Baylor’s Holmes Claims 400-Hurdle Title at USATF Junior Championships

baylorbearsEUGENE, Ore. – Baylor track and field freshman TJ Holmes won the 400-meter hurdle title at the USATF Junior Championships with a time of 50.02 on Sunday at Hayward Field.

The St. Petersburg, Fla., product moved into first as he cleared the final hurdle and then held on to take a .11 second victory over second-place finisher Kenneth Selmon. The victory gives Holmes a spot on the USA team that will compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene from July 22-27.

“TJ ran a great race,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “Coach Capron had a good game plan and TJ Holmes followed it. He had to work, but it was a much cleaner race than he ran yesterday in the prelims.”

Holmes had qualified for the finals by running a 51.31 in the preliminary round on Saturday.

Meanwhile, pole vaulter Annie Rhodes just missed qualifying for the national team as the freshman from Midway took third in the competition with a top mark of 13-9.25 [4.20m].

“Annie looked great,” Harbour said. “She was disappointed, because when you get third you are happy you got on the awards stand, but you also want to make the national team.”

Baylor’s four athletes at the USATF Junior Championships recorded two wins (Holmes and Trayvon Bromell, 100 meters) and two third-place finishes (Rhodes and Maggie Montoya, 3,000 meters).

Bromell and Holmes will represent the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships, July 22-27, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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