World Youth Championships in Lille France


am at the World Youth meet in Lille, France… if there is interest I will try and send a timely update during the events as I did last year during the World Juniors in Moncton, Canada…
Most agree that the track and stadium is among the most beautiful any of us have seen… truly a magnificent arena. The city of Lille is very pretty… many will also say that this group of 41 USA kids is not among our strongest… competition begins tomorrow and runs thru July 10. :slight_smile:


I’d like it if you sent updates.


I haven’t looked very deep into the girls roster, but it is true that we didn’t send the strongest male team. Part of that is because most of our best high schoolers ended their season after NBN, and the World Youth trials and champs are much later. Even so, it says a lot that we can send a “weak” team and we will still probably grab a lot of medals, especially in the sprints and hurdles.


Oh yes, please do update. I enjoyed the Moncton updates from last year.


one added little editorial comment I’d make is that the number of athletes we send compared to countries half our size and smaller is rather small… 40 kids from the USA? Many events we sent but one and there are events ( with qualifiers ) we’ve sent none… many kids who attended the trials in Myrtle Beach, who thought they were qualifiers, were not named to the squad… some disappointments there.
The only relay run at the WYC is the ‘Swedish’ relay ( 100-200-300-400)… where else is it run? The boys 110mh is 36" and the ladies is 30"! ( not 33"- and many think that 33" is way too low )
I guess that’s more than one editorial comment. :slight_smile:


after 4 heats of the girls’ 100mh Trinity Wilson has the fastest qualifier 13.59 with a few others in the 13.72-5 range. These are 30" hurdles not the HS 33". Don’t ask why.
Cameron Burrell’s first LJ ( son of Leroy ) was a foul


Kendall William up in the hurdles…after an average start, KW with the 2nd fastest time in the first round of 13.60 -1.4m/s


beautiful, cool morning… temp about 62°F in a gorgeous stadium with the deepest blue track imagin(e)able!


last heat of 5 girls 100mh up
13.31 -0.1m/s!!! Noemi Zbaren… Switzerland …World’s fastest Youth time.
It would appear that Trinity Wilson has serious competition on her hands!


leader in LJ from CHN 24’7" Qing Lin


Boys 800m semi up shortly… we have Cameron Thornton ( PB 1:49.63) from Georgia and Tre’tez Kinnaird ( 1:50.56 ) from Louisville KY …
top seed is Mohammad Aman ( ETH ) 1:45.74… not bad for a 16 yr old!


Burrell’s second jump 7.11m places him 4th in his group and 11th overall as of now.


800m kids will run trials, semis and a final… first has the Ethiopian with a seed time 6 sec faster than the next in the heat!
26.5 at the 200m…he’s in 3rd… 54.07 at the bell…Aman in 2nd- top 3 qualify-
Aman in 1:53.18 jogging…


Cameron Thornton up- 2nd of 7 heats… he’s in lane 1
53.76 at 400… 55. for our kid… Thornton in 2nd at 600
top 3 move on …Thornton eased up in second in 1:52.34
winner 1.51.64 from CAN


4th heat of 800 up… we have noone but Hamza Driouch from (QAT) has run 1:46.57!


Driouch 1:50.55 eased up… he was the silver medalist in last year’s Youth Olympics in Singapore


Tre’tez Kinnaird up in heat 4
lane 2… 27.5 at 200 in 5th
Kinnaird unleashed a blistering last 200 but finished 4th… 1:52.81 will likely make it in on time… top 3 in each heat plus 3 fastest…
Ethiopian winner in 1:51.00 had no time coming in!


itis now pouring during the 5th heat of boys 800m trials


Kenyan Kosencha does not like the rain out in 1:20.6! ( 52.78 )
1:49.32 PB


Burrell did not make the LJ final… finished 14th