2008 USA Youth Champs hit midway point


Tiffany Kovacevich
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

CHARLOTTE - The 2008 USA Youth Track & Field Championships hit the midway point in the six day competition at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Terence Lee (Juventus) captured the individual title in the young men's 5,000 meter run, finishing in 16 minutes 3.04 seconds, just ahead of runner-up Steven Stoot (Peak Distance) who clocked 16:03.19.

In the intermediate boys' 5,000m run, Lukas Verzbicas captured the win with a personal best time of 8:49.37. Parker Bowles (Jenks America TC) continued his success from the first day of competition, finishing second in 9:00.76.

Jacinda Evans (Durham Striders) leaped 5.96m/19-6.75 in the young women's long jump to capture first place.

In the midget boys' javelin throw, Aaron Ramirez threw the spear 44.00m/144-04 to claim the individual title.

Ryan Crouser (Team Oregon USA) won both the intermediate boys' discus and javelin throw, heaving the 1.6kg discus 54.94m/180-03 and throwing the javelin 55.19m/181-01.

In the bantam girls' shot put, Khayla Dawson (Charlotte Flights TFC) tossed the 6 pound implement 7.99m/26-2.75.

Olivia Hudson hopped, skipped, and jumped her way to a first place finish in the intermediate girls' triple jump with a distance of 11.43m/37-6.

For more information from the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including complete results, visit www.usatf.org/events/2008/USAYouthOutdoorTFChampionships.

Athlete Quotes:

Young men's 5000m champion, Terence Lee

It went ok, it was pretty slow, I just wanted to win the race, I wasn't really looking for time.

Intermediate boys' 3000m champion, Lukas Verzbicas

It was a great race; it was a fast race for me because that's my best time ever. First time I've run under 9 minutes, it was awesome. I was pacing the first two kilometers and had just one left I moved to front and never gave up the lead.

Intermediate girls' triple jump champion, Olivia Hudson

I think I did pretty good overall, I mostly had to work on getting my phases right, I just started this a couple months ago, and it was good for one of my first times this year. It wasn't my personal best but it was pretty consistent.