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Ford, Nunley complete triple victories headlining final day of USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships


LAWRENCE, Kansas -- The final day of the 2017 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships did not disappoint as fast times and photo finish sprint races made for an exciting conclusion to the seven-day event.

In total, USATF Future Stars set 16 national age group records. Watch on demand video of all competition USATF.TV+

Alexander Nunley (Garner, North Carolina; USATF North Carolina) of Run U Xpress started his day with a bang, tieing a 26-year-old national and JO record in the 13-14 boys’ 100m hurdles by crossing the line in 12.94. He returned to the track for the 100m final and claimed his second national championship with time of 11.23. To achieve his third victory, the North Carolina star stormed down the homestretch in the 200m hurdle final, stopping the clock at 24.73.

Not to be outdone, Nunley’s Run U Xpress teammate Kayla Davis (Charlotte, North Carolina; USATF North Carolina) shattered the national record in the girls’ 13-14 400m. Davis’ time of 52.54 broke Brandi Cross’ record from 2002 and is the world’s fastest ever by a 13-year-old.

Jakobe Ford (Spokane, Washington; USATF Pacific Northwest) completed an impressive and rare triple, winning three jump events. He started the meet winning the men’s 17-18 long jump at 7.47m/24-6.25 Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, Ford returned to the runway and claimed the triple jump with a mark of 15.74m/51-7.75. Finally on Sunday, the seventeen-year-old took to the high jump apron, winning with a leap of 2.15m/7-0.5. Ford is the first person to ever complete the triple in 17-18 age division history dating back to 1967.

In the men’s 17-18 division, Sean Hooper (Fort Worth, Texas; USATF Southwestern), fresh off a World Junior record in the 4x400m relay last week at the Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru, won the open event in 45.95. ShaCarri Richardson, who also competed in Peru for Team USATF, took home the women’s 17-18 100m title in 11.58.

Capping off a tremendous week of competition, Arkansan Kennedy Lightner (Little Rock, Arkansas, USATF Arkansas) returned to the track and claimed two more wins in the 15-16 400m (47.29) and 100m (10.97) races. Earlier this week, Lightner won the 200m dash and set a meet and national age group record in the semi-finals of the 100m, clocking 10.49.

The 9-10 age division saw two national records rewritten, the first of which came during the lone distance event of the day. 10-year-old Daniel Skandera (Santa Rosa, California; USATF Pacific) took down the boys’ 1500m national record in 4:38.63 with an impressive kick to close the last 400m in 72 seconds. Skandera not only broke the previous record by over four seconds, he also did it without shoes.

The second record was set by Payton Payne (Lanham, Maryland; USATF Potomac Valley) in the girls’ 100m dash. Payne stopped the clock at 12.84, .01 under Angela Williams’ 1990 record of 12.85. Tarrianna Jackson (East Point, Georgia; USATF Georgia), who set a national record on Thursday running 26.32 in the 200m, finished second.

The ever-exciting 4x400m relays closed out the championships in fine fashion. In the 11-12 boys’ race, four teams raced to the finish with the top two finishing within .30 of one another. Valley United Track Club- A was victorious running 3:55.61 over Willis/Camden PAL - A at 3:55.91. Desoto Nitro - A and A.C.T.S. ION Track- A both also broke four minutes.

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Boys’ Long Jump 9-10

Caden Ganeshamoorthy, Speed Unlimited, 3.94m/12-11¾


Girls’ High Jump 11-12

Addison Reimer, Merton Area Running, 1.40m/4-7

Boys’ Javelin Throw 15-16

Grant Terril, Manhattan Track, 40.88m/134-1


Boys’ Discus Throw 11-12

Hayden Bliss, Unattached, 26.93m/88-4

Girls’ Shot Put 13-14

Valadian Pallett, Unattached, 14.26m/46-9½  


Men’s Pole Vault 17-18

Zachary Bradford, Unattached, 4.85m/15-11


Girls’ Long Jump 9-10

Ashley Lister, North Texas Cheetahs Track, 4.32m/14-2¼


Men’s High Jump 17-18

Jakobe’ Ford, Spokane Speed Academy, 2.15m/7’ 0½”


