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Athletics - 07. July 2008.

Women's sprinters lead the way in Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz, Poland - Two of the female U.S. sprinters advanced to the final of the 100 meters during Tuesday's evening session to conclude the first day of the World Junior Championships.

Jenaba Tarmoh led the women's qualifiers in the 100 with an 11.38 sprint victory in the semifinals while Shayla Mahan advanced to the final with an 11.66 runner-up effort.

In the high jump, Shanay Briscoe (Houston, Texas) enjoyed a birthday surprise by qualifying for the finals when she cleared 1.81m/5-11.25 on her second attempt. Earlier in the competition, Briscoe needed a second attempt clearance at 1.78m/5-10. Jessica Merriweather reached 1.74m/5-8.5 on her third try, but was unable to clear 5-10.

Camilla Dencer (2:10.21) of Northridge, California, and Sarah McCurdy (2:12.67) of Brightwaters, New York, both turned in solid performances in the 800, but a tough field required a 2:09.51 to advance on time.


Vashti Thomas (San Jose, California) tried to overcome a recent illness to contend in the triple jump, but only managed a 12.10m/39-8.5 in qualifying while Ti'Ara Walpool of Kansas State reached 12.11m/39-8.75.

The evening's racing came to a close with the women's 5,000-meter final where Arkansas' Catherine White and Princeton's Ashley Higginson placed 11th and 12th, respectively.



Karlee McQuillen, Javelin

"Nerves really go to me today. Being in an atmosphere like this you have to go in as you would any other meet. Today wasn't my best throwing day.

"The competition is pretty much the same as the NCAA meet. These girls are amazing. It's kind of the same atmosphere and it's a huge meet. I'd put it on the lines of the NCAA Championships, since they're both such a big meet. It was a great experience.

Shayla Mahan, 100 meters semifinal

"My form was all messed up, I think I was trying a little to hard. It's satisfying to know I advanced to the final. I'll do better the next round, I have to fix some things.

Jenaba Tarmoh, 100 meters semifinal

"My focus was to get out strong and finish hard. The conditions were pretty good and everything went really well with my race. Now I'm aiming for gold in the final.

Briscoe, High Jump

"I was nervous most of the time, but I made it to the final. Today's my birthday as well, so that made it even more exciting. I didn't want to be crying all day if I didn't make it.

"My coach told me to move my mark back and I missed that one. So, I wasn't sure if I needed to keep it there or move it back to where I started. Then I cleared the height that put me in the final.

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