Representing the Bahamas, Liberty freshman Branson Rolle finished 39th in the men's 400 hurdles at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, Thursday morning inside Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland. Making his second career appearance at the IAAF World U20 Championships, Rolle was in strong contention for a top-three finish and automatic semifinal qualification approaching the 10th and final hurdle. Rolle unfortunately hit the hurdle and fell to the track. By the time he recovered and finished the race, Rolle crossed the finish line in a time of 1:08.85, placing seventh in his heat and 39th overall in the event.
Rolle concludes an impressive freshman season which was headlined by his Big South men's 400 hurdles title in a Liberty freshman-record time of 52.10 seconds.
Up Next Liberty will be well represented at the inaugural FISU America Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Following the opening ceremony on July 20, track & field events will take place on July 21-24 at the Brazilian Paralympic Training Center.
Brant Tolsma will serve as the head coach of the USA Team for track & field, and he will be assisted by Clendon Henderson, Andrew "Pete" McFadden and Shawn Venable.
The USA Team roster will include 2018 Flames Jovaine Atkinson, Markus Ballengee, Cortney Dowling, Jahquez Durham, Travis Henderson, Darrel Jones, Alyssa Karle, Kammi Kurtz, Dasiana Larson, Noel Palmer, Brenna Smith, Michael Todd and Carson Waters. Liberty signee Christian Lyon and incoming Flames track & field/cross country graduate assistant Mark Fairley will also be part of the squad.
The USA Team athletes will compete against collegiate opponents from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay.
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