Aug 22, 2013
WACO, Texas – Three current Baylor student-athletes and one incoming BU trackster will suit up for the United States to compete in the 2013 Pan-American Junior Championships this Friday through Sunday in Medellin, Columbia.
Sophomores Felix Obi, Brianna Richardson and Olicia Williams, along with incoming freshman Trayvon Bromell each earned a spot on the United States junior team, after qualifying at the USA Junior Championships in June.
Bromell, who will begin his career at BU this season, will be the first of the Baylor contingent to compete. He will run in the semifinals of the 100-meters on Friday at 9:50 a.m. (CT). Bromell, the 2013 Gatorade National Track Athlete of the Year, won the event at the USA junior meet with a time of 10.47. If he advances out of the semifinals, he will take part in the finals of the event on Friday night at 6:40 p.m.
Williams will open her run at the championships by competing in the semifinals of the 800-meters on Friday 6:05 p.m. The New York native won the event at the USA Championships in a time of 2:06.35. In her first season as a Bear in 2012, Williams posted the second-best mark in school history in the event with a time of 2:05.20 to be eighth at the NCAA West Preliminaries in May. The finals for the 800-meter run will be on Saturday at 6:25 p.m.
Richardson will be the United States’ lone women’s triple jumper in the competition. That event will start on Saturday at 6 p.m. Richardson won the competition at the USA Junior Championships with a leap of 42-1.5 [12.84m]. She also won the triple jump at the Michael Johnson Classic with a season-best leap of 42-6 [12.95m].
Obi will be the final BU competitor to take to the field as he jumps at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday in the triple jump event. The El Paso, Texas product shined in his first season at Baylor. He set the school-record in the event by placing fourth at the Texas Relays with a jump of 52-9.25 [16.08m]. In June, Obi was second at the USA Junior Championships with a mark of 51-6.5 [15.71m].
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