Monday, July 25, 2016

Collegians Earn 11 Medals At IAAF U20 Championships


By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
July 25, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — Collegiate underclassmen were front and center for their respective national teams last week at the IAAF U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
All told, collegians from the 2015-16 academic year captured six individual medals and five as part of relay teams over the six-day event.
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Two athletes brought individual gold medals back to their respective countries: Florida’s Yanis David (France) and Virginia Tech’s Deakin Volz (United States). David earned hers in the long jump, where she soared 6.42m (21-¾) on her first attempt and beat the closest competitor by two centimeters. Volz surprised everybody when he smashed his lifetime best of 5.46m on his way to a winning bar of 5.65m (18-6½) in the pole vault.
Gold medals were also nabbed by collegians as part of relay events: Tennessee’s Ari Cogdell, Baylor’s Wil London and Missouri’s Kahmari Montgomery in the men’s 4×400, Ohio State’s Karrington Winters in the women’s 4×400 and Baylor’s Taylor Bennett in the women’s 4×100. All of those relay athletes were part of Team USA.
Three athletes earned individual silver medals: Houston’s Amere Lattin (USA), London and Michigan’s Taylor McLaughlin (USA). Lattin capped his fine summer as he worked through three rounds in the 110 hurdles en route to a runner-up finish in the final thanks to a personal best of 13.30. London got his first medal of the championships last Friday when he took second in the open 400 with a time of 45.27. McLaughlin started a trend in the prelims and continued it through the finals as he took second in each heat in which he competed, including the final where he PR’d in 49.45.
One collegian hauled in a bronze medal and that was Houston’s Mario Burke. The Barbados national worked his way through the prelims and semifinals, then registered one of the fastest reaction times in the final and finished third.

Collegians Who Reached Finals In Poland

Mario BurkeHoustonBarbados100 Meters3rd
Jenae AmbroseAuburnBahamas200 Meters4th
Taylor BennettBaylorUnited States200 Meters5th
Wil LondonBaylorUnited States400 Meters2nd
Kahmari MontgomeryMissouriUnited States400 Meters5th
Robert HeppenstallWake ForestCanada800 Meters5th
Brian BellHoustonUnited States800 Meters7th
Anna RohrerNotre DameUnited States5000 Meters11th
Charlotte ProuseWashingtonCanadaSteeplechase6th
Amere LattinHoustonUnited States110 Hurdles2nd
Michael NichollsNew OrleansBarbados110 Hurdles6th
Taylor McLaughlinMichiganUnited States400 Hurdles2nd
Miriam Abdul-RashidTexasCanada400 Hurdles8th
Jah-Nhai PerinchiefIowa CentralBermudaHigh Jump7th
Nicole GreeneNorth CarolinaUnited StatesHigh Jump5th
Deakin VolzVirginia TechUnited StatesPole Vault1st
Kaylee HintonTexas TechUnited StatesHeptathlon16th
Yanis DavidFloridaFranceLong Jump1st
Bria MatthewsGeorgia TechUnited StatesLong Jump5th
Charles BrownTexas TechUnited StatesTriple Jump10th
Armani WallaceFlorida StateUnited StatesTriple Jump12th
Bria MatthewsGeorgia TechUnited StatesTriple Jump4th
Yanis DavidFloridaFranceTriple Jump10th
Shanique WrightMinnesotaJamaicaTriple Jump11th
Taylor BennettBaylorUnited States4×100 Relay1st
Ari CogdellTennesseeUnited States4×400 Relay1st
Kahmari MontgomeryMissouriUnited States4×400 Relay1st
Wil LondonBaylorUnited States4×400 Relay1st
Karrington WintersOhio StateUnited States4×400 Relay1st

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