Three more national records fall at Junior Olympics
BALTIMORE, Md. - Spectators witnessed an additional three national records at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships Friday as competition continued at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University. The trio of records bring the total to eight for the Championships.
Midget Boy’s high jumper Sean Lee (USA High Jump Club) set the bar high for today’s competition when he broke a 33-year-old record set by David Mosley in 1979. Lee’s jump of 1.76m/5-9.25 was just enough to break Mosley’s record of 1.75m/5-9. Lee also took home the USA Youth Outdoor high jump championship earlier this summer.
The momentum continued over to the Sub-Bantam Girls shot put where Kimora Daniel (Peak Performance) smashed the national record of 6.69m/21-11.5 set by Bonee Harden at last year’s Junior Olympics. Daniel’s throw of 7.34m/24-01 was well over Harden’s record and was almost three feet ahead of her nearest competitor.
The third national record was broken in the Sub-Bantam Girls 4x400m relay. The Los Angeles Jets Track Club made up of Eleya Brown, Kyli Dixon, Sydney Holden and Lucea Wright ran a time of 4:58.22 to break Track Houston’s record of 5:05 set in 2011. As the 4x400m relay was only in the preliminary stage, the Los Angeles Jets will look to break their record again and take home the national championship in the finals.
Winners from today’s events include:
Intermediate Boys 3,000m: Cerake Geberhidane (8:51.63)
Young Men 3,000m: Brian Barraza (8:56.32)
Youth Boys Long Jump: Denzel Harper (6.45m/21-02.00)
Young Men Triple Jump: Felix Obi (15.15m/49-08.50)
Midget Boys High Jump: Sean Lee (1.76mN/5-09.25)
Midget Girls Shot Put: Alexis Clark (11.81m/38-09.00)
Bantam Girls Javelin: Khaleyma McCall (27.55m/90-05)
Youth Girls Javelin: Tairyn Montgomery (46.10m/151-03)
Young Women Pole Vault: Sarah Bell (4.05m/13-03.50)
Sub-Bantam Girls Shot Put: Kimora Daniel (7.34mN/24-01.00)
Midget Boys Shot Put: Connor Newman (12.42m/40-09.00)
Intermediate Girls High Jump: Megan McCloskey (1.70m/5-07.00)
Bantam Boys Javelin: Teagun Glenn (39.46m/129-05)
Youth Boys Javelin: Ethan Tonder (47.18m/154-09)
Youth Girls Long Jump: Naiah Boardingham (5.61m/18-05.00)
Young Women Triple Jump: Nataliyah Friar (12.44m/40-09.75)
Competition will resume Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. (Eastern) with the Intermediate Boys 400m hurdles.