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Eight meet records broken Day 1 of USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships

3/10/2017
 

STATEN ISLAND, New York -- Young athletes showed off their sprint, high jump, shot put and long jump skills on opening day of 2017 USATF Hershey National Youth Championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, culminating in eight new meet records.

 

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The 2,700-participant event kicked off with preliminary heats in the 55m and 400m (ages 7-18) where athletes wasted no time putting forth their best effort, breaking two meet records in the 55m just a few hours into the day. Moforehan Abinusawa (USATF Mid-Atlantic) bettered the previous girls’ 13-14 record by .10 in 7.17, while Alexander Nunley (USATF North Carolina; Run U Xpress) broke the boys’ same age group record in 6.78.

 

Barry Alston (USATF North Carolina; Evolution Track), while not a record-setting performance, easily bested the boys’ 9-10 55m to cross the line in 7.83, .08 ahead of second place.

 

As the distance lengthened to 400m, Kayla Davis (USATF North Carolina; Run U Xpress) kept a comfortable lead from the gun in the girls’ 13-14 400m, overtaking her competitors with a time of 56.93.  

 

In the first track final of the meet, two competitors broke the previous record by at least five seconds. The girls’ 11-12 3000m field sped off from the gun and maintained a fast pace throughout all fifteen laps. Clara James-Heer (USATF Michigan; Ann Arbor Track Club) rallied the fastest to finish in 10:21.74, improving upon the 2015 meet record of 10:29.52 by nearly eight seconds. Runner-up Krianne McBride (USATF South Texas; Texas Thunder Track) also broke the previous record with a time of 10:24.51.


Lauryn Heskin (USATF Long Island; Tsc Track Club) beat her own 2016 record in the girls’ 13-14 3000m, running seven seconds faster in 10:11.16. Second place finisher Camryn Wennersten (USATF New Jersey; Racefaster) also broke the previous record of 10:18.21 with a time of 10:15.98.

 

A meet record dropped in the long jump thanks to Aron Cruickshank Jr. (USATF New York; Erasmus Hall Campus) in the 17-18M age group with a distance of 7.08m/23-02.75. Cruickshank still holds the boys’ 11-12 record in the high jump from 2012.


Joseph Calabrese (USATF New York) and Gabrielle Portalla (USATF New England; Haverhill El) won their respective 7-8 age divisions in the shot put with significant leads over the next place finisher. Calabrese threw 5.49m/18-00.25 to come out ahead of second place’s 5.07m/16-07.75. Portalla, also making her meet debut, threw 5.01m/16-05.25 over the next closest throw of 4.86m/15-11.

 

The 2014 girls’ 9-10 high jump record was bettered twice during today’s final. Brianna Lindo (USATF New York; New York Novas Track Club) and Dakota Hickman (USATF New York; Velocity Track) both jumped 1.30m/4-03.25 to break the previous meet record of 1.25m. Zachary Williams (USATF Southern California) tied the boys’ 13-14 record of 1.75/5-08.75 by Ashton Allen in 2015.


Competition continues Saturday at 9 a.m. ET with the USATF Club shuttle hurdle relay (15-18G, 15-18B) and field events including long jump, pole vault and weight throw. Click for complete schedule here and live results here.

 

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Meet Records

55m (13-14G) – Moforehan Abinusawa (USATF Mid-Atlantic) 7.17

55m (13-14B) – Alexander Nunley (USATF North Carolina; Run U Xpress) 6.78

3000m (11-12G) - Clara James-Heer (USATF Michigan; Ann Arbor Track) 10:21.74

3000m (13-14G) - Lauryn Heskin (USATF Long Island; Tsc Track Club) 10:11.16

3000m (15-16B) - Acasio Pinheiro (USATF New Jersey) 9:00.61

3000m (17-18M) - Dakota Mendenhall (USATF North Carolina) 9:01.05

Long Jump (17-18M) - Aron Cruickshank Jr. (USATF New York; Erasmus Hall Campus) 7.08m/23-02.75

High Jump (9-10G) – Brianna Lindo (New York Novas Track Club) 1.30m/4-03.25

TIED - High Jump (13-14B) - Zachary Williams (USATF Southern California) 1.75m/5-08.75


2017 USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Champions

3000m

11-12G – Clara James-Heer (USATF Michigan; Ann Arbor Track) 10:21.74

11-12B – Aidan Cox (USATF New England) 9:51.02

13-14G – Lauryn Heskin (USATF Long Island; Tsc Track Club) 10:11.16

13-14B - Itamar Pres (USATF New York; Chelsea Greyhounds) 9:59.04

15-16G - Zoe Duffus (USATF Indiana) 10:23.59

15-16B - Acasio Pinheiro (USATF New Jersey) 9:00.61

17-18W - Vivien Liell (USATF New York) 10:32.21

17-18M - Dakota Mendenhall (USATF North Carolina) 9:01.05

 

Long Jump

9-10G – Simone Bernard (U. of Chicago Track Club; USATF Illinois) 4.46m/13-11.75

9-10B – Winston Watkins Jr. (USATF Florida) 4.37m/14-04

17-18W - Pleasant Harris (USATF Gulf; Wee Sports) 5.37m/17-07.50

17-18M - Aron Cruickshank Jr. (USATF New York; Erasmus Hall Campus) 7.08m/23-02.75

 

Shot Put

7-8G - Gabrielle Portalla (USATF New England; Haverhill El) 5.01m/16-05.25

7-8B - Joseph Calabrese (USATF New York) 5.49m/18-00.25

17-18W - Kayla Beasely (USATF North Carolina) 13.42m/44-00.50

17-18M – Madies Loper, Jr. (USATF Georgia; Peach State) 17.82m/58-05.75

 

High Jump

9-10G – Brianna Lindo (USATF New York; New York Novas Track Club) 1.30m/4-03.25

9-10B - Dorian Demetrius (USATF Nevada) 1.25m/4-01.25

13-14G - Tierra Hooker (USATF New Jersey; Willis/Camden Pal) 1.65m/5-05

13-14B - Zachary Williams (USATF Southern California) 1.75/5-08.75

 

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