A pair of USA national track records have been established this week during the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
On Friday Kendell Williams, a senior at
Kell (Marietta, Ga.)
, broke the women's heptathlon record while finishing eighth with 5,578 points. The previous record was 5,533 by Shana Woods in 2006.
The other record was set on Thursday when Brianna Nerud, a recent graduate of North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.)
, placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:00.72. She actually broke her own record of 10:08.15, which was set during qualifying.
USA juniors also have had some other outstanding performances during the week.
Recent Neptune (N.J.)
graduate Ajee Wilson won the women's 800-meter gold with the second-fastest time in USA prep history, 2:00.91. The record of 2:00.07 has stood since 1982.
Eric Futch, a recent graduate of Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.)
, came from far behind in the final 50 meters to claim gold in the 400 hurdles with a 2012 national-best clocking of 50.24 seconds.
Though competing for Canada, recent Kingwood Park (Kingwood, Texas)
graduate Shawn Barber placed third in the pole vault by clearing 18-2 1/2, which is No. 2 all-time.
Another USA No. 2 all-time mark was posted by Cayla Hatton, a recent graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.)
, while finishing fourth during the women's 5,000 in 15:50.32.
Silver medals were earned by Evers College Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
senior Kadecia Baird - representing Guyana - who ran 51.04 in the women's 400; and by Arman Hall, a recent graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
, who ran 45.39 in the men's 400.
The prestigious meet will continue today and conclude on Sunday.