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Team USATF dominates 2019 NACAC U23 Championships with 56 medals


QUERETARO, Mexico – Team USATF dominated the 2019 NACAC U23 Championships July 5-7 in Queretaro, Mexico. The team won 56 medals, including 26 gold by the completion of the competition.


The first gold of the championships came Friday night in the women’s 5000m. Air Force Academy’s Jaci Smith (Edmond, Oklahoma) pulled away from the competition with seven laps remaining to win in 16:51.41. Following in second was Georgia junior, Jessica Drop (Durham, Connecticut) running 17:33.81.


LSU’s Tonea Marshall (Arlington, Texas) broke the first meet record for Team USATF in the women’s 100m hurdles final. Marshall ran 12.57 to win, breaking Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s record of 12.78. USC’s Chanel Brissett (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) also ran faster than the old record with a time of 12.73 for second-place.


In the men’s shot put, Jordan Geist (Saxonburg, Pennsylvania) broke the 13-year-old meet record set by Team USATF’s Garret Johnson. The Arizona Wildcat was in a league of him own with the winning throw of 20.81m/68-3.75 along with the top five throws of the entire competition.


Sam Houston State’s Clayton Fritsch (Sealy, Texas) and Kansas freshman Zachary Bradford (Bloomington, Illinois) went 1-2 in the men’s pole vault. Fritsch and Bradford jumped over the meet record of 5.56m/18-2.75, set by Team USATF’s Jordan Scott in 2010. The Sam Houston State sophomore had fewer misses throughout the series to win with 5.60m/18-4.5. Bradford placed second with the same clearance.


In the women’s discus, Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga (Spring Valley, California) placed second behind Jamaica’s Shanice Love. On the junior’s final throw, she surpassed the old meet record of 57.20m/187-8 with a mark of 59.37m/194-9.


Texas’ Teahna Daniels (Orlando, Florida) took home the win in the women’s 100m with 11.03. Daniels recently placed third in the event at the Prefontaine Classic. Behind the Texas senior was fellow Florida native and USC sophomore, Twanisha Terry (Miami, Florida) in 11.08. Terry also anchored Team USATF’s women’s 4x100m to gold, they ran 42.97 just missing the record of 42.93 set by Team USATF in 2016.


The reigning NCAA Champion, Anglerne Annelus (Grandview, Missouri) won the women’s 200m. She ran 22.84 in chase of Kimberlyn Duncan’s meet record of 22.72.


Georgia’s Keenon Laine (Versailles, Kentucky) and USC’s Earnest Sears (Palmdale, California) were a clearance away from obtaining the meet record of 2.28m/7-5.75. Laine and Sears cleared 2.25m/7-4.5, but the Georgia senior had fewer misses to claim the title.


Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, New Jersey) placed in two different throwing events. She started off her competition winning the hammer throw with 63.95m/209-9. The UCLA Bruin followed up that performance with a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 16.73m/54-10.75.


In the men’s 400m hurdles Quincy Hall (Kansas City, Missouri) won against a strong field. The South Carolina junior ran 49.77 to pull away from Texas Tech’s Norman Grimes (Amarillo, Texas). Grimes finished in a close second with 50.07.


Team USATF was dominant in women’s and men’s 800m. UNLV sophomore, Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete (Oakland, California) ran 2:05.7 to claim the women’s title. Devin Dixon of Texas A&M (McDonough, Georgia) lead from start to finish with a time of 1:47.69, and Isaiah Jewett (Los Angeles, California) finished in second running 1:49.43.


Alina McDonald (Pacolet, South Carolina) won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.30m/14-1.25. Michigan State sophomore, Sophia Franklin placed second with 3.90m/12-9.5.


The Texas teammates led the field in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Alex Rogers (New Braunfels, Texas) and John Rice (Brooklyn, New York) claimed the top two spots in the event. Rogers made a move with four laps to win in 9:10.55, Rice followed in 9:16.29.


Full 2019 NACAC U23 Championships results can be found here.



GOLD (27):

100m: Teahna Daniels

100mH: Tonea Marshall

200m: Anglerne Annelus

400m: Trevor Stewart

400mH: Anna Cockrell, Quincy Hall

800m: Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete, Devin Dixon

1500m: Cade Bethman

3000m Steeplechase: Hannah Steelman, Alex Rogers

5000m: Jaci Smith

10000m: Kathryn Munks, Matt Young

High Jump: Nicole Green, Keenon Laine

Pole Vault: Alina McDonald, Clayton Fritsch

Long Jump: Aliyah Whisby

Triple Jump: Isaiah Griffith

Shot Put: Samantha Noennig, Jordan Geist

Hammer Throw: Alyssa Wilson, Robert Colantonio

Javelin: Kylee Carter

Women’s 4x100m: Brianna Duncan, Rebekah Smith, Anglerne Annelus, Twanisha Terry

Men’s 4x100m: Justin Hall, Marcus Parker, Darrell Singleton, Ja’Mari Ward


SILVER (23):

100m: Twanisha Terry

100mH: Chanel Brissett

400m: Will London

400mH: Norman Grimes

800m: Nia Akins, Isaiah Jewett

1500m: Katie Rainsberger

3000m Steeplechase: Gabrielle Jennings, John Rice

5000m: Jessica Drop

10000m: Elizabeth Funderburk

5000m Racewalk: Amberly Melendez

High Jump: Earnest Sears

Pole Vault: Sophia Franklin, Zachary Bradford

Long Jump: Jasmyn Steels

Triple Jump: Armani Wallace

Shot Put: Alyssa Wilson

Hammer Throw: Kieran McKeag

Discus: Laulauga Tausaga, Iffy Joyner

Javelin: Jenna Gray

Mixed 4x400m: Norman Grimes, Chloe Abbott, Hannah Waller, Marcus Parker



110mH: Dashaun Jackson

200m: Micaiah Harris

400m: Chloe Abbott

400mH: Brittley Humphrey

1500m: Alexis Fuller

High Jump: Erinn Beattie

Denise Spann

USATF Communications Intern

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