DES MOINES, Iowa - 2011 World Youth bronze medalist Kendell Williams
raced to a U.S. Junior heptathlon record of 13.35w in the 100m hurdles on her way to a first-day score of 3,478 points on the opening day of the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships Wednesday at Drake Stadium.
The Marietta (Ga.) Kell High School graduate, who was eighth at last year’s World Junior Championships and ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. Junior list with a PR of 5,578, is 233 points clear of second-placer Ashlee Moore
(Chandler, Ariz.) after four events.
Williams, whose brother Devon is fifth in the decathlon, won the high jump with a clearance at 1.75m/5-8.75 and added a 10.60m/34-9.5 in the shot put and a 24.63 in the 200.
Reigning Junior Olympic decathlon champion Scott Filip
of Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School used a 2.08m/6-9.75 high jump and wins in the 100m (10.81) and long jump (7.06m/23-2) to score 4,064 points and lead by 166 after five events. Mitch Modin
(Bend, Ore.) is second at 3,898, while Steven Bastien
(Saline, Mich.) of Samford University is third at 3,876. Bastien’s father, Gary, won this event in 1978.
USATF.TV debuts on Wednesday, June 19 with live coverage from 1 p.m.-7:20 p.m. ET and includes complete coverage of the Junior heptathlon and decathlon competition. USATF.TV will be your continued destination for live competition coverage throughout the week. View the complete webcast and broadcast schedule here.
The Junior Championships feature athletes who will be between 16 and 19 years old at the end of the year. The meet, which runs through Saturday, serves as the selection for the Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia in August.
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- “I was really excited to start my heptathlon that way [with hurdle record]. I’ve never run that fast in a heptathlon before, usually my times in the 100m hurdles are slower than in the open events. I felt good this morning, ran a good time, so I’m happy. I’ve been freaking out all season about [this meet] being my first heptathlon. It’s been stressful to just throw myself in it, so just putting them all together hopefully won’t be too hard.”
Scott Filip -
“I knew I had some good speed behind me. In my 100m I never had the right day. But looking at the sky and it was clear and I was really happy with my 100m PR. I have been a consistent long jumper. It’s always hard to PR in the jump, but that’s what I did. I’m really happy with my high jump. The quarter (400m) I had a big PR there and I was really excited about that.”