Harris Qualifies for World Youth Team


Micaiah Harris (Virginia Beach, Va.) ran into a slight headwind at the World Youth Trials in Lisle, Ill. but he did it fast enough to race right into a Team USA uniform as he qualified on Wednesday to represent Team USA at for the IAAF World Youth Championships (July 15-18; Cali, Columbia).  Harris, a sophomore at Western Branch High School, won the boys 100m with a time of 10.68. Despite the headwind the time was a career best.

At the conclusion of the meet 49 athletes were selected to the world team.  Athletes finishing in the top 2 in their events were eligible for selection to the team if they had previously met the IAAF entry standards.

Besides Harris, five other athletes from Western Branch High School competed in the championships - Akinshe Calica-Hill (triple jump), Jahkwan Blackley (long jump), Anthony Williams (400m hurdles, 110m hurdles) Faith Ross (400m hurdles, 100m hurdles), , and Jada Terrell (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles).

Finishing second in the boys triple jump was Akinshe Calica-Hill (Chesapeake, Va.) with a leap of 14.18m (46-06.25).  The mark did not meet the IAAF standard of 14.80m and thus Calica-Hill was not eligible for team consideration.

Picking up third place finishes were; Faith Ross (Chesapeake, Va.) in the 400m hurdles, Lauryn Ghee (Chesapeake, Va.) in the girls 400m, Jahkwan Blackley(Chesapeake, Va.) in the boys long jump, and Harris in the boys 200m.

Ross' 58.07 in the qualifying rounds of the 400m hurdles on Tuesday is the U.S. high school #5 time in 2015.  In the finals her time was 58.85.

Ghee's time of 53.83 in the 400m was a career best time and is the U.S. high school #18 time in 2015.  It also marks the first time she has broken 54 seconds.

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