Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016 T&F Collegians Headline NACAC U23 Championships

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
July 14, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — If you thought the next time we’re going to see collegians from 2016 go up against each other on the track and in the field is at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, you got another thing coming.
This weekend marks the start of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) U23 Championships. The meet runs from Friday through Sunday in San Salvador, El Salvador.
QUICK LINKS: Meet Home | Performance Lists | Collegians Entered
If all goes according to plan and each collegian who is entered decides to compete in their respective events, we could see some great action.
Here are a few of the events that we’re keeping our eye on this weekend. Check below for the full list of events and let us know on Twitter (@ustfccca) which ones you’re excited about.
Note: Of those athletes entered, 14 will represent their respective countries at the Olympic Games.
Women’s Long Jump
Quanesha Burks vs. Chanice Porter vs. Akela Jones
It’s not often that you get to see the indoor and outdoor champ in NCAA Division I face off against each other in the same year that they won the title. Throw in one of the best non-specialists in the nation and it gets even better.
Alabama’s Quanesha Burks (NCAA DI indoor champ) squares off with Georgia’s Chanice Porter (NCAA DI outdoor champ) with Kansas State’s Akela Jones lording over the proceedings. Burks will represent the United States, Porter her native Jamaica and Jones her native Barbados.
According to the performance list, Burks, Jones and Porter are all seeded better than the meet record of 6.66m set by Jeomi Maduka in 2008. Burks and Jones are separated by one centimeter (6.80m to 6.79m), while Porter is a bit further behind at 6.70m.
Competition begins Sunday morning at 11:40 a.m. ET.
Women’s 800 Meters
Raevyn Rogers vs. Olivia Baker
Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers and Stanford’s Olivia Baker aren’t strangers to each other on the track as they raced three times alone during this past outdoor season. Rogers got the better of Baker each round, including the last matchup at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in which she completed the indoor-outdoor sweep.
Baker and Rogers were on a collision course once again at the U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field, but Baker fell short of making the finals, while Rogers placed fifth in a competitive race.
If Baker and Rogers both stick in Sunday’s NACAC final, they could be pulled to fast times. They’re the third and fourth seed based off the performance list and that’s crazy to think when they’re at 2:00.75 and 2:01.02 already.
Men’s High Jump
Avion Jones vs. Trey Culver
Olympic aspirations eluded Texas Tech’s Trey Culver and East Carolina’s Avion Jones last week. Culver finished in a tie for eighth at the Trials, while Jones no-heighted on 2.16m (7-1).
Should they compete Sunday in the NACAC final and perform up to their seeded marks, they could find the momentum they need going into the long offseason.
Jones is seeded first at 2.31m, with Culver second at 2.26m. Next up is Kansas State’s Christoff Bryan at 2.25m. After that, it falls off to 2.18m and beyond.
The NACAC U23 record is 2.28m, set by Ryasn Ingraham in 2014.
Men’s 400 Meters
Fred Kerley vs. Michael Cherry
Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley (45.10) and LSU’s Michael Cherry (45.11) ended the collegiate season ranked the fourth and fifth fastest men at 400 meters. At this weekend’s NACAC Championships, they’re seeded first and second.
Kerley underwhelmed at Trials (27th in qualifying), while Cherry missed the final by two hundredths of a second.
Both could shine in El Salvador should they compete and make it to Saturday’s final.
Men’s 1500 Meters
Thomas Awad vs. Henry Wynne
Penn’s Thomas Awad and Virginia’s Henry Wynne have unfinished business, not with each other but with the 1500.
Awad was the third fastest collegian this past outdoor season but didn’t get a chance to contest the event at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He did, however, run at Trials, where he finished 24th in the semifinal round.
Wynne captured the indoor mile title and then took third place outdoors in the 1500 behind Akron’s Clayton Murphy and Washington’s Izaic Yorks.
Awad and Wynne are both entered in Friday’s final — the first one on the track — and are seeded well under the meet record of 3:44.45 set by Oliver Collin in 2010.

