Five meet records fall on day four of JO’s


Joline Charlton
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - Katie Veath lead the way of record breaking performances on day four of the Junior Olympics at Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium.

An Indiana high school state standout, Veath, set the meet record in the intermediate girls' pole vault after clearing 4.00 meters/13 feet, 1.5 inches. The previous meet record of 3.70m/12-1.5 was set last year by Allison Stokes from Newport Beach, Calif.

In the Young Women's pole vault, Brianna Neuman, from Fort Wayne, Ind., won the competition after clearing 3.85m/12-7.5. Neuman, who only began competing in the pole vault two years ago, is the current Indiana state high school champion and plans to attend Purdue University in the fall. "My goal coming into the meet was too beat my PR (personal record), and even though I was almost a foot short of that I am still happy with the win," said Neuman.

Matthew Kosecki, a 14-year-old from Houston, Texas, set a meet record in the youth boys' javelin finals. With a throw of 54.62m/179-02, Kosecki broke the previous record of 53.33m/174-11 set in 2002 by Jarrod Walters of Las Vegas, Nev. "I had beaten the record before at other meets but my dad, who is also my coach, told me that to win today I would need t break the record," said Kosecki. He has competed in the javelin since it's inception to the Junior Olympics, setting meet records as a bantam and midget competitor.

2004 Junior Olympic champion and meet record holder, Jordan Hassay, broke her previous record (4:34.02) in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:28.61. Hassay is also scheduled to compete in the 3,000 meter run, a race in which she already holds the record with a time of 9:48.77.

Youth Girls long jump champion, Karynn Dunn, set a meet record with a leap of 5.84m/19-2. The previous record of 5.63m/18-5.75 was set by Pamela Simpson in 1990.

World Youth 400 meter hurdles gold medalist, Ebony Collins ran a championship record time of 55.96 in Marrakech, Morocco. Today, Collins hurdled to victory with a time of 58.92 dominating the qualifying heats of the intermediate girls' 400m hurdles. "I had a good race but, I didn't run fast enough between the hurdles," said Collins. "My goal for the finals is to win and break the record."

Klech, who won the 400m hurdles bronze medal at the World Youth Championships clocked the fastest qualifying time of 51.93 in the young men's division.

In the intermediate girls 100 meters, World Youth gold medalist Bianca Knight (11.70) and silver medalist Ebony Collins (11.72) qualified with the two fastest times in the division.

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).

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