmes and the second medal of the week for Kaylin Whitney, a gold in the 200m to go with her bronze in the 100!
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Friday's evening session (day 4) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.