by Joy Kamani
Story by Jim Spier
Photos by Joy Kamani
Team USA ended the day with a total of six medals: Tyler Schultz and Braheim Days threw the shot for silver and bronze, Jennifer Madu and Myasia Jacobs snared gold and silver in the 100 meters and Trinity Wilson and Kendell Williams earned gold and bronze in the 100 meter hurdles. Ronald Darby just missed the bronze in the 100 but ran a personal best. Jim Spier takes us through the events of the day
Girls 100m Hurdle Semifinals (30")
The one to beat, Noemi Zbaren of Switzerland ran into a 3.6 headwind but still won her semi race in 13.60. Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's, Berkeley, CA) looked great in winning her semi with a 30" hurdle PB of 13.37, improving on her #2 world time by .05. Kendell Williams (Kell, Marietta, GA) faced almost as strong a wind as semi I (-3.0). She was trailing Yasmin Miller of Great Britain after 3 hurdles. Miller crashed hurdle 4 and Williams took advantage of that to cruise to an easy 13.70.
Boys High Jump Qualifying
Justin Fondren (Oxford, MS) missed once at 6-8, but cleared on his second attempt to easily advance to the finals.
Boys 400m Semifinal
Najee Glass (St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ) started strong and was in 2nd after 200m. Then the field began to catch him. He tried to hold on at the end but barely got third. We'll have to see if his 47.42 holds up as one of the 2 time qualifiers. Arman Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, FL) looks like the ultimate gold medallist. He ran a beautiful semi II, starting strong, coasting the second 150, and finishing confidently, even letting up at the end, and running 46.70. The leading qualifier in Semi 3, Alphas Kishoyian, stuck in lane 8, lead the entire way and won in 46.52. Places 3 through 5 bested Najee Glass' time in semi I, so he will not advance.
Boys Shot Put Final
Noone can touch Jacko Gill (New Zealand) who unleashed a throw of 79-10.75 in round 2. Tyler Schultz (Custer, SD), sitting in 6th after 2 rounds, moved into second on his third throw at 66-9.25. He retained second for the silver. The big news was Braheme Days, sitting in fifth until his final throw. On that attempt, he got his PB of 66-1, a PB, and the bronze medal. The final results:
Jacko Gill New Zealand 79-10.75
Tyler Schultz USA 66-9.25
Braheme Days USA 66-1
Patryk Ocypa Poland 65-10.5
Andrezej Regin Poland 65-2.75
Mesud Pezer Bosnia/Herz. 64-11.25
Aleksey Chizhelikov Russia 64-4
Vladyslav Chernikov Ukraine 64-3.75
Girls 100m Semifinal
Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic, Paramus, NJ) had her hands full with Christiana Williams of Jamaica, taking second to Williams' 11.72 in 11.84 (-1.3) . Jennifer Madu (East, Plano, TX) started well and led the entire race, winning semi II in 11.71 (-1.9).
Boys 800m Semifinal (top 2 and next 2 fastest times from the 3 semifinals)
Cameron Thornton (Whitefield Academy, Mabledon, GA) ran an intelligent race. Fifth at the halfway point, he moved into third with 300m to go. He held on to finish in that position, running 1:49.64 and hoping for a time qualifier. Tre'tez Kinnaird (Butler, Louisville, KY) could advance.
Boys 100m Semfinal
Ronald Darby (Potomac, Oxon Hill, MD) had his hands full from Jarrod Geddes of Australia, besting Darby 10.76 to 10.81. Darby will advance to the final.
Girls Javelin Final
Haley Crouser (Gresham, OR) got her fourth place on her second throw.
Christin Hussong Germany 59.74 196-0
Sofi Flinck Sweden 54.62 179-2
Monique Cilione Australia 52.77 173-1
Haley Crouser USA 51.97 170-6
Ismaray Armentero Cuba 50.21 164-8
Alexie Alais France 49.33 161-10
Deliadiz Ortiz Puerto Rico 47.96 157-4
Tetyana Fetiskina Ukraine 47.56 156-0
Girls 400m Semifinal
Robin Reynolds (Jackson, Miami, FL) ran comfortably the entire way, second to 51.62 athlete Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica. Reynolds ran 53.21 to advance. Kendall Baisden (Detroit Country Day, Bloomfield Hills, MI) ran a similar race to Reynolds, finishing second to defending World Junior Champion, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, running 53.32 and advancing to the final.
Boys 400m Hurdles Semifinal
Jonathan Russell (Broad Run, Ashburn, VA) did not run quite as good as yesterday. Despite a strong charge at the end, he finished third, missing the auto qualifier by .14 and not advancing to the final.
Girls 100m Final
What a pleasant surprise! We "experts" thought it was a mistake to double Jennifer Madu (East, Plano, TX) in the 100m and triple jump. Not so. Christiana Williams of Jamaica, the favorite, got out fast and left both Jennifer Madu and Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic, Paramus, NJ) at the start. It appeared to be Williams the clear winner, but both Madu and Jacobs made a charge at 80 meters besting Williams, with Madu getting the Gold in 11.57, a PR. Jacobs was second at 11.61.
Girls 100m Hurdles Final
Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's, Berkeley, CA), though not having the best start, led for most of the race to win in a world leading time of 13.11, #2 all-time world. Noemi Zbaren of Switzerland was second in 13.17, #4 all-time, and Kendell Williams (Kell, Marietta, GA) third in 13.28.
Boys 100m Final
Ronald Darby (Potomac, Oxon Hill, MD) appeared to have the lead through the first half of the race, but the field caught up to him. It was won by O'Dail Todd of Jamaica (10.51), with Darby fourth in 10.61.
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