Reese repeats title on day one of 2006 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships
USA Track & Field
Greensboro, N.C. -Emily Reese defended her Youth 2,000 meter steeplechase title on day one at the 2006 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University.
After and hour rain delay 2005 USA Youth champion Emily Reese defended her title and won the 2,000m steeplechase with a time of 7 minutes 22.83 seconds. "It was alright, in terms of weather, you have to know mentally it is not going to be your best time," said Reese. An Atlanta, Ga. native, Reese is currently a junior at Chamblee High School. "I just go out and do the best I can do," she continued.
The young men's 2,000m steeplechase proved an exciting finish when Jeremy McAllister out kicked Malik Zafar with a time 6 minutes 15.37 seconds to become the 2006 Young men's champion. Zafar finished with a time of 6:15.97.
In the pentathlon events, Daverion Kinard-Hawkins and Nefertiti Smith won their respective age group divisions. Kinard-Hawkins finished the day with 3,025 points to win the youth boys division. Smith of Norfolk Real Deal, scored 2,921 points to win the youth girls division.
Due to the inclement weather the afternoon race walk competitions were combined into one race. Hannah Kisley, 13, of Raleigh, N.C., won the 3,000m race walk in a time of 19 minutes 13.65 seconds. "At the beginning of the race, it was raining so it felt good, then it got hot. I'm glad (the combined race athletes) were out there, but I'm used to going by myself," said Kisley.
2005 Bantam girls 1,500m race walk champion Katie Mitcha's time of 9:47.79 earned her the 2006 1,500m race walk title. "I'm really happy. I'm glad we had our races together because the boys pushed me," Mitcha said.
In the bantam boys 1,500m race walk Hunter Littleford of Albuquerque, N.M. crossed the finish line first with a time of 8:51.01. In the midget boys 1,500m race walk Alan Beach, of Albuquerque, N.M., won with a time of 9:25.99.
This year's meet will serve as one of the selection pool competitions for the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The world youth team will feature some of the top female and male youth athletes.
For more information on the 2006 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including results and complete coverage of this year's events, visit the USATF website at www.usatf.org.