Britton Wilson, Shamier Little advance to World Championships in the 400m hurdles


EUGEN – Training partners Britton Wilson and Shamier Little qualified second and third for Saturday’s World 400m hurdles championships at Hayward Field, while Sydney McLaughlin improved on her world record with the win.

Wilson improved her Arkansas school record to a 53.09 as a runner-up to a 53.75 she set while winning the SEC title. Wilson moves up to #10 on the US all-time list and is #3 on the all-dates-all-time college list.

Ahead of Wilson on the all-date college list are McLaughlin, with a college-record 52.75 in 2018, and UCLA’s Sheena Johnson (52.95) in 2004.

“I’m super happy and excited,” Wilson said. “I’m glad I did PR and I was so close to 52 seconds.”

Little, a volunteer assistant with the Razorbacks, posted a season-best 53.92 to become their second world team. McLaughlin, the world record holder in 51.46 from the Tokyo Olympics, won the race in 51.41.

All three will return to Eugene and Hayward Field for the World Championships, which take place July 15-24.

“Shamier was a great mentor and a great friend,” said Wilson. “I’m just so happy that I made it to the World Championships with her. I knew it would be the two of us and I’m just so happy with the result.”

Little added, “I’m just so grateful and excited to have made this team. I look forward to coming back and having more success in this place. My first reaction was to see where I finished. Place counted as long as I finished in the top three. I knew the time would come with the effort.

“It is very special to go to the World Championships with Britton. This is my baby, I’m so happy for her. Having her as a training partner, seeing her make this team and everything she’s achieved this season has really inspired me. I look forward to seeing her on this journey.”

At the start of the meet, Arkansas graduate Kiara Parker competed in the 200m and placed fifth and 14th in her run with a time of 11:00 p.mth move into the semi-finals on time.

The 1,500m final featured current razorback Lauren Gregory and Arkansas graduate Nikki Hiltz. graduation 10th and 11th In the race, Hiltz clocked 4:10.97 while Gregory clocked 4:12.04.

Heidi Nielson, who rode in the 3,000m final of the USATF U20 Championships, finished third with a time of 9:52.98 while temperatures in Eugene hit 91 degrees. Half of the Hayward Field track was shaded during the race.

Nielson has already qualified for the U20 World Championships with a silver medal performance in the 5,000m. There may be an opportunity for them to attend both events in Cali, Colombia.

Shafiqua Maloney, who competed at the Jamaica Championships, ran 52.29 in the 400 meter heats.

USATF Schedule (PT) | 23-26 June | Live Results: https://results.usatf.org/2022Outdoors/

Sunday | June 26th

10:30 am W5000 FINAL Lauren Gregory, Katie Izzo
11:15 a.m W steeple FINAL Logan Jolly

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