US thrower Alyssa Wilson in action at the IAAF World U20 Championships (© Getty Images)
The United States will send a team of 79 athletes to the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 on 10-15 July.
As expected from the nation that tops the all-time medals table for the World U20 Championships, the team is full of medal prospects. Some athletes, meanwhile, will make history just by taking part.
Alyssa Wilson will become the first US athlete to compete in three throwing events at the same global championships. The Pan-American junior shot put champion, who earned shot put bronze at the 2006 World U20 Championships, booked her three spots on the team by winning the shot put and the hammer at the US Junior Championships. Wilson, who tops the 2018 world U20 list for the hammer, also finished second in the discus to guarantee her place on the team in that event.
Wilson isn’t the only athlete on the team to have previously stood on the podium at a global age-group championships.
Samantha Watson, winner of the 800m in Bydgoszcz two years ago and at the 2015 World U18 Championships, will defend her title. Sprint hurdler Tia Jones, meanwhile, will look to add to the bronze medal she earned in 2006.
The team features several other medallists from the 2015 World U18 Championships, including long jump winner Tara Davis, shot put champion Adrian Piperi, 200m silver medallist Lauren Rain Williams and 100m bronze medallist Jayla Kirkland.
Numerous athletes will also be lining up in more than one event, including Cory Poole in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles, JuVaughn Blake in the high jump and long jump, Eric Harrison in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, Caitlin Collier in the 800m and 1500m, Cailie Logue in the 3000m and 5000m, and Jasmine Moore in the long jump and triple jump.
US team for Tampere
100m: Anthony Schwartz, Eric Harrison
200m: Eric Harrison, Khance Meyers
400m: Howard Fields, Umajesty Williams
800m: Josh Hoey, Rey Rivera
1500m: Yared Nuguse, Cooper Teare
5000m: Cooper Teare, Soren Knudsen
10,000m: Will Merritt
3000m steeplechase: Hunter Boyer
110m hurdles: Cory Poole, Joseph Anderson
400m hurdles: Cory Poole, Quivell Jordan
High jump: JuVaughn Blake, Daniel Claxton
Pole vault: Zachery Bradford, Cole Riddle
Long jump: JuVaughn Blake, Rayvon Allen
Triple jump: Christian Edwards
Shot put: Adrian Piperi, Jordan West
Discus: Gabriel Oladipo, Elijah Mason
Hammer: Michael Feldman, Steven Feldman
Javelin: Taran Taylor, Tzuriel Pedigo
Decathlon: Kyle Garland
4x100m: Anthony Schwartz, Eric Harrison, Khance Meyers, Micah Williams, Austin Kratz, Jared Hayes
4x400m: Howard Fields, Umajesty Williams, Elija Godwin, Justin Robinson, Nicholas Ramey, Matthew Boling
100m: Daija Lampkin, Twanisha Terry
200m: Jayla Kirkland, Lauren Rain Williams
400m: Taylor Manson, Symone Mason
800m: Caitlin Collier, Samantha Watson
1500m: Caitlin Collier, Rachel McArthur
3000m: Cailie Logue, Amanda Vestri
5000m: Cailie Logue, Emily Venters
3000m steeplechase: Kristlin Gear, Alice Hill
100m hurdles: Tia Jones, Cortney Jones
400m hurdles: Brooke Jaworski, Jurnee Woodward
High jump: Sanaa Barnes, Shelby Tyler
Pole vault: Rachel Baxter, Julia Fixsen
Long jump: Tara Davis, Jasmine Moore
Triple jump: Lexi Ellis, Jasmine Moore
Shot put: Lindsay Baker, Alyssa Wilson
Discus: Obiageri Amaechi, Alyssa Wilson
Hammer: Jillian Shippee, Alyssa Wilson
Javelin: Dana Baker, Maura Fiamoncini
10,000m race walk: Taylor Ewert, Lauren Harris
Heptathlon: Anna Hall, Sterling Lester
4x100m: Tamara Clark, Thelma Davies, Jayla Kirkland, Daija Lampkin, Jasmin Reed, Twanisha Terry
4x400m: Shae Anderson, Jan'Taijah Ford, Julia Madubuike, Taylor Manson, Symone Mason, Arria Minor