Williams’ U.S. Junior Record Among Many Titles for Collegians at U.S. Junior Championships
NEW ORLEANS – Yet another American Junior Record fell to Kendell Williams of Georgia at this past weekend’s U.S. Junior Outdoor Championships held this past weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., headlining 19 national titles and 37 World Junior Championships qualifying performances by collegians.
Crossing the line in the 100-meter hurdles in a 2014 World Junior-leading 12.87 (+2.0m/s), Williams – already the World Junior record holder in the pentathlon indoors and the American Junior Record holder in the heptathlon outdoors, and NCAA Champion in both events—toppled the seven-year-old American Junior Record formerly held by Kristi Castlin since 2007 and moved up to No. 2 on the all-time World Junior performers list.
She also ran a wind-aided 12.98 in the prelims.
The performance secured her not only a spot in the record books, but also a spot on the Team USA roster for the IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in that very same Hayward Field complex from July 22-27.
She will sport the Red, White & Blue alongside at least 36 other collegians who qualified as individuals by finishing among the top two in their respective events this weekend.
Joining Williams as NCAA Outdoor Champions doubling as U.S. Junior Champions were Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell in the men’s 100 meters, Texas A&M’s Shamier Little in the women’s 400-meter hurdles and Texas’ Kendall Baisden – who was an NCAA Champion in the 4×400 relay – in the women’s 400 meters.
Bromell crossed the line first in 10.07 (+1.2m/s) to win by two-tenths of a second, though a false start in the final by Florida State recruit Trentavis Friday averted a showdown between the fastest two Juniors in world history. Bromell’s 9.97 at NCAAs was the fastest ever, while Friday’s 10.00 in the prelims Saturday afternoon was No. 2 all time.
Meanwhile over a distance four times as far as Bromell, Little in the 400-meter hurdles had to surge to the line in 55.43 to clip high schooler Sydney McLaughlin in the closing meters by that same two-tenths-of-a-second margin.
Baisden outlasted high schooler Olivia Baker to win by a quarter of a second in 52.21.
In winning the women’s discus, Stanford’s Valarie Allman further solidified her 2014 World Junior lead with a first-attempt mark of 188-6 (57.45m) to win by nearly 14 feet.
Central Arizona College’s Travonn White moved to No. 2 in the World long jump standings among juniors in 2014 with a winning leap of 26-4½ (8.04m)
All collegians who won national titles in their events are listed below, as are those who finished runners-up to qualify for the World Junior Championships. Video replays of select events, courtesy of Runnerspace.com, can be found by clicking the names of the student-athletes.
Still others may be eligible for the 4×100 and 4×400 relay pools, or may otherwise ultimately contest an individual event should one of the top two in their events be unable to compete.
|Trayvon Bromell||Baylor||men’s 100 meters||1|
|Timothy Holmes||Baylor||men’s 400-meter hurdles||1|
|Travonn White||Central Arizona||men’s long jump||1|
|Tyler Brown||Eastern Michigan||men’s 400 meters||1|
|Jonathan Green||Georgetown||men’s 10,000 meters||1|
|Kendell Williams||Georgia||women’s 100-meter hurdles||1|
|Tre’tez Kinnaird||Indiana||men’s 800 meters||1|
|Nicholas Anderson||Kentucky||men’s 110-meter hurdles||1|
|Jazmin McCoy||Nebraska||women’s long jump||1|
|Elinor Purrier||New Hampshire||women’s 3000-meter steeplechase||1|
|Cole Walsh||Oregon||men’s pole vault||1|
|Valarie Allman||Stanford||women’s discus||1|
|Megan Glasmann||Stanford||women’s javelin||1|
|Kendall Baisden||Texas||women’s 400 meters||1|
|Shamier Little||Texas A&M||women’s 400-meter hurdles||1|
|Braheme Days, Jr.||UCLA||men’s shot put||1|
|Patrick Joseph||Virginia Tech||men’s 1500 meters||1|
|Charlie Ionata||Wake Forest||men’s hammer throw||1|
|Colby Gilbert||Washington||men’s 5000 meters||1|
|Quanesha Burks||Alabama||women’s long jump||2|
|Marshay Ryan||Auburn||women’s triple jump||2|
|Kenneth Fisher||Bethune-Cookman||men’s long jump||2|
|Clarence Gallop||Charleston Southern||men’s hammer throw||2|
|Aaliyah Pete||Colorado State||women’s shot put||2|
|Sabrina Southerland||Georgetown||women’s 800 meters||2|
|Brian Barraza||Houston||men’s 5000 meters||2|
|Rebekah Wales||LSU||women’s javelin||2|
|Jada Martin||LSU||women’s 200 meters||2|
|Katelyn Daniels||Michigan State||women’s discus||2|
|Anna Peer||Nebraska||women’s 5000 meters||2*|
|Brooke Andersen||Northern Arizona||women’s hammer throw||2|
|Lamar Burton||Ohio State||men’s 400 meters||2|
|Hayden McClain||Oklahoma||men’s triple jump||2|
|Brendan Shearn||Penn||men’s 10,000 meters||2|
|Hope Schmelzle||Purdue||women’s 3000-meter steeplechase||2|
|Ryan Njegovan||Saint Fracis (Ill.)||men’s discus||2|
|Bryce Miller||UMKC||men’s 3000-meter steeplechase||2|
|* did not achieve the World Junior Championships qualifying standard|