July 20, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor track and field athletes Trayvon Bromell and TJ Holmes will represent the United States at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships Tuesday through Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Bromell is slated to run in the 100-meter dash and on the 4x100-meter relay team, while Holmes will compete in the 400-meter hurdles.
Baylor and Stanford are the only two schools in the country to have two current athletes win USATF junior titles in 2014.
Bromell cruised to the 100-meter national junior title nearly three weeks ago in Oregon with a wind-legal time of 10.07. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native enters the competition with the fastest qualifying time in the world. The freshman sprinter recorded a World Junior record time of 9.97 to win the NCAA 100-meter title on June 14. He will run in the first round of the event at 12:55 p.m. (2:55 p.m. CT) on Tuesday with hopes of qualifying for the semifinals at 6:20 p.m. (8:20 p.m. CT) on Wednesday and then the finals later that night at 8:55 p.m. (10:55 p.m. CT).
Following the individual competition, Bromell is the relay pool to be on the American 4x100-meter team. He helped BU capture the 4x1-relay crown at the Big 12 Championships by running the leadoff leg in early May. The 4x1 heats are on Friday at 6:40 p.m. (8:40 p.m. CT) with the final scheduled for 5:35 p.m. (7:35 p.m. CT) on Saturday.
Holmes captured the national junior title with a time of 50.02 in early July. He enters the world event with the second-fastest 400-meter qualifying time at 49.90. That mark was established as Holmes placed fifth at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in May. The St. Petersburg, Fla., product ended his collegiate season by placing fourth in the event at last month's NCAA Championships in 50.07. Holmes will run in the first round on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. (2:10 p.m. CT) looking to qualify for the semifinals at 12:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. CT) on Thursday and then final at 7:35 p.m. (9:35 p.m. CT) on Friday.
The meet features the world's best athletes under the age of 20 and for the first time the event will held in the United States.
There are a total of 1,540 athletes from 167 countries scheduled to compete at the event. Bromell will be going against 58 other sprinters from 47 countries in the 100-meter dash, while Holmes takes on a field of 59 others from 45 countries.
Follow the official Twitter account of the team: @BaylorTrack for an inside look with results, photos and stories.