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Multi-event national champions crowned on Day 2 of USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships

7/25/2017
 

LAWRENCE, Kansas -- As temperatures rose on the track, so did the excitement on Day 2 of USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. Rock Chalk Park played host to another day of intense competition, as well as celebrity appearances.


Watch on demand video of today’s events on USATF.TV+ and follow competition live all week.


Young athletes were officially welcomed to Junior Olympics by two-time Olympic Champion Ashton Eaton during Opening Ceremonies. The decathlon world record holder inspired over 8,000 USATF future stars in attendance with his keynote address. Olympic legend and USATF Hall of Famer Carl Lewis was also on hand to present Thom Confer with the Milton Hershey Award.


Earlier in the day, competition began with the older divisions of 3000m race walks. Jessica Grover (Melville, New York; USATF Long Island) dominated the 15-16 girls race, finishing nearly a minute ahead of second place with a time of 16:01.98. Sisters Victoria Heiser-Whatley (Greer, South Carolina; USATF South Carolina) and Jessica Heiser-Whatley (Greer, South Carolina; USATF South Carolina) went 1-2 to claim top honors in the women’s 17-18, finishing 15:33.50-15:51.54.


In the boys’ race walk events, Illinois native Giovanni Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois; USATF Illinois) upgraded his fourth-place performance from last year’s championships to a victory, while Jordan Crawford (Douglasville, Georgia; USATF Georgia) moved up an age group and claimed gold after a runner-up finish in the 15-16 division last year. Cisneros took home the 3000m race walk title with a time of 15:19.83, and Crawford won in 15:16.39.


The first set of relays kicked off the afternoon action, with several heats of the 4x800m across age groups. Afterburners Track Club - A burst through the girls’ 11-12 in 9:46.72, over 15 seconds ahead of second place.


The closest relay of the day came from the men’s 17-18 where Maximum Quotient Track Club - A’s anchor leg usurped a small lead over Pacific Coast Shock Waves - A in the race’s final moments. The anchor sped through the bell lap in 1:02.61, bringing the team to victory 8:18.21-8:19.08.


Multi-events wrapped up with impressive performances and offered redemption for several young athletes. After finishing sixth at last year’s championships, Jonathan Ply (Dayton, Nevada; USATF Nevada) upgraded his finish to first with a score of 7111 in the men’s 17-18 age group. The 15-16 age group was won in dominating fashion by Peyton Davis (Centralia, Missouri; USATF Missouri Valley), who scored 6112 points, 250 points ahead of second place.


In the women’s 17-18 heptathlon, Nicole Stephens (Issaquah, Washington; USATF Pacific Northwest) won four of the seven event to score 4821 points and take home the national title.


Wednesday’s events begin at 8:00 a.m. local time with the first round of 400m hurdles. Click here for a full schedule.


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TUESDAY FINALS:

For full results visit here.


Girls 3000m Race Walk 15-16

Jessica Grover, Unattached, 16:01.98


Womens 3000m Race Walk 17-18
Victoria Heiser-Whatley, Warriors Track Club, 15:33.50


Boys 3000m Race Walk 15-16

Giovanni Cisneros, Elgin Sharks Track, 15:19.83


Mens 3000m Race Walk 17-18

Jordan Crawford, E-1 Track Club, 15:16.39


Girls 3200m Relay 11-12

Afterburners Track, 9:46.72


Boys 3200m Relay 11-12

Diablo Valley Track & Field, 9:26.87


Girls 3200m Relay 13-14

Cedar Hill Blaze Track, 9:58.12


Boys 3200m Relay 13-14

Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 8:31.38


Girls 3200m Relay 15-16

Track Houston Youth Track Club, 9:39.18


Boys 3200m Relay 15-16

Mt. Pleasant Track Club, 8:12.16


Boys Hammer Throw 15-16

Joseph Ryan, Long Island Alliance, 54.50m


Womens 3200m Relay 17-18

Track Houston Youth Track Club, 9:12.91


Mens 3200m Relay 17-18

Diablo Valley Track & Field, 8:00.01


Girls Heptathlon 15-16

Annika Williams, Northwest Flyers Track, 4941


Boys Decathlon 15-16

Peyton Davis, Unattached, 6112


Women’s Heptathlon 17-18

Nicole Stephens, High Voltage, 4821


Men’s Decathlon 17-18

Jonathan Ply, Unattached, 7111


Girls Triathlon 9-10

Cameron Chapman, Unattached, 1220


Boys Triathlon 9-10

Jeremiah Kelley, TGM Windsteppers, 726


Girls Outdoor Pentathlon 11-12

Alexandra Bonn, Westfield Area Y Flyers, 2804


Boys Outdoor Pentathlon 11-12 Division

Bryce Tucker, Willis/Camden PAL, 2432


Kyle Levermore

Communications Intern, USATF

kyle.levermore@usatf.org


Ashley Mitchell

Marketing & Communications Manager, USATF

ashley.mitchell@usatf.org




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