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National champions crowned on final day of USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships


LISLE, Illinois -- USA Track & Field future stars shined on the fifth and final day of competition at USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships at Benedictine University. In total, over 1300 athletes competed for national titles and USATF medals.


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In a near record-breaking performance, Dajour Miles of Aurora Flyers Track Club beasted through the girls’ 15-16 final 400m. Miles crossed the line in 55.62, just .51 shy of the 2001 national record in her age group. Zephyrs Track Club’s Jayla Campbell finished right on her heels in 55.89.


The relays began in the morning with 4x100m finals across all age groups. The men’s 17-18 boasted a particularly stacked field with five teams competing for the win. Zephyrs Track Club, Full Stride Track Club and Vipers Track Club all finished within less than a second of each other in a riveting race. Zephers locked in the winning time of 43.43, .13 ahead of second place.


In the 4x400m relay, it was the Pacific Coast Shockwaves that bested the girls’ 13-14 final in 4:05.22.


In the field events, Tretavious Knox assumed the boys’ 13-14 long jump lead on his first attempt and never let go, winning with a throw of 6.05m/19-10.25 (-0.5 m/s). Knox previously won the 200m preliminary heat and finished today’s final in third behind Daniel Harper Jr. and John Ruvo IV.


Mayson Conner won the 17-18 men’s high jump by clearing 2.00m/6-6.75, and Zachery Bradford took men’s pole vault with 5.00m/16-4.75.


Youth Outdoor Championships closed with the girls’ 9-10 shot put, where Coco Velasquez reigned throughout all six rounds for the final title of the meet. Velasquez shot ahead with her final throw of 7.51m/24-7.75.


Quick highlights


Allura Markow dominated the girls’ 11-12 final 3000m from the gun, finishing 10:50.60 to second place’s 11:09.02.   


In the hurdles, Bret Dannis edged out James Smith to win the men’s 17-18 110m hurdles in 14.73.


Katelynne Hart made winning look easy when she lapped the girls’ 15-16 1500m competition in 4:34.94.


800m runner Gustavo Orendain maintained an impressive lead throughout the boys’ 13-14 final despite a valiant challenge from Nicholas Kania. The gold and silver finishers ran 2:02.20 - 2:02.32.


Otis Tre Harrison clinched the boys’ 9-10 shot put title on his fourth attempt of 8.21m/26-11.25.


The next national youth event is USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, July 24-30, in Lawrence, Kansas. Click here for more info.


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