Girls’ Shot Put 8 & Under

Briana Davis, Desoto Nitro, 7.10m/23-3½


Women’s Javelin Throw 17-18

Kaia Alexander, Unattached, 41.91m/137-6


Boys’ Discus Throw 13-14

Christian Burroughs, IE Stallions Track & Field, 55.35m/181-7


Girls’ 400m Dash 8 & Under

Jasmine Bailey, Hallmark Track, 1:08.35


Boys’ 400m Dash 8 & Under

Dannon Martin, Run 702, 1:08.07


Girls’ 400m Dash 9-10

Jada Edwards, Eagles Elite, 1:01.57


Boys’ 400m Dash 9-10

Brandon Leacock, Rolesville Lightning, 58.89


Girls’ 400m Dash 11-12

JaMeesia Ford, Fayetteville Flyers, 57.15


Boys’ 400m Dash 11-12

Myles Pendarvis, Cobra Track, 54.78


Girls’ 400m Dash 13-14

Kayla Davis, Run U Xpress, 52.54 J N


Boys’ 400m Dash 13-14

Jalen Wright, Bull City Express, 50.97


Girls’ 400m Dash 15-16

Kimberly Harris, Jackrabbit Track & Field Club, 53.50


Boys’ 400m Dash 15-16

Kennedy Lightner, Fellowship of Champions, 47.29


Women’s 400m Dash 17-18

Kennedy Blackman, Destined to Run, 53.96


Men’s 400m Dash 17-18

Sean Hooper, Unattached, 45.95


Girls’ 1500m Run 8 & Under

Micah Neal, Mach 1 TC, 5:36.79


Boys’ 1500m Run 8 & Under

Ja’iris Shaw, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 5:12.46


Girls’ 1500m Run 9-10

Yamilet Lopez, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 5:08.14


Boys’ 1500m Run 9-10

Daniel Skandera, Unattached, 4:38.63 J N


Girls’ 1500m Run 11-12

Alyvia Brown, Cascade Striders, 4:54.22


Boys’ 1500m Run 11-12

Tyler Hunt, Diablo Valley Track Club, 4:33.57


Boys’ 110m Hurdles 15-16

Josh Brockman, Charlotte Flights, 13.99


Men’s 110m Hurdles 17-18

Noah Green, KC Flyers, 13.51


Girls’ 100m Hurdles 15-16

Jayla Hollis, North Texas Track Cheetahs, 14.20

Women’s 100m Hurdles 17-18

Kayla Alexander, Track Georgia, 13.73

Boys’ 100m Hurdles 13-14

Alexander Nunley, Run U Xpress, 12.94 J N


Girls’ 100m Hurdles 13-14

Bella Witt, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 14.35


Girls’ 80m Hurdles 11-12

Ajanae Thompson, Plainfield Tsunami Track Club, 12.32


Boys’ 80m Hurdles 11-12

Michail Rose, FIA Ambassadors, 12.00


Girls’ 100m Dash 8 & Under

Madison Poythress, Star Track, 14.31


Boys’ 100m Dash 8 & Under

Noah Roberts, Quicksilver Track Club, 13.69


Girls’ 100m Dash 9-10

Payton Payne, Glenarden Track, 12.84 J N


Boys’ 100m Dash 9-10

Kaj Baker, Miami Northwest Express Track, 13.14 (write about this race it was close)


Girls’ 100m Dash 11-12

Aniyah Brown, Blues Track of Greater St., 12.41


Boys’ 100m Dash 11-12

Reginald Love II, Carolina Elite Track & Field, 12.01 (write about close finish)


Girls’ 100m Dash 13-14

Trinity Rossum, ATL Zoom Athletics, 11.88


Boys’ 100m Dash 13-14

Alexander Nunley, Run U Xpress, 11.23


Girls’ 100m Dash 15-16

Lanae-Tava Thomas, Maximum Velocity Track and Field, 11.97


Boys’ 100m Dash 15-16

Kennedy Lightner, Fellowship of Champions, 10.79


Women’s 100m Dash 17-18

ShaCarri Richardson, Unattached, 11.58


Men’s 100m Dash 17-18

KeSean Carter, Tigers Youth Track, 10.40


Boys’ 400m Hurdles 15-16

Matthew Harris, Sprint Athletics Track, 53.96


Men’s 400m Hurdles 17-18

Charles Brockman III, North Dallas Athletic Association, 50.79


Girls’ 400m Hurdles 15-16

Jasmine Jones, ATL Zoom Athletics, 1:00.67

Women’s 400m Hurdles 17-18

Imagine Patterson, Palmetto Striders Track Club, 59.98

Girls’ 200m Hurdles 13-14

Eddiyah Frye, Unattached, 27.43

Boys’ 200m Hurdles 13-14

Alexander Nunley, Run U Xpress, 24.73

Girls’ 1500m Run 13-14

Sophie Atkinson, Track Houston Youth Track Club, 4:36.81

Boys’ 1500m Run 13-14

Ayden Schlib, Vail Vipers, 4:08.14

Girls’ 1500m Run 15-16

Ava Gilliana, Calumet Region Striders, 4:38.81


Boys’ 1500m Run 15-16

Evan Holland, Unattached, 4:05.46


Women’s 1500m Run 17-18

Enyaeva Michelin, Unattached, 4:32.81


Men’s 1500m Run 17-18

Luis Soto, Vegas Lightning Track, 3:56.56


Girls’ 1600m Relay 8 & Under

Firebird Athletics- A, 5:00.05


Boys’ 1600m Relay 8 & Under

Track Houston Youth Track Club- A, 4:51.34


Girls’ 1600m Relay 9-10

Eagles Elite- A, 4:22.52


Boys’ 1600m Relay 9-10

Xtreme Speed Track Club- A, 4:12.30

Girls’ 1600m Relay 11-12

Afterburners Track Club- A, 4:00.16


Boys’ 1600m Relay 11-12

Valley United Track Club- A, 3:55.60


Girls’ 1600m Relay 13-14

Track Houston Youth Track Club- A, 3:47.32


Boys’ 1600m Relay 13-14

Track Houston Youth Track Club- A, 3:26.80


Girls’ 1600m Relay 15-16

North Texas Cheetahs Track- A, 3:41.65


Boys’ 1600m Relay 15-16

Track Houston Youth Track Club- A, 3:14.20


Women’s 1600m Relay 17-18

North Texas Cheetahs Track- A, 3:43.29


Men’s 1600m Relay 17-18

Team QUEST- A, 3:13.58

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