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Nerud, Winkler repeat as USA Junior Champions

DES MOINES, Iowa - Brianna Nerud repeated as the women’s junior 3,000m steeplechase, and Rudy Winkler won his second title as well on the third day of competition at the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

For the second year in a row, American Junior record holder Brianna Nerud (North Shore, N.Y.) of Syracuse ran away from the women’s 3000m steeplechase field to win in 10:15.67, four seconds better than Bethany Neeley (Greentown, Ind.), who finished at 10:19.83.

The nation’s dominant high school hammer thrower over the past two seasons, Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, N.Y.) won by almost 20 feet to defend the title he won last year in Bloomington. Winkler, who was 11th at the World Juniors last year, had a third-round 74.80m/245-5 toss and followed up with a 73.69m/241-9 in the next round. Alex Young (LaVergne, Tenn.) of Gardner-Webb was second at 69.14m/226-10.

Sporting the most appropriate name of the Championships, California community college champion Just’n Thymes (Chandler, Ariz.) of Riverside CC ran away from the field in the men’s 200m, riding a 4.0 aiding wind to a 20.61 that topped Golden State prep champ Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) by .36 seconds.

In the women’s 200m, Colorado high school triple state sprint champ Ana Holland of Aurora’s Regis Jesuit ran her fastest time ever, clocking 23.04 with a 3.0 assisting wind. Illinois freshman Morolake Akinosun (Aurora, Ill.), the 100m winner on Thursday, was second at 23.18.

2011 World Youth bronze medalist Justin Fondren (Oxford, Miss.), the SEC silver medalist for Alabama, cleared 2.18m/7-1.75 to win the men’s high jump ahead of Minnesota basketballer Wally Ellenson (Rice Lake, Minn.). Ellenson, the NCAA eighth-placer, cleared 2.15m/7-0.5.

Megan Glasmann (Park City, Utah) uncorked a big PR 50.78m/166-7 on her first attempt in the women’s javelin to capture gold, moving up from her fifth-place finish in 2012. Glasmann had two other throws over 50 meters as she finished almost 10 feet ahead of Big Sky Conference fourth-placer Bailey Bars (Grants Pass, Ore.) of Idaho State, who was second at 47.75m/156-8.

Big 12 runner-up Olicia Williams (New York, N.Y.) of Baylor held off a fast-closing Claudia Saunders (Cincinnati, Ohio) of Stanford and Indiana high schooler Brittany Neeley (Greentown, Ind.) to win the women’s 800 in 2:06.35. Saunders was second at 2:06.46, while Neeley, whose sister Bethany was second in the steeplechase earlier, finished third at 2:06.68. The men’s 800m title was also decided in a mad rush at the line, with Texas Tech’s Nicholas Rivera nabbing the gold at 1:49.55. Marcus Dickson of BYU took second at 1:49.63, .04 ahead of UCLA’s Nick Hartle.

The final race of the day saw Purdue’s Matt McClintock (Athens, Maine) take top honors in the men’s 10,000m at 31:14.31, comfortably ahead of Syracuse’s Daniel Lennon (Peru, N.Y.), who was second at 31:35.89. McClintock was 20th at the World Cross Country Championships for Team USA  in March, the first non-African runner across the line.

Conference USA champion Alexis Faulknor (Los Angeles, Calif.) of UCF spanned 5.96m/19-6.75 on her second effort to win the women’s long jump over North Carolina State’s Alexis Perry (Durham, N.C.), who jumped 5.89m/19-4. Faulknor’s father, Chris, was a 1988 Olympian for Jamaica, running the 4x100.

Texas high school champion Andre Jefferson (Tyler) was a foot better than the runner-up in the men’s long jump with his 7.36m/24-1.75 in the final round. Duke’s Megan Clark (Fort Benning, Ga.) matched her lifetime best to win the women’s pole vault, clearing 4.15m/13-7.25, four inches higher than silver medalist Bonnie Draxler (Wrightstown, Wisc.).

With 50 hours of webcasting coverage and nine hours of national television coverage, 2013 marks USATF’s most aggressive national media distribution of a national championship to date. Television coverage starts on Friday, June 21 from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2. View the complete webcast and broadcast schedule here.

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