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Former McDonogh runner Autumne Franklin stars at USA Track and Field Junior National Championships

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A former two-time first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro honoree is running her way to the same status as just a freshman on the Harvard women’s track and field team.

Autumne Franklin captured the 400 hurdles title at the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships on Saturday. The McDonogh graduate capped her stellar freshman season with the personal-best finish of 57.10 in the event, the fastest time run by a junior in the world this season. Her win also earned her the chance to represent the U.S. at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Colombia in August.

Franklin also placed third in the 100 hurdles in a time of 14.07. Both races earned her USATF All-America honors.

At McDonogh, Franklin set the school records in the 300- and 400-meter hurdles and the 1600-meter relay and was named an All-American her senior year.

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