What a great day for the Americans yesterday! Some highlights:
Dior Hall getting the national record in the 30” 100m hurdles, that national record previously held by her mother, Yolanda Johnson.
Isaiah Moore getting a PR in the qualifying, then another in the final to get the bronze. It was only the second medal ever won by an American in this event (Christian Taylor was the lone medalist prior to this year).
Mikiah Brisco improving her PR through the 100m hurdle rounds and getting a bronze and #7 all-time high school mark. She was second in her first round race, second in the semifinals and third in the finals.
Colin Minor getting the automatic qualifying mark in the hammer on his final attempt. Since there were already 12 automatic qualifiers, he had to reach the auto qualifying mark on his last throw and he did by about an inch!
Ky Westbrook winning the 100m in a US high school low-altitude time of 11.33, with Ariana Washington second (Ky is a good enough shot putter – 47-9 - to have been invited to the NSAF’s Chicagoland Throwers Series).
Two Americans (Grant Fisher, Blake Haney) winning their semi-final heats in the 1500m
Ashlie Blake getting the bronze in the shot put, the first ever medal for a U.S. athlete in this event.
Competition Day 3 – Morning
Heptathlon 100m Hurdles
Alexa Harmon-Thomas (Lawrence Free State, Lawrence, KS) won her heat in a PR 14.08, the 6th fastest time of all the runners, earning 967 points.
Heptathlon High Jump
Alexa cleared 5-8.75 on her first attempt. She missed 3 times at 5-10. She earned 916 points for a total of 1883 for 2 events.
High Jump Qualifying – Boys
(This actually took place). Michael Monroe (Providence Catholic, New Lenox, IL) could manage only 6-8.25, short of the 6-10.25 automatic qualifying mark.
200m Qualifying – Girls (top 3 in each heat and next 3 fastest advance to the semis)
Hannah Cunliffe (Federal Way) ran a very smart opening round race, easing up with 30 meters to go and winning easily in 23.80. Irene Ecklund (Sweden) ran 23.02 for the world lead in heat 4. It seemed that Ariana Washington (Poly, Long Beach, CA) jogged the entre race. She won her heat with an easy 23.72.
Hammer Qualifying – Girls (3kg)
Nyla Woods (Grady, Atlanta, GA) finished 10th in her group at 195-9 and will not advance.
200m Quaifying – Boys (winner and next 11 fastest advance to the semis)
Kenzo Cotton (Papillion-La Vista, Papillion, NE) did not show for his race. The injury sustained in yesterday’s 100m semifinal probably took its toll. Noah Lyles (TC Williams, Alexandria, VA), just 15 years old and who will be a high school sophomore in September, ran a PR 21.28 [-0.6] from lane 1. He will probably be the fastest time qualifier.
Pole Vault Qualifying – Boys (Automatic qualifying 15-11)
Devin King (Sumner, Kentwood, LA) and Paulo Benavides (Franklin, El Paso, TX) had no problem in qualifying. King cleared 15-1, 15-5, 15-9 and 15-11 all on his first attempt. Benavides cleared 15-1 and 15-5 on his first attempts, made 15-9 on his third, then made 15-11 on his first attempt.