Former TCU standout Young advances to 200 semifinals at nationals

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Former TCU All-American Jessica Young ran a time of 23.00 seconds in the women’s 200-meter dash and advanced to the semifinals at the U.S. championships on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Young, who was fourth in her heat, will compete in the semifinals today.

“On paper it probably doesn’t look great, but I feel I am having a good meet,” said Young, who finished her career at TCU in 2011.

“I am glad I made it through to the next round. I did not feel my best today, but tomorrow is a new day.”

A day after earning a spot in the World Championships with a third-place finish in the men’s 100-meter dash, Charles Silmon did not compete in the men’s 200-meter dash so he could rest a sore hamstring.

Whitney Gipson, NCAA champion in the long jump last year at TCU, had a foul and two passes in the women’s long jump Saturday.

Meanwhile, Brianna Rollins set an American record in the 100-meter hurdles, one of several big performances by less-than-familiar names.

Rollins, a standout at Clemson before turning pro this month, finished in 12.26 seconds to break the mark of Gail Devers in 2000.

Not to be outdone, 17-year-old Mary Cain finished second in the 1,500 meters to earn a spot at the world championships in Moscow in August. She was edged at the line by training partner Treniere Moser.

Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross was slowed by a surgically repaired right big toe and didn’t qualify for worlds.

There were plenty of big names that shined as LaShawn Merritt captured the 400 crown, and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton took the decathlon title.

Three American records were set.

Michelle Carter set a mark in the shot put with a throw of 66 feet, 5 inches on her way to the title.

Later, Amanda Bingson broke the U.S. mark in the hammer throw with her toss of 248-5.

On a busy day at nationals, other winners included Nicole Bush (3,000 steeplechase), Brigetta Barrett (high jump), Janay DeLoach Soukup (long jump), Matthew Centrowitz (1,500), Maria Michta (20,000 race walk), Michael Tinsley (400 hurdles) and Natasha Hastings (400).

Tyson Gay and Allyson Felix looked solid in their opening rounds of the 200.

Gay showed no signs of fatigue as he comfortably advanced out of his opening heat. He was in control as he won his heat in 20.14 seconds, the third-fastest overall time.

Gatlin skipped the 200 because of a tweaked right hamstring, an injury he hid throughout the 100 rounds. Gatlin said in a text that running “9.8 on a bum [hamstring] twice is my limit of luck.”

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