Local athletes competing at World Junior Championships


Incoming Stanford freshman Harrison Williams will be the first athlete with local ties to compete in the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships that got under way Tuesday in Eugene, Ore.

Williams is competing in the men's decathlon. He won the USA junior title last month in Sacramento.

Menlo School grad Maddy Price will be competing for Canada in the women's 400, which gets under way Wednesday with preliminary heats. Price ranks 10th in the field with her personal best of 53.20. Price also will run on Canada's 1,600-meter relay team.

Also competing in the women's 400 will be incoming Stanford freshman Olivia Baker.

Stanford's Valarie Allman is the junior world leader in the women's discus at 188-6. She begins her competition on Thursday with prelims.

Incoming Stanford freshman Elise Cranny will be competing in the women's 1,500 this week. Prelims will be Friday.

Incoming Cardinal freshman Daniel Brady will represent Canada on the 1,600 relay, current Cardinal Jack Keelan will run the 5,000, and incoming freshman Anna Laman (1,500) will compete for Australia.

The World Junior Championships are held every two years for athletes aged 19 or younger. This is the first time the meet has been held in the United States.

Meanwhile, Stanford junior Steven Solomon, a 2012 Olympic finalist, will compete for Australia at the Commonwealth Games in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay from July 28-Aug. 2 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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