After slow start struggles in the rounds of the 100 meter dash before ultimately earning a bronze medal in the finals on Wednesday night at the World Junior Championships, Kaylin Whitney got off to a much faster start out of the blocks in her preliminary race of the 200 meter dash before shutting it down at the end and cruising in for 23.31 victory to move onto the semis.
In his 400 meter hurdles semi-finals race on Thursday morning, Baylor University freshmen and Florida native TJ Holmes showed that he has the speed and endurance to finish all of his races better than anyone else.
Despite the cold, rainy, and gloomy weather that stuck around all day for Wednesday's events for the World Junior Championships, it was the Sunshine state of Florida and two of their very best bringing a lot of heat and energy to the track in the men's 100 meter dash in a moment that should spark the host country American teams to more medals throughout the rest of the week. Watch the race video of the men's 100 meter dash finals from the World Juniors.
Watch the race video of women's 100 meter dash finals from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Meet Index Videos Kaylin Whitney (FL) - Women's 100m Bronze Medalist (via MileSplit)
Baylor University freshmen and former Florida high school track star TJ Holmes simply brought it home nice and easy after getting out to a quick lead in his first race of the World Junior Championships in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a heat winning time of 52.03
The IAAF World Junior Championships will have a Florida flare this week. Nine Sunshine State speedsters will represent team USA on the largest stage for U20 track and field athletes while three others will represent others countries in this six day event. Stay tuned to flrunners and MileSplit for live results, photos, video interviews,and recaps of all the action!
Floridians showed out on day one with Nick Anderson kicking off the party and advancing in the 110m hurdles. Trayvon Bromell and Kendal Williams clocked the two fastest times in the 100m dash and will compete in the semi-finals and finals today. On the girl's side, top see Kaylin Whitney will look to go through the rounds and bring home her first ever world championship. Gabe Moore will continue his decathlon quest on day two of the meet. He currently sits in 12th place. Also advancing on day one is Jamal Walton (not pictured) who is competing for the US Virgin Islands. Walton, the youngest competitor in the whole meet wsa second in his heat of the 400 meter dash. Check out these awesome photos of all our Florida/Team USA athletes.
Despite a slow start of the blocks, Kaylin Whitney was able to recover in the next phases of her race to comfortably win her first round heat of the 100 meter dash at the World Junior Championships with a 11.49 clocking. In her post-race interview, Whitney is clear that her focus is conserving as much energy as possible through the first two rounds and let it all out in the finals to compete for the gold medal and challenge her own US high school national record of 11.10.
Freeport High School (FL) recent graduate and incoming University of Arkansas freshmen Gabe Moore has one simple motto for tomorrow's second hald of the decathlon competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships: "Time to pick it up". Moore has been competing close with US teammate Harrison Williams (TN) including directly head to head in same heats of 100 and 400 meter dashes on Tuesday. Looking for the hurdles and discus early on Wednesday to help him move up from his current 12th place position in the overall event standings.
Coverage central from MileSplit of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Find twitter updates, links to all important meet information, pre-meet coverage and stories as well as our comprehensive on-site coverage over the next week at Hayward Field with video interviews, recaps, stories, photos, results, and more!
World Junior 100 meter dash record holder Trayvon Bromell has quickly shown himself as the class of the junior men's field in the 100 meter after this first round with his 10.13 clocking from heat 6 easily putting him a full tenth of second faster than the next fastest qualifier, which happens to be USA teammate Kendal Williams. The Baylor University freshmen and NCAA champ is looking to claim another major title at Hayward Field.
The chances of the US going 1-2 in the men's 100 meter dash for gold and silver medals were already looking good with the likes of Florida grown Trayvon Bromell and Kendal Williams representing the country in the World Junior Championships, but those odds looked even better after Williams ran a smooth looking 10.23 lifetime best clocking to win his heat in the first round.
