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Americans Kendell Williams, Dior Hall win heats in 100-meter hurdles: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014

Published Jan 01, 0001

Americans post two of top three times in qualifying round.

Americans Kendell Williams, a rising sophomore at Georgia, and Dior Hall, an 18-year-old from Denver headed to UCLA in the fall, won their respective heats in the 100-meter hurdles Friday morning at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Both athletes qualified for Saturday's semifinals in the event.

Williams, the 2014 United States Junior champion, finished in 13 seconds flat, the fastest qualifying time of any athlete in the five heats on Friday morning. She was an all-American in the heptathlon as a freshman in college but has focused on the 100-meter hurdles this summer.

Hall posted a time of 13.29 seconds to easily win her heat and finish with the third best mark of the morning.

TrackTown USA's form chart projected Williams to finish first in the event and Hall to finish second.

-- Aaron Kasinitz | @AaronKazreports

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The IAAF says an apparently overage athlete from Bahrain will not run in the World Junior women's 1,500; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

Mary Cain's victory in the women's 3,000 brings the crowd to life Thursday night.

EUGENE -- Amsala Getaneh of Bahrain had been scheduled to run in the 1,500-meter preliminaries in the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships today at Hayward Field.

According to an IAAF spokesman, she won't.

The problem? Getaneh was entered here with a passport from Bahrain showing a birth date in 1996. The World Juniors are open to athletes 19 and younger. However, The Oregonian obtained a photo copy of what appears to be an Ethiopian passport listing her birthday Jan. 18, 1990.

The IAAF -- the International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of international track & field -- investigated and concluded Getaneh was too old to be eligible.

An IAAF spokesman said officials contacted members of the federation from Bahrain "to clarify why their athlete has two passports because we received an Ethiopian passport showing her date of birth as '90 and not '96.

"They decided they didn't want to create problems in the competition and disturb the good relationship between the Bahrain association and the IAAF. They decided to cancel the participation of the athlete."

Chris Turner of the IAAF said questions about ages of participating athletes are a frequent concern in international age-group competitions.

"It's quite a regular thing," he said. "In most cases it's just an administrative error. ... It's very difficult to withdraw an athlete from a championships. What happens if it is an administrative error? Then the athlete has a lost a chance to compete in a junior championships."

The meet continues at 10 a.m. today.

Here is the link for the meet schedule, today's start lists and results. Here is how to watch if you're interested and can't attend.

We'll have regular updates on the track & field page.

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Mary Cain fights out of trouble and wins the World Junior women's 3,000.

Cain speaks with reporters in this Pete Christopher video.

Universal Sports video of the women's 3,000. Watch the move Cain makes at 200.

Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar talks about Cain's fitness and presence of mind in this Flotrack video.

Vin Lananna says it's time to make professional track a reality in the U.S.

Lananna says it's time for a paradigm shift in U.S. track & field. Video by Pete Christopher.

The R-G's Austin Meek: Lananna tackles a shifting sports landscape in the U.S.

Kenya leads the medal count at the World Juniors with eight. Team USA has six.

The experts at break down Cain's victory in the 3,000.

Cain runs away from the Kenyans to win the World Junior 3,000.

It's a rousing finish for Cain.

It's mission accomplished for Cain.

Cain wins a milestone 3,000.

Cain runs a tactically astute race with a ferocious finish.

Larry Eder of RunBlogRun: It's Mary Cain's world, we just live in it.

The record-setting Wilhem Belocian is a hurdling wonder.

Video of Belocian's record victory in the 110s.

Belocian talks to reporters after setting the world junior record in this video.

Russian Alena Lutkovskaya wins a battle of wills in the women's pole vault.

There were runaway winners in the men's shot and long jump.

Oregon's Christian Brennan talks about qualifying for the women's 400 final in this Daily Emerald video. Brennan competes for Canada.

Brennan makes the final in the 400.

Oregon pole vaulter Cole Walsh never finds his rhythm at the World Juniors.

Team USA's Desiree Freier talks to reporters after winning silver at the World Juniors. Video by's report on the World Junior women's 800 and men's 1,500.

Paul Merca: Incoming Washington sprinter Jacopo Spano of Italy gets his second PR at the World Juniors.

The IAAF report on Day 3 of the World Juniors.

USA Track & Field recaps the Thursday morning session and the evening session at the World Juniors.

Alexa Efraimson is ready for the next challenge.

Flotrack's Dennis Young, who has been prescient with his predictions this week, eats waffles as he previews Day 4 of competition at the World Juniors in this video.

Garth Poorman wonders how the World Junior champions will fare in the future in this piece for the Daily Relay.

Mo Farah's attempt at the London Marathon might have put the kibosh on his track season.

Matt Scherer talks about professional pacing and his decision to retire in this Q-and-A.

Alan Webb has been mentally recharged by the triathlon.

Dathan Ritzenhein plans a return to competition.

Some disturbing details emerge from a probable cause affidavit following the arrest of the Madras track coach.

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-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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IAAF World Junior Championships 2014 schedule: Day 4 at Hayward Field in Eugene

Published Jan 01, 0001

Camas High School's Alexa Efraimson takes her turn on the track in the prelims of the women's 1,500 meters on Friday.

Alexa Efraimson of Camas High School takes her turn on the track on Day 4 of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene on Friday at Hayward Field.

Efraimson is expected to be among the top finishers in the women's 1,500 meters on Sunday, but first she'll have to get through Friday's prelims, which are scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

A full Day 4 schedule is below. Friday's morning session can be streamed online at and at The evening session is available at

Also check out our list of local athletes to watch at the meet.

