2002 Junior Olympics Track & Field
July 23-28, 2002
The 36th edition of USA Track & Field's Junior Olympics National Championships is scheduled for July 23-28 at Harry A. Burke (H.S.) Stadium in Omaha. It's something of a homecoming for the JO's as the Nebraska Association hosted this meet in Omaha in 1999. It's also an opportunity to see - and be a part of - the future of the World's #1 Track & Field Team!
The Junior Olympics program is part of the Verizon Youth Series. Verizon will again honor male and female athletes-of-the meet at this summer's national championships, including the Junior Nationals and Youth Athletics.
The JO National Championships attract more than 6,500 competitors each year, who submit more than 9,000 entries. It is the largest and most visible young athlete developmental program in the world. This year's meet will also serve as one of the primary selection competitions for the 2003 IAAF World Youth Athletics Track & Field Championships, which will take place in Sherbrooke, Canada. (Note: Athletes must also meet an IAAF qualifying standard to be eligible for the world competition.)
Competition age divisions and corresponding birth years are as follows: Bantam (1992-later) Midget (1990-1991) Youth (1988-1989) Intermediate (1986-1987) Young Men/Women (1984-1985; athletes born in 1983 are also eligible if they will still be 18 on July 29, 2002)
America's next generation of track and field stars will be competing this summer in Omaha. The future is now! Join USATF to be a part of it.