BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Multiple national champions were crowned on Day 4 of the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships, as field event finals and race prelims continued Friday, June 27 on the campus of Indiana University.
Friday saw the start of the 100 meters in all age groups. Tionna Brown
(Kokomo, Indiana) led the way for the 11-12 girls as the only athlete to run sub-13 with a time of 12.71. The 15-16 boys saw the closest finish of the day with the top two qualifiers, Priest Foust
(Stone Mountain, Georgia) and Isaiah Southerland
(Durham, North Carolina), finishing in 11.38 and 11.40, respectively. Kianna Gray
(Fort Knox, Kentucky) crossed the finish as the fastest qualifier in the women’s 17-18 age group with a time of 12.05.
(Olathe, Kansas) turned in the fastest time in the 17-18 men’s 400m in 48.44. A great show of athleticism with a close race in heat 3 ending in a .03 differential between the third and fourth fastest qualifiers Lonnie Kendall
(Durham, North Carolina) and Tien Henderson (Cypress, Texas). The 9-10 girls had a close qualifying with Ramiah Elliott
(Indianapolis, Indiana) finishing first overall with a time of 1:06.24.
The high jump did not disappoint as Aron Cruickshank
(Brooklyn, New York) won the 13-14 boys title with a mark of 1.75m/5-8.75 and Alivia Ash
(Merrillville, Indiana) took the 15-16 girls title with a clearance of 1.65m/5-5.
The pole vault was equally impressive, as Katie Schroeder
(Grayslake, Illinois) captured the girls 15-16 crown with a vault of 3.40m/11-1.75. Lindsey Murray
won the 17-18 women’s title with a mark of 3.90m/12-9.50.
Champions were crowned in the long jump, as Kiana Siefert
(Noblesville, Indiana) dominated the 9-10 girls by almost a foot with a mark of 4.03m/13-02.75, while Coulaj Eans
(Pinebluff, Arkansas) impressed in the 9-10 boys age group with a leap of 4.64m/15-2.75.
Men’s 17-18 shot put champion Brett Neelly
(Gallatin, Tennessee) out-threw the competition with a mark of 17.32m/56-10, while Kaylee Antill
(Zanesville, Ohio) came away victorious in the women’s 17-18 4kg with a throw of 12.83m/42-1.25.
Day five of the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships starts at 8 a.m. ET. Click here
for Friday’s results and a schedule of Saturday’s events.