Harvard’s Jade Miller capped off a great junior campaign last night by winning the bronze medal in the women’s 400m hurdles championship at the IAAF World Junior Championship in Eugene, Ore. Miller ran a new personal best, 56.22, which is now the 2nd fastest time in Ivy League history. Miller’s Team USA teammate, Shamier Little (who won NCAAs in this event, running for Texas A&M), won the world title in 55.66. Great Britian’s Shonda Richards edged out Miller for silver in 56.16. Video of the race is available on Runnerspace.com.
“My race strategy was what my coach has been urging me to do all year, but I have never listened. It’s go out smart but not stupid and know what pace you’re supposed to be at. He really wanted me to find a rhythm of my race that I wasn’t finding. Before I would just go out stupid fast and just die a slow death at the end, so this time I really felt like I had something still at 150, which I never feel. I was so excited about that, and I just wanted to run my hardest and best as my last race of the season, and I just wanted to run as fast as I could to the finish line,” Miller shared about her race with USATF after her race.
Unless Miller is selected to run in the 4×400 relay finals tonight, Ivy competition at the World Junior Championships is complete.
But there was other track action going on last night in Eugene. After Day 5 action was complete at the World Junior Championships, the track hosted the Run Track Town High Performance meet – an eight event track meet were pros were invited to compete. Two Ivy alumni, Kyle Merber (Columbia) and Katie Grace (Yale) participated. Merber finished 2nd in the men’s 1500m race, 3:39.11, while Grace anchored the 2nd place 4×800 relay team to a time of 8:08.39.
Now – we migrate east to Glasgow, Scotland for the Commonwealth Games. Athletics competition begins today, where the shot put (Cornell/Nigeria’s Stephen Mozia – 10:40AM EST) and hammer throw (Princeton/New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe and Harvard/Jamaica’s Nicky Grant – 11:35AM EST) qualifying rounds will commence. There are a number of options to watch the meet through the internet – check out this link for information.
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