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Competition heats up during day 3 USA Youth Outdoor Championships

ARLINGTON, Texas--  More than 1,400 athletes came ready to compete on day three of the USA Youth Track & Field Championships at Maverick stadium at The University of Texas-Arlington.

The temperature may have cooled down but the track & field competition continued to be red-hot. The day’s events were highlighted by another near record breaking performance by Arya Bahreini in the Young Men’s 3000m. Other noteworthy performances were last year’s sub-bantam 200m record holder Dynasty McClennon and tie breaking performances in the Bantam Boys high jump and Youth Girls pole vault.

Bahreini (Eastside Steppers Track Club) pulled away from the field, trying to close enough to get the Young Men’s 3000m national record of 8:41.25. Though he did not get the time, Bahreini ran close to an eight second personal record on the way to his 8:48.99 time. Bahreini contributed the competition and the weather as reasons for the huge personal best.

“It was good. I saw on the first lap everyone went out fast. That’s usually my race strategy and then I burn everyone off so I just went with them,” Bahreini said. “Compared to Oklahoma the conditions here were a lot better. I think training in worse conditions made it a lot easier.”

All age divisions lined up to participate in the prelims for the 200m but it was sub-bantam record holder Dynasty McClennon who stood out amongst the masses. McClennon (Track Houston Youth Track Club) posted the top time (28.90) from the prelim and will be ranked first going into the 200m Bantam Girls final. She’ll look to add another victory and record to her resume during the final on Saturday, June 30th.

All age divisions also toed the line in the 800m and 4x400m Relay. The Young Men division of the 800m showed how much talent was in the field with only a two second separation between all eight athletes that move on to the final.

In the Bantam Boys high jump, Chase Drewery (FASST Track and Field Club) and Kirk Collins (Mainland Jaguars Track Club) duked it out to the end, eventually finishing the competition with a tie. With fewer misses it was Drewery who came away with the win. Both boys jumped 1.35m/4-5.

Allyn Tyler (Payne Vault Club) and Carson Dingler (unattached) saw the same situation in the Youth Girls pole vault. Both girls vaulted 2.90m/9-6.25 but it was Tyler who finished first with fewer misses.

Winners from today’s events include:
Intermediate Boys 3000m: Austin Tamagno (9:04.50)
Intermediate Boys Long Jump: Joshua Holmes (6.15m/20-2.25)
Young Men Triple Jump: Dominique Drayden (14.33m/47-0.25)
Bantam Girls High Jump: Jadyn Otto (1.20m/3-11.25)
Youth Girls High Jump: Kathleen Medill (1.55m/5-1)
Intermediate Girls Shot Put: Taylor Jones (12.19m/40-0)
Young Women Discus Throw: Dasha Tsema (46.47m/152-5)
Sub-Bantam Boys Javelin Throw: Chadd Edwards (22.07m/72-5)
Young Men 3000m: Arya Bahreini (8:48.99)
Youth Boys Pole Vault: Roger McCrary (2.30m/7-6.5)
Young Men Shot Put: Tyler Finke (16.67m/54-8.25)
Youth Boys Discus Throw: Joshua Hernandez (49.54m/162-6)
Bantam Girls Javelin Throw: Ashlei Walsh (22.18m/72-9)
Sub-Bantam Girls Long Jump: Milan Ford (3.12m/10-3)
Intermediate Girls Triple Jump: Colette Christensen (11.33m/37-2.25)
Bantam Boys High Jump: Chase Drewery (1.35m/4-5)
Young Women High Jump: Natalie Thompson (1.70m/5-7)
Youth Girls Pole Vault: Allyn Tyer (2.90m/9-6.25)
Intermediate Boys Shot Put: Joshua Burrell (13.96m/45-9.75)
Midget Boys Javelin: Carlan Naisant (45.73m/150-0)

Competition will resume tomorrow, June 29th at 9:00 am EST with the Sub-Bantam Girls 100m.

Complete results and live updates can be found here

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