June 21, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. -
Western Carolina freshman Dominique Young finished sixth in the 100-meter dash at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday afternoon at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium. Young will also compete in the 200-meter dash event on Friday at the national meet.
Young, the Southern Conference men's Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year last season, finished third in his heat with a time of 10.68 to rank seventh overall out of the 11 individuals who started the event. The Charlotte, N.C., native shaved two one-hundredths of a second off his time in the finals, running 10.66 to improve on position to finish sixth overall.
With his top six finish, Young has put himself into the United States men's 4x100-meter relay pool from which four individuals will be chosen to represent the country at the World Championships. He can improve his chances of selection with a strong performance in his second event, the 200-meter dash, on Friday. Young is scheduled in the preliminaries at 11:30 am, with the finals of the even to take place at 2:40 pm Friday afternoon.
This season, Young led Western in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.48, which not only won the SoCon individual event championship, but also qualified him for the NCAA East Regional. He additionally qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.09, second on the team only to sophomore Manteo Mitchell with a time of 21.05. Young was also a vital part of the men's 4x100-meter relay team, advancing to the NCAA National Championship where he and his teammates - including Mitchell, junior Zeb Johnson and sophomore Kevin Johnson - finished ninth overall in the country.