Chantae McMillan wins first USATF Athlete of the Week in wake of Thorpe Cup record
- Yamilet Lopez (Fontana, California) set a national youth record in both the 800m and 1500m this weekend at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships. Lopez started off her showing by winning the girls’ 8 & under 800m with a time of 2:38.11. Lopez continued on the final day of competition by winning the 1500m with a time of 5:16.29, breaking the existing record by more than 5 seconds.
- Joe Gray (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won his eleventh national title at the USATF 30k Trial Championships on Saturday, winning the race by nearly six minutes in a time of 1:47:35. Gray, 32, collected another national title as a distance runner that competes over various distances and terrains. Gray will represent Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria this fall.
- Alina McDonald (Pacolet, South Carolina) won the women’s 17-18 pole vault at the USATF Junior Olympics with a national youth record-setting vault of 4.23m/13-10.5, clearing the record that was previously set by Natalie Willer in 2008. This victory marks McDonald’s second of the summer, after taking gold at the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships in June.
- Braylon Thomas (Fayetteville, North Carolina) set a duo of National records at the USATF Junior Olympics, breaking boy’s 8 & under records in both the 200m and 400m. Thomas broke the 400m record with a time 1:04.67 in the semi-finals round, after breaking the 200m record in the semi-finals round before bettering his time in the finals, 27.92.