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.
|Hudson Keffer||Arizona State||Javelin|
|Wil London||Baylor||4×400 Relay|
|Kai Benedict||California||3000m SC|
|Armani Wallace||Florida State||Triple Jump|
|Thomas Pollard||Iowa State||10,000m|
|Kahmari Montgomery||Missouri||4×400 Relay|
|Nicholas Gray||Ohio State||100m|
|Nicholas Gray||Ohio State||4×100 Relay|
|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|
|Michael Burke||UCLA||High Jump|
|Diego Zarate||Virginia Tech||1500m|
|Deakin Volz||Virginia Tech||Pole Vault|
Female Collegians on Team USA for
|Rachel Nichwitz||Arkansas||3000m SC|
|Taylor Bennett||Baylor||4×100 Relay|
|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|
Team USA Alternates for
|Dylan Hodgson||Kansas||3000m SC|
|Jacob Wooten||Texas A&M||Pole Vault|
|Benjamin Milligan||Oregon||High Jump|
|Margaux Jones||Southern California||Long Jump|