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Taylor Ewert, Alyssa Wilson make history at USATF Junior Championships


Taylor Ewert, Alyssa Wilson make history at USATF Junior Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- The final day of the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Hayes Track on the campus of Indiana University featured Taylor Ewert’s impressive 10,000m race walk performance and Alyssa Wilson’s spinning into a triple-threat in the throws.

High school junior, Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, OH/Southwest Ohio TC) took down the high school and two-year-old American junior record (pending) in the 10,000m race walk clocking a time of 49:07.52. The high school junior won the 2,000m steeple in Greensboro, N.C.  on Saturday, then drove nine hours with her family, arriving at Hayes Track on Sunday in time to toe the line at 8:30 a.m. and win gold, finishing more than five minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, NJ/) made history winning the shot put with a 16.80m/55-1.5 toss. She became the first junior woman to qualify for Team USA in three throwing events after finishing second in discus on Friday and winning the hammer throw on Saturday. Although Wilson has competed for Team USA twice in the shot put, this will be her first time competing in the discus and hammer throw.

Anna Hall (Greenwood Village, CO/FK Elite) ended the final day of the heptathlon victorious with a score of 5,660 points. She finished the day improving upon her impressive first-day performance with two more wins to secure the USATF junior title. In the first event of the day, she won the long jump with a leap of 5.68m/18-7.75. To conclude the heptathlon competition, Hall ran patiently behind Sterling Lester (Kennesaw, GA/Marietta Track Club) until a final kick in the last 200 to win the 800m and secure gold. Hall’s performance was the best by a high schooler and the second best American junior performance of all time. Lester finished the day in second with a huge personal best total of 5,523 points, improving on her previous best by 253 points.

Virginia Tech University’s Rachel Baxter (Orange, CA/USATF Southern California) defended her national junior title in the women’s pole vault as the only competitor to clear 4.42m/14-6 during the competition. The Hokie freshman bettered her personal record for the first time since she competed at the 2017 U20 Pan American games in Trujillo, Peru and moved into the third all-time position in the women’s pole vault.

In the women’s triple jump, Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/North Texas Cheetahs Track Club) returned after a second place finish in the long jump on Saturday to win her first USATF junior title with a leap of 13.21m/43-4.25 on her first approach. Lexi Ellis (University Place, WA/Flying AJS Track Club) landed in second place with a jump of 13.08m/42-11 on her fourth attempt.

Gabriel Oladipo (Missouri City, TX/USATF Gulf) qualified for his third U.S team in a span of four years after winning the men’s discus throw with a toss of 61.15m/200-7. The throw marks a personal best distance for him with a 1.75kg implement. University of Washington’s Elijah Mason (Casa Grande, AZ/USATF Arizona) achieved his second place mark of 60.78m/199-5 on his first throw of the day.

JuVaughn Blake (Huntsville, AL/USATF Southern) was the only men’s high jumper to clear seven feet with a clearance of 2.20m/7-2.5. The LSU freshman came off of a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships last weekend to take home a gold medal this weekend. Connecticut's Daniel Claxton (Nesconset, NY/USATF Long Island) cleared 2.13m/6-11.75 to take home a silver medal.

University of Florida’s Taylor Manson (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) beat out top-seeded Symone Mason (Miami, FL/USATF South Dade Express Track Club) of the University of Miami (FL) to win the 400m. Manson finished with a personal best time of 51.74. She was an NCAA East Regional qualifier and competed in the distance at the NCAA National Championship.    

Top-seeded Howard Fields III (Manvel TX, USATF Gulf) of Baylor University claimed the USATF junior title in the men’s 400m. Fields crossed the line in 45.50 and was followed by University of Arizona’s Umajesty Williams (Scottsdale, AZ/USATF Arizona), who ran a personal best and took silver with a time of 45.96.

Villanova University’s Rachel McArthur (Bristow, VA/USATF Virginia) battled Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, FL/USATF Florida) to the 1500m line and came out victorious after a furious dash in the final 20 meters to get the separation she needed. McArthur and Collier finished with times of 4:25.70 and 4:26.03, respectively. On Saturday, Collier finished second in the 800m in 2:01.66.

The men’s 1500m ended in an all out sprint with the top three finishers separated by a quarter of a second. University of Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse (Louisville, KY/USATF Kentucky) prevailed after leading the field for most of the race. Oregon’s Cooper Teare (Alameda CA, Castro Valley Track Club) clawed back for second, edging out third place by just a lean. Nuguse clocked 3:49.65, Teare finished in 3:49.88 and in third place was Patrick Parker (Cedar Hills, UT/USATF Utah) crossing the line in 3:49.90.

University of Oregon freshman Lauren Rain Williams (Lakewood, CA/West Coast Speed Track Club) won the 200m convincingly in 22.84 for the USATF Junior national title. Florida State University’s Jayla Kirkland (Birmingham, AL/USATF Alabama) slid into second in the last five meters to finish with a time of 22.91.

Ohio State’s Eric Harrison (Washington, D.C./Team Accelerate Maryland) won the 200m comfortably with a time of 20.44 after taking silver in the 100m dash on Friday. Khance Meyers (Grand Rapids, MI/USATF Michigan) sprinted his way to second as he clocked a personal best time of 20.62.

Arizona State University’s Jackson Lewis (Waukee, IA/USATF Iowa) won the men’s steeplechase handily in 9:20.95 to take home the gold medal. Clayton Duchatschek (Washington, MO/USATF Ozark) crossed the line second with a time of 9:27.52.

Iowa State University’s Cailie Logue (Erie, KS/USATF Missouri Valley) won her second USATF junior distance title as she doubled up winning the women’s 3,000m gold medal with a personal best time of 9:34.72 on Sunday after winning the 5,000m on Saturday night in 16:15.47. London Culbreath (McKinney, TX/USATF Southwestern) ran a massive personal best time of 9:36.77 to earn silver after Logue in the 3,000m.

In the men’s 10,000m race walk, Giovanni Cisneros (Elgin, IL/Elgin Sharks Track) walked across the finish line for the first win of the day with a time of 53:50.24. Eduardo Uria (McAllen, TX/South Texas Walking Club) crossed soon after with a time of 54:16.37 to take second.

Click here for full results. On-demand video of the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships will be available on USATF.TV+.

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