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Youth athletes start off strong during day one of Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships


MILLERSVILLE, Pennsylvania -- The first day of the 2016 Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships began on Tuesday, bringing together nearly 3,000 premier youth athletes from around the country to grace Biemesderfer Stadium at Millersville University.

Day one of competition began with the girls 15-16 and 17-18 age division heptathlon, including the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m. Girl’s heptathlon leader, Sophia Myers (Cambria Heights, New York) stayed consistent in her respective age division by finishing third in both the 100m and high jump events, before finishing her day with a first place finish in the 200m with a time of 26.13, narrowly defeating Jayla Ellis (Verona, Pennsylvania) in the race. Ellis sits second with 2,470 points after day one.

The day continued with the boy’s and girl’s pentathlon and decathlon events, highlighted by Isaiah Melvin (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) in the boy’s 13-14 pentathlon. After the five pentathlon events, Melvin triumphed over the field with a margin of nearly 300 pts., due in part to a victory in the long jump with a leap of 5.47m/17-11.50 to seal his impressive day.

In the 15-16 boy’s and girl’s 2000m steeplechase, Elias Zajicek (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) had a dominant performance to finish in 6:54.94. Jordyn Boyer (Lowell, Indiana) won the girl’s 15-16 steeple in 7:49.23, closely behind by Allison Sibold (Wellesley, Massachusetts), who crossed in 7:49.39.  

In the men’s (17-18 division) 2000m steeplechase, Benjamin Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio) sped ahead of the field of competitors by taking a generous lead right from the gun. Due to his form over the steeples, Ewert pulled away from the competition, conclusively winning the event in 5:57.36. Similarly, Clare Martin (Newton, Massachusetts) dominated the women’s 17-18 steeple in 6:55.53.

Miles Allen (Willingboro, New Jersey) showed talent beyond his age at the boy’s 3,000m race walk. Allen took an impressive lead early in the 13-14 division race, holding off a surging Adam Reyes (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania) in the race’s final moments. Allen and Reyes were neck-and-neck down the home straight, with Allen narrowly taking the victory in 20:20.39.

Day two of the Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships begins on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. ET with the continuation of the cecathlon. Follow along with the action with the live webcast on, and join the conversation by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #HersheyYouth.


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Contributed by Maya Allen & Andrew Eisch, USATF Communications

June 28, 2016 Results

Girl’s Heptathlon (15-16 division) after four events

Sophia Myers, 2,515 pts.

Jayla Ellis, 2,470 pts.

Lauren Leatherman, 2,468 pts.

Nilo Brown, 2,366 pts.

Phoebe Myers, 2,167 pts.

Mia Jacob, 1,776 pts.

Naomi Daugherty, 1,649 pts.

Anna Dow, 1,561 pts.

Women’s Heptathlon (17-18 division) after four events

Mya Dumpson, 2,368 pts.

Jadyn Collier, 2,364 pts.

Naomi Rowe, 2,240 pts.

Mecca Muamba, 2,129 pts.

Stephanie Laudien, 2,051 pts.

Lizzy Close, 1,903 pts.

Ryann Brundage, 1,779 pts.

Adji Ndiaye, 1,86 pts.

Boy’s Pentathlon (13-14 division) Final

Isaiah Melvin, 2,325 pts.

Anthony Taylor, 2,062 pts.

Benjamin Zirkle, 1,757 pts.

Girl’s Pentathlon (13-14 division) Final

Maya Rush, 2,712 pts.

Kalen Brown, 2,494 pts.

Kiana Sechler, 2,449 pts.

Men’s Decathlon (15-16 division) after five events

Yariel Soto, 3,295 pts.

Thomas Bradshaw, 2,601 pts.

Liam Nobbs, 2,588 pts.

Mitchell Conard, 2,556 pts.

Jordan Beck, 2,428 pts.

Mark Przybocki, 2,383 pts.

Kenneth Cochell, 2,294 pts.

Men’s Decathlon (17-18 division) after five events

Jacob Sobota, 3,331 pts.

Sean Marshall, 3,284 pts.

Jack Mennen, 3,065 pts.

Todd Case Jr., 3,050 pts.

Lars Eklund, 2,917 pts.

Kyle Bryant, 2,827 pts.

Christopher Strickland, 1,999 pts.

Boy’s 2000m Steeplechase (15-16 division) Final

Elias Zajicek, 6:54.94

Women’s 2000m Steeplechase (17-18 division) Final

Clare Martin, 6:55.53

Men’s 2000m Steeplechase (17-18 division) Final

Benjamin Ewert, 5:57.36

Girl’s 3000m Race Walk (13-14 division) Final

Camilia Vicens, 15:32.91

Girl’s 3000m Race Walk (15-16 division) Final

Taylor Ewert, 15:27.45

Women’s 3000m Race Walk (17-18 division) Final

Damaie Davis, 18:02.13


Boy’s 3000m Race Walk (13-14 division) Final

Miles Allen, 20:20.29

Boy’s 3000m Race Walk (15-16 division) Final

Evan Casto, 18:14.45


Men’s 3000m Race Walk (17-18 division) Final Andrew Lofton Jr, 16:57.45

Boy’s 1500m Race Walk (9-10 division) Final

Sebastian Reutzel, 15:53.82

Boy’s 1500m Race Walk (11-12 division) Final

Christopher Renn, 9:08.52

Girl’s 1500m Race Walk (11-12 division) Final

Mia Sisilli, 9:53.55

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