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USATF announces Youth Olympic Team led by Junior Olympic and state champions


INDIANAPOLIS -- Seven USATF athletes were selected to the Americas Team set to compete as North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The track and field competition at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games – which will take place Oct. 11-16 – will feature more than 4,000 16- and 17-year-old athletes from 206 nations.

Highlighting the team are USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Champions Charles McBride (Raleigh, NC) and Skylar Ciccolini (Lewiston, PA). McBride won the high jump in the 17-18 boys division with a personal best leap of 2.20m/7-2.50. In the 17-18 women’s division, Ciccolini won the javelin title easily with a toss of 48.37m/158-08 which was more than 20 feet farther than the second place finisher.

A trio of multi-event stars on the women’s side, Meghan Hunter (Provo, UT), Athing Mu (Trenton, NJ) and Grace Stark (White Lake, MI) add depth to the team. Hunter joins after winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the Utah state meet while Mu is a triple threat having won the AAU Junior Olympics in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. Stark is fresh off her Michigan LP Division I state title in the 100m and 100m hurdles, and was the runner-up in the 100mH at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships.

Nicholas Ramey (Snellville, GA), set to compete in the 400m, finished fifth at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships and earned a spot on Team USATF’s 4x400m at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Long jumper Malcolm Clemons (San Francisco, CA) won the California state title and currently sits atop the best high school long jumpers in the nation.

At the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing, China, Team USATF sent 16 athletes and brought home two gold and two bronze individual medals, in addition to a silver in the mixed 8x100m relay. Highlighting the Games was the emergence of current American sprint sensation Noah Lyles. Lyles took gold in the 200m with crossing the line in 20.80.

Team USATF Roster






Skylar Ciccolini


Lewiston, PA

Meghan Hunter


Provo, UT

Athing Mu


Trenton, NJ

Grace Stark

100m Hurdles

White Lake, MI



Malcolm Clemons

Long Jump

San Francisco, CA

Charles McBride II

High Jump

Raleigh, NC

Nicholas Ramey


Snellville, GA



Thaddeus Sligh

Head Coach

Greenville, SC

The Youth Olympic Games will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel.

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