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Sean Burrell’s lightning speed leads to American youth 200m record


GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- The 2018 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships were jam packed with 14 championship finals over the course of nearly 14 hours of competition that saw two rain delays of 90 minutes and 60 minutes respectively. The highlight of the day, however, came after competition resumed from the second delay with qualifying heats of the 200m.

Sean Burrell (Greater King David Track Club) sped his way to an American youth record in the 15-16 age group clocking 20.90, finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Burrell took down Tyrese Cooper’s 2015 15-16 age group record of 20.98 and will enter Thursday’s semi-final round with the fastest qualifying time by more than one second. Burrell’s previous personal best was 21.27 from the 2018 Region 6 (Alabama, Southern, Tennessee) prelims.

In the boy’s triple jump, Christopher Preddie (Jump Corps), came close to a new national record in the 13-14 age group. Preddie leapt 13.37m/43-10.5 short of Marcus Krah’s 2011 national record setting jump of 13.43m/44-0.75. Zachariah Branch (Vegas Lightning Track) finished second with a jump of 13.24m/43-5.25.

Kiana Lowry (Track Houston Youth Track Club) took the lead of the girls 15-16 shot put in the first round with a 12.72m/41-8.75 throw and maintained the lead through the first five attempts. In the sixth round Christalee Kirby (USATF Southwestern) and McKenzie Salazar (Osprey Track Club) launched their way to first and second place with throws of 13.09m/42-11.5 and 13.08m/42-11, respectively.

In the women’s shot put, Kathleen Young (USATF Illinois) bested the field by nearly a meter in the women’s 17-18 division. Young took the lead on the first attempt and crossed the 15m barrier with her fifth round heave of 15.42m/50-0.

The 2018 USATF Hershey Junior Olympic Championships is USATF’s single largest event and will be broadcast live Thursday through Sunday, July 25. The broadcast will begin each day at 8:00am ET with the first scheduled running event. Click here for live coverage on USATF.TV+.

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USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Champions

Day 1

Hammer Throw

Boys Hammer, 15-16, Logan Coles (Ocean State Hammerheads), 58.35m/191-5

Women’s Hammer, 17-18, Monique Hardy (Forza Athletics), 50.89m/166-11

Men’s Hammer, 17-18, Jacob Furland (USATF New England), 63.27m/207-7


Girls Pentathlon, 13-14, DeShanae Norman (USATF Oregon), 3,163 pts.

Boys Pentathlon, 13-14, Gary Moore Jr. (Connecticut Hawks Track), 3,190 pts.


Women’s 2000m Steeplechase, 15-16, Kevriana Scott (Katy Express Track Club), 7:18.58

Men’s 2000m Steeplechase, 15-16, River Hill (Texas Titans Track) 6:19.64

Men’s 2000m Steeplechase, 17-18, Sadio Fenner (USATF Colorado) 6:13.48

Women’s 2000m Steeplechase, 17-18 Janette Schraft (USATF Iowa), 7:03.82

Race Walk

Girls 1500m race walk, 9-10, Noemi Chavez (Pacific Coast Shock Waves), 8:05.65

Boys 1500m race walk, 9-10, Prince Watkins (Pacific Coast Shock Waves), 8:38.09

Girls 1500m race walk, 11-12, Reese Gentry (Valley United Track Club), 7:22.51

Boys 1500m race walk, 11-12, Joel Mendoza (Pacific Coast Shock Waves), 8:31.15

Girls 3000m race walk, 13-14, Angelica Harris (Elgin Sharks Track), 16:09.44

Boys 3000m race walk, 13-14, Christopher Renn (New Jersey Striders), 16:29.28

Day 2


Boys Decathlon, 15-16, Arthur Katahdin (Mustang Track), 6,060 pts.

Men’s Decathlon, 17-18, Peyton Davis (USATF Missouri Valley), 6,918


Girls Heptathlon, 15-16, Alaina Brady (Tahoma Track Club), 4,694 pts.

Women’s Heptathlon, 17-18, Valerie Schmidt (USATF Pacific Northwest), 4,544 pts.


Girls Pentathlon, 11-12, Kayleigh Stargell (Full Throttle Elite), 2,971 pts.

Boys Pentathlon, 11-12, Neil Howard III (In A New York Minute), 2,453 pts.

Race Walk

Girls 3000m Race Walk, 15-16, Grace Endy (Westfield Area Y Flyers), 15:20.60

Women’s 3000m Race Walk, 17-18, Victoria Heiser-Whatley (Warriors Track Club), 15:40.67

Boys 3000m Race Walk, 15-16, Joseph Moran (Mission Valley Track & Field), 15:37.94

Men’s 3000m Race Walk, 17-18, Jordan Crawford (Legacy Athletics), 14:16.63


Girls 4x800m, 11-12, (Pacific Coast Shock Waves), 9:53.24

Girls 4x800m, 13-14, (Drive Phase Track Club), 9:41.36

Girls 4x800m, 15-16, (Menlo i Greyhounds Track), 9:23.89

Women’s 4x800m, 17-18, (Track Houston Youth Track), 9:27.86

Boys 4x800m, 11-12, (Drive Phase Track Club), 9:28.27

Boys 4x800m, 13-14, (Los Gatos) 8:30.60

Boys 4x800m, 15-16, (Track Houston Youth Track), 8:09.42

Men’s 4x800m, 17-18, (River Cities Track), 8:05.58


Girls Triathlon, 9-10, Ashlyn Hudson (Bull City Express), 1,212 pts.

Boys Triathlon, 9-10, Kenyon Andrews (South Central Athletic Association), 905 pts.


Girls Hammer, 15-16, Markayla Billings (Golden State Throwers), 51.13m/167-9

Day 3

Triple Jump

Boys Triple Jump, 13-14, Christopher Preddie (Jump Corps), 13.37m/43-10.5

Boys Triple Jump, 15-16, Elliot Barner (Youth Track and Field of Memphis), 14.37m/47-1.75

High Jump

Girls High Jump, 9-10, Sydney Harris (i5 Elite), 1.35m/4-5

Women’s High Jump, 17-18, Jelena Rowe (Nevada Gazzelles), 1.80m/5-10.75

Shot Put

Men’s Shot Put, 17-18, Tanner Duffin (Throw 1 Deep), 18.60m/61-0.25

Girls Shot Put, 15-16, Christalee Kirby (USATF Southwestern), 13.09m/42-11.5

Women’s Shot Put, 17-18, Kathleen Young (USATF Illinois), 15.24m/50-0


Boys Mini Javelin, 7-8, Daniel Frederick (Mainland Jaguars Track), 25.63m/84-1
Girls Aero Javelin, 11-12, Elle Heckenlively (Cornhusker Flyers), 33.71m/110-7

Boys Aero Javelin, 11-12, Maximus Mancilla (El Paso Wings Track Club), 39.43m/129-4

Pole Vault

Girls Pole Vault, 13-14, Brooklyn Marcee (Club Vaultitude), 3.25m/10-8

Boys Pole Vault, 13-14, Caleb Fuller (Vaulter Club), 3.85m/12-7.5


Boys Discus, 15-16, Tyler Brown (Lincoln Youth Track), 48.65m/159-7

Long Jump

Girls Long Jump, 15-16, Hannah Ganashamoorthy (Speed Unlimited), 5.92m/19-5.25

Men’s Long Jump, 17-18, Jayhlen Washington (Cape Fear Flyers), 7.29m/23-11


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