LILLE, FRANCE - Ethan Cochran had the throw of his life to
improve his personal best in the discus by three meters and win the
silver medal during day one of the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships
held in Lille, France, July 6-10.
Cochran (Costa Mesa, Calif.) twice bested his previous personal
record in the discus with two throws over 60 meters. After fouling his
first attempt, he first set a PR on his second attempt where he recorded
a 60.37m/198-0 heave. He then followed up with his medal-winning third
throw of 61.37m/201-4. While he did not improve his mark during the next
three throws, it was good enough to hold off the rest of the field who
sat more than half a meter behind him.
Haley Crouser (Gresham, Ore.) didn't spend much time at the
track on day one. On her first throw of the competition, she sent the
javelin flying past the qualification mark of 50m. Recording a toss of
50.60m/166-0, Crouser automatically qualified for the final and was done
for the day.
In the 400m heats, the duo of Najee Glass (Fords, N.J.) and
Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) advanced to the semi-finals with ease.
Hall was the only athlete to run under 47-seconds as he won heat five
in 46.76. Meanwhile, Glass won the fourth heat in 47.92
Myasia Jacobs, 2011 World Youth Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net
Amber Bryant-Brock (Marietta, Ga.) and Nnenya Hailey (Marietta,
Ga.) brought more wins in the girls' 400m hurdles. Bryant-Brock won the
first heat in 1:01.13 to automatically qualify for the semifinals, and
Hailey speed to a 58.71 to win her win her heat and qualify as well.
In the boys' 400m hurdles, Jonathan Russell (Ashburn, Va.) came
over the final hurdle side-by-side with three other athletes. In a
sprint to the finish, Russell was narrowly edged out by Yahaya Ibrahim
Barnawai; however, all of the top three ran to personal bests. Russell
advanced to the finals with his quick time of 51.94.
Torrie Owers, 2011 World Youth Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net
Team USA did not advance to the finals of the triple jump.
Carla Forbes (Mattapan, Mass.) leapt to a 12.12m/39-9.25 on her first
jump to record her best mark and give her 13th place of the first group. Madu finished tenth in the second group with her first and best jump of 12.42m/40-9.
Team USA sailed through the morning qualifying rounds on the
track with all seven athletes in running events advancing to the next
Team USA started on the right foot in the girls' 100m hurdles
with both athletes advancing to the next round. Trinity Wilson (Oakland,
Calif.) won the first race of the meet by taking heat one in 13.59.
Kendell Williams (Marietta, Ga.) also nabbed first in the fourth heat in
In the boys' 800m run, Cameron Thornton (Atlanta, Ga.) looked
effortless after he negotiated the traffic of the field and passed on
the outside. Thornton took second in his heat in 1:52.34. Tre'tez
Kinnaird (Louisville, Ky.) finished fourth in his heat, but was able to
advance to the semi-finals with his time of 1:52.81.
In the girls' 1500m, Hannah Meier (Gross Pointe Farms, Mich.)
had a strong finish in the first heat to take third place in 4:25.28.
Camille Chapus (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) faced a fast field and rode
the pack to a personal best finish of 4:22.69 to take sixth and advance
to the finals based on time.
Reigning Youth Olympic champ Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) ran
to an easy win in the fourth heat of the girls' 400m. Reynolds won in
54.59 to automatically advance to the semifinals. Kendall Baisden
(Franklin, Mich.) was faced with a lane eight draw for the first time,
but was able to overcome the position to finish second in her heat in
55.58 to advance as well.
Ronald Darby (Oxon Hill, Md.), the only U.S. entrant in the
boys' 100m, and he represented his team well as he pulled away from the
rest of heat six to win in 10.67 and automatically qualify for the
In the qualifications for the boys' discus, Ethan Cochran
fouled on his first and last throws, but thankfully he lobbed the disc
57.13m/187-5 on his second throw to advance to the finals.
In the qualification for the girls' shot, Owers sent her final
toss flying 14.13m/46-4.25 to secure her fourth place and an automatic
qualification to the final. Chamaya Turner (Garden Ridge, Texas) also
threw her best mark of 13.20m/43-3.75 on her final attempt; however, she
did not advance to the finals.