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Eleven national titles claimed on day one of USATF Junior Outdoor Championships


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- During a hot and humid day one at the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, 11 junior athletes were crowned national champions as they look to earn a spot on Team USATF for the IAAF World U20 Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, July 10-15.

This year’s world junior leader and fourth fastest junior in history, Twanisha Terry (Miami, Florida/Metro-Dade Track Club) from USC qualified easily for the final to be contested later Friday evening with a time of 11.27. Terry, a week removed from helping the USC women’s team win the 2018 NCAA team title, won the national title crossing the line 11.24, ahead of University of Alabama’s Daija Lampkin (Tuscaloosa, AL/USATF Alabama) in 11.34.

In the women’s javelin, Dana Baker (Olathe, KS/ USATF Missouri Valley) took the lead on her first throw and never looked back. Baker ended the day with a gold medal and a meet record with a toss of 54.28m/178-1. Her throw also propelled her to sixth on the U.S all-time junior list.

High schooler Anthony Schwartz (Miami, Florida/Teon Elite Track Club) won over Ohio State University’s Eric Harrison Jr. (Washington, D.C./Team Accelerate Maryland) by .03 seconds. Schwartz crossed the line in 10.23, Harrison in 10.26. Schwartz is scheduled to return to Hayes track Saturday in the 200m.

Fraternal twins Michael and Steven Feldman (Staten Island, New York /USATF New York) from the University of Pennsylvania finished first and second in the men’s hammer throw. Michael won with throw of 68.03m/223-2 and Steven threw 65.99m/216-6

The first day of men’s decathlon ended with Kyle Garland (Philadelphia, PA/USATF Mid-Atlantic) in the lead with a score of 4,090. Garland’s day was packed with personal bests and first place finishes. His first personal best came in the first event of the day with  a time of 10.95 in the 100m, a .03 improvement on his former record. After a second place finish in the long jump, he entered the shot put ring and threw a personal best of 15.55m/51-0.25 for another first place finish on the day. Later, Bradford would go on to win the high jump and finish second in the 400m. The 2018 U20 decathlon world leader Jacob Sobata (Knoxville, Tennessee/USATF Tennessee) won the 400m, the final event of the day in the decathlon, crossing the line in 49.76.


Zachary Bradford (Bloomington, Illinois/USATF Illinois) came out victorious in the men’s pole vault after an impressive performance in which he cleared 5.55m/18-2.5 for the win and a new meet record. He was perfect on the day until he was the last man standing and the bar was raised to 5.60m/18-4.50. He missed all three of his attempts at that height. Arizona State’s Cole Riddle (Surprise, AZ/USATF Arizona) finished second with a clearance of 5.50m/18-0.5.

Princeton freshman Obiageri Amaechi (San Francisco, CA/USATF Pacific) won the women’s discus by more than three meters with a personal best of 56.98m/186-11. This toss moves her into 9th on the world junior all-time list. UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Howell, New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ), the top seeded women’s hammer thrower, took second place in the discus with a throw of 53.84m/176-8.

LSU’s JuVaugh Blake (Baton Rouge, LA/USATF Southern) won the men’s long jump with a elap of 7.68m/25-2.5 on his second attempt. Rayvon Allen (St. Louis, MO/USATF Ozark) of Wichita State earned silver with jump of 7.57m/24-10.

University of Florida freshman Cory Poole (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) ended his day making a lasting mark on Hayes Track with a new track record in the 110m hurdles. His finish of 13.34 marked a personal best and earned him a gold medal. He is scheduled to return on Saturday in the 400m hurdles final. Oregon’s Joseph Anderson (Rancho Cucamonga, CA/California Rising Stars Track Club) finished second in 13.58.

Wichita State freshman Taran Taylor (Arkansas City, KS/USATF Missouri Valley) set the winning standard early, after throwing the a mark of 71.08m/232-2 on his first attempt in the finals to win gold. Tzuriel Pedigo (Baton Rouge, LA/ USATF Southern) was the only other thrower to pass 70 meters, launching the javelin 70.48m/231-3 for second place.

Furman University’s Kristlin Gear (Fort Myers, FL/ USATF Florida) won the women’s steeple national title with a dominant performance, crossing the line in 10:28.05, more than three seconds ahead of University of Michigan’s Alice Hill (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor Youth Track Club for Women) in 10:31.07.

In the final event of the day, Drew Bosley (Thiensville, WI/Mequon Thiensville Track Club) battled the heat and humidity stumbling across the line to win the men’s 5,000m in 14:32.75. University of Oregon’s Cooper Teare (Alameda, CA/Castro Valley Track Club) finished second in 14:33.54 after placing 17th last week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

NCAA champion Sammy Watson (College Station, TX/ USATF Gulf) from Texas A&M University was the top qualifier in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:08.31. She will face tough competition in Saturday’s final with UNLV’s Avi’Tai Wilson-Perteete (Oakland, CA/USATF Pacific) and high school phenom Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, Florida/USATF Florida) on her trail. Wilson-Perteete and Collier qualified with times of 2:08.63 and 2:08.66, respectively.

Day two 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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Saturday, June 16 at 1:00pm ET
Sunday, June 17 at 7:30am ET

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