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Top Juniors set sights on Championships in Des Moines

DES MOINES - The nation’s top junior athletes will face off at the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this Wednesday through Sunday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Iowa.

USATF.TV debuts on Wednesday, June 19 with live coverage from 1 p.m.-7:20 p.m. ET and includes complete coverage of the Junior heptathlon and decathlon competition. USATF.TV will be your continued destination for live competition coverage throughout the week. View the complete webcast and broadcast schedule here.

The Junior Championships feature athletes who will be between 16 and 19 years old at the end of the year. The meet serves as the selection for the Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia in August.

Junior Women

Texas A&M’s Jennifer Madu (Plano, Texas) is one of the top contenders in the women’s 100m and triple jump. Madu enters the meet with a time of 11.31 in the 100m and a mark of 13.04m/42-9.5 in the triple jump. Madu is the 2011 100m World Youth champion and ran on the winning World Junior 4x100m relay team. Madu’s top competition includes in-state rival Brianna Richardson of Baylor in the triple jump (13.04m/42-6) and Colorado high school state champion Marybeth Sant of Parker, Colo. in the 100m (11.25).

The Texas talent continues in the 400m, as the University of Texas’ Courtney Okolo (Carrollton, Texas) is the top entrant in the event. Okolo recently snagged a top-four finish at the NCAA Division I Championships, and with a time of 51.96, she is the only athlete to enter under the 52-second mark.

Brianna Nerud (Old Brookville, N.Y.) has long been a standout in the youth and junior women’s steeplechase, and looks to be a favorite this weekend. The now-Syracuse freshman set the Junior American record of 10:00.72 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2012 World Junior Championships where she placed fifth.

Magdalyn Ewen (Saint Francis, Minn.) is one of the top entrants in the shot put and discus. The five-time Minnesota state champion enters the meet with a mark of 16.48m/54-1 in the shot and 53.56m/175-9 in the discus. In the discus, Ewen will face the University of Kentucky’s Rebecca Famurewa (Brecksville, Ohio) who enters the meet with the top mark of 57.09m/187-4. Famurewa finished 12th at the USA Junior Championships in 2012, but she has improved her personal best by nearly 10 meters in the past year.

American junior record holder Kendall Williams (Kennesaw, Ga.) will be hard to beat in the heptathlon as she is entered with a score of 5,578 points, more than 360 points beyond her closest competitor.

Junior Men
The men’s 100m dash will be a showdown of the nation’s top junior athletes. Cameron Burrell (Missouri City, Texas) and Trayvon Bromell (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) are two of the top entrants with times of 10.36 and 10.27 respectively. Others to watch include Tevin Hester (Clemson, S.C.), who is entered in 10.21 and Kendal Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) who enters with a mark of 10.28.

Brandon Lombardino (Round Lake, Ill.) and Codie Hamsley (Georgetown, Ind.) are both entered in the discus with marks over 200 feet. Lombardino recently won the Illinois Class 3A state championships in the discus and placed third in the shot put. Hamsley took the neighboring state title as he won the first individual title for his school since 1996 at the Indiana state championships.

Daven Murphree (Winnsboro, Texas) is the top entrant in men’s pole vault with a mark of 5.39m/17-8.50. Murphree recently claimed his third consecutive Texas 2A state championship. Dylan Duvio (Kenner, La.) is not far behind, as he entered the meet with a mark of 5.27m/17-3.5.

In the throws, Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, N.Y.) looks to dominate in the men’s hammer as he is entered with a mark nearly 10 meters farther than his nearest competitor. Winkler finished fifth at both the 2011 World Youth Championships and the 2012 World Junior Championships.

For more information on the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including full start lists and live results, visit Tickets are available at or at the Drake Stadium Box Office.

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