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Thrilling finishes to USA Junior Champs

6/25/2011
 
EUGENE - Updates from the 2011 USA Outdoor Junior Track & Field Championships. Continuously updated  throughout Day 3 (June 25).

9:05 p.m. -- Moussa strongest over final lap to win 5000
California high schooler Ammar Moussa rebuffed a strong move by Oregon's Parker Stinson with 600 to go, regaining the lead with less than 300 left and going on to win the junior men's 5000 in 14:09.61. Stinson, who won the 10,000 yesterday morning, was second at 14:10.59, with Jacob Hurysz of North Carolina third at 14:14.84.

8:30 p.m. -- Neer by a nose in 3000
Two of the top distance runners in U.S. high school ranks went shoulder to shoulder for 2999.5 meters before Indiana state 1600/3200 champ Waverly Neer lunged for the line and won her first Junior national championship in the 3000 meters with a time of 9:16.23, .16 ahead of 5K champ Kayla Beattie of Illinois, also a double distance gold medalist at her state championship meet. Wisconsin state 3200 winner Allie Woodward was third at 9:33.11.

7:30 p.m. -- Scott tops triple jump field
Donald Scott of Eastern Michigan used a 15.79/51-9.75 fifth-round jump to win the junior men's triple jump. Phillip Young of Florida State was second at 15.61w/51-2.75, and New Mexico's Warrick Campbell took third at 15.52w/50-11.

6:50 p.m. -- Triple delight for Walker
California state fifth-placer Shanique Walker came through when it counted to win the junior women's triple jump with her 12.49w/40-11.75 leap in the third round. Coming from the other side of the U.S., Vermont prep Mollie Gribbin won silver with a jump of 12.43w/40-9.5, and South Florida's Marqueshia Stallworth was third at 12.36w/40-6.75.

6:45 p.m. -- Local favorite dominant in pole vault win
J J Juilfs didn't have to travel far to win the junior men's pole vault, as the Eugene high schooler cleared 5.25/17-2.75 to win by more than a foot over Ohio State's Cody Marshall and Cody Klein of Illinois, who tied for second at 4.90/16-0.75.

6:40 p.m. -- Mudd wrestles 1500 gold away from talented field
Double Indiana state champion Austin Mudd used his superior 800 speed over the final lap to pull away from a strong field in the junior men's 1500 and win in 3:48.34. Behind Mudd, California 3200 champ and 1600 runner-up Elias Gedyon was second in 3:49.50, and Michigan high schooler Omar Kaddurah took bronze at 3:49.76.

6:30 p.m. -- Last-lap surge ensures McGee gold in 1500
A strong move with 300 to go gave Florida's Cory McGee an insurmountable lead in the junior women's 1500 and the NCAA 10th-placer ran on to gold in 4:21.91. New York prep phenom Mary Cain ran well to take silver at 4:23.59, and Michigan high schooler Brook Handler was third at 4:24.44.

EUGENE - Ammar Moussa and Waverly Neer closed out the the 2011 USA Junior Championships with close finishes and late race charges,while Aurieyall Scott doubled her 100m gold with a win in the 200m Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

Updates were provided throughout the day and can be reviwed below.

6:20 p.m. -- Timely dip gives McLean 200 gold
A lean at the tape gave Sean McLean the win in the junior men's 200, as the North Carolina high schooler edged Texas A&M's Prezel Hardy 20.64-20.65. The 20.65 was a PR for Hardy, the 2009 World Youth 100 champion. Louisiana Tech's Ed Hadnot was third at 20.80.

6:15 p.m. -- Great Scott! Sprint double completed by UCF ace
Central Florida is becoming a hotbed for sprint excellence, and UCF's Aurieyall Scott added to the hype by completing the U.S. Junior sprint double with a 22.83 victory in the 200. Scott, the Conference USA champ, won the 100 in 11.12 yesterday. USC's Jessica Davis charged after Scott down the last 100, but couldn't catch her and had to settle for second at 22.93. California 400 state champ Akawkaw Ndipagbor placed third at 23.35.

6:10 p.m. -- Darrah pushes to the max, sets PR to win steeple
Georgetown freshman Max Darrah was a comfortable winner with a lifetime best in the men's 3000 steeplechase, stopping the clock at 8:59.69 to win by more than five seconds over New York prep standout Eddie Owens, who finished in 9:04.79. Owens ran the fastest prep time in 32 years at the Larry Ellis meet in April. Virginia's Colin Mearns ended up third at 9:07.33.

6:05 p.m. -- 400H gold goes to Andrade in clash of Golden Staters
Mt. SAC's Jordin Andrade overtook a faltering Monte Corley of California in the final 10 meters to win the junior men's 400H in 51.61. Corley held on to finish second in 51.81, with Texas double hurdles state champ Michael Stigler third at 52.07.

