Worldly Junior 'Noles
July 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore.- Six Florida State track & field athletes - three who just completed highly-successful first seasons and three signees from the Seminoles' touted class - are representing their home countries over the next six days of competition at Historic Hayward Field in the IAAF World Junior Championships.
The action begins Tuesday with three members of the FSU contingent competing. Cejhae Greene, who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman, and incoming freshman Kendal Williams will compete in the qualifying round of the 100-meter dash. They will be joined in the full day of action by Jogaile Petrokaite, who will chasing one of 12 spots in the finals of the women's long jump.
"We're really excited about all the Seminoles competing at the World Junior Championships," Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. "These are the best under-20 athletes on the planet in their respective events, and many of our people have a chance at medaling.
"Trentavis, Kendall and Michael headline the U.S. Sprint corps, but we have Cehjae (Antigua & Barbuda), Nicole (Canada) and Jogaile (Lithuania) representing their countries, too. It's even more exciting that it's on U.S. soil for the first time and that our coaching staff will be able to be in attendance."
A total of 1,540 athletes, representing 167 nations, make up the field of competitors for the 15th and largest IAAF World Junior Championships in history.
Greene and Williams will take the track at 3:50 p.m. (ET) in the 100, which will be contested over seven heats, with the top three finishers in each heat and the next three fastest runners advancing to Wednesday's semifinal round. Greene, whose season-best of 10.32 ranks second in heat one, will race out of lane 7. Williams, the runner-up at the US Junior Championships, boasts the top qualifying time (10.27) in heat 5 where he has drawn lane 4.
Petrokaite will compete in the first of two 17-athlete qualifying groups and brings a season-best mark of 6.33 meters (20-9.25), which ranks eighth overall from the field of 34. The long jump is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. (ET) and athletes with the top 12 marks will move on to Wednesday's final.
Friday and Williams will represent the U.S. in Thursday's 200-meter dash qualifying rounds and semifinals.
Friday's schedule will include Setterington in the 100-meter hurdles, the men's 200-meter finals as well as the men's 4x100 relay, which could include both Williams and Friday.
Cherry's wait will end Saturday when the qualifying round of the 4x400 relay will be contested, along with the men's 4x100 relay final and the women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal. The hurdles and 4x400 relays final are set for Sunday.
Live streaming of the competition can be found at www.USATF.tv and www.UniversalSports.com.
Live results will be posted at http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-junior-championships/iaaf-world-junior-championships-2014-4954/timetable/byday and you can also monitor the progress of the Seminoles throughout the meet via Twitter @FSU_Track.