SACRAMENTO -- Young stars made strong impressions in the junior multi-events during the opening day of USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University Wednesday.
Junior women’s athletes competed through the midpoint of the heptathlon as Ashlee Moore (Chandler, Arizona) racked up 3,402 points after four events. Moore goes into Thursday’s competition with an 85-point lead and first place.
She started the day strong, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 13.80 (-0.2) by a margin of just .08 seconds. She cleared 1.68m/5-6 in high jump on a third attempt before refocusing to claim the event and match her PR at 1.78m/5-10. Despite landing out of the top-five in shot put, she composed herself to finish the 200m in second place with a PR of 24.79.
Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tennessee) led junior men in the decathlon as he finished the first five events with 4,126 points and a 14-point edge. Williams was third in the opening event, setting a new PR with his time of 10.819 (+2.6) in the 100m. He gained momentum in long jump, earning his way to second place with a leap of 6.99m/22-11.25 (+3.4). However, he too finished below the top-five in shot put before regaining confidence it the high jump. Williams cleared 1.99m/6-6.25 for second place, gaining 794 points before taking his third runner-up spot of the day, finishing the 400m in 48.11 to beat his best by more than one second.
Heptathlon continues Thursday with long jump, javelin and the 800m, while decathlon continues with 110mH, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m.
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Day One Quotes
"I definitely came in with the goal that it was just another race, another jump or another throw. I just wanted to come in and compete. Shot put didn't go that well. I would definitely want to throw further, but it's right where I've been so I wasn't too upset about it."
"High jump today was definitely a first on having first attempt clearances, so I was excited especially since we changed my whole approach. I was kind of nervous coming in, but it definitely worked and I couldn't be happier with it. I haven't jumped 5' 10" since my freshman year. Being able to get up to that height again and being able to clear it was a big accomplishment for me."
"It give me a lot of momentum because I'm a good second day guy. I can pole vault pretty high. I am good at the hurdles, so it give me a lot of momentum and confidence going in."
"I was basically just trying to get top-two since that's what I am trying to do this meet because that gets you to World Juniors. Coming into the meet, I knew there was going to be good competition."