Collegians At 2016 NACAC U23 Championships

Mobolade AjomaleAcademy of Art100 MetersCanada
Sydney GidabudayAdams State5000 MetersUSA
Patrick CoronaAir Force5000 MetersUSA
Tadashi PinderAlabama100 MetersBahamas
Domonique WilliamsAlabama400 MetersTrinidad and Tobago
Quanesha BurksAlabamaLong JumpUSA
Jeremiah GreeneAlabamaTriple JumpUSA
Matthew CampbellAlbanyHigh JumpJamaica
Taliyah BrooksArkansasHeptathlonUSA
Payton StumbaughArkansas100-Meter HurdlesUSA
Erin FarmerArkansas StateShot PutUSA
Ebony MorrisonAuburn100-Meter HurdlesUSA
Dage MinorsBermuda1500 MetersBermuda
Khadijah CloudenBirginia State100 MetersUS Virgin Islands
Erik PetersonButler10,000 MetersUSA
Olivia PrattButler10,000 MetersUSA
Khalifah RosserCal State LA400-Meter HurdlesUSA
Monique GriffithsCal State NorthridgeHammerUSA
Tynelle GumbsCentral ArizonaHammerBritish Virgin Islands
Trevia GumbsCentral ArizonaHammerBritish Virgin Islands
Eldred HenryCentral ArizonaDiscusBritish Virgin Islands
Tynelle GumbsCentral ArizonaDiscusBritish Virgin Islands
Trevia GumbsCentral ArizonaDiscusBritish Virgin Islands
Portious WarrenCentral ArizonaShot PutTrinidad and Tobago
Trevia GumbsCentral ArizonaShot PutBritish Virgin Islands
Reuben WaltersCentral Arizona110-Meter HurdlesTrinidad and Tobago
Tynelle GumbsCentral ArizonaJavelinBritish Virgin Islands
Eldred HenryCentral ArizonaShot PutBritish Virgin Islands
Hezekiel RomeoCentral ArizonaShot PutTrinidad and Tobago
Loretta BlautCincinnatiHigh JumpUSA
Brandon Valentine-ParrisClaflin400 MetersSt. Vincent & Grenadines
Jorel BellafonteClemson400-Meter HurdlesCayman Islands
Kevin PhilbertCloud County CCLong JumpCuracao
Kevin PhilbertCloud County CCTriple JumpCuracao
Duan AsemotaCofeyville CC100 MetersCanada
Rudy WinklerCornellHammerUSA
Taysia RadoslavCornell400-Meter HurdlesCanada
Khalil ParrisDetroit400-Meter HurdlesCanada
Amina BanksDuke1500 MetersUSA
Megan ClarkDukePole VaultUSA
Avion JonesEast CarolinaHigh JumpUSA
Shayla SandersFlorida100 MetersUSA
KeAndre BatesFloridaLong JumpUSA
Darrielle McQueenFloridaTriple JumpUSA
Nicole SetteringtonFlorida State100-Meter HurdlesCanada
Dage MinorsFranklin Pierce800 MetersBermuda
Dage MinorsFranklin Pierce1500 MetersBermuda
Natasha AkbarizadehGardner-WebbHammerCanada
Cejhae GreeneGeorgia100 MetersAntigua & Barbuda
Kendal WilliamsGeorgia100 MetersUSA
Chanice PorterGeorgiaLong JumpJamaica
Paige KoubaHarvardSteeplechaseUSA
Autumne FranklinHarvard400-Meter HurdlesUSA
Felipe ValenciaHoustonShot PutMexico
Pedrya SeymourIllinois100-Meter HurdlesBahamas
Brandon AllenIonaSteeplechaseCanada
Aaron MallettIowa110-Meter HurdlesUSA
Brian WilliamsIowa Central CCDiscusUSA
Latoya GildingJackson StateDiscusTrinidad and Tobago
Kendra ClarkeJohnson C. Smith400 MetersCanada
Joshua CunninghamJohnson C. Smith400 MetersCanada
Ifeanyichukwu OtuonyeKansas StateLong JumpTurks/Caicos
Sonia GaskinKansas State400 MetersBarbados
Akela JonesKansas StateHigh JumpBarbados
Akela JonesKansas State100-Meter HurdlesBarbados
Rene PerlaKansas State400-Meter HurdlesEl Salvador
Shardia LawrenceKansas StateTriple JumpJamaica
Christoff BryanKansas StateHigh JumpJamaica
Akela JonesKansas StateLong JumpBarbados
Ranae McKenzieKansas State400-Meter HurdlesJamaica
Sonia GaskinKansas State800 MetersBarbados
William BarnesKent State110-Meter HurdlesPuerto Rico
Beckie FamurewaKentuckyHammerUSA
Fred DorseyKentucky100 MetersUS Virgin Islands
Fred DorseyKentuckyLong JumpUS Virgin Islands
Jasmine Camacho-QuinnKentucky100-Meter HurdlesPuerto Rico
Kiah SeymourKentucky400-Meter HurdlesUSA
Chrisdale McCarthyLincoln (Mo.)100-Meter HurdlesJamaica
