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Okolo rockets onto all-time junior top 10 on day four of Junior Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Courtney Okolo sprinted into the top ten of the U.S. junior 400 list Saturday on the fourth day of competition at the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

Moving up three places from her finish at the NCAA Championships, Okolo (Carrollton, Texas) of Texas became the eighth-fastest performer in U.S. junior history with her convincing 51.04 win in the 400 meters. Okolo, last year’s Texas prep champion, won by almost a second over Michigan high schooler Kendall Baisden (Beverly Hills, Mich.), who took second at 52.03. Washington state 3A winner Marcus Chambers (Tacoma, Wash.) outleaned Illinois’ Juan Green (Miami, Fla.) to take a .09 victory in 46.55.

A spirited three-way battle over the final 100m saw Stanford’s Justin Brinkley (Kingwood, Texas) win the men’s 1500m in 3:46.64. Brinkley eased past Samuel Prakel (Versailles, Ohio) with 50m to go and Craig Engels (Pfafftown, N.C.) of North Carolina State sneaked in for second at 3:46.77 as Prakel took third at 3:46.93. Villanova’s Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) made a decisive move early in the final circuit to run away with the women’s 1500m in 4:25.45 ahead of BYU’s Rachel Stewart (Great Falls, Mont.), the runner-up at 4:28.92.

Collegians took the top spots in the 400m hurdles, with Harvard’s Autumne Franklin (Owings Mill, Md.) winning the women’s title at 57.10 and Mississippi State’s Scottie Hearns (Meridian, Miss.) grabbing the men’s gold at 51.01.

Setting a lifetime best of 69.08m/226-8, William & Mary’s Bobby Smutsky (Dillsburg, Pa.) speared the gold in the men’s javelin, winning by more than 10 feet over Rob Entwistle (Northborough, S.C.) of Coastal Carolina. Minnesota high school double throws champ Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minn.) upped her PR to win the women’s discus with a throw of 54.71m/179-6. Kentucky’s Becky Famurewa (Brecksville, Ohio) was the silver medalist at 52.39m/171-10.

Less than two seconds separated the top two finishers in the men’s 10,000m walk, with Nathaniel Roberts (Salem, Ore.) of the Bowerman AC winning at 52:06.97. Alex Peters (Bartlett, Ill.) of the Elgin Sharks TC placed second at 52:08.62

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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