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Jones shatters multiple records as five meet records fall on second day of USATF Juniors


CLOVIS, California -- Day two of USATF Junior Championships saw five meet records set, including multiple world bests courtesy of freshman hurdle phenom Tia Jones (Marietta, Georgia), as 13 champions were crowned Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California.


Jones breathing rarefied air after hurdle prelims

Jones was unstoppable Saturday afternoon, racing to a national high school record of 12.84 in her 100-meter hurdles heat. Jones’s time is a world junior record and the fastest time ever recorded by a youth athlete. The time goes down as both a new U.S. high school record and a junior championship record. Jones punched her ticket to Poland in the final, finishing second to a charging Alexis Duncan (DeSoto, Texas) who ran the race of her life to win in 13.04 to Jones’s 13.05.


800m finals see double meet records

Sammie Watson (Rochester, New York) picked up where she left off in 2015, as the World Youth gold medalist turned in a new lifetime best of 2:02.91 to make her the ninth-fastest performer in U.S. high school history. On the men’s side, Vincent Crisp (Huntersville, North Carolina) dethroned defending champion Carlton Orange (Memphis, Tennessee), with Crisp utilizing the last 300 meters to break away from the pack in 1:46.97, a new meet record. On his heels, Houston’s Brian Bell (Dayton, Ohio) surged past Orange to take the second spot to Poland with his time of 1:47.18.


Murphy crushes Cain’s 3000m meet record

Kate Murphy (Burke, Virginia), booked her trip to the World Junior Championships in the women’s 3000m by setting a new meet record of 9:10.51, a record that was previously held by Mary Cain. The showdown between Murphy and Katie Rainsberger (Air Academy, Colorado) came down to the wire, with Murphy finishing among the fastest junior women of all time in yet another event. Murphy’s feat was marked as the second-fastest junior outdoor 3000m of all time, and Rainsberger’s time goes down as the third-fastest in 9:11.60.


McLaughlin with another one for the record books

Coming off her USATF Athlete of the Week nod for her performance at New Balance Outdoor Nationals, McLaughlin turned in a near-flawless race for a meet record 54.54 Saturday, just off her 54.46 American junior record from last weekend. McLaughlin saw a tough test from silver medalist Anna Cockrell (Charlotte, North Carolina), who stayed neck-and-neck with McLaughlin until the World Youth gold medalist pulled away with 250 meters to go and never looked back. Cockrell took home the runner-up spot in 55.89 and both will represent Team USA in Poland.


Wagner turns in four PBs en route to decathlon crown

University of Nebraska’s Cale Wagner (Seward, Nebraska) took advantage of his record first day with four more personal bests on day two, despite only turning in a top finish in the javelin with his throw of 52.02m/170-8. Wagner continued to add to his impressive day, finishing with 7,532 points over 10 events for a new personal best by nearly 400 points. Wagner finished the meet with eight individual PRs in addition to his top score. His total makes him the eighth-highest scorer in U.S. junior history.


Tripp Piperi wins second shot put national title in six days

Leading from the outset, reigning World Youth gold medalist Adrian Piperi (Woodlands, Texas) added another title to his shot put haul, tossing 20.18m/66-2.50 on his fifth attempt to take home his second title in six days. Piperi won the New Balance Outdoor Nationals last weekend with a meet record 22.38m/73-5.25.


McArthur takes title eight months after taking up hammer throw

Joy McArthur (Santa Ana, California) began throwing the hammer nearly eight months ago, taking it up on the advice of her coach, who said she had a future in the event despite it not being an interscholastic discipline in California. After fouling her first two throws, McArthur struck gold on her third throw of 60.73m/199-3 to lead the competition in just her fifth meet of the season. McAruthur bettered the mark on her fourth attempt, her only other legal throw of the competition, with a personal best 62.07m/203-8.


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2016 USATF Outdoor Champions




Noah Lyles


Candace Hill

Vincent Crisp


Samantha Watson

Zachary Snider


Kate Murphy

Thomas Pollard


Fiona O'Keeffe

Alex Rogers

3,000 Steeplechase

Devin Clark

Marcus Krah

110/100 hurdles

Alexis Duncan


400 hurdles

Sydney McLaughlin


High Jump

Nicole Greene

Ja'Mari Ward

Long Jump

Bria Matthews

Charles Brown Jr

Triple Jump


Christopher Nilsen

Pole Vault


Adrian Piperi

Shot Put



Elena Bruckner

Hudson Keffer


Katelyn Gochenour

Bobby Colantonio


Joy McArthur

Cale Wagner





Tia Jones - Women’s 100m hurdles silver medalist

“I just had the right mindset, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped last meet, so I just focused on what I didn’t do [last time] and corrected it and hoped for the best on the track.”


