July 11, 2014
Three members of the Tennessee track and field team will represent the United States at a pair of international meets in the coming month.
Rising sophomore Felecia Majors is set to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships from July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore. Rising senior Tavis Bailey (discus) and rising junior Jake Blankenship (pole vault) will compete in the 2014 NACAC U23 Athletics Championships from Aug. 8-10 in Kamloops, Canada.
Majors qualified to represent Team USA in the 4x400-meter relay thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters (53.42 seconds) at the USTAF Junior Championships last week at Oregon's Hayward Field.
The IAAF World Junior Championships will be held on American soil for the first time.
"Felecia managed herself extremely well to put herself in relay pool contention for these world championships," Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan said. "What an opportunity. To be the first team to represent on home turf is going to be amazing. To be a part of the relay is going to be a special thing for her."
Majors, a native of Lorton, Va., qualified for both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets as a freshman and scored at both SEC championships.
Bailey and Blankenship competed earlier this summer at the USATF Outdoor National Championships in June after coming off strong performances at the NCAA championships.
Bailey was third at NCAA outdoors in the discus with a throw of 203 feet, 10 inches (62.14 meters). Blankenship also earned a bronze medal at the meet, vaulting 18 feet, 8.25 inches (5.70 meters). Both earned first-team All-America honors.
The NACAC meet includes countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. By limiting competitors to those ages 19-23, the meet largely features college standouts.
"The U.S. has had tremendous success at this event," Alford-Sullivan said. "It is a collegiate all-star competition, and those two will represent Tennessee up there. It's really been a good USA stretch for us."