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Wire to wire finishes on Day 2 of the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships


Sacramento, CA -- Day two of the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Games was full of wire to wire finishes at Hornet Stadium. More than 20 athletes were crowned Junior Olympic Champions at the completion of the competition. The USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships continue Wednesday 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.

It was a tight race between the Pacific Coast Shock Waves and Las Vegas Blazin One’z in the boy’s 11-12 4x800m relay. The Las Vegas Blazin One’z got out to an early start on first leg, but the Pacific Coast Shock Waves made a comeback to take the slight lead going into the third leg. The two teams battled for the title but the Shock Waves were able to prevail for the gold with a 9:42.47. The Las Vegas Blazin One’z took the silver in 9:43.64. 

In the 4x800m relay, the Pacific Coast Shock Waves dominated the event, winning ten medals across four age groups. The track club swept the girl’s and boy’s 11-12 4x800m titles and won gold in the girl’s 13-14 and 15-16 4x800m. 

Forty points decided the USATF Junior Olympic Champion in the girl’s 9-10 triathlon. Nia Faulknor (So Cal Running Cougars) won the 200m in 29.43 for 523 points and placed 12th in the shot put for 203 points. Asaira Watkins placed third in the 200m in 30.09 for 476 points and sixth in the shot put for 243 points. Headed into the final event of the high jump, the girls were separated by seven points and it was Watkins who cleared 1.25m/4-1.25 over Faulknor’s 1.20m/3-11.25 to secure the gold, scoring a total of 1,078 points. 

The Bair brothers from TNT Track Club dominated the decathlon. In the boy’s 15-16 decathlon, Jaxon Bair took home the title with 6,103 points. His performance was highlighted by three winning efforts throughout the multi-event. Jaxon won the long jump with a jump of 6.33m/20-9.25t; the shot put with a throw of 12.05m/39.6.5; and the pole vault with a clearance of 4.00m/13-1.5.

Older brother Peyton Bair won the men’s 17-18 decathlon with 6,913 points. Peyton four of the five events on day one, taking the 100m in 10.89, the long jump with a leap of 6.60m/21-8, cleared 1.90m/6-2.75 in the high jump and clocked 49.12 in the 400m. He struggled on day two only winning the 110m Hurdles inn 14.45 but it was good enough to secure the USATF title.

Rithika Vatturi (Mission Valley Track and Field) dominated the women’s 17-18 3000m race walk. Vatturi had more than a 50 second lead on the rest of the field to claim the USATF title with a time of 16:55.85. 

In the only field event final of the day, Tarik O’Hagan (Ocean State Hammerheads) won the boy’s 15-16 hammer throw. His winning mark of 57.39m/1883 was his fourth throw of the competition. 

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Day 2 Champions


Girl’s Triathlon, 9-10, Asaira Watkins (Valley United TC), 1078 pts

Boy’s Triathlon, 9-10, Mekhi Guischard-Yearwood (Texas Storm TC), 792 pts

Girl’s Pentathlon, 11-12, Noelle Boyd (Unattached), 2996 pts

Boy’s Pentathlon, 11-12,  Nathaniel Johnson (Notre Dame TC), 2366 pts

Girl’s Heptathlon, 15-16, Shaina Zinter (Unattached), 4261 pts

Women’s Heptathlon, 17-18, Alaina Brady (Tahoma Track Club), 5160 pts

Boy’s Decathlon, 15-16, Jaxon Bair (TNT Track Club), 6103 pts

Men’s Decathlon, 17-18, Peyton Bair (TNT Track Club), 6913 pts

4x800m relay

Girl’s 4x800m relay, 11-12, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 9:31.62

Boy’s 4x800m relay, 11-12, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 9:42.47

Girl’s 4x800m relay, 13-14, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 9:38.60

Boy’s 4x800m relay, 13-14, New Era Elite Track, 8:35.18

Girl’s 4x800m relay, 15-16, Pacific Coast Shock Waves, 9:30.69

Boy’s 4x800m relay, 15-16, Lake Tahoe Track Club, 8:01.71

Women’s 4x800m relay, 17-18, Menlo I Greyhounds Track, 9:13.29

Men’s 4x800m relay, 17-18, Menlo I Greyhounds Track, 7:52.81

Race Walk

Girl’s 3000m Race Walk, 15-16, Adeline Johnson (Marin Waves Track and Field), 17:18.44

Boy’s 3000m Race Walk, 15-16, Christopher Renn (New Jersey Striders), 15:47.25

Women’s 3000m Race Walk, 17-18, Rithika Vatturi (Mission Valley Track and Field), 16:55.85

Men’s 3000m Race Walk, 17-18, Giovanni Cisneros (Unattached), 15:33.02

Hammer Throw

Boy’s Hammer Throw, 15-16, Tarik O’Hagan (Ocean State Hammerheads), 57.39m


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