U.S. Athletes Advance At World Juniors

Americans get off to a good start on first full day of competition.

New Jersey high school sensation Ajee Wilson led the way with a 2:05.94 clocking to take second in heat three of the girls 800 meters preliminaries on Tuesday morning at the IAAF World junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

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“I felt OK, but I had a little trouble early,” said Wilson. “It was not a bad race, I just wanted to try and qualify for the next round. When I felt the leaders starting to pull away at 400, I knew I had to move up. This has been an exciting experience so far, hearing all the athletes from other countries talk.”

American Junior record holder Shelby Greany and her teammate Eleanor Fulton both advanced in the girls steeplechase. North Dakota high schooler Laura Roesler also advanced in the girl 800, while Regina George of the University of Arkansas and Stacey-Ann Smith of Texas both advanced in the women’s 400.

Competition resumes at 6:30 pm for the evening session, including finals in the women’s shot and men’s 10,000 meters. For more information on the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

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