World Youth Champs – Day 1 evening
Javelin Qualifying -Women
(automatic qualifying 170-07)
Sophia Rivera (Brentwood, MO) saved the best for last! Her first throw, 161-7, put her in the discussion and she was 5th after 2 rounds. Three others had gotten the auto qualifier. On her third and final throw, she lengthened her run-up somewhat, and got her auto qualifier, 171-3, a PR with the 500-gram javelin. Katelyn Gochenour (Marian Catholic, Omaha, NE) threw near the auto qualifier on her first throw, 169-9. She advanced to the final.
This is historic. Never before had two U.S. athletes made the final in the girls’ javelin. Here is the history:
1999 - 12th - Leslie Erickson - 39.80m
2001 - 9th-Rachel Walker - 44.66m
2011-4th - Haley Crouser - 51.97m
This year, not only did Sophia Rivera and Katelyn Gochenour make the final, but they sit 6th and 8th, respectively.
400m Hurdles Round 1 –Men
Cory Poole (East Orange, NJ) seemed to chop his steps before each hurdle, but still managed to stay in the mix. He was in fifth halfway through the race, but had a great last 200 meters to finish second in heat 3. Norman Grimes (Canyon, TX) could have run sub-50 in his race, but settled for 50.95. He ran a near-perfect race, and was over hurdle 10 when all others were approaching hurdle 9. He shut it down with 20 meters left in the race, almost walking across the finish line.
400m Hurdles Round 1 –Women
Sydney Mc Laughlin (Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, NJ) ran as poorly as she ever has and still ran 56.81! She consistently chopped her steps over each of the 10 hurdles. I suspect it had to do with jitters, and she will be more consistent in the next round. Brandee’ Johnson (Nansemond River, Suffolk, VA) struggled early, but finished strong, winning her heat in 59.23.
Triple Jump Qualifying -Men
(automatic qualifying 50-00.5)
No U.S. qualifiers here with the injury to Ja’Mari Ward. The Cubans, Cristian Atanay Napoles (52-5.25) and Julio Cesar Carbonell (50-11), were joined by Mingze Du of China (51-11) as the top 3 qualifiers.
100m Semi Finals –Men
Daniel Estrada (Northern Guilford, Greensboro, NC) ran a great race from lane 1, finishing 3rd but not advancing. His 10.60 was a PB. Micaiah Harris (Western Branch, Chesapeake, VA) also did not qualify, but got a PB of 10.67.
100m Finals –Men
It was Sani Brown, the favorite, with a meet record of 10.28.
800m Round 1 –Men
Both Americans – Connor Dunne (Holy Trinity, Melbourne, FL) and Cameron Cooper (Oak Park, MI) – made it to the semis. They ran auto qualifiers (finishing in the top four in their respective heats).
2000m Steeplechase Round 1 –Women
It was the Kenya/Ethiopia show again. Riley Bowen (Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA) got the first time qualifier (6:59.30), finishing 6th in her heat.
Shot Put Finals –Men
Adrian Piperi (The Woodlands, TX) was sitting in 4th with a throw of 65-8.25 after the first round. On his next throw, everything “clicked” and he uncorked an unbelievable 72-2.25, #9 all-time and a new U.S. record, breaking that of Ryan Crouser (70-09). Isaiah Rogers (Campbell, Smyrna, GA) finally got a good throw, this in the 3rd round, at 63-3.25. But that wasn’t good enough to make the cut, and he finished 10th overall. Piperi amazingly equaled his 72-2.25 in the final round as well. Here is his series
65-8.25 72-2.25 F 70-06.5 69-5.25 72-2.25
Discus Finals –Women
Josie Schaefer (Baraboo, WI) sat in 6th through four rounds on the basis of her first round 157-6 throw. But in round 5, she moved up to 5th with a 160-8 toss. That’s ultimately where she would finish. First and second went to Moldova and Montenegro (when’s the last time that happened!)
3000m Finals –Women
Destiny Collins (Great Oak, Temecula, CA) struggled the entire race. It was obvious that something was not quite right. On paper, having run the equivalent of 9:12, she should have been in the top 6. But she finished 16th in 10:21.36. The medals went to an Ethiopian and 2 Kenyans, as scripted.
Decathlon Day 1
What a day for George Patrick! He PR’d in four of the five events and missed a PR in the fifth, the 100m, by .02. He long jumped 23-10, threw the shot 51-0, high jumped 6-5, and ran the 400 in 50.54 – this after beginning the day with an 11.18 100m. Most surprising is that he is in second place after the first day, scoring 4077 points. If he replicates what he did in Lisle on the second day (3474 points), he projects 7551 points.