FOLLOWING THE CALIFORNIA PREPS AT THE WORLD JUNIORS MEET
Notre Dame's Muhammad falls short in opening round of 100m
By Rich Gonzalez
(JULY 10, 2012) -- Notre Dame High School junior Khalfani Muhammad encountered two very "foreign" experiences on Tuesday: Competing in Europe and losing on the track.
Muhammad, who was representing the nation of Puerto Rico at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, failed to advance out of the first round of the 100-meter dash earlier today.
Muhammad placed fourth in his heat, a very windy experience as combatants battled a -2.5 meters-per-second headwind. It helped explain Muhammad's time as he clocked only 10.76, among his slowest performances of 2012.
Muhammad caught a close - but brief - glimpse of perhaps the world's fastest teenager as gold medal contender Adam Gemili of Great Britain won Muhammad's heat in 10.37, a spectacular mark given the headwind. Only the top two finishers in each of the nine heats automatically advanced to the next round, along with the next six fastest times. The cutoff for advancing as an at-large was 10.65.
The two Americans in the field, Tyreek Hill and Aaron Ernest, each advanced with heat wins. Hill could challenge both Gemili and the American prep record if they land a generous tailwind in the later rounds.
California has very sparse high school representation at this year's World Juniors meet, with Muhammad, steeple chaser Darren Fahy (La Costa Canyon HS), race walker Tyler Sorenson (Torrey Pines HS) and sprinter Dani Alakija (Oaks Christian HS). Alakija will represent the nation of Fiji.
The meet is comprised of the globe's top teens who are at least age 14 on their competition day and do not turn 20 anytime during the 2012 calendar year. Tuesday was the opening day of competition in the six-day affair. The meet concludes on Sunday.