July 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field standouts Jonathan Green (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's High School) and Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) had a stellar weekend at the 2014 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Championships, held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The duo qualified for the 2014 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, also held in Eugene, starting July 22 through July 27.
Green won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:54.62, outkicking Penn's Brendan Shearn by just shy of one second.
"My coaches told me to make a move around 1200 meters to go, but to just tuck in from (the start)," Green explained. "I was able to stay on the rail and relax. (My coaches) helped me quite a bit because this is my first 10k ever. The training I've had at Georgetown has been awesome in keeping my fitness really, really high. I was looking up at the jumbotron and looking at who was in the race."
The win puts Green on the USA roster for the 2014 IAAF World Championships, with the top two finishers from each event earning the opportunity to represent the United States in Eugene later this month.
"Obviously, I'm excited to represent my country. I've looked forward to this for a long time. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Georgetown. My coaches got me here, so they will get me prepared for worlds."
Southerland battled world youth bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers in the 800-meter finals. Southerland's move increased the pace over the final 200 meters with Rogers narrowly edging out Southerland for the win. Southerland clocked 2:04.83, behind Rogers' 2:04.40. The second-place performance earned Southerland a spot on the USA roster at the world championships.
"It was a fight out there, but it was still pretty fun," Southerland said. "To prepare for worlds, I'm just going to put in all the work that I can and trust that my hard work will turn out well."