6:00 p.m. -- Weaver edges Gamble for 400H win
2009 World Youth fifth-placer Angelica Weaver of California outleaned Texas high schooler Tia Gamble to garner gold in the junior women's 400H, 59.83-59.92. Third place went to Dotrine Jacobs of North Carolina A&T.

5:55 p.m. -- Mance magnificent in 400 romp
Josh Mance of USC showed he was the class of the junior men's 400 field, running away with the gold in 45.85. Mance, the 2009 World Youth silver medalist and a fifth-placer at last year's World Junior meet, won by more than half a second over Pac-10 rival William Henry of Arizona State, who was second in 46.47. South Carolina's Clayton Gravesande placed third in 47.03.

5:45 p.m. -- After two-year hiatus, Briscoe again junior high jump queen
She was ninth in the senior women's high jump yesterday and was the NCAA bronze medalist two weeks ago, but today Shanay Briscoe of Texas moved to the top of the podium with a clearance at 1.88/6-2. Briscoe, who won the U.S. junior crown in 2008, took three attempts at the IAAF World Championships B standard of 1.92/6-3.5. Silver went to Oregon 5A state champ Rachel Proteau at 1.80/5-10.75, and Massachusetts prep champion Moira Cronin took bronze at 1.74/5-8.5.

5:40 p.m. -- Twice as nice for Ashe as she defends hammer title
Georgia high schooler Shelby Ashe won her second straight U.S. Junior hammer title with her first throw, a 58.34/191-5 effort that gave her a seven-foot margin over runner-up Karen Henning of LSU. Henning is the sister of former U.S. junior men's hammer record holder Walter Henning. Brooke Pleger of Bowling Green placed third with a 52.43/172-0 throw.

5:35 p.m. -- Carson downs newly-minted high school record holder in junior jav
A showdown between two Southwest prep stars in the junior women's javelin ended up in victory for Hannah Carson of Arizona, who had her best throw of the day on her final attempt with a 50.91/167-0 effort. Carson never relinquished the lead she took with her first attempt, and Nevada high schooler Avionne Allgood took second at 48.81/160-1. Allgood earlier today set a national high school record of 53.85/176-8 while placing fourth in the senior women's competition. Florida's Fawn Miller took third at 46.69/153-2.

5:30 p.m. -- Diamond turns to gold in women's 400
NCAA bronze medalist Diamond Dixon of Kansas sprinted to gold in the junior women's 400, winning in 52.67 ahead of Oregon freshman Phyllis Francis, who clocked 52.93. Briana Nelson of Texas was third in 53.10.

5:00 p.m. -- California champ Hutchinson adds U.S. 800 title
Immanuel Hutchinson, who won the California state high school title earlier this month, pulled away from the pack over the final 100 meter to win the junior men's 800 in 1:48.56. Washington state 4A silver medalist Derrick Daigre was second at 1:50.05, and Nevada state champ Nick Hartle grabbed the bronze at 1:50.19.

4:55 p.m. -- 800 gold goes to Iyevbele
North Carolina State's Kenyetta Iyevbele, who was seventh at the NCAA Championships, held off a late charge by Georgetown's Chelsea Cox to win the junior women's 800 in 2:06.37. Cox finished in 2:06.71, with Missouri 4A champ Samantha Levin third at 2:07.35.

4:50 p.m. -- Leptich holds off Heymsfield for steeple gold
Alexandra Leptich of Michigan outlasted Grace Heymsfield of Arkansas to take top honors in the junior women's 3000 steeplechase, crossing the line at 10:39.46. Heymsfield was second at 10:40.31, and Penn State's Emily Giannotti took third in 10:51.58.

12:40 a.m. -- Hull thows big for national title
Gabe Hull of Blommington South High School stepped into the throwing ringafter four throws in fifth place and launched the disc 59.34m/194-8 catapulting him into first place. Alexander Thompson of Wisconsin took the runner-up spot in 55.79m/183-0.

11:00 a.m. -- Jr. Men's and Women's 10,000m Race Walk

Tyler Sorensen walked his way to not only a personal best, but also the meet record in a time of 42:44.03. In earning his first U.S. junior title, Sorensen out paced the field by more than three minutes. The Junior women followed up with an exciting finish as Maite Moscoso passed Erica Shaver on the last lap to take the lead. Moscosco won in a 90-second personal best of 53:11.79. Shaver took the runner-up spot in 53:20.06.

For more information on the 2011 USA Outdoor Junior Championships, including complete results, visit the event page.



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