UTEP's Stiverne part of Gold medal relay
POSTED: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:54pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:27pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UTEP track and field sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne represented the United States in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2014 World Junior Championships at the famous Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore..
The sprinter is one of a six-member team who reached the gold medal final but was an alternate and did not run in the championship race Sunday. Kendall Baisden, anchoring the United States women's 4x400 relay team at the IAAF World Junior Championships, took the baton with a substantial lead and needed to hold off a charging challenger to claim the gold medal.
Less that 24-hours prior, the same team won the 4x100m relay. In all, the U.S. finished with 21 medals in the championships, which tied a meet record for the country.
As one of the IAAF’s most prestigious events, the meet features the world's best athletes under the age of 20. The six-day event will showcases a total of total of 1,540 athletes from 167 countries. For the first time the event will be held in the United States.
The sprinter earned the opportunity to represent the United States on the world stage after registering a personal-best 54.10 in the 400m dash at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene on July 6th.
In her first season with the Orange and Blue, Stiverne helped the UTEP women’s 4x400m relay squad to both indoor and outdoor Conference USA titles. The freshman also aided the Miners’ 4x100 relay team to a bid to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, for the first since 2008.