Beginning Action at World Juniors

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The IAAF World Junior Championships began yesterday in Eugene, Ore., bringing together some of the world’s best athletes under the age of 20 together for exciting competition.  The Ivy League will have six athletes competing during the course of the championships, representing Team USA, Canada, and Nigeria.

Two Ivy athletes participated on Day 1. Princeton rising sophomore Allison Harris represented Team Canada in the women’s pole vault qualifying.   Harris cleared 3.75 meters (12-03 1/2), but she needed to clear 4.00 meters (13-01 1/2) to advance to Thursday’s finals.  Penn rising sophomore Brendan Shearn was the top American in the men’s 10,000m race, as he finished 15th overall in 30:24.30.  The race, which was run with a playing ensemble of brass and percussion set up on the infield, was won by Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei of Uganda in 28:32.86.  Shearn shared with Race Results Weekly’s Chris Lotsbom after the race how  he drew motivation from the cheering crowd, the music, and from his late friend Madison Holleran, who passed away earlier this year. “Just to be able to represent my country and to just run out here was fantastic. It was just amazing,… I heard the USA chants and it kind of spurred me on to go a little faster, and my coaches told me to do this for Madison, who was a runner on my team who passed away. I was really happy to do this for her and represent for her,” Shearn told Lotsbom.

Only one Ivy is scheduled to compete in Day 2 action – Cornell’s Jordan Sherwood will be competing in the men’s 400m hurdle qualifying round today at 3:10pm EST.

For more ways to follow the action, check out the IAAF’s event website for more options.

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photo by David Beyerle

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