HUMBLE, Texas -- More records were broken and several others were challenged as the competition heated up on Day Five of the USATF National Junior Olympics, Friday, July 25, at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas.
Carlan Naisant (Tempe, Arizona) of Arizona Flames Track Club broke the Junior Olympic meet record 56.23m/184-5 in the 13-14 boys javelin with a toss of 56.63m/185-9. He led from start to finish and was the only competitor to throw over 50m/164-0.
The girls eight and under 100 meter National and Junior Olympic meet record of 14.35 fell today in the semi-finals, as Nkoyo-May Usoro (Phoenix, Arizona) of Do Right Educational Sports ran a fleet 14.33 in heat three; claiming the top spot for Sunday’s finals.
Daloria Boone (Milledgeville, Georgia) of Baldwin County Lightning Jets jumped 6.07m/19-11 in the 13-14 girls long jump, breaking the Junior Olympics meet record (5.84m/19-2) and tied the National record on her first attempt.
In the 15-16 boys 3,000m, Michael Abebe (Silver Spring, Maryland) of USA-JA took home the title with a 9:00.44 as held off late charges from Ben Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio) of Miami Valley Track Club and Dalton Hengst (York, Pennsylvania), who finished second and third respectively with 9:04.26 and 9:04.71. .
In the 15-16 girls discus, Katelyn Gochenour (Logan Iowa) of Cornhusker Flyers nearly had the comeback of the meet. She found herself in sixth place, nearly 21 feet behind leader Meia Gordon (Houston, Texas) of Southern Eagles Track Club going into her final attempt. Gochenour, who had fouled on her fifth attempt, stepped up to the pit and unleashed a 42.69m/140-0 throw to vault herself into first place. It was short-lived however, as Gordon was undeterred and launched a 43.23m/141-10 shot to retake first place and capture the title.
Tristian Campbell (Houston, Texas) of Northside Striders Aldine Youth Track Club and Jayla Cigar-Dingle (Inglewood, California) of Los Angeles Jet both challenged the National and Junior Olympic meet record (1:09.11) in the girls eight and under 400m prelims. Campbell claimed the top seed for Sunday’s finals with a 1:09.39 while Cigar-Dingle was just behind her with a 1:09.47.
Heat two of the 15-16 boys 100m semi-finals saw some winged times, as three boys, London Dunn (Desoto, Texas) of Desoto Nitro, Austin Connor (Irmo, South Carolina) of Team Blaze and Tyler Green (Austell, Georgia) of Titans Track Club, Inc., all ran under 11 seconds. Dunn crossed in 10.80, Connor ran a 10.84 and Green finished in 10.90. They will be seeded first, second and sixth for Sunday’s finals.
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