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Quotes from World Youth Team Trials

Men’s 3,000m
Mason Coppi
On the race and strategy
 “I was just thinking I had to hit my pace and do my best even if no one is around me. I’ve been working on confronting my nervousness leading up to this meet staying calm and focused”

Men’s Shot Put
Adrian “Tripp” Piperi, first place
On competing at World Youth Trials
“It was awesome. My first five throws weren’t that great, and I was in third after (Isaiah Rogers) threw. I was freaking out, but then I bust one out there and I was really happy on that last throw.”
On the opportunity to represent Team USA
“It is a really humbling experience. It’s a great opportunity to compete with some people, and it’s going to be a great competition. I love seeing everybody because I have met half of them, and it’s great to see how everybody is doing after a year. I just can’t wait. I’m going to come back next year because it’s really fun doing this kind of stuff. I love these kind of track meets.”
Isaiah Rogers, second place
On competing at World Youth Trials
“It was pretty thick. It was a different experience. We had a lot of really good throwers out there, so I was really motivated. They pushed me to do better, and I hope I pushed people to be better too.”

Men’s Pole Vault
Zachary Shugart
On competing today
“My warmup wasn’t good. I couldn’t get off the ground, so my goal was to just make my opening bar. It is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so it is exciting”

Women’s 2,00m Steeple
Rylee Bowen
On the race overall and her strategy
“We took it out perfectly paced. I didn’t really know what my pace should be, but it felt pretty good, and slowly the barriers kept coming. It felt like the gaps in between were getting shorter. But in every part of the race, my favorite part was probably the water jump. It was so cool to do something different.”
On what it would mean to represent Team USA
“I’m just so excited and very, very honored. This race will be so exciting. I can’t wait, and I know it’s going to be the best thing ever.”

Women’s Pole Vault
Carson Dingler, first place
On today’s event, competing against great athletes
“There was really good competition. I think that’s what got me over the hump. Last week I no-heighted at New Balance and that’s the first time I’ve ever done that so it’s really good to come back and have a big win.”
On her coach’s encouraging words before her last jump
“You just have to put everything on the table when it’s your last attempt, and you have to go for it and not let anything stop you.”
On the chance to represent Team USA and goals for the international stage
“Just to clear bigger bars and keep getting better. I’m excited to wear USA across my chest.

Men’s Javelin
Liam Christiansen
On competing at World Youth Trials
“I knew coming into this I had to get that qualifying mark, and I was really nervous. I took it nice and slow on my last throw and went all out.”

100m Hurdles
Alexis Duncan
On taking a break then coming back and how she feels now
 “I took a whole week off when I came back. I felt like Usain Bolt or somethin, like I thought something was wrong with me. I feel awesome.”
On technicality of the race
 “I executed it just like I wanted to, and I sped up when I saw people on me and I finished.”

Girls 100m
Candace Hill
On the opportunity to compete at IAAF World Youth Championships
 “It has been my goal since the beginning of the season, and finally making, it is just so incredible.”

Boys 400m
Josephus Lyles
On his mindset coming into the race
 “I just wanted stay relaxed and get out hard especially in the back stretch to stay with them.”

Girls 400mH
Sydney Mclaughlin
Strategy for on Day 1 versus Day 2
 “Today was more about my technique, getting down and finishing the race stronger than yesterday. Coming off a PR and the record is a great feeling.”
On how it feels coming off of a record setting race
 “I’ve been working on my technique and my steps, and to see it all come together in a race like this against great competition is definitely rewarding.”
Brandy Johnson
On her Day 1 race
“Coming off yesterday, I was really nervous because I did have a fall and my knee was bothering me a little bit. But I wanted to push through.”
Girls 200m
Candace Hill
On how the race shaped up
“Even though I’ve run faster, it's still a great final time considering I haven’t run a two hundred in a while, so it’s awesome.”
On how it feels to set a meet record in this setting
“This meet is the top of the top girls - the best girls from across the country. I’ve worked towards this, so breaking that record is amazing.”

Triple Jump
Tara Davis
Strategy for competing on Day 2
 “I came out here positive with a great attitude, and that is why I came out with that win.”

Contributed by Ryan Stevens and Olivia Odle, USATF Communications

Ryan Stevens

Olivia Odle

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