Relay records highlight day 2 of 2006 USATF Junior Olympics


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

BALTIMORE - Twins Blaire and Brooke Dinsdale helped guide the Cedar Valley Track Club to the 4x800m relay Intermediate Girls Junior Olympic record while the Titans broke the 4x800m Midget Boys Junior Olympic record Wednesday at the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Hughes Stadium at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

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.

The Titans 4x800m relay team of De'Marea Hawkins, Ryan Humble, Julian Lavender, and Darian Vareen smashed the Midget Boys Junior Olympic record, winning in 9 minutes 25.90 seconds. The previous record of 9:35.58 was set in 1997 by Track Houston members Joseph Felder, Gerren Iles, Tyrone Jones, and Arias Webster. Second place went to Track Houston teammates Nathaniel Jones, Aaron Burroughs, Jeffrey Perkins, and Brass Woods, III who crossed the line in 9:33.07, also under the previous record.

The Cedar Valley Track Club 4x800m relay team of Blaire Dinsdale, Betsy Flood, Colette Gnade, and Brooke Dinsdale broke the Intermediate Girls Junior Olympic record, claiming victory with their time of 8 minutes 58.85 seconds. "The race went pretty much as planned," said Brooke Tinsdale. "We just wanted to win and break the record." The previous record of 9:03.74 was set in 2005 by the DC Red Wings team of Tameka Jameson, Marika Walker, Veronica Salcido, and Dominique Lockart. The 3M Track Club team of Brazile Clarke, Dominique Crosby, Jami Hardy, and Thandi Stewart finished second in 9:01.83.

Sisters and teammates Caroline and Susan Muraida of the Albuquerque Track Club went 1-2 in the Intermediate Girls 5,000m race walk, crossing the line in 27 minutes 39.78 seconds and 28:34.36 respectively. In the Intermediate Boys 5,000m race walk, brothers Roberto and Ricardo Vergara of Edinburgh, Texas, both members of the U.S. contingent at the 2006 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, claimed the top two spots with Roberto finishing in 24:28.03 and Ricardo in 25:19.69.

Gray Horn of Ohio Blue Thunder in Waynesfield, Ohio, who took third at last year's Junior Olympics, won the Intermediate Boys decathlon with 6,587 points. 2006 USA Youth champion Curtis took second with 6,475 points.

Track Houston's Wesley Bray, who took 3rd in the 2004 Junior Olympic Intermediate Boys decathlon, overtook last year's Junior Olympic fourth place finisher Michael Ayers, II of Brentwood, Tenn., in the final event to win the Young Men's decathlon. Bray's final score was 6,930 points while Ayers scored 6,865 points.

Dustin James II of the Long Beach Track Club took the title in the Midget Boys pentathlon, winning with 2,594 points while Monti Willis of the Gazelle Track Club won the Midget Girls pentathlon with 2,975 points.

2006 USA Youth champion Victoria Dunlap won the Young Women's heptathlon with 4,832 points. Kiani Profit of Pasadena, Calif., who took fourth at last year's Junior Olympics, won the Intermediate Girls heptathlon with 4,543 points.

Long Beach Sprinter Desiree James won the Bantam Girls triathlon with 1,369 points as Muhammad Oliver of the Arizona Panthers won the Bantam Boys triathlon with 819 points.

For more information and complete results on the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, please visit the USATF website at