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Top juniors to take center stage at 2018 USATF Junior Championships


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex is set to host the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, June 15-17. Featuring the nation’s top junior athletes competing for a spot on Team USATF, the championships serve as the selection meet for the IAAF World U20 Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, July 10-15.

Nearly 500 collegiate and high school track and field stars, ages 14-19, are registered to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Fans can watch the action live daily on USATF.TV+.

Friday, June 15 will mark the opening day of USATF Juniors, beginning with the men’s decathlon 100 meters, long jump and shot put followed by finals in the men’s hammer and women’s javelin.

In the first final of the championships, fraternal twins Michael and Steven Feldman (Staten Island, New York /USATF New York) from the University of Pennsylvania will enter the ring with the two best marks in the field. Michael leads with a qualifying mark of 70.40m/230-11.65, followed by Steven at 68.24m/223-10.62. The next best qualifying mark is 65.16m/213-9.36 held by William & Mary University’s Jason Wright (Huntington Station, New York/USATF Long Island).

Duke University’s Jacob Sobota (Knoxville, Tennessee/USATF Tennessee) will compete as the top seed in the decathlon. The Duke freshman placed fourth with 6825 points at the ACC Championships in May.

Lee’s Summit High School’s KC Lightfoot (Lees Summit, Missouri/USATF Missouri Valley) and Bloomington High School’s Zachery Bradford (Bloomington, Illinois/USATF Illinois) will face off in the men’s pole vault Friday at 4:15pm ET. They are the only two vaulters in the competition seeded over 18 feet. Lightfoot, the Baylor University commit, has the best seed of the meet with a mark of 5.61m/18-4.87 while Bradford, committed to Kansas, is seeded second with 5.49m/18-0.15.

The sprinting action gets started with the men and women’s 100m qualification and final on Friday. USC freshman Twanisha Terry’s (Miami, Florida/Metro-Dade Track Club) time of 10.99 is the best in the world from a U20 athlete. Terry is just coming off of a bronze medal finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She will be challenged by second and third seeds Tamara Clark (Tuscaloosa, Alabama/USATF Alabama) of the University of Alabama and the University of Oregon’s Lauren Rain Williams (Lakewood, California/West Coast Speed Track Club).

In the men’s 100m, high schooler Anthony Schwartz (Miami, Florida/Teon Elite Track Club) is the top overall qualifier with a 10.09 and has also clocked a 20.47 as the second fastest qualifier in the 200m. Ohio State University’s Eric Harrison Jr. (Washington, D.C./Team Accelerate Maryland) and Khance Meyers (Grand Rapids, Michigan/Maximum Output T/C) of Hinds Community College are both scheduled to duel with Schwartz in the 100m and 200m. Harrison enters the 200 meters as the top seed with a time of 20.39.

Friday’s competition will conclude with the men’s 5,000m final with the University of Oregon’s Cooper Teare (Alameda, California/Castro Valley Track Club) entered with one of the top-10 all-time marks on the US Junior list at 13:46.46.

USC’s Chanel Brissett (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/USATF Mid-Atlantic) and Cortney Jones (Conyers, Georgia/USATF Georgia) of Florida State will go head to head on day two in the 100 meter hurdles. Brissett is seeded first with a time of 12.75 while Jones is seeded third after running a 13.04 to finish third at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Day two will feature U.S. and world U20 leaders, hoping to advance to Finland. University of Georgia’s Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, California/Plyometric Fusion) has the top long jump in the world from a junior athlete this year. She is looking to improve upon her NCAA Outdoor Championships fifth place finish.

University of Texas freshman, Adrian Piperi III (Spring, Texas/USATF Gulf) is aiming for his fourth national selection as the top seed in the shot put. Piperi competed for Team USATF in the 2015 U18 World Championships, 2016 U20 World Championships and 2017 Pan American U20 Championships. The Longhorn placed fourth with a throw of 20.41m/66-11.50 at the NCAA DI Championships last week. Piperi and several other men’s throwers will adjust from the college weight 16 pound shot to the 13.2 pound shot.

Two stand-out athletes will be competing in multiple events. Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, Texas/North Texas Cheetahs Track Club) of Lake Ridge High School will be participating in both the long jump and the triple jump on days two and three. She is the triple jump favorite in this competition, and is within the top 10 worldwide amongst juniors this year. Alyssa Wilson (Howell, New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ) is entering the meet with the number two U.S all-time throws in both shot put and hammer. The UCLA freshman just finished fourth in hammer and sixth in shot put at the NCAA Division I National Championships. Look out for her in the discus competition as well where she is seeded second.

Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, Florida/USATF Florida) and Anna Hall (Greenwood Village, Colorado/FK Elite) are two young standouts seeded first in their events. Collier, the Bolles High School senior holds the fastest time by a U.S. U20 800m runner this year after running 2:00.85 at the Music City Distance Carnival. Her time ranks fourth on the all-time high school girls 800m list. Collier will have to contend with the newly crowned NCAA 800m national champion Samantha Watson (Rochester, New York/ USATF Adirondack) from Texas A&M University. Anna Hall of FK Elite is seeded first in the heptathlon by more than 500 points. She racked up 5,798 points earlier this year, shattering the U.S. high school record by more than 200 points. The previous record of 5,578 was set at the 2012 U20 Championships by 2016 Olympian and NCAA champion, Kendell Williams.

Day three will open up with America’s top race walk prospect Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio/Southwest Ohio TC) showcasing her skill in the 10km race walk. Ewert came on the map after a first place finish at the Penn Relays where she recorded a personal best. Later in the day, the women’s pole vault final will begin where Virginia Tech’s Rachel Baxter (Orange, California/Victory Athletics) is looking to make her mark. Baxter just tied for fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The home crowd will be cheering on Indiana high jumper Nate Patterson (Plymouth, Indiana/USATF Indiana) who leads the high school competitors with a clearance of 2.25m/7-4. On the track, Baylor’s Howard Fields (Manvel, Texas/USATF Gulf) is coming in with a half-second advantage over the rest of the field. Fields finished his season second in the Big-12 and fourth in the west region at the 400m discipline.

USATF.TV + Broadcast Schedule

Friday, June 15 at 12:00pm ET
Saturday, June 16 at 1:00pm ET
Sunday, June 17 at 7:30am ET

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