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2016 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships Showcases Next Generation of Stars


INDIANAPOLIS -- Over 7,000 future track and field stars will be descending on Sacramento, California for the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships scheduled to take place next week, July 25-July 31. Youth athletes from across the country will compete in a wide-range of events for ages 8-and-under to 18-year-olds at Hornet Stadium.


The USATF Junior Olympics began in the mid-1960’s as a development program training youth athletes around the U.S. Many achieved Olympic success after competing as youth athletes at USATF Junior Olympics including, Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor and Allen Johnson.  


Kcaysha Medas-King (Jamaica, New York), a fierce girl’s 9-10 competitor, will be an athlete to look out for during the meet. She earned the 200m title in 28.85 at the 2016 Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships.


Shawnti Jackson (Wake Forest, North Carolina) will be competing in the girl’s 11-12 division. She is the daughter of Olympian Bershawn Jackson, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and five-time USATF Outdoor champion in the 400m hurdles.


Ashton Allen (Odenton, Maryland) comes into the meet with top marks in the 100-meter hurdles, earning a 13.1 in the boy’s 13-14 age division. Allen was a familiar name at 2016 Hershey Championships after winning the title in multiple events.


All athletes will receive a USATF Nike drawstring backpack and can enjoy the activities at the USATF future stars tent. USATF will provide a live webcast of the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic Championships on USATF.TV, and fans can join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #JOTF and #USATFuturestars.  


The Opening Ceremonies will follow field events on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. PT. All participating youth and track teams are invited to participate in the celebration on Hornet field. Youth athletes can come and represent their region and team.


With a combination of great weather and excellent facilities, Sacramento is considered an impressive track city. Hornet Stadium has a stellar history of hosting a number of USA Track & Field events, including the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials and USATF National Championships.


The most visible youth athletic development program in the world, the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is in its 50th year. Athletes qualify for the national meet in Sacramento based on performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels of the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six (6) two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.


Follow along with the action on and join the conversation by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #JOTF and #USATFuturestars.


For more information on the 2016 USATF Junior Olympics National Championships, visit:


USATF.TV Schedule

7/25 - USATF.TV +PLUS On Demand only

7/26 - USATF.TV +PLUS On Demand only, Opening Ceremonies live at 6:30 PM on USATF.TV

7/27 - USATF.TV +PLUS LIVE @ 8:00 AM

7/28 - USATF.TV +PLUS LIVE @ 8:00 AM

7/29 - USATF.TV +PLUS LIVE @ 8:00 AM

7/30 - USATF.TV +PLUS LIVE @ 8:00 AM

7/31 - USATF.TV +PLUS LIVE @ 8:00 AM


Maya Allen

Communications Intern

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