Collegians Shine At 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships

Underclassmen from the 2018 collegiate track & field season shined at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships this past week in Tampere, Finland.

Twenty-seven institutions were represented at the biennial meet, including 24 NCAA Division I programs, two NJCAA Division I programs (Hinds (Miss.) and Western Texas) as well as one NAIA program (British Columbia).

Athletes from those 27 institutions combined to win 17 medals.

Picking Up Hardware In Tampere, Finland

Name Program Country Event Medal
Damion Thomas LSU Jamaica 110 Hurdles
Gold
Antonios Merlos Georgia Greece High Jump
Gold
Jake Norris LSU Great Britain Hammer
Gold
Alexandra Emilianov Kansas Moldova Discus
Gold
Camryn Rogers California Canada Hammer
Gold
Adrian Piperi Texas United States Shot Put
Silver
Twanisha Terry Southern California United States 100 Meters
Silver
Lauren Rain Williams Oregon United States 200 Meters
Silver
Lisa Gunnarsson Virginia Tech Sweden Pole Vault
Silver
Alyssa Wilson UCLA United States Hammer
Silver
Eric Harrison Ohio State United States 100 Meters
Bronze
Eric Harrison Ohio State United States 200 Meters
Bronze
Chantz Sawyers Florida Jamaica 400 Meters
Bronze
Juvaughn Blake LSU United States High Jump
Bronze
Taylor Manson Florida United States 400 Meters
Bronze
Cortney Jones Florida State United States 100 Hurdles
Bronze
Tara Davis Georgia United States Long Jump
Bronze

Five of those medals were gold as Damion Thomas (men’s 110 hurdles), Antonios Merlos (men’s high jump), Jake Norris (men’s hammer), Alexandra Emilianov (women’s discus) and Camryn Rogers (women’s hammer) stood at the top of the podium after their respective events.

Five athletes earned silver medals: Adrian Piperi (men’s shot put), Twanisha Terry (women’s 100), Lauren Rain Williams (women’s 200), Lisa Gunnarsson (women’s pole vault) and Alyssa Wilson (women’s hammer). If you’re wondering who the busiest collegian last week in Finald was, that would be Wilson as she competed in the hammer, discus and shot put, just like she did at the NCAA Championships last month.

Six athletes brought back bronze medals, including Eric Harrison who double dipped in the 100 and 200. Other bronze medals recipients were Chantz Sawyers (men’s 400), Juvaughn Blake (men’s high jump), Taylor Manson (women’s 400), Cortney Jones (women’s 100 hurdles) and Tara Davis (women’s long jump).