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USATF Junior Outdoor Championships off to exciting start at Sacramento State University


SACRAMENTO, California -- Rising track and field stars showed off their burgeoning talents on the first day of USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Sacramento State University.


Iowa freshman Laulauga Tausaga-Collins (Spring Valley, California) captured the first gold of the Junior Championships with her first-round discus throw of 54.04m/177-3, holding on to her lead over runner-up Pamela Amaechi, who was second with a best of 53.10m/174-2.


After a three-foul performance at last year’s Juniors in Clovis, Liam Christensen (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina) zoomed to the top of the standings in the men’s javelin with a toss of 68.79m/225-8 in round three.


George Patrick (Brentwood, Tennessee) won the first two events and then strung together three third-place efforts to compile a sizable lead with 4,113 points after day one of the decathlon. The Texas freshman zipped to a 10.75 to win the 100m, and then spanned 7.44m/24-5 to claim the top mark in the long jump.


Leading by 27 points after the first day’s four events, Tierra Crockrell (Calabasas, California) tallied 3,209 points in the women’s heptathlon. Crockrell won the shot put at 12.09m/39-8, and had the fastest 200m in 24.47. Ariel Okorie was tops in the high jump on the way to scoring 3,182 to sit second.


Day 2 of the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships continues tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. PT with the women’s 5,000m. The Junior Championships compete concurrently with the senior championships, where athletes are battling for spots on Team USATF at World Championships. Fans can watch Juniors action live on USATF.TV +PLUS.


Fans can follow along with #USATFoutdoors on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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