Wulff, Johansson head to U23 European Championships, concluding track summer schedule

ESPOO, Finland—Successful seasons on the field and track for Northwestern State gave way to successful seasons representing their countries, which wraps up with Simon Wulff and Mikkel Johansson competing at the U23 European Championships. 

Wulff and Johansson represent their home countries of Germany and Denmark, respectively, as they compete from July 13-16 at the newly-renovated Leppävaara Stadium. 

Wulff is taking part in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes as well as the 4×100 relay, while Johansson has competed in the 100 and 200 during the summer. 

The championships top off a successful summer for the pairing, as each competed in events in their home countries previously in the summer. 

Johansson participated in the Copenhagen Open in Hvidovre in his home country of Denmark on June 10-11, where he finished first in the 200-meters and third in the 100-meters. 

He also won the 200 at the Danish Championships and came in third in the 100 on June 24-25. 

After participating in the NCAA East prelims, Wulff took part in the Sparkassen Gala Regensburg back in his home country of Germany on June 3. He ran a 10.37 in the 100 and a 39.00 as part of the 4×100 before posting a first-place finish (10.48) at the Internationales LAZ Meeting/Rhede on June 25. 

Last time out, he competed in all three events at the German U23 Championships, where he finished in the top two in all three events, including wins in both the 200 (21.18) and 4×100 (40.08). 

Wulff and Johansson are two of the NSU athletes competing this summer, joining Vanessa Balde, Randy Kelly, Sanaria Butler, Djimon Gumbs and Diamante Gumbs. 

Djimon Gumbs claimed gold with a third-place finish in the shot put in El Salvador with a toss of 19.0 meters, one of two gold medals athletes from the British Virgin Islands took home. He also took home a sixth-place finish in the discus. 

Twin brother Diamante Gumbs finished right behind Djimon in the discus, finishing seventh in the event. 

Balde, like Wulff, competed in Germany in the summer, including in the U23 German Championships and overall German Championships. This past weekend at the German Championships, she participated in the 4×100 relay, 100-meter hurdles and 200 meters, finishing in the top three in her race in the 200 and the 100 hurdles. 

The freshman nearly posted a personal best, running a 13.66 in the 100 hurdles at the Norddeutsche Meisterschaften M/F/U18 after reaching the NCAA East prelims in the event in May. 

While at the Norddeutsche Meisterschaften M/F/U18, she ran a season-best 11.91 in the 100. 

Butler and Kelly each competed in the USATF U20 Championships in Oregon, as Butler participated in the long jump and 400-meter dash while Kelly did so in the high jump. 

Butler placed sixth in the long jump finals, recording a 19-2.75. She ran a 54.79 in the 400 prelims, placing 18th

Kelly collected a fifth-place finish in the high jump finals, clearing 6-8.75.