Carson shatters javelin record to top day 3 action at Junior Olympics


Glen McMicken
USA Track & Field

WALNUT, Calif. -- Hannah Carson of Mesa, Ariz., unleashed a massive 52.90 meters/173-7 throw in the youth girls javelin to smash the national record by more than 25 feet Thursday to highlight third-day action at the 41st USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College. Carson, who competes for the Arizona Cheetahs, improved her personal best by almost 20 feet and moved into the overall U.S. top 10 with her mark.

The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the largest and most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. The Junior Olympics feature the following age divisions: 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 2007 USATF Junior Olympic Program.

Another national record fell in the prelims of the young women's 200 when Victoria Jordan of Dallas Gold clocked 23.24 to lower the old mark of 23.27 set by Gabby Mayo last year. Carissa Culver of Buena Park, Calif., added one centimeter to the youth girls' national pole vault record with a 3.41m/11-2.25 effort.

Daniel Block of Hanover Park, Ill., broke the meet record in the intermediate boys' discus, spinning the platter 54.58m/179-1 to win by 13 feet and add a foot to the previous best of 54.29m/178-1 set by Geoffrey Tabor of Norman, Okla., in 2005. Alex Cartwright of the Salem, Ore., Track Club added almost eight feet to the intermediate boys' meet record in the javelin with a 60.96m/200-0 throw.

In the intermediate boys' 800 prelims, Howard Shepard of Dallas, Texas, set a national youth record of 1:51.94. Shepard, who runs for the Texas Stars TC, set the previous record of 1:52.25 last year.

Pan American junior and U.S. junior champion Jamesha Youngblood of San Pablo, Calif., won the young women's long jump with a best of 5.90m/19-4.25, and U.S. junior silver medalist Troy Doris of Lockport Township, Ill., won a heated battle in the young men's triple jump, spanning 15.99m/52-5.5, the best mark by a high schooler this year. Tyron Stewart of Cedar Hill, Texas, and World Youth champion Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Ga., also topped 50-feet.

Ryan Prentice of the Federal Way TC in Normandy Park, Wash., won the young men's 5000 to open the day, with a time of 15:01.31. In the intermediate boys' 3000, Steve Magnuson of Oro Valley, Ariz., cruised to an 8:57.68 for victory.

The intermediate girls' triple jump gold was won by Oakland's Alitta Boyd, with a jump of 12.50m/41-0.25. Matthew Green of Belle Vernon, Pa., won the youth boys' high jump, clearing 1.80m/5-10.75. In the midget girls' high jump, Ashlee Moore of the Arizona Flames TC from Chandler sailed over 1.55/5-1 for victory.

Shot putter Mason Finley of the Fort Collins TC in Salida, Colo., won the young men's event with a toss of 18.15m/59-6.75. Stehl Ratliff of Brownwood, Texas, cleared 4.05m/13-3.5 to win the youth boys' pole vault. In the young women's shot put, the Texas Throwbacks went 1-2 with Jordyn Brown of Mesquite nabbing gold with a 14.83m/48-8 throw to beat teammate Skylar White of DeSoto.

Other field event action saw Margaux Jones of the Rising Stars TC in Redlands, Calif., win the bantam girls' high jump with a clearance at 1.35m/4-5, and Bloomfield, Iowa's Kate Birchmier took top honors in the bantam girls' shot put at 9.74m/31-11.5. Leslie Murray of Adelphi, Md., took gold in the intermediate boys' long jump with a leap of 7.04m/23-1.25. Alyssa Hasslen of Sheridan, Ore., won the intermediate girls' discus at 43.97m/144-3.

Paden Gatlin of the Texas Express in Lancaster topped the podium in the midget boys' discus with a 35.10m/115-2 effort, while Denzel Sherrill of Penn Hills, Pa., grabbed gold in the midget boys' javelin at 44.97m/147-6.

Competition resumes Friday at 8 a.m. with the heats of the 100 meters. The meet is being webcast at For more information and complete results, visit