GREENSBORO -Curtis Beach defended his intermediate boys decathlon title on day two of the 2006 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University.
The Championships are a national competition with entry based upon qualifying standards for each event and have the same age divisions as the USATF Junior Olympic program. Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Men/Women (17-18). In addition, this year's meet will serve as one of the selection pool competitions for the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava,Czech Republic.
2005 Youth Outdoor Track & Field Intermediate decathlon champion Curtis Beach of Albuquerque, N.M. defended his title and improved his score by over 1,000 points. Beach's winning score of 6,137 points bettered his 2005 score of 4,996 points.
The Gazelle Running Club started the day with an impressive victory in the Midget Girls 4x800 meter relay. "We were really nervous," said the team, "this is the first time we have ever run this event." The Gazelle's won the race with a time of 9 minutes 53.90 seconds.
The Midget Boys 4x800m was lead by the Titans Track Club in a time of 9 minutes 20.82 seconds. The time broke the Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet record by almost 10 seconds. The previous record of 9:30.49 was set in 1997 by the West Valley Eagles. The Titans were pushed to the victory by the Southern California Running Cougars who finished second in 9:20.83.
Conner McCullough, of West Hills, Calif., dominated the Intermediate Boys hammer competition. His toss of 62.36 meters/204 feet 7 inches beat the second place toss of 38.56m/126-06 by Joe Riccio. "It was close but it is not what I could have done," said McCullough.
Emily Green, of Columbus Elite won the Young Women's hammer competition with a toss of 30.76 meters/100 feet 11 inches.
Ryan Loughney of Woodbourne, N.Y. won the Young Men's hammer title with a distance of 55.87meters/183 feet 3 inches. "I'm happy I won, but I'm not happy with my performance. After this I plan to compete at the Junior Olympics and the Empire State Games," said Loughney.
In the heptathlon events, Victoria Dunlap and Shakeia Pinnick won their respective age group divisions. Dunlap of the Continental T-Belle's finished with 4,520 points winning the Young Women's division as Pinnick of Aurora Flyer's Track club scored 4,326 points to win the Intermediate Girls division.
For more information on the 2006 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including results and complete coverage of this year's events, visit www.usatf.org.