Talented Team USATF roster set for 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships
INDIANAPOLIS -- Today USATF announced its roster set for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships with 79 athletes from 24 states representing the red, white and blue at Tampere Stadium, July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.
Highlighting Team USATF are junior athletes coming off stellar performances at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships held June 15-17 in Bloomington, Indiana.
High school junior, Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, OH/Southwest Ohio TC) took down the high school and two-year-old American junior record (pending) in the 10,000m race walk clocking a time of 49:07.52 to make Team USATF.
Making her third U.S. junior national team, UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, NJ/) became the first junior woman to qualify for Team USATF in three throwing events for a single championship event. Over the course of three record setting days, Wilson won the shot put (16.80m/55-1.5) and hammer throw (66.33m/217-7) and placed second in the discuss (53.84m/176-) at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Wilson has competed for Team USATF twice in the shot put but this marks her first time competing in the discus and hammer throw.
University of Florida freshman Cory Poole (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) became just the third junior male in USATF history to win both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles in a single championship event. He joined Kenneth Ferguson (2003) and Jeffery Jackson (1993) in accomplishing the USATF Junior hurdle double. Poole clocked 49.71 in the 400m hurdles and a personal best of 13.34 in the 110m hurdles.
Ohio State’s Eric Harrison (Washington, D.C./Team Accelerate Maryland) won the 200m comfortably with a time of 20.44 after taking silver in the 100m in 10.26 in Bloomington. Harrison is scheduled to compete in 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Tampere.
Georgia’s Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, CA/Plyometric Fusion) dominated in the women’s long jump, finishing with a personal best and a junior world-leading jump of 6.71m/22-0.25 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships to earn a spot on Team USATF. The second place finisher in the long jump, Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/ North Texas Cheetahs) made the team with a personal best jump of 6.39m/21-11.75.
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