BALTIMORE - William Wynne and Ebony Collins won four races and set three records between them on Sunday 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.
2006 USA Youth champion William Wynne of Titans Track in Powder Springs, Ga., won the Intermediate Boys 400-meter hurdles with his record-breaking time of 51.56 seconds. The previous Junior Olympic and National Youth record of 51.71 was set in 1996 by Bayano Kamani. Wynne then came back to claim the Junior Olympic and Youth National record in the Intermediate Boys 110-meter hurdles, winning in 13.83 seconds. Johnny Dutch set the previous record of 13.92 in 2005.
2005 World Youth champion Ebony Collins had an impressive start to her day, breaking the Junior Olympic and National Youth record in the Young Women's 400-meter hurdles with her winning time of 57.78 seconds. The previous record of 57.94 was set in 2001 by Tiffany Ross (-Williams).
Collins later blasted away from the field in the Young Women's 400 meters, winning the race in 52.33 seconds. 2006 USA Junior third place finisher Sa'de Williams of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was the runner-up in 53.29. Collins also place sixth in the 100m hurdle final in 13.90w.
Casey Roche of Los Gatos, Calif., soared above the field in the Young Men's pole vault to set a Junior Olympic and Youth National record with his winning clearance of 5.31 meters/17 feet 5 inches, well above the previous record of 5.22m/17-1.5 set in 2005 by Jordan Scott.
In the Young Women's 4x100-meter relay, the Texas Gold team of Porscha Lucas, Brittany Carr, Melissa Barnes, and Sandy Wooten broke the Junior Olympic record of 44.95 seconds that they set yesterday and the Youth National record of 44.79 from 2003, with their winning time of 44.56.
Betsy Flood, a member of the Cedar Valley Track Club 4x800m relay that broke the Junior Olympic record on Wednesday, won the Intermediate Girls 1,500 meters in 4 mintues 35.59 seconds, edging out Brooke Dinsdale at the finish. The Dinsdale duo of Brooke and Blaire, who were also part of the record-setting 4x800m and placed third and second in the 800m, claimed second and third again with Brooke ahead of Blaire this time, they crossed the line in 4:35.71 and 4:39.87.
In the Young Women's 100 meters, Keyanna Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz., stole the show, winning in 11.36 seconds. Lakya Brookins of Seneca, S.C. was the runner-up in 11.49 while 2006 USA Junior runner-up Gabrielle Mayo, who won the 200m yesterday, was third in 11.59. Elizabeth Olear of Woodland Hills, Calif., was fourth in 11.65, yesterday's 200m runner-up Porscha Lucas finished fifth in 11.65, and Ebony Collins was sixth in 11.66. Five of the top six finishers (Wilson, Mayo, Olear, Lucas, and Collins) are members of the 4x100m relay pool for the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships.
2006 USA Youth champion Robin Reynolds picked up her third title of the 2006 Junior Olympics, winning the Midget Girls 400 meters in 56.46 seconds. Reynolds also won the 200m and 800m and Saturday.
The California Rising Stars relay team of Victoria Bolden, Taisyn Crutchfield, Tyler Hardge, and Jaela Williams won the Bantam Girls 4x400-meter relay in 4 minutes 21.81 seconds while the Dallas Blaze team of Mason Hayes, Benjamin Malena, Dominique Patterson, and Darius Thompson won the Youth Boys 4x400m relay in 3:28.22.
Other winners include 2005 World Youth bronze medalist David Klech, who won the Young Men's 400-meter hurdles in 51.61 seconds. Malcolm Brown, yesterday's 200m champion, won the Midget Boys 100m in 12.01. English Gardner, who tied the National Youth record in the prelims, won the Youth Girls 100m in 11.95. April Williams of Dallas, Texas won the Young Women's 100m hurdles in a wind-aided 13.07 (+3.1 m/s).
For more information on the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, including results, photos and complete coverage of this year's event, please visit the USATF website at www.usatf.org.