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Records were broken in multiple events and age groups and with fast times, far leaps, and massive throws, athletes of all ages showed off their athletic prowess at Day 3 of the USATF National Junior Olympics at Turner Stadium on the campus of Humble High School.
Nick Anderson, 110m Hurdles “My race went well. I go all the jitters out, all the nerves, and I was able to come out here and get a good start this time, which I was really happy about. I was able to close pretty well, and get that second position in the semifinal.My goal was to get in the top-two, which I did.”
American athletes won gold, silver and bronze in the 100 meters on the evening of Day Two at IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward FIeld.
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IAAF World Junior Championships - Day One Quotes Misani (Theophile) Viltz, 100mH On the race “It went pretty good, but my start wasn’t that great. I didn’t really care about the time, I just wanted to make sure I could make it to the semifinal, and make sure I’m feeling good for getting a medal for my country. On feeling winning the heat “I knew the German guy would have a fast time coming in, so I thought he had me, but I ended up with the win.” Nick Anderson, 100mH On the race overall “My race was pretty good. My block start wasn’t the best I wanted, but as I got towards the end, I just tried to bring it in and win the group.” On hitting the third hurdle “On the third hurdle, coming out of the blocks I didn’t push out like I normally would, so I wasn’t able to set-up and prepare for it. I kind of chopped it a little bit. After that, the fifth and sixth, I had to really had to bring my trail leg snapped down and just try to get faster after every hurdle.” On advancing through to the semifinals “It makes me feel a lot better now that I have the first one out the way, and I got the heat.” Rebekah Wales, Javelin “Today just makes me want to work harder than ever. I never want the feeling I had today again. I am a competitor and being beat is not an option to me. I'm going to go back to Louisiana and work harder than I have ever worked. I plan on making another USA team in my future. I'll be back for sure.” Megan Glasmann, Javelin On the experience overall “It was a fantastic experience to be throwing alongside the best in the world 19 and under. While I am disappointed that I will not have the opportunity to continue competing as I missed qualifying for finals, I am very proud of my performance and the honor and pride I have in wearing the USA uniform. I hope to wear it for future teams, and I am so fortunate to have been a part of the USA junior team for a second time.” Grant Fisher, 1500m On running with against an international field It’s not exactly what I had hoped for, but it’s international racing. I kind of made a tactical error, and with one tactical error in this type of field, the race just kind of flies by you. That’s what happened today, and in the future I’ll be more aware of a full field surge like that. I’m not thrilled with the result, but to be out here with this type of field, racing this caliber of guys. It’s really special. It’s even better to have USA on your chest.” Patrick Joseph, 1500m On running against international competition “They don’t play easy. They fight and they use elbows, and it’s awesome. It’s definitely better than racing here because they are very touchy. I raced Kenyans and Djiboutians, and it was just so cool. It’s definitely one of my top experiences. “ On the race overall “I was on the outside, so I had to get to the line quickly because they took it out. I just sat in lane one. I waited basically to see what they were going to do. They just took it out fast, and I knew I had to make a move. They shoved, and I definitely pushed back. It was definitely a tough race. Into the final stretch, I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know who was behind me. All I wanted to do was just get there.” Raevyn Rogers On the race overall “It was not what I expected. I did not expect that to happen. It was a learning race. I’ve got to learn some things and use that going into college. This teaches me how to react to different situation. I know I’m going to have probably the same thing in college as far as the pushing around and stuff, but hey, I’d rather get that experience now rather than later.” On running at Hayward “I love Hayward. It’s really exciting because I know that I’ll get better here, and I’ll get to practice here and work hard with the coaches. The team is very supportive. Everyone on the staff is supportive. Having that here with me is like having family.” Kendal Williams, 100m On the race overall “I think I came out like normal. My coach has always said the blocks have been good. It’s just the transition that has been messing me up in the race. I think first step was really good by the way I was able to get out. When it came time to transition, I just kind of inched ahead of everybody else, and I definitely saw it out of the corner of my eyes. “ On his thoughts after crossing the finish line “I feel amazing right now. I just ran a PR. I slowed up at the end, so I’m pretty happy about that. “ On what it means for the semifinals “it’s really exciting, and now we have both USA men coming to represent for the United States of America. I’m just really excited for both of us. I think we set it off today.” Trayvon Brommel, 100m On someone in the field having a false start “I usually don’t think about it. I’ve learned from past experiences not to worry about it if somebody jumps because it can throw you off. I just try not to think about it. I stop, come back, and this is the first try again. That’s how i think about it. I just get myself back together and get ready to run.” On the race overall “I felt like the start that I had in the previous qualifying event was better than the start I just had, but I just tried to clear my mind and try to focus on the race that I have. I just moved forward. I transitioned well. I have to get my transition a little bit better, picking up my knees. I feel like I finished strong to get a great time to move on to the semifinals.” On preparing for the semifinals “I’m just fixing the little things that I did mess up on. When it comes to semifinals, click on it, run my race and try to make it to the finals.”
Team USA led the way in the men’s 100 meters and 110m hurdles as the U.S. brought in three top finishes with those athletes advancing to semifinal races.
The intense competitions on the track could only be matched by the sweltering temperatures in the Lone Star State on Day Two of the USATF National Junior Olympics at Turner Stadium on the campus of Humble High School, Tuesday, July 22.
Coming out of the blocks, I knew my start wasn’t good enough to make up the stagger too too much in the lane outside of me. But I knew on the second turn I could push him again really fast. I’m more of a strength runner as opposed to a get-out kind of guy, but I’m trying to put it together, and that’s what I did at Junior Nationals where I had my PR.
During the evening session of the first day at IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field, American sprinters finished atop their heats and women’s long jumpers were among the top-six advancing into the next round of their events. With the seven advancing from the morning session and six from the evening, a total of 13 Americans will appear in semifinals or finals on Wednesday.
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