17 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Women’s 4x400m preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

The victorious US 4x400m team at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships: Erika Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baisden and Ashley Spencer (Getty Images)The victorious US 4x400m team at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships: Erika Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baisden and Ashley Spencer (Getty Images) © Copyright

The long relay has been a US domain for years – the last time they didn't win was in 2000, when they didn't enter a team – but the USA has not put together a junior team so far in 2014, so the list is led by Cuba (3:36.15), Jamaica (3:37.65), and Nigeria (3:37.68).

The fourth mark on the year’s list is by a single US high school, Long Beach Poly, at 3:38.05; with Kendall Baisden and Shamier Little on the team, the USA can expect to run notably faster than that in Eugene.

Also intriguing is the presence of an Indian junior quartet 10th on the 2014 list; they should have a good chance of reaching the final, and their 3:40.53 mark is just .03 from their national junior record.

Parker Morse for the IAAF