BATON ROUGE – Three LSU Lady Tigers will step onto the world stage this week as freshmen Jada Martin and Rebekah Wales and Class of 2014 recruit Daeshon Gordon make the trip to Eugene, Oregon, to compete against the very best junior athletes from across the globe at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships beginning Tuesday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
The six-day championship runs through Sunday’s finale as this week marks the first time in the history of the event that the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics will be held in the United States.
In the wake of their silver-medal-winning runner-up finishes at the USA Junior Championships earlier this month, Martin will line up in the 200-meter dash and Wales will throw the javelin for the United States in their first career international appearance for Team USA. Gordon will run both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles for Jamaica.
Wales kicks off the competition for the LSU Track & Field program on Tuesday morning as she steps onto the runway in women’s javelin qualifying beginning at 10:05 p.m. CT. She enters the meet with a personal best of 166 feet, 11 inches that she set in a victory in her collegiate debut at Louisiana Tech’s Jim Mize Invitational back on March 22 to kick off the 2014 outdoor season.
Martin sprinted to a personal best in the 200 meters in her last race when she clocked a wind-legal 23.02 seconds to win the USA Junior silver medal in the event also held at Oregon’s Hayward Field on July 6. She is set to line up in the qualifying round of the women’s 200-meter dash on Thursday at 1:35 p.m. CT.
The semifinal round of the women’s 200-meter dash will follow during the evening session on Thursday at 8:10 p.m. CT, while the championship final in the event follows on Friday night at 9:55 p.m. CT.
Gordon, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is certainly one of the shining stars in LSU’s recruiting Class of 2014 as she enters the championship with personal bests of 13.46w in the 100-meter hurdles and 58.70 in the 400-meter hurdles that have both been set during her senior season at Northeast High School. She will step onto the Hayward Field track for the first time for the qualifying round of the 400 hurdles on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. CT, followed by the preliminary round of the 100 hurdles on Friday at 1 p.m. CT.