Sunday, July 31, 2016

Twelve national records shattered on Saturday at USATF Junior Olympic Championships


SACRAMENTO -- Daniela Quintero (Los Angeles; USATF Southern California) kicked off day six of USATF JOTF Championships by demolishing the national youth record in the girls’ 11-12 3000m, running 10:00.11 to take more than three seconds off the national record and eleven off the JO meet record. Quintero was also the fastest across both female 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions.

Another national youth record fell in the early races, with Olivia Harris (Dacula, Georgia; USATF Georgia) zipping to a 66.10 in the girls’ 8 & under 400m semifinals to chop almost two seconds off the previous record of 67.91, set in 2014 by Jayla Cigar-Dingle.

Record-setting Braylon Thomas (Fayetteville, North Carolina; USATF North Carolina) matched Harris’s feat in the boys’ 8 & under 400m semis, clocking 64.67 to take almost a full second off the existing national youth record. Thomas on Thursday broke the national youth 200m record in the semifinals and he broke it again in the final with a 27.92 to outlean Rhoan Kaulder, who was .01 back.

Ashton Allen (Odenton, Maryland; USATF Potomac Valley) took down the national youth record in the boys’ 13-14 200m with an excellent 21.77. In the process he also took down one of the older JO meet records, the 21.84 set by Michael Grant in 2000.

Finals in the 800m produced several national records, the first going to Yamilet Lopez (Fontana, California; USATF Southern California) in the girls’ 8 & under race, where she ran 2:38.11. Brendan Johnson (Gwynn Oak, Maryland; USATF potomac Valley) set a new national mark for 9-10 boys by .33 seconds in 2:18.67, while Erick Steward (Carson, California; USATF Southern California) dismantled Cody Harper’s 15-year-old record in the 13-14 boys’ division with a 1:55.00, lopping 1.36 seconds off Harper’s standard.

Adding a centimeter to one of the longest-standing national youth records, Kamiya Dendy (Anderson, South Carolina; USATF South Carolina) cleared 1.75m/5-8.75 in the girls’ 13-14 high jump to break the mark of 1.74m/5-8.5 set in 1986 by Christy Mills.

Topping his nearest competitor by more than six feet, Trey Knight (Ridgefield, Washington; USATF Pacific Northwest) broke the listed national youth record in the 13-14 boys’ shot put, uncorking a massive 18.80m/61-8.25 effort on his final throw. Four of Knight’s throws were better than the previous record.

A Team USA member at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Liam Christensen (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; USATF South Carolina) threw 64.40m/211-3 for the top spot in the men’s 17-18 javelin.

History was made repeatedly as several teams crushed national records during the 4x100m relays. Starting with 8 & under girls, Valley United performed an impressive handoff to anchor Nyla Young to finish in 59.14. That feat was followed by 8 & under boys’ Massey Miracle Run in 56.53, breaking the record set by DeSoto Nitro in 2013. Lastly, Oakland PAL beat a twenty-year-old record in the girls’ 11-12 division in 49.08.

Hallmark TC tied the boys’ 15-16 record of 40.90 that has stood since it was set in 1997 by the Los Angeles Jets.

The final day of USATF Junior Olympic Championships begins Sunday at 8:00 a.m. PT with the final round of 400m for both 7-8 and 9-10 age divisions. Follow along with the action on and join the conversation by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #JOTF and #USATFuturestars.

A total of 7,524 athletes will compete this week at Sacramento State, making the 50th anniversary event the largest USATF Junior Olympics ever west of the Mississippi.

