INDIANAPOLIS -- Thousands of kids from across the country will be descending on Humble, Texas for the 2014 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week, July 21-27. Athletes ranging from 7 to 18 will be competing in the full range of events at Turner Stadium.
Andrew Hudson (Cibolo, Texas) of Alamo City Select makes the trip up north with the blazing times that can only be topped by the temperatures expected next week. Hudson approaches the event with a fast 10.28 in the 100 meters for the only mark under 10.50 in the mens 17-18 age group. He also comes in with the top time in the 200m (20.64) and one of only two times under 21 seconds.
In the 15-16 girls long jump, Justice Henderson (Houston, Texas) comes in with a top mark regardless of division at 6.14m/20-1.75. She is one of only two girls, the other being Samiyah Samuels (Cypress, Texas) of Track Houston (6.08m/19-11.5), to jump higher than 6.0m/19-8.25. Henderson is also competing in the 200m, posting a time of 12.31.
Carlan Naisant (Tempe, Arizona) of Arizona Flames Track Club comes in a toss of 56.45m/185-2, best in the 13-14 boys javelin and the fourth best mark of any age group. He is also entered in the shot put and high jump with marks of (13.40m/43-11.75) and (1.65m/5-5) respectively.
Savannah Craig (Vancouver, Washington) from Evergreen Storm Track Club has the best time in the girls 2000m steeplechase, regardless of division, with a time of 7:28.64, more than 11 seconds ahead of the next best time. She also has the fourth best time in the girls 1500m with a 4:52.
4 athletes from the 15-16 boys and 17-18 mens group come in with marks above 6,000 points in the decathlon. Daniel Brattain (Keizer, Oregon) has the top mark overall and in the 17-18 group with 6,344. Roman Ruiz (Pasco, Washington) has the second mark overall and top in the 15-16 boys group with 6,008. James Rodeman (McKenna, Washington) has 6,033 and Ryan Chase (Olympia, Washington) of Barron Park Striders has 6,266.
Several elite athletes will be making appearances during the week, including Olympians Dwight Phillips and Chandra Cheeseborough, as well as former 400m American record holder Sharrieffa Barksdale and former high jumper Kenny Banks. They will be signing autographs, taking photos, handing out medals, and starting races. There will also be lots of activities for the kids when they aren’t competing with #USATFutureStars music and video promotions.
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