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Day 1 of USA Youth Outdoor Championships successful despite heat

ARLINGTON,Texas-- Temperatures soared to well over 100 degrees on the track at the USA Youth Track & Field Championships in Arlington, Texas. The competition kicked off Tuesday at Maverick stadium at The University of Texas-Arlington.

The rising temperature did not keep the young athletes from competing, with 19 finals being completed, but it did cause meet officials to take extra precautions in protecting the athletes against the heat.

“We’ve ensured that all our field event areas have a number of tents and we have allowed much more space for tents to be placed in the stands,” Lionel Leach, National Youth Division Chairman, said. “We have a dedicated hydration team whose sole job is to take care of water for the athletes and our announcer has been doing a PSA from our sun safety partner Outrun the Sun”

Temperatures will continue to hover around 100 degrees throughout the week long competition. Meet officials advise parents and athletes to take their own precautions against this week’s weather.

“Staying in the shade whenever possible and not being outside unless it’s necessary is key,” Leach said. “Making sure you are well hydrated is also very important.”

Landon Carroll kick started the competition in the young men’s hammer throw with a noteworthy victory. Carroll’s throw of 60.78m/199-5 bettered his nearest competitor by almost 3 meters. It was a close race for the finish in the Intermediate girls 2000m steeplechase as the top four competitors finished within 3 seconds of each other. Madison Ramirez won the race in 7:00.00. Lissette Mendivil also had a noteworthy victory in the Young women's division, winning the hammer throw in  47.82m/156-11, over 9 meters ahead of her nearest competitor.

Winners from today’s events include:
Young Men Hammer Throw: Landon Carroll (60.78m/199-5)
Youth Girls Pentathlon: Clare Moots (2587 points)
Youth Boys Pentathlon: Hayden Ashley (2644 points)
Intermediate Girls 2000m Steeplechase: Madison Ramirez (7:00.00)
Young Women 2000m Steeplechase: Julianna Vanderhout (7:26.34)
Intermediate Boys 2000m Steeplechase: Tyler Helt (6:30.16)
Young Men 2000m Steeplechase: Chris Mulverhill (6:26.76)
Young Women Hammer Throw: Lissette Mendivil (47.82m/156-10)
Young Girls 3000m Race Walk: Janelle Zamora (19:45.75)
Young Boys 3000m Race Walk: Andy Vasquez (16:42.70)
Intermediate Girls 3000m Race Walk: Moriah Cionelo (17:12.00)
Young Women 3000m Race Walk: Patsy Hurley (17:16.36)
Intermediate Boys 3000m Race Walk: Dillon Berry (19:53.40)
Intermediate Boys Hammer Throw: Maxfield Lydum (55.45m/181-11)
Bantam Girls 1500m Race Walk: Camila Vicens (8:42.70)
Bantam Boys 1500m Race Walk: Nikolas Toocheck (9:23.39)
Midget Girls 1500m Race Walk: Maranatha Weed (9:04.20)
Midget Boys 1500m Race Walk: Ryan Thong (7:35.16)
Intermediate Girls Hammer Throw: Lauren Doeschot (34.71m/113-10)

Competition will resume tomorrow, June 27th at 9:00 am EST with the decathlon in the Intermediate boys and Young men's divisions.

Complete results and live updates can be found here

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