July 9, 2018--Mount St. Mary's rising sophomore Will Merritt (Smithsburg, Md.) runs in the 10,000m at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Under 20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Tuesday. The 10,000m run will begin at 6:50 p.m. local time (11:50 a.m. ET) at Tampere's Ratina Stadium. The IAAF U20 World Championships are being held from July 10-15.
Merritt qualified for the IAAF Under 20 World Championships with his performance in the 10,000m run at the United States Track & Field (USATF) Junior Outdoor Championships held at Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex on the campus of Indiana University on June 16. Merritt finished in fourth place at the meet with a time of 33:16.42 under extremely hot and humid conditions. He was the only runner in the meet to have met the IAAF World Junior standard, which earned him at invitation to the IAAF Under 20 World Championships. Merritt met the IAAF World Junior standard in the 10,000m run with a time of 30:53.38 at the IC4A Championships on May 12, and he will be the only American competing in the 10,000 at the meet.
Merritt had a solid freshman season for the Mountaineers, finishing fifth in the 5,000m at the Northeast Conference Championships while helping the Mount's men's team to its first NEC title in 21 years.
Fans can watch the IAAF World U20 Championships on NBC Sports Gold.