McCullough smashes hammer throw record at 2008 USA Youth Champs


Tiffany Kovacevich
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

CHARLOTTE -Conor McCullough shattered the young men's hammer throw record at the 2008 USA Youth Track & Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

McCullough launched the 12 pound implement 79.24 meters/260 feet, in so breaking Jordan Stray's previous record of 67.64m/221-11 by over 38 feet. McCullough also holds the intermediate boys hammer throw record at 72.53m/237-11, set in 2007. Over 100 feet back, runner-up Nabil Mubarak (Throw 1 Deep) finished with a toss of 46.44m/152-04.

Robin Reynolds (Miami Northwest Express TC) collected dual individual titles in the youth girls 200m and 800m. Reynolds blazed down the track in the 200m with a time of 22.83 seconds, just .02 off the meet record. Later in the day, Reynolds rallied in the 800m in the final straightaway to claim first place in 2:16.28. Reynolds is also qualified to the 100m and 400m finals, which will take place Sunday.

Lauren Chambers (Throw 1 Deep) picked up her second win of the competition, placing first in the young women's hammer throw with a 48.45m/158-11. Chambers also holds the intermediate girls hammer throw record at 46.84m/153-8, set in 2007. On Friday Chambers won the shot put with a heave of 13.52m/44-4.25.

Natalie Baird (Loudoun Track and Field Club) who won the discus on Friday, snagged third in the hammer throw with a toss of 41.54m/136-03.

In the bantam girls long jump Laura Panteau (Focos) leaped 4.28m/14-0.5 to collect a first place finish.

Tate Schienbein took the early lead in the youth boys 3,000m and never looked back, running to a first place time of 9:22.75.

In the midget boys 200m Antwoine Hardy (Willis/Camden PAL) sprinted to a first place finish with a time of 24.11.

Livingston Morris (Etowah Youth Track Club) collected the individual title in the bantam boys 300 gram mini-javelin throw, with a fling of 37.44m/122-10.

In the midget girls shot put Lloydricia Cameron (Miami Northwest Express Track Club) tossed the six pound implement 11.55m/37-10.75 to capture the individual title.

Nikita Kirillov soared to 4.05m/13-3.5 to seize the individual title in the intermediate boys pole vault.

In the intermediate girls 200m Shanae-Latae Bailey (Mount Airy Track Club) hauled down the track to finish first in 23.99 to claim the individual title.

Sunday wraps up the final day of competition for the 2008 USA Youth Champs, with finals to come in all remaining running and field events.

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Athlete Quotations:

Bantam boys mini-javelin throw winner, Livingston Morris (Etowah Youth TC)

"It feels great to win. I was just trying to do the same things over and over again with my technique and be consistent."

Midget girls 3,000m winner, Eliza Dekker (Durham Striders TC)

"I am really happy that I won and it's only the second time I've run the 3,000."

Youth boys 3,000m winner, Tate Schienbein

"I felt hot, tired, my feet were really hot on that track. My pace was too slow, I had to be about 15 to 20 seconds faster, that was my goal."

Youth girls 200m and 800m winner, Robin Reynolds (Miami Northwest Express TC)

"I felt very proud and very good about myself. Both times were the fastest I've run this year, but I'm hoping that when I go to Junior Olympics in July, I hope to PR again."

"My strategy tomorrow for the 100m and 400m is to go out there and give it 110%."