Bridgeton's Braheme Days Jr. finished third Thursday night in the shot put at the IAAF World Junior Track and Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Days, who qualified second in the preliminaries on Thursday afternoon, threw the put 65 feet, 6 inches on his first of six tries in the final.

Konrad Bukowiecki of Poland won the event with a throw of 72 feet, 4 inches. Denzel Comenentia of the Netherlands was second with a throw of 66 feet, 2 inches.

Days Jr., a 2013 Bridgeton High School graduate, put himself in position to win the world title by finishing first in his heat and second overall with a throw of 64 feet, 4 inches in the preliminaries.

The World Junior Championships are for athletes who are 19 or younger as of Dec. 31 of this year.

Days now competes for UCLA. A total of 26 shot putters competed Thursday. The shot putters with the top-12 throws advanced to the finals. 

Days, 19, earned a spot at the World Junior Championships by winning the U.S. Junior Championships earlier this month.

Days redshirted his freshman season at UCLA. He is one of the most accomplished athletes in Cape-Atlantic League high school history. Days twice won the shot put at The Penn Relays Carnival.

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