July 10, 2012
• IAAF World Junior Championships Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Austin Mudd spent a little longer on the track than he’d planned, which means his stay in Barcelona will be a little bit shorter.
The Wisconsin freshman made his international debut for the United States on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium, running the preliminary round of the 1500 meters at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships and finishing 11th in his heat.
Mudd never really got up to speed and clocked in at 3 minutes, 54.82 seconds, a time that came in well over his lifetime-best mark of 3:40.87.
World junior leader Hamza Driouch of Qatar won the section and posted the fastest overall time in the prelims at 3:38.06.
Mudd spent the week before he departed for Spain suffering from an illness that kept him training and derailed much of the progress he had made over the last month.
The Greenwood, Ind., native finished 11th in the 800 meters at the NCAA outdoor championships in early June before successfully defending his national title in the 1500 at the 2012 USA Junior Championships later in the month.
A two-time second-team All-American as a freshman, Mudd concluded his initial season ranked No. 5 all-time at UW in the 800 meters at 1:47.59 and just outside the all-time top 10 in the 1500.