2006 Junior Olympic Championships head to Baltimore


Jill McCormick
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - The track stars of tomorrow are heading out to the 40th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to be held July 25-30 at Hughes Stadium on the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the largest and most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars got their start by competing in the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

The Championships are a national competition with entry based upon qualifying standards for each event. 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). Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels of the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic Program.

Rising stars headline meet

2006 USA Youth champion Roblet Muhudin of the Blazers Track Club in Denver, Colo., is a veteran Junior Olympics competitor having won the Midget Boys 1,500 meters in 2004 (4:30.37) and placing second in the Youth Boys 1,500m in 2005 (4:12.20). At the 2006 USA Youth Championships, Muhudin won the 1,500m (4:14.25) and placed second in the 800m (2:04.55).

Shala Mahan of Motor City Track Club in Detroit, Mich., has had an impressive season claiming double victory at the 2006 USA Youth Championships in the Young Women's 100 meters (11.63) and 200 meters (23.54). Mahan looks to repeat her impressive double at the Junior Olympics.

Gray Horn of Ohio Blue Thunder in Waynesfield, Ohio dominated multiple events at the Region 5 Championships winning the Intermediate Boys decathlon (6,087 points), the pole vault (4.57 meters/15 feet 0 inches) and the high jump (1.93 meters/6 feet 4 inches).

In the throwing events, 2006 USA Youth javelin champion Hannah Carson, of the Arizona Cheetahs in Chandler, Ariz., has created a name for herself at youth championships. She was the 2005 Youth Midget Girls champion in the pentathlon (2,736 points), shot put (11.96 meters/39 feet 3 inches) and javelin (45.84m/150-05). She will compete in the shot put, discus and javelin.

Robin Reynolds of Miami Northwest Express Track Club is no stranger to winning, and she is only in the Midget Girls age division. Reynolds has won five Junior Olympic titles: 2004 Bantam Girls 200 meters (26.50), 400 meters (1:00.44) and 800 meters (2 minutes 27.33 seconds), 2005 Midget Girls 200m (25.26) and 400m (55.01). This year she already took home the 2006 Youth Championships title and set a new meet record in the Midget Girls 400m at 54.73.

2005 Junior Olympic discus champion Emily Pendleton is looking to win in a new age group as she has aged out of Intermediate Girls. Pendleton won the 2006 USA Junior Nationals in June with a throw of 51.97 meters/170 feet 6 inches and is heading to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China after the Junior Olympics.

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