INDIANAPOLIS - World Youth team members, Jordan Scott and Scott Roth set a young men's division record in the pole vault to highlight the third day of competition at the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships Thursday at Carroll Stadium.
Both Scott of Watkinsville, Ga., and Roth of Granite Bay, Calif., cleared 5.22 meters/17 feet, 1.5 inches to set the young men's division record in the pole vault. Scott earned the gold after clearing the meet record on his first attempt.
Scott, who finished fifth at the World Youth Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, bettered the previous record of 5.03m/16-6 set in 1986 by P. Fredrick. "This is by far the best meet I've had, but I still have a lot to work on," said Scott. "The conditions were perfect, not too hot and not too cold, and the crowd made it that much more exciting."
Roth, the runner-up finisher, cleared the mark on his second attempt making Scott the champion of the competition. "I felt good going for the record because I knew I had cleared that height many times before during this season," said Roth. He won the silver medal at the World Youth Championships.
In the 200 meters, World Youth runner-up and Junior Olympic record holder, Bianca Knight powered her way down the track to take first in her heat of the intermediate girls division. Her time of 23.70 was the fastest qualifying time of all competitors in the field. "My body is still a little tired from Morocco, but my goal is to break my own record in the 200, but it will be hard" said Knight. She is also the favorite in the 100 meters scheduled for Friday.
After running 46.81 and grabbing a bronze medal in the 400m at the World Youth Championships, Nellum cruised to victory in his 200 meter qualifying heat with a time of 21.73 in the intermediate boys' division. "I feel confident that I will do well at this meet, running in Morocco helped me get into better shape for this meet," said Nellum. "My goal for this meet is to go 20 point in the 200 (meters) and 46 low in the 400 (meters)."
In the young women's division, Ashika Charon, from West Covina, Calif., took the gold in the long jump with a mark of 6.06/19-10.75. She eclipsed her previous personal best of 5.99m/19-8 by almost three inches to win the event. "I expected a little bit more, but nonetheless it was a big PR (personal record)," said Charon. She is also scheduled to compete in the triple jump on Friday.
The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the largest and most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. The Junior Olympics feature the following age division: Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Men/Women (17-18).
For more information on the 2005 USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, including results, athlete quotes, photos and complete coverage of this year's event, please visit the USATF website at www.usatf.org.