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Selection Procedures

The 2013 U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Junior Championships) will be held June 19th to 23rd in Des Moines, Iowa, and will serve as the selection meet for the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. The Pan Am Junior Championships will be held on August 23-25, 2013 in Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia.

For each event on the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships program of events, up to two (2) athletes per individual event will select themselves for USATF’s Pan American Junior Championships Team (the “Team”) through head-to-head competition at the Junior Championships, provided that they finish in the top 8 in their event at the Junior Championships and have also met the 2012 World Junior Championships qualifying standard during the prescribed period (listed below). In addition to athletes being selected in individual events, USATF will also select up to two (2) additional athletes for each relay team/pool, with this selection to be based on competitive considerations.

The events that will be contested at the Pan Am Junior Championships are:

Men’s Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000St, 5000, 10,000, 110H, 400H, 10kRW
Men’s Field: HJ, PV, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, HT, JT, Decathlon
Women’s Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000St, 3000, 5000, 100H, 400H, 10kRW
Women’s Field: HJ, PV, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, HT, JT, Heptathlon
Men’s Relays: 4x100, 4x400
Women’s Relays: 4x100, 4x400

Athletes will select themselves for a position on the Team based on the rank order of place finish in each individual event at the Junior Championships as follows:

  1. In all events at the Junior Championships, the rank order for selection will be based on the place finish in the final of that event.
  2. In each event, if an athlete declines to participate on the Team, USATF will offer that position to the next highest ranked individual, meeting all criteria, continuing in this order until the two positions for each event are filled.
  3. In order to qualify for the Team, in addition to being one of the two athletes among the top-8 place finishers in each event who have selected themselves for the Team, each athlete must have also met the 2012 World Championships qualifying standard in their event during the period from April 1, 2012 – June 23, 2013.

2012 IAAF World Junior T&F Championships – Qualifying Standards

10.64   100m   11.96
21.55   200m   24.56
47.95   400m   55.25
01:51.0   800m   02:09.10
03:48.0   1500m   04:28.0
----------   3000m   09:25.0
14:15.0   5000m   16:40.0
31:00.0   10,000m   ----------
9:10.00   3,000m SC   11:00.00
----------   100mH   14.20
14.64 (42”)/14.24 (39”)   110mH   ----------
53.34   400mH   60.75
44:20.00   10,000mRW   51:00.00
2.15m   High Jump   1.80m
5.00m   Pole Vault   3.95m
7.55m   Long Jump   6.10m
15.60m   Triple Jump   12.90m
18.00m (6kg)/16.30m (16lb)   Shot Put   14.50m
55.00m (1.75kg)/51.50m (2k)   Discus Throw   47.50m
66.20m (6kg)/60.20m (16lb)   Hammer Throw   56.00m
66.50m   Javelin Throw   49.00m
----------   Heptathlon   5150
6875 (open)/7090 (int’l Jr.)   Decathlon   ----------


The Pan American Junior Championships are an age group event, which follows the IAAF regulations on the age of competitors. The regulations are as follows:

  1. An athlete aged 18 or 19 years on December 31, 2013 (born in 1994 or 1995) may compete in any event.
  2. An athlete aged 16 or 17 years on December 31, 2013 (born in 1996 or 1997) may compete in any event. However, the maximum number of events in which an athlete in this age category can compete is two individual events plus one relay. If the two individual events are Track Events, only one of these may be longer than 200m.
  3. No athlete younger than 16 years of age on December 31, 2013 (born in 1997 or earlier) may be entered.
  4. No athlete older than 19 years of age (who will turn 20 at anytime in 2013) may be entered.


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