BARCELONA – Rising Longhorn sophomore Morgan Snow won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona last weekend. The event ran July 10-15 at the 1992 Olympic Games Stadium.
Snow’s winning time of 13.38 in Sunday’s final bested Switzerland’s Noemi Zbaren (13.42) and Russia’s Ekaterina Bleskina (13.43).
“I felt really good in the final,” said Snow. “Before the race, I had it in my mind that I was going to win. I felt something come over me when I was standing behind the blocks. There was something inside of me telling me that I was going to win, and I did.”
Snow ran her qualifying race last Friday in a time of 13.44, advancing with the fourth-fastest mark overall. In Saturday’s semifinals, she was edged by favorite Bleskina and placed second in the heat in 13.31. Bleskina and Snow qualified for the final with the two quickest times.
“I was really nervous during the first two rounds, especially in the semifinals because they put me in Bleskina’s heat and I knew we would be battling it out,” said Snow. “Heading into the finals, my teammate (Dior Hall) and I were calming each other down to keep our minds off the race. Sometimes when you think about it too much, you don’t do it right. So I sang the national anthem in my head and got myself pumped up.”
Snow is no stranger to success in the 100m hurdles. In 2011 she was the USA Junior Olympic Track & Field champion and AAU Junior Olympic champion in the event.
Snow competed at the World Junior Championships following the completion of her freshman campaign as a Longhorn. She earned All-America Second Team honors in the 100m hurdles and as a member of Texas’ 4x100m relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in May. She was also a four-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2012.