Five national records highlight final day of Junior Olympics
USA Track & Field
WALNUT, Calif. -- World Youth champion and record-holder Wayne Davis of Hurdles First in Raleigh, N.C., broke the national record in the intermediate boys' 110 hurdles Sunday to highlight the final day of action at the 41st USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College. Davis, who won gold in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and set a world youth best in the process, clocked 13.74 to chop .08 off the previous record set last year by William Wynne.
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.
National record efforts were also turned in by Nathan Mathabane in the intermediate boys' 1500, and Mystasia Alexander in the bantam girls' javelin. Mathabane, from Portland, Ore., ran 3:54.02 to cut almost three seconds off the old best, while Alexander of the Los Angeles Jets in Lynwood, Calif., had a throw of 37.15 meters/121-10 to add more than 12 feet to the old standard.
Shanay Briscoe of the Northwest Flyers in Cypress, Texas, broke an 11-year-old record in the intermediate girls' high jump with a leap of 1.82m/5-11.5. Briscoe won the heptathlon Wednesday. Her mark bettered the previous record of 1.81m/5-11.25 set in 1996 by Camee Williams of Dayton, Ohio.
The Southern California Running Cougars capped off the meet with a record-setting run in the young men's 4x400 relay, where World Youth Championships 400 hurdles silver medalist Reggie Wyatt anchored a team of Joey Hughes, Nevin Gutierrez and Jeshua Anderson to a 3:06.22 to take down the old record of 3:06.50 set in 1998 by East Atlanta TC.
In late action Saturday, Lauren Chambers of Throw 1 Deep in Marietta, Ga., set a national record in the intermediate girls' hammer throw with a 46.84m/153-8 effort.
Meet records went to Javier Rodriguez of the Alpha Omega TC in Miami, who won the youth boys' long jump at 6.68m/21-11, and Elias Gedyon of Quiet Fire in Los Angeles, who completed the 800/1500 youth boys' double with a 4:05.25 to knock more than five seconds off the previous meet record. Brieanna Kennedy of Newark, Del., set a meet record in the young women's javelin at 44.64m/146-5, and ended up as a double champion after topping the discus competition earlier this week.
Triple World Youth Championships medalist William Wynne of the Titans in Kennesaw, Ga., easily won the young men's 400 hurdles with a time of 50.89, with clubmate Kenneth Gilstrap, the WYC 100 bronze medalist, taking gold in the intermediate boys' 100 at 10.60.
World Youth Championships medalists also won the young men's and young women's 400 titles, with Wyattdashing to a 46.89, and Erica Alexander of the Texas Storm in Friendswood clocking 53.62. Alexander anchored Team USA to gold in the medley relay in Ostrava. Jasmine Stowers of the Quickstriders in Liberty, S.C., who was fourth at the WYC, won the intermediate girls' 100 hurdles title here with a windy 13.68.
Double winners included Javan Gray in the youth boys' discus, with a throw of 52.82m/173-3 to add to the shot put title he won yesterday, and Xavier Jones of the Greensboro Blazers, who won the midget boys' 400 in 53.50 after setting a national record in the 200 yesterday. Akawkaw Ndipagbor of the Together Elite in Corona, Calif., also added youth girls' 400 gold to the 200 she won yesterday, finishing in 53.73.
Dallas Gold's Victoria Jordan of Fort Worth dominated the young women's 100 much the same way she did the 200 yesterday, sprinting to an 11.36 win. Jordan also anchored her team to a national 4x100 record Saturday, and anchored the club to a come-from-behind win in the 4x400 today. In the youth girls' 1500, Danielle Menlove of Team Provo in Sandy, Utah, completed the 1500/3000 double with a 4:29.90. Emily Reese of the Northside Red Runners in Dunwoody, Ga., did the same double in the young women's division, taking the 1500 today at 4:38.31.
In the midget girls' discus, Bre'Ann Warren of the Greensboro Champions picked up another gold after winning the shot put yesterday, spinning the platter 32.35m/106-2.
Casey Roche of Los Altos, Calif., defended his young men's pole vault title with a clearance at 5.25m/17-2.75, just missing on attempts to break his own national record of 5.31m/17-5, set last year.
The 2008 Junior Olympics will be held at Omaha, Neb. For more information and complete results from this year's meet, visit www.usatf.org.