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3000M (11-12G) Finals
Daniela Quintero, 10:00.11 (National Record)
3000M (11-12B) Finals
Parker Paragas, 10:02.30
3000M (13-14G) Finals
Alexandra Del Re,  9:54.76
3000M (13-14B) Finals
Zev Feidelberg, 9:09.37
3000M (15-16G) Finals
Emily Covert, 10:12.98
3000M (17-18W) Finals
Nikitha Iyer, 10:05.08
400M (8 & under G) Semi-Finals
Olivia Harris, 1:06.10  (National Record)
400M (8 & under B) Semi-Finals
Braylon Thomas, 1:04.67 (National Record)
400M (9-10G) Semi-Finals
Jayla Cigar-Dingle, 1:01.96
400M (9-10B) Semi-Finals
Jaiden  Patterson, 59.65
400M (11-12G) Semi-Finals
Ramiah Elliott, 56.98
400M (11-12B) Semi-Finals
Thomas Williams II, 54.56
400M (13-14G) Semi-Finals
Kayla Davis, 53.49
400M (13-14B) Semi-Finals
Sean Burrell, 48.85
400M (15-16G)Semi-Finals
Whitney Williams & Sterling Lester, 54.22
400M (15-16B) Semi-Finals
Glenn Bender, 47.86
400M Hurdles (15-16G) Semi-Finals
Gaby Garza, 1:02.44
400M Hurdles (17-18W) Semi-Finals
Imagine Patterson, 59.99
400M Hurdles (15-16B) Semi-Finals
Cass Elliott, 54.37
400M Hurdles (17-18M) Semi-Finals
Brent Carroll, 52.46
200m Hurdles (13-14G) Semi-Finals
Ashton Lindley, 27.54
200m Hurdles (13-14B) Semi-Finals
Sean Burrell, 24.16
200M (8 & under G) Finals
Olivia Harris, 29.55
200M (8 & under B) Finals
Braylon Thomas, 27.92 (National Record)
200M (9-10G) Finals
Mikaela Warr, 27.49
200M (9-10B) Finals
Mark Fyffe, 26.22
200M (11-12G) Finals
Ramiah Elliott, 25.28
200M (11-12B) Finals
Thomas Williams II, 24.03
200M (13-14G) Finals
Kayla Davis, 24.11
200M (13-14B) Finals
Ashton Allen, 21.77 (National Record)
200M (15-16G) Finals
Lanae-Tava Thomas, 23.74
200M (15-16B) Finals
Khafre Brown, 21.61
200M (17-18W) Finals
Sharnae Alston, 24.21
200M (17-18M) Finals
Joe Williams, 21.22
800M (8 & under G) Finals
Yamilet Lopez, 2:38.11 (National Record)
800M (8 & under B) Finals
Kenyon Andrews, 2:35.86
800M (9-10G) Finals
London Harden, 2:25.07
800M (9-10B) Finals
Brendan Johnson, 2:18.67 (National Record)
800M (11-12G) Finals
Makayla Clark, 2:15.42
800M (11-12B) Finals
Thomas Williams, 2:10.63
800M (13-14G) Finals
Victoria Vanriele, 2:09.05
800M (13-14B) Finals
Erick Steward, 1:55.00 (National Record)
800M (15-16G) Finals
Alyssa Brewer, 2:10.66
800M (15-16B) Finals
Solomon Brent, 1:55.82
800M (17-18W) Finals
Aziza Ayoub, 2:11.15
800M (17-18M) Finals
Devan Kirk, 1:51.76
4X100 (8 & under G) Finals
Valley United TC, 59.14
4X100 (8 & under B) Finals
Massey Miracle Run, 56.53 (National Record)
4X100 (9-10G) Finals
Valley United TC, 53.52
4X100 (9-10B) Finals
Drive Phase Inc., 51.96
4X100 (11-12G) Finals
Oakland PAL, 49.08 (National Record)
4X100 (11-12B) Finals
Hallmark TC, 49.87
4X100 (13-14G) Finals
North Texas Cheetahs TC, 46.95
4X100 (13-14B) Finals
Club 702, 44.73
4x100 (15-16G) Finals
Jackrabbit T&F Club, 45.68
4X100 (15-16B) Finals
Hallmark TC, 40.90 (=National Record)
4X100 (17-18W) Finals
Track Houston, 45.53
4X100 (17-18M) Finals
Sprint Athletics TC, 40.60
Long Jump (13-14B) Finals
Malcolm Clemons, 6.29m/20-7.75
High Jump (15-16G) Finals
Haylea Crandall, 1.75m/5-8.75
Javelin Throw (17-18M) Finals
Liam Christensen, 64.40m/211-3
Discus Throw (11-12G) Finals
Annie Karshner, 30.03m/98-6
Shot Put (9-10B) Finals
Eugene Brooks, 11.16m/36-7.5
Pole Vault (15-16B) Finals
Max Manson, 4.45m/14-7.25
Long Jump (11-12B) Finals
Zacquon Farrow, 5.66m/18-7
High Jump (13-14G) Finals
Kamiya Dendy, 1.75m/5-8.75 (National Record)
Shot Put (13-14B) Finals
Trey Knight, 18.80m/61-8.25 (National Record)
Javelin Throw (15-16G) Finals
Lauren McFall, 39.11m/128-4
Discus Throw (13-14G) Finals
Faith Bender, 40.58m/133-2
Long Jump (8 & under B) Finals
Walter Thompson, 4.14m/13-7
Long Jump (11-12G) Finals

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