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USATF U20 Outdoor Championships close with strong performances in Miramar


MIRAMAR, Florida -- Meet records continued to break on the final day of competition at the 2019 USATF U20 Championships at Ansin Sports Complex. In addition to national titles, eligible athletes competed for spots on the upcoming Pan American Junior Championships in Costa Rica on Team USATF.

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Matthew Boling completed a sweep of the men’s sprints, rocketing to a lifetime-best 20.36 to add the 200m crown to the 100m he won yesterday. Kennedy Lightner earned redemption after his disqualification in the 100m, placing second in 20.59 to nab the other Pan Am berth. In the women’s half-lapper, USC’s Lanae-Tava Thomas rode a slightly-illegal wind to a 22.64 ahead of the 22.72 by Jayda Eckford of Mississippi.

Last year’s heptathlon champion, high school national record-holder Anna Hall, defended her title and just missed the meet record she set at Bloomington with a score of 5,646 points. Hall had a subpar long jump but came back to win the 800m in 2:14.73, four seconds ahead of overall runner-up Timara Chapman of North Carolina State, who tallied 5,383. Fourth place finisher Bryanna Craig set a new U.S. freshman class record with a score of 5096 points.

Defending champion and 2018 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Taylor Ewert immediately asserted dominance over the women’s 10,000m race walk field early Sunday morning, which included Grace Endy and Chloe Engin. Ewert eventually lapped the competition en route to breaking her own meet record and earning her third consecutive USATF U20 race walk title in 48:24.61.

On the men’s side, drama ensued in the race’s latter half. 2018 title holder Giovanni Cisneros looked poised to repeat early on until he received a one minute penalty after three loss of contacts. That halt catapulted Jordan Crawford to take the lead. Following a fourth penalty, Cisneros was disqualified and Crawford earned his first USATF national title in 53:40.03.

A pair of youngsters came away with golds in the 400m, with 15-year-old Kayla Davis winning the women’s race in 51.28 and world youth record-holder Justin Robinson striding away with the men’s title in 45.59, winning by .82.

Corbett Fong of Rice University dominated Day 2 of the men’s decathlon, culminating in final wins in the men’s 1500m (4:57.24) and overall event with 6766 points.

UCLA defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia threw his way onto the all-time U.S. U20 list in the shot put, first with his 21.22m/69-7.5 in round two, and then again with an improvement to 21.42m/70-3.5 on his final attempt to claim the No. 4 spot and the win. Runner-up Joshua Sobota of Kentucky also grabbed a berth on the all-time list, claiming eighth with his 20.88m/68-6.

Auburn’s Dontavious Hill, the eighth-placer at this year’s SEC indoor championships, was clear through 2.13m/6-11.75 and won the men’s high jump over 2018 Youth Olympian Charles McBride and Colorado’s Jeremy Cody, who cleared 2.08m/6-9.75. McBride won an administrative jumpoff for the second Team USATF spot for the Pan Am U20 Championships. Shelby Tyler clinched the women’s high jump national title with a clearance of 1.83m/6-00.00.

Texas high school 6A runner-up Claire Bryant took the lead for good in round four of the women’s long jump, going 6.12m/20-1, and she backed that up with a 6.10m/20-0.25 effort in the final round. Second went to Ijeyikowoicho Onah of Albany, who spanned 5.89m/19-4 in round six.

In the 400m hurdles, James Smith of Arizona impressively won the men’s race in 50.29. Britton Wilson clinched gold for the women in 56.36.

USATF Indoors 600m champion and American record-setter Athing Mu added the U20 800m title to her resume with a convincing 2:05.59,more than a second ahead of runner-up Roisin Willis, and James Olivier of Maine was the men’s winner in 1:50.67.

A 16.13m/52-11 by Treyvon Ferguson in the first round of the men’s triple jump was good enough to hold up through the competition and give him the top spot on the podium, three centimeters up on silver medalist Justin Forde.

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