Whitaker and Augustine are part of the U20 world teams
Athletics | 25/06/2022 18:51:00
MINNEAPOLIS– Freshman at the University of Minnesota Floyd Whitaker II and Devin Augustine qualified for the U20 World Championships on Saturday afternoon in the triple jump and 100m. Whitaker qualified for a spot on Team USA at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, while Augustine qualified for Team Trinidad and Tobago.
Whitaker extended his season with a jump of 15.35m (50-4 1/2) on his first attempt on the track, good enough for a second-place finish. Whitaker held the top spot for most of the competition before Solomon Thomas of the University of Texas passed Whitaker on his fifth attempt. Whitaker’s jump will send him to Cali, Colombia for the U20 World Championships August 1-6.
Floyd Whitaker is an absolute SAVAGE! 😏
– Cross Country, Minnesota Athletics (@GopherCCTF) June 26, 2022
Additionally, Gopher alum Sean Donnelly competed in the men’s hammer final on Saturday. The 2016 Gopher, who still holds the Minnesota school record, finished sixth overall in the event with a throw of 74.24m (243-7).
In Trinidad and Tobago, Augustine clocked a personal best 10.32 in the 100m semi-final before finishing with a 10.38 in the final to qualify for the U20 World Championships later this summer. Augustine, who was limited during the outdoor season in the 100m, has dropped his time impressively since making his mid-May debut at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships where he finished 24th.
Other Saturday competitors included Kion Benjamin and Akilah Lewis in Trinidad and Tobago. Benjamin finished his individual season in the 100m with a personal best 10.07 in the semifinals and followed that up with a second place finish in 10.18. Although Benjmain finished high enough to make the Trinidad and Tobago national team, his season best time of 10.07 is just short of the world standard time of 10.07. Lewis, who recently broke Minnesota’s 100m school record, finished fourth overall in his 100m final in 10.46.
In Greece, double champion of the Big Ten Kostas Zaltos finished 4th overall in his country’s championships, throwing the hammer 70.35m. His mark was good enough for the second best mark among the U23 competitors.
Minnesota has one last contender in Eugene with Abby Kohut Jackson take part in the final of the 3000m steeplechase on Sunday afternoon. This race can be seen contested at 4:23 p.m. CT live on the USA Network Television. For more information on Gophers around the world, keep checking GopherSports.com. Follow the University of Minnesota Cross Country and Track and Field Team on Twitter and Instagram (@GopherCCTF) and on Facebook, so you don’t miss any content this summer.
USATF Outdoor Championships results by individual
Abby Kohut Jackson3000m steeplechase women, FINALIST
Floyd Whitakermen’s triple jump, 2nd place (15.35m | 50-4 1/2)
Shelby Franckfemale discus, 5th place (57.20m | 187-8)
Nyalaam Jokwomen’s high jump, T5th place (1.82m | 5-11 1/2)
Sean Donnelly, men’s hammer throw, 6th place (74.24m | 243-7)
Alec BastienMen’s 3000m steeplechase, 15th place (8:29.90)
Matt WilkinsonMen’s 3000m steeplechase, 19th place (8:36.96)
Shane Streich, men’s 800m, 22nd place (1:49.23)
Benjamin Blankenship, 23rd place (3:42.59)
Other results of outdoor championships by individual
Barbora Špotáková (Czech Republic), women’s javelin throw, 1st place (60.90m)
Kion Benjamin (Trinidad and Tobago), 100m men, 2nd place (10.18)
Akilah Lewis (Trinidad and Tobago), 100m women, 4th place (11.46)
Devin Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago), 100m men, 5th place (10.38)
Kostas Zaltos (Greece), men’s hammer, 4th place (70.35m)