Last Updated on March 19, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 World Juniors Zion Nelson and Kayla Richardson

Athletes who meet the IAAF Standards for World Juniors as of 19.06.14

World Junior qualifiers

World Junior Championships Oregon, USA

1) Must Have a Filipino Passport and be approved by the PATAFA (Philippines Track and Field Association)

2) Born in 1995 to 1998

3) Qualifying Standards are outlined by the IAAF if you don’t hit the standards according to the guidelines of the IAAF you don’t won’t be sent we/have and will have qualifiers so we are not taking athletes (wild cards) who do not hit these standards. (standards provided for by the IAAF).


Eugene, USA

22-27 July 2014

Entry Standards

Men Event Women

  • 10.55 100m 11.90
  • 21.50 200m 24.50
  • 47.70 400m 55.25
  • 1:50.50 800m 2:09.10
  • 3:48.00 1500m 4:28.00
  • 3000m 9:35.00
  • 14:15.00 / 8:15.00 (3000m) 5000m 16:40.00
  • 31:29.30 10,000m
  • 9:10.00 3000m SC 10:50.00
  • 100mH 14.20
  • 14.64 (1.067m) or 14.24
  • (0.995m)
  • 110mH
  • 53.30 400mH 60.75
  • 44:20.00 10,000m RW 51:00.00
  • No standard 4×100 Relay No standard
  • No standard 4×400 Relay No standard
  • Heptathlon 5250
  • 6875 (1.067m; 7.26kg SP;
  • 2kg DT) or 7090 (0.995m;
  • 6kg SP; 1.75kg DT)
  • Decathlon
  • 2.16 High Jump 1.82
  • 5.05 Pole Vault 3.95
  • 7.55 Long Jump 6.10
  • 15.60 Triple Jump 12.90
  • 18.25 (6kg) or 16.50 (7.26kg) Shot Put 14.30
  • 55.00 (1.75kg) or 51.50 (2kg) Discus 47.50
  • 67.50 (6kg) or 61.40 (7.26kg) Hammer 57.00
  • 68.50 Javelin 49.00


  • · Only athletes aged 16, 17, 18, or 19 on 31 December 2014 (born in 1995, 1996, 1997

or 1998) may compete. The maximum number of events in which a Youth athlete

(born in 1997 or 1998) can compete in two individual events plus one of the relays.

If the two individual events are Track Events, only one of these may be longer than


  • · A maximum of two athletes from any one Member can compete in each event (with

the exception of the Relays).

  • · Three athletes can initially be entered per event, provided each has achieved the

Entry Standard, but only two will be allowed to compete.

  • · Members who have no male and/or female qualified athletes whom they wish to

enter in any Championships event, may enter one unqualified male athlete OR one

unqualified female athlete in one event of the Championships (except the Field

Events (see below), Combined Events, 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase, and 5000m


  • · Members who have no male and/or no female qualified athlete but whose best

athlete excels in a Field Event, may submit to the IAAF, by the time of the

Preliminary Entry deadline, the name of their athlete plus the performance they would

like to enter the Field Event. The Technical Delegates will make the final decision

and, to do so, may seek the opinion of the relevant Area Association.

  • · If the host country of the World Junior Championships does not have an athlete

qualified in an event, it may enter one athlete in these events regardless of any

entry standard.

  • · Every Member may enter one team for each relay race, composed of a maximum

of six athletes. Any four athletes among those who entered the competition, whether

for the relay or any other event, may then be used in the composition of the

team for the first round.


  • · All performances must be achieved during the period 1 October 2013 to 14 July

2014. Please note that the Final Entries deadline remains three Mondays before

the first day of the competition, i.e. 7 July 2014.

  • · All performances must be achieved during an official competition organized in

conformity with IAAF Rules.

  • · All performances must be achieved during competitions organized or sanctioned

by the IAAF, its Area Associations, or its Member Federations. Thus, results

achieved at school competitions must be certified by the Member Federation of the

country in which the competition was organized.

  • · Performances achieved in mixed events between male and female participants

(see Rule 147) will only be accepted under the following circumstances:

o For all field events and races of 5000m and over held completely in the

stadium the results will be:

§ Automatically accepted if achieved at National Permit competitions

§ Accepted only with the Area Association’s approval if achieved at

competitions under IAAF Rule 1.1 (i) and (j)

§ Never accepted if achieved at competitions conducted under IAAF

Rule 1.1 (a) to (h)

o For Road Races (Race Walks) the results will always be accepted

  • · Wind-assisted performances (over 2m/sec) will not be accepted.
  • · Indoor performances will be accepted.
  • · Hand-timed performances for events up to and including 800m will not be


  • · For Race Walks, road performances will be accepted.
  • · For the running events of 200m and over, performances achieved on over-sized

tracks will not be accepted.

