July 17, 2002
In first day (Tuesday, July 16) results from the 2002 World Junior Track & Field meet in Kingston, Jamaica, UCLA redshirt freshman Jeremy Silverman placed 12th in the men's shot put and Bruin freshman Monique Henderson ran the fastest women's 400m qualifying time.
In men's competition on Wednesday, Silverman from Annville, PA (Annville-Cleona HS), placed 12th in the men's shot put with a mark of 60-3.75 (in junior competition, the men's throwing implements (shot put, discus, hammer) are lighter than in senior/collegiate competition). At the 2002 USA Junior meet, Silverman finished second in the shot put (63-5) and seventh in the discus (178-6).
In women's competition, Henderson, from San Diego (Morse HS), won heat three in a time of 52.81 and will advance to Wednesday's (July 17) semi-final round. At the 2002 USA Junior meet (June 21-23, Palo Alto), Henderson placed second (51.52) in the 400m to Sanya Richards. Richards, a freshman at Texas this fall, won the USA title with a winning mark of 50.69, breaking Henderson's national junior record of 50.74, set in 2000. At the World Junior meet on Wednesday, Richards won heat four (53.14) and also advanced to Thursday's semi-final. The World Junior women's 400m final is set for Thursday (July 18).
Henderson will also run on the USA 4 X 400m relay at the World Junior meet (semi-final, Saturday, July 20; final, Sunday, July 21).
UCLA's third competitor at the World Juniors is freshman Briona Reynolds, from Grand Forks, ND (Red River HS). She will compete in the women's shot put (qualifying, Friday, July 19; final, Saturday, July 20). At the USA Juniors, Reynolds was second in the shot put (54-2, tied personal-best) and third in the discus (164-11).
Results from the 2002 World Junior meet can be obtained on http://www.iaaf.org/WJC02/Results/data/M/SPJ/Rf.html.
Pre-World Junior Meet (July 11-12)
To help the USA athletes prepare for the World Junior meet, the American squad faced teams from the Bahamas, Cuba and Australia on July 11-12 at Nassau, Bahamas.
In men's competition, Silverman was third in the shot put (62-3) and fourth in the discus (161-10).
In women's competition, Henderson placed second in the 100m (11.60, personal-best) and ran the second leg on the winning USA 4 X 400m relay (3:32.80, fourth fastest women's time in U. S. Junior history).
Reynolds was second in the shot put (51-0) and third in the discus (163-1).
In the preparation meet, the USA led all countries with 47 overall medals, including 10 Gold Medals on day one and an additional 11 Gold on day two (along with a total of 13 Silver and 12 Bronze).