GREENSBORO -Field events highlighted day three 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.
Jimmie Pacifico claimed the Young Men's shot put title with a personal best 19.86 meters/65 feet 2 inches. "I'll be a senior next year, I want to get near the 70 foot barrier," said Pacifico. "My goal today was to break 65 feet, so I'm happy for what I got," he continued. Pacifico was less then a meter away from the meet record of 20.43m/67-0.5 set by Dwight Johnson in 1997.
Frankie Hammond, of Rolling Thunder, led the way with a winning clearance of 1.95 meters/6 feet 4.75 inches in the Intermediate Boy's high jump. Douglas Onuscheck followed Hammond with a clearance of 1.90/6-2.75 for second place.
In the Youth Girls discus, Sarah Howard took the title with a personal best toss of 33.49 meters/109 feet 10 inches. "I'm happy with how it went," said Howard. Hannah Carson, of Mesa/Carson, Ariz., was the runner-up with a distance of 32.74m/107-05.
Bianca Stewart dominated the intermediate girls high jump with a clearance of 1.65 meters/5 feet 5 inches. "It felt good because I was injured and I had a few bad weeks," said Stewart, "I'm getting back into it now." Kaleigh Morrison followed with a height of 1.55m/5-01.
Matthew Kosecki, of Track Houston won the Intermediate Boy's javelin with a toss of 56.09 meters/ 184 feet 0 inches. Shedrick Griggs, of Quiet Fire came in second with a toss of 49.99m/164-0.
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.