A pair of state track champions continued their march toward the medal stand Tuesday at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Long Beach Millikan graduate Misana Viltz, a UCLA signee, won his 110-meter hurdles heat in 13.59 seconds, qualifying fourth overall for today’s semifinals at the 19-under competition.
“It went pretty good, but my start wasn’t that great,” Viltz said. “I didn’t really care about the time, I just wanted to make sure I could make it to the semifinal and make sure I’m feeling good for getting a medal for my country.
“I knew the German guy (Patrick Elger) would have a fast time coming in, so I thought he had me, but I ended up with the win.”
Kentucky’s Nick Anderson, who defeated Viltz for the U.S. junior title July 6 on the same track, won his heat in 13.61 to qualify fifth overall.
Great Britain’s David Omoregie led all hurdles qualifiers by clocking 13.24.
Former Long Beach Poly star and Oregon-bound Ariana Washington won her 100-meter heat in 11.67, qualifying 10th overall.
“I haven’t raced in a couple of weeks, which is kind of off for me, so it felt good to get back in the groove and get used to running with spikes on, so everything was good,” Washington said. “I’m just trying to save gas because I have to run twice (today), so I’ll turn it up then. In the semis, (my goal is) definitely get closer and closer to 11.2, and then for finals, hopefully just PR and get on the medal stand.”
Washington took second to Kaylin Whitney in the U.S. junior final July 5 at Hayward Field.
Whitney, who just completed her sophomore year at Clermont East Ridge in Florida, won in 11.10, with Washington clocking 11.30.
Washington captured a silver medal in the 100 at last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships — a 17-under event — in Donetsk, Ukraine, clocking 11.40 to edge Ecuador’s Angela Tenorio, who was disqualified in Tuesday’s prelims for a false start.
Tenorio was later reinstated and ran 11.27 by herself to qualify second overall.
Whitney won her heat Tuesday in 11.48 to qualify fifth.
Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith (11.18) led all women’s 100 qualifiers, with teammate Desiree Henry (11.36) qualifying third.
The World Junior meet record is 11.12, set in 2000 by Jamaica’s Veronica-Campbell Brown.
In the men’s 100, NCAA and U.S. junior champion Trayvon Bromell of Baylor led all qualifiers in 10.13, with fellow American Kendal Williams, a Florida State commit, winning his heat in 10.23.
Bromell is pursuing the World Junior meet record of 10.05 set in 2012 in Barcelona by Great Britain’s Adam Gemili.
UCLA distance runner Richard Ho, representing Chinese Taipei, finished 18th in the men’s 10,000 final in 30:48.86.
University of Pennsylvania’s Brendan Shearn was the top American finisher, taking 15th in 30:24.30.
UCLA’s Braheme Days Jr. and Amir Ali Patterson, a Crespi graduate, begin shot put qualifying Thursday.
Thousand Oaks graduate Luigi Colella, representing Italy, will compete in pole vault qualifying Thursday.
Colella also represented Italy at the World Youth Championships, with Patterson competing for the U.S. in Ukraine.