“Every single time I run I try to do my best and PR, because I never want to go back and settle for anything.”


“It’s really overwhelming. It just lets me know that my hard work is paying off in the long run.” (On her 100m hurdles records.)


Adrian Piperi - Men’s Shot put winner

“I thought it would take a little bit more, but I am happy I made it to where I am today. I was a little nervous going up until I knew I was on the team.”


“Last year I kind of I kind of came in as an underdog. Getting all of that publicity really put a target on my back and I didn’t want to let anyone down, especially my parents and my coach. But I’m really proud of myself, and I know they are too.”


Lynna Irby - Women’s 400m

“It was a good race, I really enjoyed it out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s finals.”


“I’m just hoping to get another stamp on my passport to Poland, this is definitely encouragement.” I feel pretty confident, really hoping I can make the top two.”


“I feel great, I’m hoping I can go low 52 tomorrow, possibly 51. But we’ll see, I can only control what I can do.”


Bria Matthews - Women’s Long jump winner

“I felt really excited, because I really wanted to make it in the top two.”


“I have just gotten a lot stronger [this year] and my technique has really improved.”


Kahmari Montgomery - Men’s 400m

I feel very confident. I feel very confident to go out and compete to the best of my ability, and try to PR every time I get on the track.”


Taylor McLaughlin - Men’s 400m hurdles

“It’s always an amazing opportunity. I really want to make the team, and this is my last chance. So it’s such a pleasure to go out there and try to represent team USA.”


Amere Lattin - Men’s 400m hurdles

“Now that I’ve punched my ticket, it’s like let’s be great, let’s make something that not a lot of people have done before.” After qualifying for the USATF World Championship in the men’s 110m hurdles.”


Candace Hill - Women’s 200m

“I feel ready, I feel like this is warmups, and I’m getting my legs ready. Once 200 finals come I can hopefully run a PR.”


“I have been running very strong the past few meets, so I wanted to let that transfer over and do everything how I usually do. Then in the finals just run confident.”


Michael Norman - Men’s 200m

“Coming out here and just running the 200 was good. It feels good to come out here and just run one race, it’s something that I don’t get to do very often.”


“I felt great today, I just have to take care of my body tonight and see how I feel in the finals tomorrow. I am hoping to PR and run to the best of my abilities, there’s no limit.”


Joy McArthur - Women’s Hammer Throw winner

“This was only my fifth meet this year. This was a big experience for me because I didn’t think that I would be able to place today, but I did what I was supposed to do.”


Sydney McLaughlin - Women’s 400m Hurdles winner

“I was nervous for the first one hundred, I didn’t get out as I wanted to, but as the race went on I got back to my place and finished well.”


“This was a good way to get back and run another :54 and get that under my belt.”


Cale Wagner - Men’s Decathlon winner

“This is a dream come true, to be able to compete for your country. It’s a huge thing for me because over a year ago I didn’t know I would run track.”


Samantha Watson - Women’s 800m winner

“It feels great, I am glad that I broke the 2:03 barrier, I’ve been looking for that all season, so I’m happy.”


Vincent Crisp - Men’s 800m winner

“I was just thinking that this could possibly be my last race so I tried my all to go get them.”


“I was running 1:49 at the end of this season [collegiate] so 1:46 and new stadium record in one of the biggest meets in the country is amazing.”


Kaylee Hinton - Women’s Heptathlon leader

“This has been one of my better first days, so I’m confident if I do a normal day two I should be able to fall in place.”


Nicole Green - Women’s High jump winner

“I’m still a little awe-struck that this happened at this time, and I’m really happy.”


“I knew that this is a blessing and an opportunity just to be here, so just to use that as an advantage was helpful to me.”


Alexis Duncan - Women’s 100m hurdles winner

“I was kind of doubting myself after coming in fourth in prelims, so I knew I had to come with it or go home.”


“Throughout the race I just felt so good, I feel like my inner Carmelita [Jeter] came out.”


Devin Clark - Women’s 3000m Steeplechase winner

“I’m really excited, honestly I really wanted first or second, as long as I got to go to the world meet.”


“The race went well. It has been a long year, so I can’t say I went in 100% fresh, but these next few weeks I’ll do my best to make sure I am ready for the world meet.”


Kate Murphy - Women’s 3000m winner

“I just love going out there on the track and having fun and working hard.”


“It’s always fun coming out here and competing against the elite girls and getting to connect with them.”


Zachary Snider - Men’s 5000m winner

“Coming out here with my teammate, we were just focused on making the race turn out like we wanted to. We knew if we could finish strong we would do well, and I’m glad I got to cross the finish line in first.”


Contributed by Andrew Eisch, USATF Communications


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