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Day 4 competition brings the heat at USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships


LISLE, Illinois -- Thursday’s fast opening rounds and field event finals set the stage for an exciting Friday of stacked competition at USATF National Youth Championships.

Final rounds of 1500m across the younger age groups kicked off Day 4’s activities. The boys’ 11-12 race put the crowd on notice with a back and forth for first between Everett Capelle (Laguna Beach, California) and Caleb Levy (Gurnee, Illinois). Capelle and Levy comfortably led a group of three into the final 250m, joined by Ethan Romero (Victorville, California) of So Cal Roadrunners. Levy made a move for the outside shoulder just past the last curve and kicked hard to take first position. Capelle, not to be outdone, pursued Levy to the race’s final moments and snatched back the lead to cross 4:37.16 - 4:37.70.

The women’s 17-18 100m hurdles preliminary race also had a photo finish -- Darci Khan (Stockbridge, George) triumphed over Haley Goines (Greenwood, Indiana) by just .51 in 14.29.

Speedy first rounds of 100m and 400m heats took place across all age groups. Of note, Louis Rogers (Monroeville, New Jersey) took first place in the boys’ 11-12 400m with a time of 1:00.58.

A bevy of final events crowned national youth champions in the javelin, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put and pole vault. Click here for full results.

Andrew Bird (Hamilton, Illinois) clinched the men’s 17-18 shot put on his second throw of 16.23m/53-3.

In the girls’ 8 and under javelin throw, Lily Eggleston (Columbus, Ohio) of New World Track took home first with a 10.67m/35-0 throw.

Reagan Hanfelt (Ankeny, Iowa) of Ankeny Track claimed the girls’ 9-10 high jump by clearing 1.20m/3-11.25.  

Rain fell intermittently in the early afternoon however didn’t affect competition. The first round of 4x100m relays were rolled into Friday’s final. Click here for a full schedule.   

Watch on demand video of today’s events on USATF.TV+. Live coverage of Day 5 on USATF.TV+ begins Friday at 8 a.m. CST with 3000m finals.

Fans can follow along with #USATFyouth on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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