Mica-Jonathan Petit-HommeLIU-Brooklyn400-Meter HurdlesHaiti
Tramaine MaloneyLousiana Tech110-Meter HurdlesBarbados
Michael CherryLSU400 MetersUSA
John KrzyszkowskiMarquetteJavelinCanada
Shakima WimbleyMiami (FL)400 MetersUSA
Agnes EsserMinnesotaHammerCanada
Agnes EsserMinnesotaDiscusCanada
Raven SaundersMississippiShot PutUSA
MJ ErbMississippiSteeplechaseUSA
Curtis ThompsonMississippi StateJavelinUSA
Molly JosephsMissouri Baptist10,000 RacewalkUSA
Shavonne HusbandsMissouri State100 MetersBarbados
Shavonne HusbandsMissouri State200 MetersBarbados
Jonathan AddisonNC StateLong JumpUSA
Alexis PerryNC StateLong JumpUSA
Sarah FirestoneNebraskaJavelinUSA
Cody WaltonNebraskaDecathlonUSA
Kayelle ClarkeNew Mexico JC200 MetersTrinidad and Tobago
Jermika McBrideNorthwestern State200 MetersBahamas
Sonikqua WalkerOhio State400 MetersJamaica
Leya BuchananOklahoma100 MetersCanada
Leya BuchananOklahoma200 MetersCanada
Maria GomezOlivet NazareneTriple JumpEl Salvador
Maria GomezOlivet NazareneLong JumpEl Salvador
Itohan AikhionbareOregonShot PutBelize
Raevyn RogersOregon800 MetersUSA
Sam MattisPennDiscusUSA
Tommy AwadPenn1500 MetersUSA
Dannielle GibsonPenn StateTriple JumpBahamas
Lauren LaRoccoPortland5000 MetersUSA
Carmiesha CoxPurdue100 MetersBahamas
Carmiesha CoxPurdue200 MetersBahamas
Kyle WebbPurdue200 MetersBermuda
Kyle WebbPurdue400 MetersBermuda
Evan KarakolisRiceJavelinCanada
Jenny LopezSaint Ambrose10,000 RacewalkUSA
Anthony PetersSaint Ambrose20,000 RacewalkUSA
Khari HerbertSaint Augustine’s400 MetersBritish Virgin Islands
Tia-Adana BelleSaint Augustine’s100-Meter HurdlesBarbados
Tia-Adana BelleSaint Augustine’s400-Meter HurdlesBarbados
Holland CabaraSequoias100 MetersTrinidad and Tobago
Taylor HillSouth Plains100 MetersBritish Virgin Islands
Adrian WilliamsSouth PlainsJavelinSt. Kitts & Nevis
Taylor HillSouth Plains200 MetersBritish Virgin Islands
Devin KingSoutheastern LouisianaPole VaultUSA
Alexander YoungSoutheastern LouisianaHammerUSA
Andre ColebrookSoutheastern Louisiana400-Meter HurdlesBahamas
Jaide StepterSouthern California400 MetersUSA
Tera NovySouthern CaliforniaDiscusUSA
Eric SloanSouthern CaliforniaTriple JumpUSA
Warren HazelSouthern Illinois400 MetersSt. Kitts & Nevis
Josh FreemanSouthern IllinoisShot PutUSA
Mike TateSouthern Utah1500 MetersCanada
Ann DagrinSt. JohnsHammerHaiti
Daniel BradyStanford400-Meter HurdlesCanada
Olivia BakerStanford800 MetersUSA
Freddie CrittendenSyracuse110-Meter HurdlesUSA
Kali Davis-WhiteTennessee100 MetersJamaica
Chelsea BlaaseTennessee10,000 MetersUSA
Kali Davis-WhiteTennessee200 MetersJamaica
Clairwin DameusTennessee StateHeptathlonUSA
Audie WyattTexas A&MPole VaultUSA
Lathone CollieTexas A&MLong JumpBahamas
Chrisann GordonTexas A&M400 MetersJamaica
Fred KerleyTexas A&M400 MetersUSA
Shelbi VaughanTexas A&MDiscusUSA
Robert GrantTexas A&M400-Meter HurdlesUSA
Lathone CollieTexas A&MTriple JumpBahamas
Trey CulverTexas TechHigh JumpUSA
Braheme DaysUCLAShot PutUSA
Zack BornsteinUCLADecathlonCanada
Bryce MillerUMKCSteeplechaseUSA
Ian LaMereUW-Platteville10,000 MetersUSA
Simone CharleyVanderbiltTriple JumpUSA
Henry WynneVirginia1500 MetersUSA
Richard CrickVirginia StateTriple JumpSt. Vincent & Grenadines
Richard CrickVirginia StateLong JumpSt. Vincent & Grenadines
Jessie MerckleWake ForestJavelinUSA
Tayla CarterWestern Carolina100 MetersBahamas
Ian KerrWestern Texas College100 MetersBahamas
Damien OdleWichita StateJavelinUSA
Georgia EllenwoodWisconsinHigh JumpCanada
Georgia EllenwoodWisconsinLong JumpCanada

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