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Double hurdle gold for Cory Poole at USATF Junior Outdoor Championships


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- Day two of the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships saw 13 juniors crowned national champions as battled the heat, humidity and a nearly 90-minute weather delay as they fought for a spot on Team USATF for the IAAF World U20 Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, July 10-15.

Cory Poole (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) won his second gold of the meet in the 400m hurdles after finishing in 49.71, becoming just the third man to win gold in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles at a USATF Junior Championships. Poole joined Kenneth Ferguson (2003) and Jeffery Jackson (1993) in accomplishing the USATF Junior hurdle double.

Georgia’s Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, CA/Plyometric Fusion) dominated in the women’s long jump, finishing the day with a new Hayes Track record, a personal best and a junior world-leading jump of 6.71m/22-0.25 after finishing fifth in the NCAA Championships in the event last week. Davis won having completed only her first two jumps and fouling on her third before passing on her final three attempts as she was also competing in the 100m hurdle final. Davis finished sixth in in the 100m hurdles in 13.32. The second place finisher in the long jump, Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/ North Texas Cheetahs) posted a personal best jump of 6.39m/21-11.75.

UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Howell, New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ) won the women’s hammer throw with a 66.33m/217-7 toss. The freshman finished second in the women’s discus on Friday and holds the top seed in Sunday’s shot put set for Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

High school senior Kyle Garland (Philadelphia, PA/USATF Mid-Atlantic) dominated the decathlon competition with five first place finishes and three second places finishes to win the USATF national title with 7,562. Garland started day two with wins in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.80 and the discuss with a toss of 43.21m/141-9. In the tenth and final event of the competition, Garland clocked 5:00.16 in the 1500m to secure the junior national title.

Texas A&M freshman Sammy Watson (College Station, TX/USATF Gulf) won her second championship title in two weeks after finishing the 800m in 2:01.46. Watson won the NCAA 800m title last weekend in cold and rainy conditions in 2:04.21. High school stand out Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, Florida/USATF Florida) had another huge day giving enough for a second place finish with a 2:01.66.

In the heptathlon, high school record holder Anna Hall (Greenwood Village, CO/FK Elite) had top three finishes in all four events during day one. Hall won the high jump with a leap of 1.82m/5-11.5, finished second in both the 100m hurdles and 200m, and placed third in the shot put. She ended the day in the lead with 3,494 points. In second place overall, Sterling Lester (Kennesaw, GA/Marietta Track Club) began the day blazing 13.41 in the 100m hurdles. Lester finished the day with a victory in the 200m in 23.89 and sits in second place overall with 3,480 points heading into the final day of competition on Sunday.

Adrian Piperi III (Spring, TX/USATF Gulf) won the men’s shot put with a personal best 6 kilogram heave of 21.50m/70-6.5. The University of Texas freshman adjusted to the lighter junior implement after finishing fourth at the NCAA championships with a 7.26 kilogram throw of 20.41m/66-11.5. Piperi, now the third all-time U.S. junior shot putter and second best in the world this year, has competed for Team USA in the shot put three times.

University of Alabama freshman Christian Edwards (Tuscaloosa, AL/USATF Alabama) won the triple jump title on his sixth and final attempt with a leap of 15.88m/52-1.25. University of Miami freshman Hasani Knight (Virginia Beach, VA/USATF Virginia) took home the silver with a leap of 15.54m/51-0.

LSU’s Jurnee Woodward (Vacaville, CA/USATF Pacific) had a strong finish in the 400m hurdles with a season best time of 57.53 for the win. Brooke Jaworski (Athens, WI/USATF Wisconsin), entered with the fastest time qualifying time in the field, dove into second at the finish line ending the race in 57.63.

Shelby Tyler (Noblesville, IN/USATF Indiana) posted the best junior high jump in the U.S. clearing 1.85m/6-0.25 to take a close win over Sanaa Barnes (Trophy Club, TX/USATF Southwestern) who cleared also cleared 1.85m. Tyler took gold with fewer misses overall.

Bishop Shanahan High School’s Josh Hoey (Downingtown, PA/USATF Mid-Atlantic) took the men’s 800m with a time of 1:49.48. The University of Oregon commit was the only member of the pack to cross the finish line under 1:50.00. Georgetown University’s Rey Rivera III (Old Bridge, NJ/USATF New Jersey) placed second in 1:50.47.

High schooler Tia Jones (Marietta, GA/Full Throttle Elite) had a golden day finishing with a time of 12.89 in the 100m hurdles. She now holds the top two high school marks in history having clocked 12.84 as a freshman two years ago. This was her first sub-13 race of the season and her first national title at this distance. Florida State’s Cortney Jones (Conyers, GA/USATF Georgia) clocked 12.91 for the silver.

Iowa State’s Cailie Logue (Erie, KS/USATF Missouri Valley) sailed across the finish line to win the women’s 5,000m with a time of 16:15.47. The freshman is seeded second in Sunday’s 3,000 meter final. Emily Venters (Lawrence, KS/USATF Missouri Valley) of Boise State finished with a time of 6:19.22 to take the silver medal.

Hociel Landa (Phoenix, AZ/USATF Arizona) of Rice University flew to the finish in the men’s 10,000m run as the only athlete in the pack to break 32 minutes. The freshman won by nearly a minute crossing the line with a time of 31:22.33.

Day three of the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships gets underway at Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex at 1:00pm ET. Fans can watch the action live daily on USATF.TV+.

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Sunday, June 17 at 7:30am ET

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