Women’s 4x100m relay breaks national record at U20 World Championships

CALI, Colombia — Team USATF’s women’s 4x100m team broke the oldest U.S. U20 relay record and helped bring the U.S. medal tally to 13 on day five of the U20 World Athletics Championships in Pascual Guerrero stadium soaked in rain. The team also leads the points standings with 138.

Couldn’t beat the Jamaican team who set an under-20 world record in the women’s 4x100m relay with their 42.59, but the USATF team broke a 16-year-old American under-20 record* by 0.01 seconds with their 43.28 for the money. Fresh out of her silver medal in the 200m an hour before, Jayla Jamisson (Gaston, SC/USATF SC) ran a solid leg up to pass to Autumn Wilson (Liberty Hill, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) in a good position. The transfer between Wilson and Iyana Gray (Arlington, Texas/USATF Southwestern) stretched the zone to the max but was legal, then bronze medalist in the 100m Shawnti Jackson (Wake Forest, NC/USATF NC) sped down the home stretch to break the previous U20 national record set on August 8, 2006.

After a long weather delay, the women’s 200m final took place with Jayla Jamisson (Gaston, SC/USATF SC) in the outside lane favored Brianna Lyston of Jamaica. Lyston charged from the blocks and made up much of the lag on Jamison on the turn, but the USATF U20 champion shifted gears and stayed close straight away to claim silver in 22.77, the best of his life. Mia Brahe-Pedersen (Lake Oswego, Oregon/USATF Oregon) rode a strong last half to place fourth in 23.06.

After a solid pair of runs by Laurent Colbert (Bowie, Md./USATF Potomac Valley) and Michael Gizzi (Covington, GA/USATF Georgia) A missed pass on the second rally slowed the United States down, but Brandon Miller (Fenton, Michigan/USATF Michigan) brought the foursome back into medal contention at the turn. Johnny Brackins (Lee’s Summit, Missouri/USATF Missouri Valley) couldn’t withstand challenges from Japan and Jamaica over the final 20 meters and the Americans finished fourth in 39.57. South Africa won the race but was later disqualified for a lane violation by its first runner, moving the United States to bronze.

In the men’s triple jump, Floyd Whitaker (Clementon, New Jersey/USATF New Jersey) clocked a lifetime best 16.01m/52-6.5 in his final attempt to move into fifth. Solomon Washington (Round Rock, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) started with what turned out to be his best effort of 15.55m/51-0.25, placing eighth.

Throw 69.25m/227-2 in the third round of the men’s javelin won Evan Niedrowski (Wyomissing, PA/USATF Mid-Atlantic) three more attempts and, ultimately, eighth place.

Talia Green (Oakland, Calif./USATF Pacific) finished 28th in the women’s 10,000m race walk in 51:12.16, with Angelique Harris (Bartlett, Illinois/USATF Illinois) 33rd in 52:32.40.

Clear favorites for the medal heading into the competition, the women’s 4x400m relay team did their job efficiently and effectively, easily winning the first run in 3:32.94. Mekenze Kelley (Stone Mountain, GA/USATF Georgia) ran a strong opening run of 53.3 and passed with a lead at madison why (Newport News, Virginia/USATF Virginia). Whyte increased the lead a bit with a 53.0 carry, then Zaya Akin (Kansas City, Missouri/USATF Missouri Valley) blew it with a £52.1 split. All that was left for Kennedy Wade (Seabrook, Texas/USATF Gulf) was to safely spin the stick once again, and she did it in 54.6.

The American men’s 4x400m relay didn’t have as big a margin of victory as the women before them, but still took a 3:07.82 win in the first run to advance to the final. Ashton Schwartzman (Wautoma, Wis./USATF Wisconsin) clocked 47.5 on the first leg and finished second to runner-up in the 400m hurdles Kody Blackwood (McKinney, TX/USATF Southwest). Blackwood put the team back in contention with a 46.7 split, then another hurdler Grant Williams (Celina, Texas/USATF Southwestern) added to the lead with a 47.9 on the third leg. Does Sumner (Canton, GA/USATF Georgia) topped the foursome with a 45.8 anchor to seal the win.

The two American men advanced to the discus final, led by Kevin Grubbs (Humble, Texas/USATF Gulf), who threw the best 60.29m/197-9 to place fifth overall. Desmond Coleman (Charlotte, NC/USATF NC) was one spot behind Grubbs with his 59.79m/196-2.

A lifetime best of 13.09m / 42-11.5 in the first powered round Agur Dwol (Littleton, Colorado/USATF Colorado) to the women’s triple jump final as the eighth best qualifier overall. Suzan Ogunleye (Round Rock, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) did not advance after posting a record 12.35m/40-6.25.

Jalaysia Smith (Glenn Heights, Texas/USATF Southwestern) looked confident and at ease as she won the first semifinal in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.20. Eddie Frye (Miami Gardens, Fla./USATF Florida) hit hurdle four hard in the second semi and couldn’t recover at full speed, placing fifth in 13.92.

As the rain continued to fall intermittently, Samuel Rodman (Bealeton, Va./USATF Virginia) followed the line for the first men’s 800m semifinal. Rodman was in good standing over the 200 in 26.80 and finished third at the bell in 54.74. He started to struggle in the third 200m, dropping back to fifth, and he finished seventh in 1:49.47. The rumble of thunder and heavier rains are welcomed Miles Brown (Novi, Michigan/USATF Michigan) in the second semi and despite a brave effort could not progress in a fast 200m final, taking sixth place in 1:50.17.

Medals won by the USATF team

total (13)

Gold (5)

  • 4x400m mixed relay, 3:17.69 (RC) (Charlie Bartholomew, Madison Whyte, Will Sumner, Kennedy Wade)
  • Men’s shot put, 20.73m/68-0.25 (Tarik O’Hagan)
  • 800m women, 1:59.13 (RC) (Roisin Willis)
  • Women’s Pole Vault, 4.35m/14-3.25 (Hana Moll)
  • Women’s 400m hurdles, 56.16 (Akala Garrett)

Silver (4)

  • 110m hurdles men, 13.27 (Malik Mixon)
  • 400m men, 45.65 (Steven McElroy)
  • 200m women, 22.77 (Jayla Jamison)
  • Women’s 4x100m relay, 43.28 (U20 AR) (Jayla Jamison, Autumn Wilson, Iyana Gray, Shawnti Jackson)

Bronze (4)

  • 800m women, 2:00.18 (Juliette Whittaker)
  • 100m women, 11.15 (Shawnti Jackson)
  • Women’s 400m hurdles, 56.86 (Michaela Rose)
  • Men’s 4x100m relay, 39.57 (Laurenz Colbert, Michael Gizzi, Brandon Miller, Johnny Brackins)

A full list of results can be found here.

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*Pending ratification

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