IAAF World Junior Championships 2014 / Day 4, Friday, July 25
Time (Pacific)EventRound
Morning session
10:00 a.m. Men's discus Qualification group A
10:00 a.m. Men's 10k race walk Final
10:10 a.m. Women's shot put Qualification
10:45 a.m. Men's triple jump Qualification
11:00 a.m. Women's 100 hurdles Heats
11:15 a.m. Men's discus Qualification group B
11:40 a.m. Men's 3,000 steeplechase Heats
11:55 a.m. Women's high jump Qualification
12:15 p.m. Women's 1,500 meters Heats
12:45 p.m. Men's javelin Qualification group A
12:50 p.m. Men's 800 meters Heats
2:10 p.m. Men's javelin Qualification group B
Afternoon session
6:00 p.m. Men's hammer Final
6:05 p.m. Women's 4x100 relay Heats
6:30 p.m. Men's high jump Final
6:35 p.m. Women's shot put Final
6:40 p.m. Men's 4x100 relay Heats
7:05 p.m. Women's 400 hurdles Semifinal
7:35 p.m. Men's 400 hurdles Final
7:45 p.m. Women's discus Final
7:55 p.m. Women's 200 meters Final
8:10 p.m. Men's 200 meters Final
8:30 p.m. Women's 400 meters Final
8:45 p.m. Men's 5,000 meters Final
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Mary Cain fights out of trouble and runs away with the World Junior women's 3,000

Published Jan 01, 0001

The world junior record falls in the men's 110 hurdles.

EUGENE – Boxed in against the rail with 200 meters to go, Mary Cain broke fee and kicked to victory Thursday night at Hayward Field.

With a crowd of 8,112 roaring, Cain gained ground with every step on the home straight to win the women's 3,000 in 8 minutes, 58.48 seconds at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.

She left Kenyans Lilian Rengeruk and Valentina Mateiko in her wake. Rengeruk was second in 9:00.53 and Mateiko third in 9:00.79.

"The last 200 was amazing with the crowd," Cain said. "There is nowhere else they would have been that loud for me."

IAAF World Junior Championships - Day 3The Nike Oregon Project's Mary Cain celebrates with the U.S. flag after winning the women's 3,000 meters at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships. 

Cain, who will attend the University Portland in the fall and runs professionally for the Nike Oregon Project, became the first U.S. woman to win a World Junior gold medal at a distance greater than 800. She set a personal record in the process.

The Hayward faithful had plenty to take in on a cool, dry evening, including a world junior record by France's Wilhem Belocian in the 110 hurdles.

Belocian sped cleanly over the hurdles to a time of 12.99 seconds to crush the mark of 13.12 that Liu Xiang had held since 2002.

Tyler Mason of Jamaica also came in under the record by finishing second in 13.06.

"That was really the objective for the season, to break 13 seconds," Belocian said through an interpreter. "I'm really happy to have accomplished that."

In the sprint semifinals, Team USA's Kaylin Whitney and Jada Martin both gained the women's 200 final on Friday. Whitney, who won the bronze medal in Wednesday's 100, and Martin will joined by 100 silver medalist Angela Tenorio of Ecuador.

Men's 100 winner Kendal Williams, however, failed to make it out of the 200 semifinals. The only Team USA athlete to reach the men's 200 final was Trentavis Friday, who had the fastest semifinal time of 20.35.

"Smooth, man," Friday said when asked about his race. "I'm very excited."

Kendall Baisden and Olivia Baker of Team USA gained the women's 400 final with the day's second and third-fastest semifinal times.

So did the University of Oregon's Christian Brennan, running for Canada. Brennan qualified on time in 53.81 seconds.

"I just wanted to get to the final, and from there see what I can do," Brennan said.

She fought her way into qualifying position on the home straight.

"I literally was swinging my arms so hard," she said of the way she dug for the finish. "I just had to get there."

The crowd was behind her. But nobody brought the fans to life like Cain.

It looked like she was in a world of trouble when she was wedged between Rengeruk and Mateiko with 200 left, although Cain said later she wasn't concerned.

"I remember watching the men's 1,500 at USAs, and Leo Manzano was boxed in a lot," she said. "I remember thinking once you get up to professional fields you need to be able to be completely in shambles with 200, 300 meters to go and still be able to pull it together in your last 100."

She made a nice move at the end of the back straight to cut between the two Kenyans and into the open.

After that, they weren't going to catch her.

"She was in a little box," Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar said. "But I could see she had so much left, and I thought those other girls already were going pretty hard."

On the home straight, Cain permitted herself a look at the giant scoreboard screen on the south end of the track.

"That last 50 meters I just felt so good," Cain said. "I know you're not supposed to look up at the screen, but I looked and, oh my gosh I had opened up a lead."

From there the roar of the crowd accompanied her home.

Here are complete results from Thursday's action.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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USA's Mary Cain runs a lifetime best to capture women's 3,000: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014

Published Jan 01, 0001

EUGENE – USA's Mary Cain took the lead with about 150 meters left and drew away to win the women's 3000 meters Thursday night at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Cain, who runs for Nike Oregon Project and will be a freshman at University of Portland this fall, set a personal best with...

EUGENE – USA's Mary Cain took the lead with about 150 meters left and drew away to win the women's 3000 meters Thursday night at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Cain, who runs for Nike Oregon Project and will be a freshman at University of Portland this fall, set a personal best with a time of 8 minutes, 58.48 seconds.

Cain patiently waited for most of the race to make her move. She overtook Kenyans Lilian Kasait Rengeruk and Valentina Chepkwemoi Mateiko as the runners hit the final curve and pulled away in front of a roaring crowd.

Rengeruk held off Mateiko for second. USA's Stephanie Jenks placed 15th.

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