PATERSON, NJ - Paterson's Myasia Jacobs is part of the 41-member Team USA squad competing in the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championships in Lile, France this week.

Jacobs and teamate Jennifer Madu of Murphy, Texas are among the contenders for the gold medal in the 100 meters. Jacobs enters with a season best of 11.47 and Madu is not far behind in 11.63, according to IAAF.

The IAAF championships often represents the start of athletes' careers as elite, international competitors. Team USA has won the medal tally at every edition of the event since 2001.

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Myasia Jacobs became the first scholastic athlete to win the state Meet of Champions 100 meters and 200 double three straight years on Thursday, according to a story on

In June, Jacobs won two races in the state Meet of Champions. A junior at Paramus Catholic, Jacobs' ran the  100 in 11.47 seconds, breaking her own meet record of 11.48 set last season. It was the fourth-fastest time run in the country this season. No one at the state Meet of Champions had run below 11.5 prior to Jacobs’ arrival and now she’s done it twice.
Jacobs' success in the state meet simply added to her long list of accomplismentsBack in March, Jacobs won the national scholastic 60-meter championship.
Jacobs also has won numerous track events, including the 55-meter race at the Hispanic Games Invitational Meet in New York. She also won a silver medal for the 100-meters and a gold medal in the mixed medley relay at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. 
Jacobs does community service through the Ambassador Club of Paramus Catholic and a volunteer helping the homeless community at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.