EUGENE - The opening day of USATF Junior Outdoor Championships began with the men’s and women’s 10,000m race walk and continued with a pair of high school sprinters who set new national records at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus Saturday.
Sixteen-year-old Kaylin Whitney’s (Clermont, Florida) 100m prelim preluded an exciting same day final as in heat one she set the fastest high school women’s time in the event with a wind legal 11.17 (+0.8). She did not disappoint in the final, setting the fifth fastest American Junior time in history, 11.10 (+0.9), and she is only a high school sophomore.
On the men’s side, Trentavis Friday (Gastonia, North Carolina) broke the national high school record in the 100 with a stunning 10.00 in the first heat of the men’s preliminaries, while World Junior record-holder Trayvon Bromell (St. Petersburg, Florida) of Baylor won heat two in 10.08. When the two went head to head in the final, Friday false started and was disqualified. Brommel took the title in 10.07 (+1.2).
Katherine Newhoff (Islip Terrace, New York), a member of Team USA at the World Race Walk Cup in May, made her destiny clear as she took an early lead in the women’s 10,000m race walk beginning in lap two. With 19 laps to go, she had already distanced herself from the field by more than 200 meters, maintaining a two-minute pace for her finish in 52:33.06. Newhoff’s finish set a personal best by more than six seconds and topped last year’s women’s mark of 54:18 by more than a minute.
Anthony Peters (Bartlett, Illinois) became the men’s 10,000m race walk champion with his finish in 48:19.
Junior thrower Hayley Showalter (Lakewood, Colorado), who was recently named to the U.S Youth Olympic Team, earned the women’s hammer title after saving her best for last. Showalter trailed Brooke Anderson (Vista, California), who threw 54.02m/177-3 on her second attempt and 56.26m/184-7 on her third. Anderson fouled the next two attempts as Showalter gained confidence and ultimately threw 57.51m/188-8 for first place and the title.
In the prelims of the men’s 400m hurdles, the third heat proved to be the fastest as Khallifah Rosser (Fontana, California) set the top time of the day, finishing in 51.12. Rosser quickly made his move on the second curve, picking up speed and establishing the lead down the back straightaway. Finishing second in that heat was Desmond Palmer (Pickerington, Ohio), who crossed the in 51.31.
2013 World Youth silver medalist Olivia Baker (South Orange, New Jersey) ran a strategic women’s 400m first heat as Shakima Wimbley took the lead on the back stretch and into the final curve. Baker remained within reach and surged in her final 100 to take the lead and the best finish in 52.96. The world’s fastest female junior in the event, Kendall Baisden (Austin, Texas), ran in heat two. Baisden glided from start to finish with a time of 53.74.
A resilient Kord Ferguson (Ottawa, Kansas) became the men’s discus national champion after overcoming a first attempt throw of 48.38m/158-9 to take the lead on attempt No. 3 with his winning toss of 61.28m/201-0.
Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina) won the women’s shot put, tossing 17.02m/55-10.25 for the third-farthest throw by a high schooler in history. Saunders owns the top three marks in high school history with a personal best of 17.27m/56-8.25 and 17.25m/56-7.5 rounding out her repertoire.
In long jump, Kenneth Fisher (East Point, Georgia) of Bethune Cookman set his best mark of the day with his second leap of 7.61m/24-11.75 (+1.7) before Travonn White (Laveen, Arizona) took the lead on his third attempt, jumping 7.89m/25-10.75. Despite fouls on his next two jumps, White became the eventual champion with a final jump of 8.04m/26-4.5.
World Junior pentathlon record holder Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) of the University of Georgia ran heat two of the women’s 100m hurdle prelims in 12.99, surpassing heat one victor and World Youth silver medalist Dior Hall’s 13.17 (+1.6), which was the sixth fastest time in high school history. Hall (Denver, Colorado) also owns the top national high school mark for 2014 and was a member of Team USA at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships.
Mary Cain (Bronxville, New York), who has competed at both the IAAF World Championships and the IAAF World Junior Championships, finished the women’s 3,000m final in 9:15.81 with a comfortable victory as Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa) crossed in 9:28.00 for second place.
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The USATF Junior Track & Field Championships continue Sunday at 2:15 p.m. PST with the women’s discus throw. The meet will be live-streamed on USATF.tv beginning at 2:45 p.m. PT/5:45 p.m. ET.