Collegians On Team USA For IAAF U20 Championships

Collegians On Team USA For IAAF U20 Championships

NEW ORLEANS — History shines on the 46 collegians that are competing as part of Team USA at the IAAF U20 Championships beginning Tuesday in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Dating back to 2012 when the meet was held in Barcelona, Spain and two years ago in Eugene, Oregon at Hayward Field, 45 individual NCAA titles were won by athletes that tested their speed, strength and will on the international stage.

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Some of those athletes in 2012 included five-time NCAA title winners Jarrion Lawson and Kendell Williams, while the 2014 batch included American record holder and three-time NCAA champ Keturah Orji and 2015 IAAF World Championship silver medalist and three-time NCAA champ Shamier Little. Lawson, Orji and Williams are also all members of Team USA for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Let’s focus on 2016, however, as those 48 collegians will look to add to the staggering total of medals the United States of America has won at that meet (208 with 94 golds).

Overall, thirty NCAA Division I programs are being represented in Poland with three athletes coming from Baylor, Ohio State, Texas Tech and Wisconsin. Nine other institutions have multiple athletes as well, namely Arkansas and Nebraska.

Five finalists from the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past season are entered in events for Team USA — Nicholas Gray (200 meters), Margaux Jones (long jump alternate), Amere Lattin (110 hurdles), Taylor McLaughlin (400 hurdles) and Deakin Volz (pole vault).

The IAAF U20 Championships begin July 19 and run through July 24. The first final on the track will be the Women’s 10000-meter Race Walk on Tuesday and the first final in the field is slated to be the Men’s Shot Put that same day.

We’ll have much more in the coming days, including information on which collegians have the best chances of medaling in Poland.

Male Collegians on Team USA for
2016 IAAF World U20 Championships

Name School Event
Hudson Keffer Arizona State Javelin
Wil London Baylor 400m
Wil London Baylor 4×400 Relay
Kai Benedict California 3000m SC
Armani Wallace Florida State Triple Jump
Amere Lattin Houston 110mH
Brian Bell Houston 800m
Thomas Pollard Iowa State 10,000m
Kendall Muhammad Kentucky 1500m
Taylor McLaughlin Michigan 400mH
Kahmari Montgomery Missouri 400m
Kahmari Montgomery Missouri 4×400 Relay
Cale Wagner Nebraska Decathlon
Nicholas Gray Ohio State 100m
Nicholas Gray Ohio State 4×100 Relay
Adam Kelly Princeton Hammer
Thomas Peters Southern Miss Javelin
Ari Cogdell Tennessee 4×400 Relay
Alex Rogers Texas 3000m SC
Vincent Crisp Texas Tech 800m
Charles Brown Texas Tech Triple Jump
Hakim Montgomery Troy 4×100 Relay
Colin Burke UCLA 10,000m
Michael Burke UCLA High Jump
Diego Zarate Virginia Tech 1500m
Deakin Volz Virginia Tech Pole Vault
Zachary Snider Wisconsin 5000m
Olin Hacker Wisconsin 5000m


Female Collegians on Team USA for
2016 IAAF World U20 Championships

Name School Event
Rachel Nichwitz Arkansas 3000m SC
Taylor Bennett Baylor 4×100 Relay
Taylor Bennett Baylor 200m
Bria Matthews Georgia Tech Triple Jump
Bria Matthews Georgia Tech Long Jump
Kelly Naumann Iowa State 3000m SC
Nicole Greene North Carolina High Jump
Anna Rohrer Notre Dame 5000m
Karrington Winters Ohio State 400m
Karrington Winters Ohio State 4×400 Relay
Sade Olatoye Ohio State Hammer
Kaylee Hinton Texas Tech Heptathlon
Bella Burda Villanova 5000m


Team USA Alternates for
2016 IAAF World U20 Championships

Name School Event
Carlton Orange Arkansas 800m
Dylan Hodgson Kansas 3000m SC
Alex Ostberg Stanford 5000m
Zachary Dale Illinois 10,000m
Jacob Wooten Texas A&M Pole Vault
Benjamin Milligan Oregon High Jump
Name School Event
Lakayla Harris Nebraska 200m
Haley Showalter Wisconsin Hammer
Sarah Blake Kentucky Javelin
Margaux Jones Southern California Long Jump