June 20, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Freshmen Jessica Gelibert and Amirah Al-Bayyinah came up just short of qualifying for the USA Junior National Team that will compete at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in Medellin, Columbia later this summer. Gelibert placed fourth in the women’s 100 meter hurdles, just two spots shy of qualifying, and Al-Bayyinah placed third in the triple jump, just one spot out of qualifying position.
Gelibert began the day finishing fourth in her qualifying heat but due to her time of 14.26 she advanced to the finals with the eighth fastest time. Running out of lane one, Gelibert ran up front with the leaders in the final but came up just .30 seconds away from qualifying for Team USA with a fourth place finish. Sasha Wallace, the California state champion, and Alexis Perry, of North Carolina State, finished first and second and will represent Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships this summer. If either have to drop out for any reason Autumne Franklin, of Harvard, will serve as first alternate while Gelibert will be second alternate.
Al-Bayyinah finished third in the triple jump behind Brianna Richardson, of Baylor, and Jennifer Madu, of Texas A&M. Al-Bayyinah registered a jump of 12.28m (40-03.50) on her sixth attempt of the competition to place third. Richardson won the event with a leap of 12.84m (42-01.50) on her final attempt while Madu placed second with a distance of 12.63m (41-05.25). Al-Bayyinah will serve as the first alternate for Team USA.
Gelibert and freshman Matthew Lights will be in action tomorrow in the 400 meter hurdles. Gelibert comes in as the number two qualifier and will compete at 4 pm. Lights takes to the track at 4:25 pm. Both events can be seen live online at usatf.tv.