The stages keep getting bigger for childhood friends Trayvon Bromell and TJ Holmes. The pair have been racing each other since they were in grade school. They joined the same youth track club and grew up together. They both attended high school in south Saint Petersburg and they both landed on the prestigious Baylor track team for their first year of collegiate track. They are college roommates and will even be rooming together for the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon this week.
Two years old. Most babies are playing with blocks, but not Kaylin Whitney. She was preparing her legs for block starts. The explosiveness and power in the top high school sprinter in the country came from what else; a Jolly Jumper. An internet search shows an image for the toy which looks like a trampoline for tots. Whitney says she was always in the Jolly Jumper and remembers those days fondly.
In the penultimate installment of the series, I try to touch on some issues that have been brought to my attention during the process of writing these articles.
After winning the NCAA Championship 100 meter dash last month at Hayward Field, Trayvon Bromell returned to the historic University of Oregon track for USA Juniors. The performance wasn't quite the 9.97 he put up to win his first title as a Baylor freshman, but his 10.07 was good enough for the win and a spot on team USA at the World Junior Championships next week. Bromell, one of the favorites to bring home gold will be blogging throughout his journey over the next week.
Running the 400m in a competitive state like Florida, where there are so many talented girls in the event makes it hard to shine when it comes to the high school season as well as the summer circuit. Ladies like Kendall Ellis, Sharrika Barnett and Gabrielle Gayles are just a few 400m standouts. Last week at the AAU Club Championships three ladies represented the Sunshine State very well, bringing back some very fast times that look promising going into the next season.
Vaulters from around the state hit up Clearwater Beach for a unique pole vault experience known as the beach vault. Bob Leidel of host Florida Pole Vault Academys fro uploaded these awesome photos of all the action!
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the boys 200 meter dash from the 2014 outdoor season. They have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the boys 110 meter hurdles from the 2014 outdoor season. They have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
To become a great track athlete you really have to get a head start. It's hard to start in high school. I'm not saying it can’t be done, but by getting multiple years to learn the ropes as well as get to know your competition it really helps create a great all around athlete. To have a range from the 100mh - 1500m is something you don’t see often especially if you’re actually good. Most athletes like this go into the multi events and try their luck there. This young lady has not only tried the multi-event circuit and the hurdles for the first time this year, not to mention she is a multiple time AAU Club National Champion. Daishon Spann runs hard on the track locally and nationally and I am proud to call her my sister.
CLERMONT — The day's first sun rays peek over the horizon as Windermere Prep's Franco Martins and Geneva's Nick Gonzalez ease into their training run. (via Orlando Sentinel)
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the boys 100 meter dash from the 2014 outdoor season. They have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
As we wind down the 2014 outdoor track and field season, it is fitting to close out this year’s ‘Under the Radar’ series with someone very deserving. In Florida we’re known for our huge amount of sprinters. Being that there are so many, some great athletes get lost in the crowd behind athletes such as Kendall Williams, Andre Ewers, and Michael Timpson Jr. Now that most of these high class sprinters have graduated, the seniors of 2015 are taking over, and one of those sprinters to watch out for is Isaiah Taylor. Taylor has been rising on the track and field ladder this past year, but very few know of him even though he placed 4th in the 4A state meet this year in the 100m and has a personal best of 10.48.
Over a decade has passed since a major international sporting event was held on U.S. soil. However, that will all change July 22-27 with the 177 member federations and the 1,758 junior athletes, ages 16-19, entered to compete in the 16th IAAF World Junior Championships at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The following 8 relays each in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 meter relays have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team from the 2014 outdoor season as they have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their relay events from this past spring.
Space camp is for nerds. Basketball camp is for jocks. Running camp is that sweet spot in between: five days of running, stretching, meeting new runner friends and trying to find time to nap. It might be the best week of your summer. (via Runner's World)
The provisional entry list for the 2014 World Junior Championships to be held next week at University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene with a total of 167 countries represented among 1,540 athletes entered. The official start lists which include the final scratch downs will become available on Monday, July 21st at 4 PM PST before the first day of competition.
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the girls 400 meter dash from the 2014 outdoor season as they have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
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