Viney turns in solid effort

Elkins native and current Illinois standout Cam Viney finished 12th in the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles at Friday’s USA Track &?Field Championships being held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The top eight finishers qualified for the finals. Viney was the top collegiate placer with a time of 51.16.

Nike’s Bershawn Jackson’s 48.85 topped the field. He was followed by Michael Tinsley, of Adidas, Justin Gaymon, Johnny Dutch, of Nike, Kerron Clement, of Nike, Jeshua Anderson, of Nike, Adam Durham and Reuben McCoy.

Viney qualified for the semifinals with a time of 51.75 on Thursday. The time was his second best this season and ranks 14th overall.

He was one of four college athletes to advance to the semifinals.

The championships serve as the selection event for spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships Aug.10-18 in Moscow, Russia.

Viney recently completed his freshman year at Illinois. He was part of the school’s 4×400-meter relay team, which earned All-American status by finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships.

During his career at Elkins High School, Viney was a seven-time state champion and holds five school records.

He placed eighth in the 110 hurdles at the 2010 New Balance Nationals and placed first in that event at the Blunt East Coast Invitational.

Viney is the son of Robin and Laura Davis, of Elkins, and is majoring in Political Science and International Studies.