Marshay Ryan earned an outdoor personal best in the World Youth triple jump finals to finish 7th in the competition. The Chambersburg graduate and current Auburn athlete jumped a personal best of 44-7.50 on her final attempt! "Setting a personal best in the USA jersey gave me goosebumps," said Ryan. "It is a huge honor." Ryan's personal best was achieved while nursing a hip flexor injury she picked up in Thursday's prelims. But Ryan gives credit to the USA medical staff for getting her ready. "I never got that much treatment in my life," said Ryan. "They definitely did everything they could to get me ready."
For Wellington Zaza's final junior level race of his career, the Garnet Valley graduate and Liberian ended his junior career on an extreme high! In last night's 110 meter hurdle final, Zaza finished 4th and took off .15 seconds off of the personal best he set in the semifinals on Wednesday. Zaza ran 13.38 in a race that saw France's Wilhelm Belocian set a world junior record in 12.99. "I feel thankful for being here to represent my country," said Zaza. "It feels a little salty being in the race where the world junior record was set, but congrats to him.
And congratulations to you Zaza! Below is his interview after the final!
Earlier in the day, Chambersburg graduate Marshay Ryan advanced to the finals of the triple jump! The Auburn rising sophomore jumped 43-4 which was tied for the 9th best mark in Thursday's preliminary round! Ryan has earned the opportunity to jump in the world junior triple jump finals on Saturday starting at 6:30pm eastern time! "My phases felt ok. There are some things I definitely need to improve on if I want to get my goal, but I got another day to work on it and showcase it," said Ryan. "It's more of a mental game. I had to focus on the things that I had to do." Her full interview is below!
After the preliminary round of the 110 meter high hurdles, Wellington Zaza said he will fix the mistakes he made it round 1. In last night's semifinals, the Garnet Valley graduate stuck to his word and blasted his way into the championship heat at the IAAF World Junior Championships! Zaza finished 2nd in the 3rd semifinal heat, running a lifetime best of 13.53 to advance with the 5th fastest time! Zaza, representing Liberia, advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday with a time of 13.66, finishing 3rd in his heat. Zaza's time was the 10th fastest out of the 24 qualifiers. "I feel like I executed well for the most part," said Zaza. "I had a decent start despite hitting the first two hurdles, but we will fix that."
The world junior championship final will take place tonight at 12:35am eastern time. Good luck Zaza!
Also scheduled to compete today will be Chambersburg graduate and Auburn rising sophomore Marshay Ryan! Ryan had an excellent freshman season at Auburn, ranking as not only one of the top freshmen triple jumpers, but one of the best in the country for 2014! Ryan was the runner up at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships with a personal best of 44-0.50! Outdoors, her best was 43-3.75, which placed her 4th at the SEC Championships!
Ryan competes in the triple jump preliminary round today at 3:35pm eastern! Ryan will make the last 12 if she cleares 43-7.75 or has one of the 12 best jumps. Good luck Marshay!
Brendan Shearn represented the United States and Pennsylvania at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. The former North Schuylkill state cross country and 3200 meter champion competed in the 10,000 meter run against the best track and field athletes of the future around the world! Shearn finished 15th out of 38 competitors in the race, running 30:24.30, his 2nd best 10,000 meter performance in 2014 behind his 29:49.04 at the Penn Relays! "It was a fantastic race!" said Shearn. "I just got out and tried to run consistently and run smoothly and stay relaxed and tried to push at the end."
Check out Shearn's and Zaza's post race interviews below!