MONCTON, CANADA (July 21, 2010) Current Texas women's track and field standouts, Chantel Malone and Stacey-Ann Smith, advanced to the 400m final at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships Wednesday afternoon at Moncton 2010 Stadium.
Malone, who will be a senior this fall in Austin, clocked a 53.37 to win her semifinal heat and automatically qualify for Thursday's final. The British Virgin Islands native posted the third-fastest time overall in the first round (52.97), held on Tuesday, and entered the meet ranked second in the world junior ranks with her 52.35 personal best set in May at the Texas Invite.
Smith, running for the United States, also advanced by finishing second in her heat, only behind Malone, in 53.48. The junior made it out of the first round with a 53.41, the sixth-fastest time overall. The 400m final will be run at approximately 6:50 p.m. Central time on Thursday.
Also competing on Thursday will be incoming freshman Danielle Dowie (Jamaica) in the 400m hurdles first round, Malone in the long jump qualifying at 9:15 a.m. CT and incoming freshman Allison Peter (U.S. Virgin Islands) in the 200m first round at 7:55 a.m. CT.