Kyla Richardson 100m Start List


Filipina #2 100m Sprinter Fil-Heritage Kayla Richardson has drawn lane five in the first heat of the Women’s 100m at the World Junior Championships in Oregon. Kayla who has a personal best of 11.78 will face some quite stiff competition as she is the sixth-fastest of the eight in the heats. 17-year-old Ewa Sowoba of Poland who ran 11.46 and Jamaican Kedisha Dallas are the best two in the heats.

The Top three fastest in each heat and the next three fastest times advance there are 7 heats meaning 24 will make it through to the Semi-Finals.

Kayla Richardson of the Philippines
Kayla Richardson of the Philippines

Kayla who has been accompanied to World Juniors by her father Jeffrey Richardson, at 16 is young enough for the next World Juniors in 2016 and may be able to achieve the realistic goal of breaking the National Junior Recordset by Princess Joy Griffey at 11.75, set at the 2004 US Junior Olympics. The valuable experience gained from competing at this high level will prepare her well for the World Juniors in two years and also more immediately at next year’s SEA Games.

It’s important to note that Kayla is at somewhat of an advantage due to less traveling time compared to most athletes in the event so it could place better than sixth.

This is Kayla’s second time representing the Philippines having finished fifth in the finals at the Asian Youth Champs.

The two big guns Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain who has run 11.14 and Kaylin Whiney of the USA 11.10 have drawn heat 5 and heat 7.

The World Juniors is now over for Zion (Left) and Kayla (right) (Photo Credit: Editha Nelson & Jeffrey Richardson)
The World Juniors is now over for Zion (Left) and Kayla (right) (Photo Credit: Editha Nelson & Jeffrey Richardson)

Kayla and Zion at World Juniors

The World Junior Championships is now over for Kayla Richardson and Zion Corrales-Nelson the two athletes were the first-ever athletes to qualify by meeting the IAAF standards for the World Junior athletes for the Philippine Islands. In the past, the Philippines had relied solely on wild card entries and only sent one athlete. At 16 years of age, the US-born Richardson and Canadian-born Zion were the youngest competitors in the event with girls born in 1995-1998 participating. Although they were not able to pass the first round in this meet the international experience will prove useful to them in future international meets.

Kayla had run for the Philippines already at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing and Zion at the Asian leg of the Youth Olympics in Thailand. Kayla finished 5th in the 100m at that meet, while Zion got Bronze in the 200 and the 400. Zion’s performances allowed her to achieve qualification for her next meet the World Olympic Youth Games in Nanjing China next month in August. Zion was rewarded the next month at the British Columbia Championships where she clocked 54.18 to break not just the Junior but Senior National Record and at 15 became the country’s youngest current record holder of an open age record.


At 16 years of age, the duo will both be young enough for the next World Junior Championships in 2016. They also will be more favored to make it past the heats in the 2015 World Youth Championships in Lille France this time against athletes born in 1998 and 1999 only.  While the qualifying standards are not yet out for the 2015 World Youth

Championships based on 2013 entry standards 12.45, 25.55, and 57.60 are very easy targets

as the qualifying period is Oct 1 to July 1 (if it holds the same for 2015).

With other Fil-Heritage girls emerging and lower standards for this meet, it may be possible for the Philippines to send a big team as part of its development program.

The SEA Games June 5-15 also beckons. With Kayla already hitting the silver standards in the 100 and bronze in the 200 and Zion needs to clock 53.73 to get into the 400. They would be joined by 27-year-old US-based sprinter Princess Joy Griffey who has qualified with silver standards for both the 100 and 200. The trio would then join with one other runner who is yet to be decided to form a formidable 4x100m relay team.



Kayla Richardson finished fifth in her heat at the World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, she was not able to qualify for the Semi-Finals of 24 as the top 3 and the next 3 fastest times qualified through to the next round. The slowest qualifying time for the Semi-finals was 11.93.

Kayla finished 39th overall at the World Juniors. Although off her best of 11.78. The valuable experience Kayla will gain from this meet will prove useful for the 2015 SEA Games where she has met the Silver Mark of 11.85 and the World Youth Champs next year in Lille France. The World Juniors was for athletes from 1995 to 1998, whereas World Youth is 1998 and 1999.


Meanwhile, Fil-Canadian 15-year-old Zion Corrales-Nelson was disqualified from her race for stepping out of her lane: (DQR163.3(a) IAAF rules. Zion’s best time of 54.18 would have easily qualified her for the Semi-Finals. She needs a time of 53.73 to qualify for the 2015 SEA Games.


Zion (24.34) and Kayla (24.53) finished 5th and 4th in their heat. Neither progressed they did not reach their best times of 24.15 and 24.03. Singapore’s Shanti Veronica Pereira ran 23.99 (+2.1) to make it to the next round. Shanti finished sixth in her semi-final in 24.24 and did not progress to the final.

 *Meanwhile late report is Princess Joy Griffey ran 11.77 last week to win her race in Washington. Again no wind reading was recorded.

 Children of Asia Meet Report

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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