USATF U20 Championships

Ja'Kobe Tharp Drops Ridiculously Fast Time At U.S. U20 Championships

Ja'Kobe Tharp Drops Ridiculously Fast Time At U.S. U20 Championships

An Auburn University freshman tied a World U20 record on Thursday at the U.S. U20 Championships in Eugene.

Jun 14, 2024 by Cory Mull
Ja'Kobe Tharp Drops Ridiculously Fast Time At U.S. U20 Championships

Ja'Kobe Tharp may not have won an NCAA title last week in Eugene, Oregon. 

But the Auburn University freshman made sure to redeem himself less than a week later. 

On Thursday at the USATF U20 Championships at Hayward Field, Tharp improved on his personal best time by six-hundredths of a second, clocking a men's 110 meter hurdle time of 13.12 seconds to qualify for the World U20 Championships in Lima, Peru. 

The only qualifier? The U20 hurdle height for men decreases to 99cm, down from 106.7cm at the international and collegiate level. 

Tharp isn't quite finished yet, though. 

The Auburn freshman admitted during the NCAA Championships that he will head to the U.S. Olympic Trials with hopes of qualifying for Team U.S. in the 110mH. He owns a personal best time of 13.18 seconds from the NCAA season, which will bring him into the U.S. Olympic Trials with a realistic shot to chase after a spot on the U.S. team.

The U.S. Olympic Trials begin on June 21st in Eugene and last through June 30. The first round of the men's 110mH begins at 5:05 p.m. PST on Monday, June 24. 

More From The U.S. U20 Championships

  • Hunter College's Dylan McElhinney secured a win in the women's 1,500m, clocking a time of 4:15.80. She was followed by Zariel Macchia, who was second in 4:16.23 and also qualified for the World U20 team in the 5K on Wednesday.
  • Zaya Akins, a freshman from South Carolina, ran a winning time of 51.81 to take the 400m national U20 title, followed by Houston's Michaela Mouton in 52.88.
  • Atlanta Westlake's Sidi Njie, who came up short at his Georgia state championships in the 400m -- he finished second despite running 45.37 -- found some resolve in the U20 national final with his winning time of 45.62. He was followed by Arizona State's Jayden Davis, who ran 45.92.
  • Harvard's Sophia Gorriaran, who reached the NCAA final last week only to finish last, won the U.S. U20 title in 2:01.90. She was nearly three seconds faster than the next best in the field: Ka'Myya Haywood's 2:04.59.
  • Ana-Liese Torian, a freshan from Alabama A&M, took down USC's Nonah Waldron to win the 100mH title in 13.12. Waldron was second in 13.32. Both will head to World U20s in Peru.

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