2012 World Juniors- Day 6

by Jim Spier & Joy Kamani

100m Hurdles - Women - Final
In what would have been a surprise, Dior Hall (Washington, Denver, CO) was leading after 7 hurdles.  She clipped the 8th then fell over the 9th and did not finish.  Meanwhile, Morgan Snow was steadily gaining on the field and got the win, running 13.38 [-2.4].


Discus - Women - Final
The order of medals was determined with the last 3 throws of the competition.  Shelbi Vaughan (Legacy, Mansfield, TX) was leading after 5 rounds with a great throw of 197-1.  Ann Ruh (Germany) sitting in third and the third to last thrower, uncorked a throw of 204-8, short of her 207-2 world lead.  That got her the win.  Vaughan did not throw better, and was now in second.  The final thrower of the competition, Shanice Craft (Germany), the shot put champ, threw 198-3 to move into second, and push Vaughan into third.  But Vaughan's third place performance is the second best ever by a high schooler, the best ever being her national record set at the US Junior champs (198-9).  It was the third medal ever by an American in this event: silver for Seleila Sua in 1996 and bronze for Suzy Powell in 1994.

1500m - Women - Final
Though she was never in the race, Mary Cain (Bronxville, NY) nonetheless set the high school record.  She finished 6th in 4:11.01 and broke the record by over 4 seconds. Jordan Hasay (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo) had set it in 2008 in 4:14.50.  She is also the third best ever junior age athlete.  Only Suzy Favor (4:09.10, 1987) and Jan Merrill (4:10.6 , 1975) have run faster.   The winner was Faith Kipyegon of Kenya with a meet record of 4:04.96.  The first two splits were roughly 69 seconds for 400m and 2:15.8 for 800m.

800m - Men - Final
No Americans here, but a meet record by world leader Nigel Amos of Botswana, running 1:43.79. Wesley Vazquez led through 700 meters, having passed 400m at 51.18 and 600m at 1:17.  He was passed down the stretch by Amos and the two Kenyans, Timothy Kitum (1:44.56) and Edwin Melly (1:44.79).  Vazquez finished fourth in 1:45.29, a national junior record.

3000m Steeplechase - Men - Final
A meet record here for the Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto in a mind-boggling 8:06.10.  Edward Owens (Princeton) ran well, getting a personal best of 8:51.44, albeit finishing last.

4x400m - Women - Final
After having had to run a special race this morning to qualify, the US team ran the world junior leader and #6 all-time US Junior, 3:30.01.  It was the team of Erika Rucker (South Carolina, 52.7), Olivia Ekpone (Texas A+M, 52.7), Kendall Baisden (Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, MI, 53.9) and Ashley Spencer (Illinois) which led from start to finish.

High Jump - Women - Final
Lissa Labiche (Seychelles Islands) was leading through 6-2.  Moving up to 6-3.25, she missed and the world leader, Alessia Trost (Italy) cleared to get the win.

4x400 - Men - Final
A great run for the Americans to cap the meet.  They got the world junior lead at 3:03.99.  It was the team of Quincy Downing (LSU, 45.9), Aldrich Bailey (Timberview, Mansfield, TX, 45.9), Chidi Okezie (Hampton, 46.4) and Arman Hall (Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, FL) who, like the women, led from start to finish.

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