Aaron HyderAsst. Communications Director
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field team has six representatives (four current and two incoming) competing at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships this week in Tampere, Finland. Fans can follow this page all week long for the most up to date information of the world junior meet.
Representing the Purple and Gold while also donning their countries colors will be four current Tigers – Damion Thomas (110m hurdles/Jamaica), Jurnee Woodward (400m hurdles/USA), JuVaughn Blake (high jump and long jump/USA) and Jake Norris (hammer throw/Great Britain) – and the two incoming Tigers – Mondo Duplantis (pole vault/Sweden) and Katy-Ann McDonald (800m and 1500m/Great Britain) – will wrap up LSU’s full contingent. Fans can keep up with the most up to date information by following LSUTrackField on Twitter.
The six-day meet hosted in Finland pits the best U20 athletes in the world against each other as the juniors look to establish their name on the world stage. All four current Tigers that made it to Finland won national titles in their respective events over the last month. Thomas tied the world record at the Jamaican Championships with a 12.99 over 39-inch hurdles to claim gold and earn a spot on the Jamaican team. Norris, the third-place finisher in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships in June broke his own British record in the hammer throw with a six kilogram implement in mid-June with a heave of 80.45 meters (263-11). Blake and Woodward won titles at the USATF Junior Championships in Indiana the same weekend that Norris qualified for the U20 World Championships. Blake swept a pair of titles winning the long jump and the high jump, while Woodward used a tremendous kick in her 400 meter hurdle final to win gold at the national meet.
Duplantis, already the world junior record holder in …