HUMBLE, Texas -- The intense competitions on the track could only be matched by the sweltering temperatures in the Lone Star State on Day Two of the USATF National Junior Olympics at Turner Stadium on the campus of Humble High School, Tuesday, July 22.
In the 17-18 women’s 3,000m race walk, 17-year-old Australian native Ashleigh Resch (Beavercreek, Ohio) of Miami Valley Track Club broke the Junior Olympics meet record of 14:49.26 as she dominated the field with a 14:30.60, almost 45 seconds ahead of runner-up Katie Michta (Nesconset, New York) of Walk USA, who walked 15:15.57. She was within 10 seconds of the American record set by Houston native Lisa Chumbley (14:20.80) in 1993.
The 15-16 girls 3,000mRW was a three-way battle for the top spot between Caitlin Palacio, (San Jose, California) Melissa Endy, (Westfield, New Jersey) of Westfield Area Y Flyers and Nayeli Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois) of Elgin Sharks Track Club. The trio traded spots for most of the race before Palacio took the lead for good with three laps to go, crossing in 16:15.93, more than 30 seconds ahead of runner up Endy (16:41.55). Cisneros finished third with a 16:51.80.
Cameron Haught (Enon, Ohio) of Miami Valley Track Club was the only competitor to finish under 14 minutes in the 15-16 boys 3,000mRW, crossing in 13:28.62.
The multi events saw intense competition as well. In the women’s 17-18 heptathlon, Ashtin Zamzow (Goliad, Texas) overcame a 132 point lead by Day One leader Lyndsey Lopes (Clovis, California) of Valley Vipers to take home the title, finishing with 4,883 points. Lopes out-jumped Zamzow in the long jump, 4.83m/15-10.25 to 4.78m/15-8.25 to increase her lead to 146 points, but Zamzow won the javelin with a massive 46.35m/152-0 toss, almost 53 better than Lopes. Even with Lopes finishing first in the 800m (2:27.07), it wasn’t enough to make up the 158 points Zamzow had on her. She finished second with 4,773 points.
In the boys 11-12 pentathlon, Sean Burrell (Slaughter, Louisiana) of Feliciana Heat Track Club battled Stacy Brown (Killeen, Texas) all day with only 41 points separating them at the end of the day before Burrell triumphed with 2,553 points to Brown’s 2,512. Burrell finished first in the 80m hurdles (12.94), long jump (4.88m/16-0.25) and finished second in the 1500m (4:46.16). Brown countered with a second place finish in the long jump (4.78m/15-8.25), and third place finishes in the 80m hurdles (13.36), high jump (1.45m/4-9), and 1500m (5:03.14).
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