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USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship closes out day four


Sacramento, CA -- Four new national records were set on day four of the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. The athletes competed in over 100 degree weather to qualify for the next round. 

The USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships will continue Friday through Sunday and will be broadcast live on USATF.TV+. The broadcast will begin each day at 8:00am PT with the first scheduled running event.

Live results can be found here and the competition schedule here.

Payton Payne (Glenarden Track) set her second national record of the week in the girl’s 11-12 100m. Payne ran 11.76 to break the national record in the prelim set in 1992 by Angela Williams and qualify for the semifinals. 

Payne returned to the track with her team (Glenarden Track) in the prelims of the girl’s 11-12 4x100m relay. The group of girls worked together to cross the finish line in a new national record of 48.85. This is the third national record in two days for anchor, Payne. The previous record was set in 2016 by Oakland PAL. 

In the girl’s 15-16 pole vault, Payton Phillips (Pole Vault Atlantia) broke the previous national record of 4.07m/13-4.25 twice during the competition. After clearing 4.05m/13-3.5 on her final attempt, she cleared a new national record of 4.08m/13-4.75 with ease. Phillips then cleared 4.11m/13-6 for her highest clearance. 

Sophia Scott (Cornhusker Flyers) set her own national record in the girl’s 11-12 javelin throw. Scott surpassed the old record by over a meter on her first throw of the finals. The Junior Olympic champion threw 36.49m/119-8 to take home the title, leading the rest of the competition by over two meters. 

The boy’s 9-10 high jump came down to misses throughout the competition. Christian August (Over the Mountain) took home the title with clearances of every attempt, including the winning height of 1.30m/4-3.25. Chase McNaughton (Unattached) was awarded the silver medal with two misses at 1.25/4-1.25 and Asesela Geka (Temecula Valley Time Machine) placed third with two misses at 1.30m.

Tucker Smith (Columbus Running) dominated the boy’s 15-16 shot put with four throws over 17 meters. Smith had the top five throws of the competition as the only athlete who threw over 16 meters. He had his best throw on his final attempt of the field series, throwing 17.74m/58-2.5. 

Curtis Williams (Tallahassee Zoom Track) won the boy’s 15-16 on his first jump of the competition. Williams got out to 7.17m/23-6.25 to set an early precedent for the rest of the field. Reginald King also had his best jump on his first attempt. King jumped 6.79m/22-3.5 for second place. 

In the girl’s 13-14 triple jump, India Alix (Northwest Flyers Track) won the event on her final jump. Alix jumped 11.47m/37-7.75 on her third attempt to sit in second place going into the finals. She was able to jump 11.54m/37-10.5 to come back and win the event. Jada Gatlin only had two legal jumps and took silver with 11.51m/37-9.25. 

Landon Helms (YMCA Team Idaho) won the gold in the boy’s 15-16 pole vault. Helms cleared 4.40m/15-5.25 to officially win the competition and went on to successfully clear 4.91m/16-1.5.

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Day 4 Champions

Long Jump

Boy’s Long Jump, 15-16, Curtis Williams (Tallahassee Zoom Track ), 7.17m/23-6.25

Women’s Long Jump, 17-18, Sativa Rogers (Spokane Speed Academy), 6.05m/19-10.25

High Jump

Boy’s High Jump, 9-10, Christian August (Over the Mountain Track Club), 1.30m/4-3.25

Boy’s High Jump, 13-14, Kade Stevens (Mainland Jaguars), 1.85m/6-0.75

Triple Jump

Girl’s Triple Jump, 13-14, India Alix (Northwest Flyers Track), 11.54m/37-10.5 

Girl’s Triple Jump, 15-16, Jahlia Evans (Unattached), 11.94m/39-2.25

Discus Throw

Women’s Discus Throw, 17-18, Natalie Ramirez (Unattached), 47.45m/155-8

Men’s Discus Throw, 17-18, Kyler Van Grouw (Unattached), 55.39m/181-8

Shot Put

Boy’s Shot Put, 8 & Under, Christopher Howell (Bully City Express), 7.48m/24-6.5

Boy’s Shot Put, 11-12, Dennis Lara (Valley United Track Club), 14.33m/47-0.25

Boy’s Shot Put, 15-16, Tucker Smith (Columbus Running), 17.74m/58-2.5

Javelin Throw

Girl’s Javelin Throw, 9-10, Anvi Bhatia (Rainier Beach Track), 29.86m/97-11

Girl’s Javelin Throw, 11-12, Sophia Scott (Cornhusker Flyers), 36.49m/119-8 

Pole Vault

Girl’s Pole Vault, 15-16, Payton Phillips (Pole Vault Atlanta), 4.11m/13-6

Boy’s Pole Vault, 15-16, Landon Helms (YMCA Team Idaho), 4.91m/16-1.5

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