EUGENE - Redemption and records were the big stories on the final day of the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships on a warm and breezy day at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
The 200 meters for both men and women produced fast finishes as high school sophomore Kaylin Whitney (Clermont, Florida) set a World Youth best (ages 15-17) in 22.49, and the soon-to-be Florida State University freshman Trentavis Friday (Gastonia, North Carolina) ran a wind-aided 20.03 (+2.9) for the fastest junior 200m time in any conditions.
Whitney’s first three steps established her mission to distance herself from competitors as she emerged a leader before the curve and maintained an untouchable pace.
Sunday’s junior men’s 200m victor, Friday, rebounded nicely from a false start disqualification in Saturday’s 100m final as he and Kendal Williams pulled away. Williams took a slight lead as the two came through the final 60 meters, but Friday sped ahead to finish ahead by .43 seconds.
Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) set an American Junior record in the 100m hurdles to compliment her American junior records and multi-event NCAA titles in both indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. Williams finished in 12.87 for the new mark, which took down the 12.91 set by Kristi Castlin in 2007.
Charlie Ionata (Barrington, Rhode Island) of Wake Forest opened the men’s hammer throw competition with the winning toss on his first attempt. Ionata threw 67.70m/222-1, edging out Clarence Gallop (Providence, Rhode Island), whose second throw was his best at 67.66m/222-0.
Desiree Freier (Fort Worth, Texas) was the high flier in women’s pole vault as she cleared her first three heights on first attempts. She won the title, going up and over her fifth height of 4.30m/14-1.25 on the first attempt. With no competitors remaining in the field, Frier attempted to overtake the current American junior record of 4.38.
With the fastest high school time in the nation, 3,000m steeplechaser Bailey Roth (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who finished seventh at at the 2013 World Youth Championships, overcame a stumble after the barrier with two laps to go. Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wisconsin) overtook a leading Roth midway through the final lap, but the two remained shoulder to shoulder on the final straightaway. With just 50m to go, Roth forced his way back to the front to win by a narrow margin of 9:03.92 to Miller’s 9:04.40.
Kendall Baisden (Austin, Texas) - also the women’s junior 400m world leader this year - found her stride in turn three, catching a longer striding Shakima Wimbley (Coral Gables, Florida). Olivia Baker (South Orange, New Jersey) quietly emerged from the inside heading into the final straightaway as Baker and Baisden ran toe-to-toe for the finish. Baisden of the University of Texas inched ahead, crossing the finish in 52.21 with Baker, a 2013 World Youth silver medalist, finishing in 52.46.
Nicholas Anderson (Orlando, Florida) from the University of Kentucky had the fastest time for American Junior this year in the 110mH. Anderson and Isaiah Moore (Burlington, North Carolina) moved away from the pack with Theophile Viltz III (Long Beach, California) chasing their heels. Anderson took the title in 13.37 with Viltz III in second at 13.42 and Moore in a very close third at 13.44.
2011 World Youth Team member Tre'tez Kinnaird (Louisville, Kentucky) came near his 1:47.99 personal record, finishing in 1:48.01 in the men’s 800m after leading early with Myles Marshall (Marietta, Georgia) just three strides behind him. Marshall, a recently named member of the U.S. Youth Olympic Team, fell slightly behind Derek Holdsworth (Williamsburg, Virginia), but Marshall worked his way back into second place nearing the final stretch. Kinnaird pushed through the last 20 meters with the lead, finishing first as a trailing Marshall was a close second at 1:48.43.
World Youth bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Sabrina Southerland (Floral Park, New York) pulled away from the group heading into the last lap. Southerland made a move that only pushed Rogers to increase the pace into the final 200m. Rogers and Southerland finished in 2:04.40 and 2:04.83 respectively with Southerland never relenting her lead.
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