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Saturday July 14, 2012Florida's Shayla Sanders Anchors U.S. 4x100 to Gold at World Junior Championships

Barcelona, Spain

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Incoming freshman Shayla Sanders (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) brought home the Gold as a member of the U.S. women’s 4x100-meter relay on the fifth day of the 2012 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Montjuïc Olympic Stadium.

 

Sanders, the Gatorade Florida Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year, ran the anchor leg of the race and crossed the finish in a world-junior-leading 43.89.

 

The Red, White and Blue bested their semifinal time of 43.95 to help the U.S. women win their fifth straight gold medal and 12th medal out of 14 possible in World Junior Championships history.

    

Incoming freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who already captured silver in the men’s 400 meters Thursday, ran the anchor leg for the U.S. men’s 4x400-meter relay in the heats of the event on Saturday.

 

Hall and the men’s 4x400-meter relay won their heat and finished first overall in 3:06.26, a new season’s best, and advanced to Sunday’s final at 2:10 p.m. ET. The U.S. men’s 4x400 has won the last five and all but two golds in World Junior Championships history.

 

Incoming freshman Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) will participate in a runoff as a member of the women’s 4x400-meter relay. The U.S. women were originally named the winners of the first heat in 3:34.12 and then were disqualified and called for a violation of IAAF rule 170.7 (exchanging outside of zone), as were the Romanian women.

 

Both teams filed a protest because the track officials placed the second-leg runners, which was Reynolds for the U.S., in the wrong position, near the end of the exchange zone.

 

After both teams’ protests were denied, both the U.S. and Romanian squads appealed their decision and the jury offered them both an opportunity for a rerun. Romania rejected the offer, but the U.S. will go ahead with the race that is slated for 5 a.m. ET. Should the U.S. run 3:39.44, they will advance to Sunday’s final at 1:45 p.m. ET.

 

Sunday is the final day of competition at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. 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 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

SUNDAY, JULY 15 – DAY SIX

5:00 a.m.

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Runoff

Robin Reynolds

1:45 p.m.

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Final

Robin Reynolds

2:10 p.m.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Final

Arman Hall

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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