July 24, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn rising sophomore Marshay Ryan advanced to the triple jump finals at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Thursday at historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore. Ryan qualified for Saturday’s final with a wind-aided personal-best jump of 43-4.25/13.21m.
“I am really excited for Marshay,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “This is a great opportunity for her and Auburn University. This is the World Junior Championships where you are competing against the best juniors on the planet. I am very proud of her and hopefully she can do well in the finals.”
After scratching on her first attempt, Ryan recorded her qualifying mark of 13.21m, placing her fourth in her heat and 10th overall. On her final attempt, the Chambersburg, Pa., native recorded a distance of 42-6.75/12.97m.
“Today was very good,” Ryan said. “My jumps were consistent today, but I still have some things I need to work on, but I am having fun. This is so different than anything I have ever done. I am representing USA now. I am very thankful to God for giving me this opportunity.”
Ryan will compete in Saturday’s final, slated to begin at 5:35 p.m. CT. Live scoring for the IAAF World Junior Championships can be found online at www.iaaf.org.