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Thursday July 12, 2012Hall Uses Upset to Take Home Silver Medal at IAAF World Junior Championships

Barcelona, Spain

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Incoming freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) claimed a silver medal in the men’s 400 meters on the third day of the 2012 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Montjuïc Olympic Stadium.

 

Hall ran a personal best of 45.39 to turn in a runner-up finish in the event, upsetting the fastest high schooler in America in Aldrich Bailey, who shared the bronze medal with Australia’s Steven Solomon in 45.52.

 

Hall, a two-time Gold medalist at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lille, France, now looks to claim some hardware in the 4x400-meter relay with Bailey while competing at Montjuïc Olympic Stadium in Barcelona. Heats of the men’s 4x400-meter relay are set for 1:35 p.m. ET on Saturday. The U.S. 4x400 has won the last five and all but two golds in World Junior Championships history.

 

Rising sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) finished sixth in the finals of the women’s triple jump, improving on her jump from the qualifying rounds by leaping 13.38m/43-10.75 on Thursday. Brewer was the only American representative in the finals of the event and finishes a tremendous freshman campaign that saw her become the SEC Outdoor Champion in the women’s triple jump and a two-time All-American.

 

Incoming freshman Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) finished 10th in her flight and 17th overall in the women’s long jump, leaping 6.12m/20-1 in the qualifying round. Reynolds did not advance to the finals of the event.

 

Rising sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) begins qualification rounds in the women’s high jump on Friday, competing in the second flight at 3:30 a.m. ET. Burke is the SEC Outdoor Champion in the event and owns a collegiate best of1.83m/6-0 and a personal best of 1.86m/6-1.25.

 

Incoming freshman Shayla Sanders (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) will participate in the heats of the women’s 4x100-meter relay at 12:35 p.m. ET. The U.S. 4x100 has won the last four golds and 11 medals total (out of 13) in World Junior Championships history.

 

Competition runs through Sunday, July 15. Montjuïc Olympic Stadium in Barcelona was the site of the 1992 Olympic Games, where Team USA brought home 32 medals in track & field, the second-most in American history.

 

Live results and coverage of the World Junior Championships can be found at IAAF.org. UniversalSports.com will offer live broadcast coverage starting on Saturday, July 14 at 12:20 p.m., Eastern. Day five and six evening session coverage can be found on the site for $5.99. DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers can log on to the site and watch the broadcast for free.

 

Follow the World Juniors team and send your best wishes via Team USA’s Facebook page.

 

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2012 IAAF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – JULY 10-15 – BARCELONA, SPAIN (ALL TIMES ET)

TIME

EVENT

ROUND

GATORS COMPETING

FRIDAY, JULY 13 – DAY FOUR

3:30 a.m.

Women’s High Jump

Qualification

Taylor Burke

12:35 p.m.

Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay

Heats

Shayla Sanders

SATURDAY, JULY 14 – DAY FIVE

1:35 p.m.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Heats

Arman Hall

3:35 p.m.

Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay

Final

Shayla Sanders

SUNDAY, JULY 15 – DAY SIX

12:05 p.m.

Women’s High Jump

Final

Taylor Burke

1:45 p.m.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Final

Arman Hall

Blue Rows are Semi-Finals and are contingent upon advancing from Heats

Gray Rows are Finals and are contingent upon advancing from Qualification/Relay Heats/Semi-Finals

 

2012 Team USA at World Junior Championships – Gators by the Numbers (via USTFCCCA)

 

Most Squad Members by Hometown State

OHIO – 6 (Taylor Burke)

FLORIDA – 6 (Arman Hall, Robin Reynolds, Shayla Sanders)

CALIFORNIA – 5 (Ciarra Brewer)

 

Most Squad Members by College (leaders)

TEXAS A&M – 4

LSU / OREGON / STANFORD – 3

MISSISSIPPI STATE / FLORIDA / NOTRE DAME – 2

(34 of 80 on squad were in high school in 2012)

 

International Experience among U.S. Junior Squad Members

2011 World Youth Championships – Lille, France

Arman HALL – Medley Relay (GOLD), 400 (GOLD)

Robin REYNOLDS – Medley Relay (SILVER)

Ciarra BREWER – Triple Jump (7th)

 

2010 Youth Olympic Games -- Singapore

Robin REYNOLDS – 400 (GOLD), Sprint Medley (GOLD)

 

Collegiate Gems on World Stage

NCAA Champs and World Junior Champs in same year:

Kerron CLEMENT (Florida/USA), 400 meter hurdles, 2004

 

2012 NCAA Championships – Des Moines, Iowa  (national top-eight)

(U.S. junior squad members finishing in national top-eight)

Ciarra BREWER (Florida) – Triple Jump (4th)

 

A Glance into the Future

Team USA – 2012 Olympians on Past World Junior Teams

2008 World Junior Championships – Bydgoszcz, Poland

Christian TAYLOR – Triple Jump

 

2004 World Junior Championships – Grosseto, Italy

Kerron CLEMENT – 400 Meter Hurdles

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