Miller Cruises Into Semis

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Harvard’s Jade Miller is one step closer to winning a World Junior Championship medal.  Yesterday in Eugene, Ore., Miller won her heat of the women’s 400m  hurdle preliminaries with what ended up being the fastest time of the day, 57.85.  Miller has the 3rd fastest time in the world coming into this meet, 57.22.  According to an interview she had with Flotrack after the race, she felt really confident after her race, considering how she had nightmares about missing her warm-up the night before.  And yes, she was beaming just as brightly as she is in the photo above with USA teammate Brendan Shearn.  Miller will compete in the semifinals tonight at 10:05pm EST.

Cornell’s Jordan Sherwood competed in the semifinals of the men’s 400m hurdles yesterday.  While his time was faster than his preliminary round (53.41), he did not run fast enough to earn a berth to tonight’s finals.  Sherwood finished in 21st place in the semifinals.  His World Junior Championships is not over however – Sherwood, as well as Miller, are listed on their teams’ 4×400 relay pool.  The preliminary round for both 4×400 relays will be held on Saturday.

Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu will get a chance to compete for another day, but it will be in a second event.  In yesterday’s discus throw qualifying round, she missed the qualification for the finals by 8 cm (a little over 3 inches) as only the top 12 marks qualified for the finals and she finished 13th with 49.07 meters (160-11 3/4).  Okwelogu’s personal best is 53.31 meters (174-10 3/4), which is the current Ivy League record for the event.  Today, she has the shot put qualifying rounds that begin at 1:10pm EST, where she has the 13th best throw of the athletes entered.

Live results are available at IAAF’s event website.  USATF.tv will be streaming the meet for free, beginning at 1pm EST. There are plenty of great albums and photos from the meet on the internet, including the official meet facebook page,  Zimbio, and now, PhotoRun.

photo by Brendan Shearn

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