Almost universal success for Team USA in qualifying
Here is NSAF Director Jim Spier's recap of the first morning of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Women’s Javelin Qualifying
Group A – Maura Fiamoncini (Bucknell) could manage only 160-05, sitting 8th in group A. She finished 14th overall. There were five over 50 meters (164-00) and they are likely to get in. There was one auto qualifier, Sara Babarino (Italy) at a lifetime best of 177-01.
Group B – Dana Baker (North, Olathe, KS) had a decent first throw (164-01) which ultimately would have gotten her into the final. But on the second throw she threw 167-07, guaranteeing her a spot in the final. Last time around, it took 171-04 to advance to the finals, the furthest ever in the history of the championships; this time it was 163-05.
One would not have predicted that the two Italians would be the leading qualifiers: Sara Zabarino (177-01) and Carolina Visca (175-06).
Here is the form chart (top 8) coming into the meet, and how they actually fared here:
Others in the top 8 qualifiers and their pre meet rank:
Men’s Shot Put Qualifying
Group A – There were 3 auto qualifiers, with Adrian Piperi (Texas) leading the way. He got it on his first throw (70-3.5), very close to his PR of 70-06.5. Auto qualifying is 64-03.75.
Group B – Jordan West (Tennessee) qualified easily with 63-00. He was 8th overall.
Piperi is almost 4 feet ahead of the 2nd best qualifier, Odysseas Mouzenidis (Greece). It took 62-00.5 to qualify for the 8 man final.
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Qualifying
Heat 1 – Easily won by Celliphine Chespol at 9:45.60. She has an incredible lifetime best of 8:58.78. Alice Hill (Michigan) had a big PR (10:09.15) finishing 6th. Her prior best was 10:22.43. The first 3 in each heat and those with the next 6 fastest times advance to the final.
Heat 2 – Another easy win, this time by Winfred Yavi (Burundi) at 9:52.23. Kristlin Gear (Furman) finished third, automatically qualifying at 10:09.08.
Heat 3 – Peruth Chemutai (Uganda) was the winner of heat 3 in 9:34.34.
Gear and Hill were the 12th and 13th qualifiers in a final field of 15.
Men’s Decathlon 100m
Ashley Mahoney (Australia) set a Decathlon 100m yearly best at 10.51. Ayden Owens (Puerto Rico/North Allegheny HS, Wexford, PA) was second overall at 10.67. Kyle Garland (Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA) was 6th overall at 10.97.
Men’s Decathlon Long Jump
Ayden Owens jumped 22-09.25 for 6th and Kyle Garland 21-03.25 for 14th.
Owens was 5th overall and Garland 12th at this point
Men’s Decathlon Shot Put
Kyle Garland stepped it up in this event to finish 2nd (49-07). Owens was 7th with a PB (44-11.75).
Here are the points after the morning session:
Makenson Gletty FRA 2563
Finley Gaio SUI 2512
Ashley Maloney AUS 2458
Simon Ehammer SUI 2446
Ayden Owens PUR 2445
Gary Haasbroek AUS 2438
Stephen Kekin ANA 2381
Kyle Garland USA 2338
Men’s 1500m Qualifying
Cooper Teare (Oregon) was 3rd in his heat for an auto qualifier and 5th overall (3:45.06). Jared Nuguse (Notre Dame) was “out of the money” finishing 16th overall and not advancing (3:49.68)
Women’s 800m Qualifying
Samantha Watson (Texas A+M – 2:06.34) and Caitlin Collier (Bolles, Jacksonville, FL – 2:11.30) both got auto qualifiers and advanced to the semis
Men’s Long Jump Qualifying
Rayvon Allen (Wichita) and Juvaughn Blake (LSU) both advanced to the finals, with jumps of 24-10.5 and 24-07, respectively. The surprise was world leader Maikel Vidal (Cuba) just barely qualifying, jumping only 24-04.25. He is the world leader at 26-07.75. He was the 12th qualifier and got it on this 3rd and final jump. His teammate, Lester Lescay, also highly ranked at 26-05.75 could manage only 24-01.75 in the prelims, finishing 15th and not advancing.
Men’s 100m Qualifying
Eric Harrison (Ohio State) and Anthony Schwartz (American Heritage, Plantation, FL) were the 8th and 9th qualifiers overall. Harrison won his heat and Schwartz finished third, not looking especially sharp.