HUMBLE, Texas -- Records were broken in multiple events and age groups and with fast times, far leaps, and massive throws, athletes of all ages showed off their athletic prowess at Day 3 of the USATF National Junior Olympics on Wednesday, July 23, at Turner Stadium on the campus of Humble High School.
There was some serious speed on the track today, with prelims of the 800 and 200m along with the 400m hurdles and 200m hurdles taking center stage. In the 11-12 boys 800m, Brandon Miller (O’Fallon, Missouri) of Ultimate Speed Academy blew away the competition with a scorching 2:06.86, breaking the national Junior Olympics record of 2:07.21 and just missing the Junior Olympics meet record of 2:06.51.
In the 9-10 boys 200m, Dorian Friend (Houston, Texas) of Northside Striders Aldine Youth Track Club broke the Junior Olympics and meet record of 25.83 with his just wind-legal (2.0) 25.77.
One of the last events of the day saw one of the most dominating performances. The 11-12 boys 4x800m relay team of Alex Mainvielle, (Torrance, California) Devin Kirkwood-Lanier, (Inglewood, California) Erick Steward (Carson, California) and PJ Jefferson (Los Angeles, California) from Pacific Coast Shockwave demolished the National, (9:14.00) and Junior Olympic (9:19.93) meet records, along with the field, with their impressive 9:06.50 in heat two of the finals to take home the title.
The field events all produced record-breaking performances and intense competition. Dylan Carter (Maryville, Tennessee) launched a massive throw of 16.42m/53-10.5 on his fifth attempt to break the Junior Olympics and meet record of 16.36m/53-8.25 set by Elijah Zoucha in 2010 in the 11-12 boys shot put. Carter led from start to finish, out throwing runner-up Trey Knight (Ridgefield, Washington) of Evergreen Storm Track Club by almost six feet, and was the only competitor to throw over 15m/49-2.5 .
In the 15-16 boys hammer throw, Robert Colantonio (Barrington, Rhode Island) threw a 65.56m/215-1 moonshot on his fifth attempt to break the Junior Olympic meet record of 63.73m/209-1 set by Bradley Bolton in 2008.
In the 17-18 men’s 200m prelims, Ryan Clark (College Park, Georgia) of Star Track TC was the only competitor to finish under 21 seconds, crossing in 20.87 and just .37 off the National and Junior Olympic meet record.
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