NSAF @ IAAF World U20 Champs! Day 3 PM: Two medals for Team USA

by Jim Spier

Manson captures 400 bronze, then Terry wins 100 silver

Here is NSAF Director Jim Spier's recap of Thursday evening at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Women’s 100m Semifinals

Twanisha Terry (USC) set a meet record of 11.03 in winning her heat, just off her personal best of 10.99.  She beat the championship record of 11.07 set two years ago by Candace Hill of the USA. Daija Lampkin (Alabama) was second in her heat (11.55) and advanced.

Women’s 100m Final

Twanisha Terry did not get the best of starts and started out at a disadvantage to the fast starting Jamaican Briana Williams (Northeast, Oakland Park, FL).  It was Williams, who is just 16 years old, running 11.16 to Terry’s 11.19.  Williams was within .03 of her PR of 11.13 set earlier in the spring. Daija Lampkin finished 7th in 11.59.

Women’s 400m Final

Taylor Manson (Florida) led for the first half of the race but could not hold the lead.  World non-McLaughlin leader, Hima Das (IND), third or fourth at the half way point, ran a strong second 200 to take the win in 51.46.  Manson, who was ranked 3rd in the field coming into the meet, finished in 52.28 to capture the bronze for Team USA. Winning silver was Andrea Miklos of Romania in 52.07.

Women’s 400m Hurdles Semifinals

Jurnee Woodward (LSU) looked sluggish, finishing fourth in her heat (58.20) and not advancing.  Brooke Jaworski (West, Wausau, WI) dove at the finish in her heat to get a time qualifier.  Her 57.57 is a PB.   Brooke has quite a story.  This was her fourth 400m Hurdle race ever.  And she makes the World U20 final!  She won the Wisconsin state meet 300m hurdles in 41.40 and the 400m in 53.75, so it figures that there would be a good 400m hurdles in there somewhere. The 17-year-old is also ranked #1 in the world among U-18 runners.

Heptathlon Shot Put

US athletes did about as well as expected, with Sterling Lester (Marietta, GA) getting a PB at 35-02, and Anna Hall (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) very close to her PB, throwing 34-11.  Anna sits 7th and Sterling 15th after 3 events.

Heptathlon 200m

Sterling Lester got a PB in the 200m (23.87), the fastest of any of the competitors, moving her into 8th place in the point total. Anna Hall was close to her PR, running 24.60, and now in 7th place.

Men’s 200m Semifinals

Khance Meyers (Hinds CC) won his heat easily (20.79) and Eric Harrison (Ohio State) was second in his heat (20.86) as both qualified for the final.  The Brits looked strong, with the fastest two qualifiers:  Charles Dobson (20.53) and Jona Efoloko (20.74).

Women’s Pole Vault Final

A bit of a surprise here with Rachel Baxter (Virginia Tech) clearing only 13-01.5.  She has a best of 14-06, but with this performance finished 11th.  Julia Fixsen (Mounds View, MN) jumped 13-09.25, only 2” off her PB, to finish tied for 7th.  In somewhat of an upset, the Czech Amalie Svabikova took the win, with world leader Lisa Gunnarsson (SWE) finishing second.  Svaibokova cleared 14-09.5.

Men’s 400m Semifinals

Umajesty Williams seemed to go out too fast, not having enough at the end.  He finished fourth (46.72) in his heat and did not advance.  Trey Fields (Baylor) finished third (46.53) in his heat, but will advance as a time qualifier.

Men’s 1500m Final

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) almost spoiled the Kenyan’s party, finishing second to George Managoi (KEN) by .18.  Ingebrigtsen is only 17, but so is Managoi!  Cooper Teare (Oregon) finished in 10th 3:46.19.

Women’s Discus Final

Alyssa Wilson (UCLA) has had better weeks.  She had one legal throw (153-05), then hit the left portal of the hammer cage on her next two throws.  She finished 10th.

Women’s 800m Final

There were those who thought the duo of Samantha Watson and Caitlin Collier had the chance to go one-two.  Of course, they would have had to make final which, of course, they did not.  But with Diribe Weleji (ETH) setting a meet record of 1:59.74 that now seems improbable.  As well, places 2-3-4 were all 2:01.90 or better, so getting a medal was no guarantee (not that it ever is!).

Men’s 110m Hurdles Final

Jamaicans Damion Thomas (LSU) and Orlando Bennett, projected gold and silver, which is exactly how they placed.  Thomas won in 13.16, with Cory Poole (Florida) finishing in 6th at 13.74.

Men’s High Jump Qualifying

Juvaughn Blake (LSU) was one of ten athletes to jump 7-00.5 and advance. Daniel Claxton (Connecticut), last year’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor champion,  could manage only 6-08.75 and did not advance.

US Javelin placing at World Championships

Below is the summary of US athletes at the IAAF Senior World Championships.  Note that the US has won two medals:  Breaux Greer, third in 2007, and Tom Petranoff second in 1983.  The women’s best performance was by Kara Winger in 2015, finishing 8th.  That means that in all the Senior, U20 and U18 competitions, the US has won 3 medals:  Greer, Petranoff, and Dana Baker this year in the U20.


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