Brandon Johnson Heads to Jr. World Championships in 400m Hurdles

July 13, 2004

Freshman Brandon Johnson will travel to Grosetto, Italy with the USA World Junior team to compete in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships July 13-18. Johnson, the Pac-10 and West Region champion in the 400m hurdles, made the team after winning the USA Junior. National Championships in June.

Johnson, along with seven Team USA members traveled to Follinica, Italy on Wednesday, July 8, to compete against junior athletes from Australia, Italy and New Zealand at the Pre-World Meet at Athletica Follonica. Johnson won the 400m hurdle race with a time of 53.58.

His goal in the 400m hurdles was to work on his start en route to win in 53.58 seconds. 'I just wanted to work on the first three hurdles and my start because my start is the main part of the race,' said Johnson.

The U.S. roster was selected at the 2004 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 25-27, in College Station, Texas. Leading the way is Verizon Men's Outstanding Athletes of the Meet from the USA Junior Championships LaShawn Merritt who won both the 200m (20.72) and 400m (46.80) crowns. The 17-year-old Merritt won the 2004 Virginia high school state 100m, 200m and 400m crowns and will be a freshman at East Carolina University this fall, joining head coach Bill Carson who is member of the World Junior coaching staff.

Other athletes to watch includes the 2004 NCAA 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clemment from the University of Florida; U.S. high school 5,000m record holder and University of Richmond-bound Caitlian Chock; American junior hammer throw record holder and North Carolina Tarheel, Nick Owens should all continue success on foreign soil. In the multi-events, Chris Helwick and Jangy Addy, both from the University of Tennessee, should lead a strong field in the men's decathlon.

Team USA members from last year's Pan Am Junior team in Barbados includes newly crowned 100m sprint champion and UNLV signee, Ashley Owens, who will go toe-to-toe with fellow Team USA teammate bound for the University of South Carolina, Shalonda Solomon, who won both 100m and 200m Pan Am Junior titles. Solomon will be joined by future teammate at South Carolina, Natasha Hastings who grabbed a 4x400m relay gold-medal at Pan Am Juniors Hastings. Other gold medalists from Pan Am Juniors are high jump champion Sharon Day of Cal-Poly SLO and 5,000m champion Galen Rupp of Portland, Ore.

The World Junior Championships have been an introduction to international competition for many U.S. athletes. Many have moved on to enjoy achievements following their appearances at the IAAF World Junior Championships, including 25 athletes who competed at the 2004 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Previous Team USA members that have competed at IAAF World Junior Championships include Marion Jones, Terrence Trammell, Adam Nelson, Amy Acuff and Suzy Favor-Hamilton.

One of Florida's most successful high school coaches and a veteran on Team USA's coaching staff, Ken Brauman will lead the men's team in Grosseto, while 2004 NEMAC athletic conference Coach of the Year and head coach at Smith College, Carla Coffey will head the women's team. 'We have a lot of great talent this year and we are expecting some good things,' said Coach Coffey.

The complete USA roster and World Junior Championships meet schedule is available online at the USATF website, www.usatf.org, along with complete results and quotes from the 2004 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.

2004 IAAF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSUSA MEN'S TEAM ROSTER
Athlete - Event(s)
Jangy Addy - Dec
.Kyle Alcorn - 3000SC
Keith Bechtol - 10000
.Russell Brown - 1500
Matt Carter - HJKerron Clement - 400HJustin Clicket - SPKevin Craddock - 110HJason Craig - 4x400mNorris Frederick -LJBrandon Glenn - PVKenneth Hall - TJTimothy Harris - 800Chris Helwick -DecKeith Hinnant - 4x400mJames Hower -10000Paul Hubbard - TJBrandon Johnson -400HTrell Kimmons -4x100Jens Kujacznski - DTCarey Lacour - 200mCory Martin - SP/HTMarcus Mayes - 800LaShawn Merritt - 200/400Aries Merritt - 100HRobert McDade - DTJosh McDougal -5000Michael McGrath - 800Demi Omole - SprintsMarcus Pugh - 200Michael Rodgers - 4x100mGalen Rupp - 5000Derek Scott - 3000SCDavid Torrence - 1500/3000SCMatt Weirich - PVAndrew Vogelsberg - JTIvory Williams - 100Darren Woods - 4x400m

2004 IAAF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSUSA WOMEN'S TEAM ROSTER
Athlete Event(s)
Ronetta Alexander - 100H
Alexandria Anderson - 4x400m
Jasmine Balwin - 4x100m
Sarah Bowman - 1500
Juanita Broaddus - 4x100m
Kristen Callan - HT
Michelle Carter - TJ
Caitlin Chock - 5,000
Shana Cox - 4x100m
Sharon Day - HJ
Jessica Eldridge - 1500
Melissa Faubus - DT/SP
Jenny Green - PV
Lindsay Grigoriew - DT
Amber Harper - 3000SC
Natasha Hastings - 400
Catherine Hayes - 10k Walk
Laci Heller - HT
Gayle Hunter - Heptathlon
Deonna Lawrence - 4x400
Nicole Leach - 400H
Deonna Lawrence - 200/400
Yvette Lewis - TJ
Johnsie Liles - 4x400m
Stevie Marshalek - PV
Amy Menlove - LJ
Erica McLain - LJ
Inkka McPherson - HJ
Maria Michta - 10k Walk
Shantia Moss - 100H
Ashley Owens - 100m/4x100m
Shalonda Solomon - 100
Stephanie Smith - 400m/4x400m
Selina Sekulic - 3,000steeple
Latavia Thomas - 800
Cleo Tyson - 4x100m
Michaela Wallerstedt - SP
Mallory Webb - JT
P>For complete results go to www.usatf.org

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