July 8, 2008
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland - Freshman Marcus Boyd clocked a time of 47.56 to win his preliminary heat of the 400 meters on the first day of competition at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships on Tuesday morning.
Boyd won his preliminary heat by three-tenths of a second over Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada. Mississippi State's O'Neal Wilder clocked 46.82 to win his preliminary heat as both Americans were victorious in the quarterfinals.
"Things went okay, although I'm still a bit tired from the plane ride and being in a different time zone," said Boyd. "I just wanted to get the first run out of the way. Now I need to get ready for tomorrow.
"It's nice to see people from so many different countries. It's almost like a feeling of being at the Olympics."
Boyd will start out of Lane 7 in the first heat in Wednesday's afternoon session. The top two in each heat as well as the next two fastest times will qualify for the event finals on Thursday.
Boyd, a two-time National Champion on Baylor's 4x400-meter relay, holds the second-fastest time of the season of the remaining 27 competitors, behind Wilder's 45.54.
Also competing for the United States is Tiffany Townsend, who will run the preliminary heats of the women's 200 meters beginning on Thursday morning.
Complete results can be found at www.iaaf.org.