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Records, relays highlight Friday at USATF National Junior Olympic Championships

7/31/2015
 
JACKSONVILLE -- Record performances continued Friday as another national record was set to start Day Five action Friday at the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships, held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of University of North Florida.
 
Brandon Marquez (Orlando, Florida) started the day off with a national record in the men’s 17-18 3,000m, which also stands as a new meet record. Marquez cruised to victory in 8:40.30, breaking Jacob Smith’s previous JO meet and national record of 8:41.25, set in 2011. See Brandon’s record-setting race on USATF.TV.
 
The other 3,000m final Friday went down to the final stretch to decide a winner. Michal Swepson (Durham, North Carolina) was able to edge out Morgan Risch (Tucson, Arizona) to be crowned the 15-16 boys’ champion. Swepson finished in 9:07.41 with Risch on his heels to cross in 9:08.51.
 
A duo in the 15-16 girls’ 100mH posted national record times in separate semifinals. Cortney Jones (Atlanta, Georgia) bested the previous record in 13.67 in the second semifinal, only to see Tia Jones (Marietta, Georgia) break that time in the next semifinal, crossing in 13.45. The previous national record was set at the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in 2012 by Quenee Dale (13.80).
 
Tarrianna Jackson (East Point, Georgia) bolted to a 14.14 time in the 7-8 girls’ 100m to break another meet-record time on Friday afternoon.
 
400m preliminaries occupied the remainder of the morning on the track including a great 48.14 performance from Tyrese Cooper (Miami, Florida) to put him into title contention for the 15-16 boys’ division this weekend. Cooper set the record in the boys’ 15-16 200m (20.98) earlier in the week.
 
Quincey Wilson (Atlanta, Georgia) had the best overall 400m time at 47.70 in the men’s 17-18 division. Ryan Champlin (Arlington, Virginia) and Kenneth Chigbue (Bowie, Maryland) had the next best performances in 48.08 and 48.25, respectively.
 
Tyler Mapson (Union City, Georgia) had the top time from the 11-12 boys’ division finishing in 55.57. Christian Ruffin (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Cody Brown (Durham, North Carolina) advanced with the top overall times behind Mapson, finishing in 56.08 and 56.45.
 
Brooke Jaworski (Athens, Wisconsin) finished in 55.25, the best overall time, in a tight group of qualifiers at the top in the 13-14 girls’ division. JaEra Griffin (Glenn Heights, Texas) finished one hundredth off the top qualifying time in 55.26, with Nicole Payne (Birmingham, Alabama) and Jatana Folston (Miami, Florida) posting the third and fourth best qualifying times in 56.30 and 56.60, respectively.
 
Andrianna Jacobs (Rochester, Minnesota) reached 4.15m/13-7.25 in the 17-18 women’s pole vault to take home the title. Alina McDonald (Pacolet, South Carolina), Becky Arbiv (Atlanta, Georgia) and Kimberly Rushford (Deridder, Louisiana) all cleared 3.70m/12-1.50, but McDonald and Arbiv won a jump-off to tie for second with the fewest misses of the trio.
 
The women’s 17-18 triple jump title went to Kennedy Jones (Castro Valley, California) after her best jump of 12.26m/40-2.75. Alexandria Madlock (Ft. Hood, Texas) and Asa Garcia (Texas City, Texas) posted leaps of 12.22m/40-1.25 and 12.00m/39-4.50, respectively.
 
Click here for full results from the first two days of the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
 
The USATF National Junior Olympic Championships can be seen live on USATF.TV. Action concludes Sunday, August 2. Click here for more information regarding the rest of the weekend.
 
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Ryan Stevens
Communications Intern
Ryan.Stevens@usatf.org


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