Two more national records set on day 4 of Junior Olympics


Glen McMicken
USA Track & Field

WALNUT, Calif. -- Two field event national records fell Friday to highlight action on day four at the 41st USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College. William Clay of the Do Right TC in Phoenix, Ariz., triple jumped 15.20 meters/49-10.5 to set an intermediate boys record, topping the old best of 15.08m/49-5.75 set by Chris Hercules of Palatine, Ill., in 1995.

In the youth boys' javelin, Devin Bogert of the Northwest Flyers in Tomball, Texas, launched the spear 55.04m/180-7 to beat the previous record of 54.62m/179-2 by Track Houston's Matthew Kosecki in 2005. Javan Gray of the Emerald Valley TC also broke the old record in taking the silver.

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.

Melissa Gergel of the LV's Cheetahs in Glenwood, Ill., broke the meet record in the young women's pole vault, scaling 3.90m/12-9.5 to beat the old record of 3.85m/12-7.5 set by Brianna Neumann of the Bruin TC in 2005. Elizabeth Stover of Longmont, Colo., also bettered the old record in garnering silver.

A trio of throwers picked up their second gold medals of the meet as Mason Finley of the Ft. Collins (Colo.) TC won the young men's discus at 54.61m/179-2 and Alyssa Hasslen of Sheridan, Ore., took top honors in the intermediate girls shot put with a toss of 13.63m/44-8.75. Finley won the shot, and Hasslen won the discus yesterday. Daniel Block of Hanover Park, Ill., added intermediate boys' shot gold to the discus title he won Thursday with a 16.79/55-1 throw.

Vernon George of the North Shore Breeze in Zion, Ill., came out on top of a spirited young men's long jump competition, spanning 7.54m/24-9. The intermediate girls' gold went to A'Lexus Brannon of the Southern Eagles in Port Arthur, Texas, who jumped 5.96m/19-6.75. Briana Stewart of the 3M TC in Castro Valley, Calif., was the young women's triple jump champ with a best of 12.71m/41-8.5.

Newark, Del., produced a gold medalist in the young women's discus as Brieanna Kennedy took top honors with a throw of 45.49m/149-3, while Jonte Leaston of the Tri-City Blazers in Raleigh, N.C., was victorious in the bantam boys' high jump with a 1.43m/4-8.25 clearance.

Alexandria Gochenour of Missouri Valley, Iowa, won the youth girls' high jump for the Cornhusker Flyers at 1.65m/5-5. The midget boys' javelin title was claimed by Zaybree Haury of the San Diego Golden Stars with a throw of 37.99m/124-8, and Shade Weygandt of Mansfield, Texas, topped the intermediate girls' pole vault standings with a 3.80m/12-5.5 clearance.

Cheney TC's Nick Lyons of Waitsburg, Wash., had a big final attempt to win the young men's javelin at 62.85m/206-2. Alex Collatz of Bakersfield, Calif., reigned supreme in the youth girls' discus with a throw of 42.63m/139-10, and Armand Shyne of the 3M TC won the bantam boys' shot with a put of 10.38m/34-0.75.

In other field event finals, Jonathan Addison of the Tri-City Blazers in Raleigh, N.C., won the midget boys' high jump at 1.55m/5-1.

Competition resumes Saturday at 8 a.m. with the heats of the 400 hurdles. The meet is being webcast at For more information and complete results, visit