Martin Sprints to World Junior Gold in Relay
EUGENE, Ore. – After earning a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter final on Friday night, Lady Tiger freshman Jada Martin struck gold as a member of Team USA’s winning 4x100-meter relay as she ran the third leg for the foursome that clocked a world-junior-leading 43.46 seconds at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Martin teamed with fellow junior stars Teahna Daniels, Ariana Washington and Kaylin Whitney to win the gold medal in 43.46, more than a half second faster than the silver-medal-winning run of 43.97 by the Jamaicans in Saturday’s sprint relay final. Germany followed more than one second back with a time of 44.65 to take home the World Junior bronze medal in the event.
Rounding out the finalists were Trinidad & Tobago (44.75) in fourth place, Switzerland (45.02) in fifth place and Japan (45.40) in sixth place in the event, while Brazil did not finish and Bahamas was disqualified.
Martin’s gold-medal-winning performance continued an impressive streak for the LSU Track & Field program at the IAAF World Junior Championships as at least one Tiger or Lady Tiger has been crowned a World Junior Champion in four-straight IAAF World Junior Championships dating back to the 2008 outdoor season.
A native of Lithonia, Georgia, Martin joins the likes of former NCAA Champion Walter Henning (hammer throw) in 2008, former All-American Takeia Pinckney (4x100 relay) in 2010 and current Tiger All-Americans Aaron Ernest (4x100 relay) and Quincy Downing (4x400 relay) as gold medalists with the United States in recent appearances at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
It caps an impressive week at Oregon’s Hayward Field for the Lady Tiger freshman as she clocked a wind-aided 23.35 (+2.4) in a fifth-place finish in the World Junior final of the women’s 200 meters on Friday night.
LSU’s Class of 2014 recruit and Jamaican international Daeshon Gordon saw her run to the World Junior finals come to an end with Saturday’s semifinals for the women’s 100-meter hurdles as she crossed the finish line in fourth place in the second semifinal heat with a wind-aided time of 13.56 (+3.3). That effort earned Gordon a 14th-place finish overall in the field of 24 semifinalists in the event.
By clocking a wind-aided 13.56 in the second heat, Gordon followed the likes of USA’s Kendell Williams (12.98w), Venezuela’s Genesis Romero (13.26w) and France’s Elisa Girard-Mondoloni (13.35w) through the line in the race.