Carson sets javelin record, Dunlap and Keys earn second titles at USA Youth Championships


Kelcey Zutavern
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

Lisle, Ill. - Hannah Carson broke her own national record in the youth girls' javelin Thursday at the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Benedictine University.

Carson (Mesa, Ariz.) defended her title with her record-setting throw of 45.20 meters/148 feet 3 inches. Carson had set the previous record last year at the USATF National Junior Olympics with a throw of 44.19m/144-11. Carson is also scheduled to compete for titles in the youth girls' shot put and discus. Avione Allgood (North Las Vegas, Nev.) threw 39.48m/129-6 for second place.

A day after winning the young women's heptathlon, Victoria Dunlap (Nashville, Tenn.) leapt to her second championship of the meet in the long jump. Dunlap jumped 5.73m/18-9.75 to edge out Chia Hudson (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), who finished second with a jump of 5.70m/18-8.5.

Dakotah Keys (Sweet Home, Ore.) also picked up his second title of the Championships, winning the intermediate boys' javelin with a throw of 52.80m/173-3. Keys, who was the runner-up in the javelin a year ago, won the decathlon on Wednesday. Daniel Rodely (Jonesboro, Ark.) threw 47.88m/157-1 to finish as the runner-up.

Nefertiti Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), who finished third in the intermediate girls' heptathlon Wednesday, jumped 11.58m/38-0 to win the triple jump. Sherice Walker (Burlington, N.C.) was second with a leap of 11.52m/37-9.5.

In the young men's shot put, Sean Tabor (Norman, Okla.) was the champion with a throw of 17.82m/58-5.75. Curtis Smith (Frankfort, Ohio) was the runner-up with a throw of 16.12m/52-10.75.

Tabor will compete for Team USA in the shot put July 11-15 at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Eight other members of the World Youth team competed as exhibitioners on Thursday in preparation for next week's World Youth Championships.

In the final event of the day, Ashlee Moore (Chandler, Ariz.) won the midget girls' high jump with a clearance of 1.60m/5-3. Bria Day (Durham, N.C.) and Paula Hughes (Tarzana, Calif.) cleared 1.40m/4-7 to tie for second.

Also in the high jump, bantam girls' triathlon runner-up Margaux Jones (Redlands, Calif.) cleared 1.25m/4-1.25 to win the championship. Cha'Mia Rothwell (Raleigh, N.C.) jumped 1.20m/3-11.25 for second place.

Terence Lee (Philadelphia, Pa.) won the young men's 5,000m in a time of 15 minutes 57.05 seconds. Matthew Feldhake (Effingham, Ill.) was second in 16:01.99. Alejandro Garcia (Bixby, Okla.), who won the 2,000m steeplechase Tuesday, ran 16:20.78 for third.

Prelims of the 800m, 200m and 4x400m relay were also held Thursday. Finals for the 800m and 200m are scheduled for Saturday, while the 4x400m relay finals will be the last event of the Championships on Sunday.

The USA Youth Championships continue Friday with finals in several field events and prelims in the 100m, 1,500m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

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