LONDON (8/12/17) – Arkansas State University sprinter Jaylen Bacon ran the third leg for team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Championships Saturday in London helping the team to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay.
Bacon caps off his incredible junior season at Arkansas State with this silver medal. Team USA posted a time of 37.52 with the host Great Britain winning in 37.47 seconds. Jamaica, led by Usain Bolt, saw its 10-year streak of gold in the 4x100m relay come to a close. He qualified for the relay squad by way of a fourth place finish in the 100-meter dash (10.10) at the USA Outdoor Championships back in June.
He earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He became the first athlete in program history to earn multiple first team honors in on NCAA Championships, indoor or outdoor.
Bacon, a five-time Sun Belt Champion, earned bronze in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships this past season. His podium finish marked just the second on the track by an A-State male athlete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Thomas Hill is the only other sprinter or hurdler to earn a medal as he won the national title in the 55-meter hurdles back in 1970.