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Field events highlight day 4 at USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships


DURHAM, North Carolina -- Day four of the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships saw 18 national champions crowned in the field events at Durham County Memorial Stadium.

The final two days of the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships will be broadcast live on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 via USATF.TV.

Brandon Gorski (South Orange County Wildcats) and Michael Downing (Rolesville Lightning) went head-to-head throughout the 13-14 boys division high jump. Gorski didn’t let his broken arm stop him as he didn’t miss an attempt until the final two heights. Both athletes successfully cleared 1.80m/5-10.75 and missed all three attempts at 1.85m/6-0.75. In the end, Gorski took home the national title with fewer misses throughout the competition. 

In the girl’s 13-14 division triple jump Shakynah Tresvant (Police Athletic League) out leapt the competition by a wide margin jumping 11.33m/37-2.25, just under 5 feet further than the rest of the field. Annika Stark (Sandhills Track) finished second with a leap of 9.88m/32-5 and Ejule McBride (Carolina Eagles Track & Field) was third in 9.39m/30-9.75.  

It was a close battle for the national title in the boy’s 7-8 division long jump with first and second place only being separated by an inch. Steffen Thomas (Peak Performance TC) claimed the national champion with a clearance of 3.03m/9-11.25, Curtis Farley III (Lee County Track) was the runner-up in 3.00m/9-10.25 and Maxem Johnson (Pirate Track Club) placed third in 2.92m/9-7.25.  

Vishal Turna (Let It Fly Throwing) won the national championship in the men’s 17-18 division shot put leading throughout the competition but it was his final toss that was his best, 14.97m/49-1.50. It was the second national title for Turna after winning the men’s 17-18 division discus throw yesterday. 

Coco Velasquez (Arizona Flames) turned in a dominating performance to win the national title in the girl’s 11-12 division shot put throwing 9.86m/32-4.25. Her toss was nearly 5 feet further then second place finisher Joelle Davis (Carolina All Stars) who threw 8.47m/27-9.50.

Results can be found here.

2019 USATF Youth Outdoor Champions - Day 4

Long Jump

Boy’s Long Jump, 7-8, Steffen Thomas (Peak Performance TC) 3.03m/9-11.25

Girl’s Long Jump, 9-10, Aria Alexander (Bull City Express), 4.24m/13-11

Boy’s Long Jump, 11-12, Millman Pry’nce (Huron Athletics), 4.93m/16-2.25

Triple Jump

Girl’s Triple Jump, 13-14, Shakynah Tresvant (Police Athletic League), 11.33m/37-2.25

Boy’s Triple Jump, 15-16, Jared Harrell (Carolina Elite), 13.48m/44-2.75

Women’s Triple Jump, 17-18, Synclair Savage (Exchange Zone Athletics), 11.80m/38-8.75

Shot Put

Girl’s Shot Put, 11-12, Coco Velasquez (Arizona Flames). 9.86m/32-4.25

Girl’s Shot Put, 15-16, Melissa Aymil (Unattached), 11.93/39-1.75

Men’s Shot Put, 17-18, Vishal Turna (Let It Fly Throwing), 14.97m/49-1.50

Javelin Throw

Girl’s Javelin Throw, 13-14, Jasmine Hampton (Sequoyah Youth Track), 39.94/131-0

Boy’s Javelin Throw, 13-14, Andrew McLean (Columbus Running), 41.02m/134-7

Women’s Javelin Throw, 17-18, Chloe Cahill (Unattached), 34.21m/112-3

Men’s Javelin Throw, 17-18, Matthew Swepson (Triangle Champions Track), 42.74m/140-3

High Jump

Boy’s High Jump, 9-10, Brian Leacock (Rolesville Lightning), 1.30m/4-3.25

Boy’s High Jump, 13-14, Brandon Gorski (South Orange County Wildcats), 1.80m/5-10.75

Men’s High Jump, 17-18, Isaac Carter (Maximum Speed), 1.75m/5-8.75

Pole Vault

Boy’s Pole Vault, 15-16, Gavin Hanes (So Cal Roadrunners), 3.97m/13-0.25

Girl’s Pole Vault, 15-16, Maddie Davis (Unattached), 3.53m/11-7

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