Relays and Multi-events close out the second day of the 2009 USA Youth Champs


Sarah Price
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The 2009 USA Youth Track & Field Championships completed day two of competition Wednesday at Rynearson Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University with the 4x800 meter relays and multi-events highlighting the day.

The Intermediate Boys' 4x800m relay was a race to watch. From beginning til end, the Titans Track Club and Track Houston Track Club were neck and neck. Anchor leg, De'Marea Hawkins (Titans Track Club) pulled away on the final lap and led his team to victory in a time of 8 minutes 09.09 seconds.

Motor City Track Club Inc. claimed their first title in the Youth Girls'

4x800m relay in 9:57.37. The team consisted of triplets Mallory, Tess, and Aubrey Wilberding, and their friend Courtney Hewitt, who had never participated in the USA Youth Championships.

Youth Boys' 4x800m relay champions, the South Orange County Wildcats, opened their lead in the final lap to win in a time of 9:03.45.

The Intermediate Girls' heptathlon champion, Alex Gochenour (Cornhuskers

Flyers) walked away with an easy win today. Gochenour finished with 4,690 points and improved on her 4thplace finish from last year. Second place was taken by Marjorie Butler (Knoxville Track Club) with 4,508 points.

Gunner Nixon (Eastside Steppers Track Club) led the Intermediate Boys'

decathlon from start to finish, winning all ten events and wrapped up an outstanding second day with the win. Nixon scored 6,553 points and is looking forward to USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina at the end of month.

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Athlete Quotes:

Youth Girls' 4x800m champions from Motor City Track Club

"This is our first year running summer track so we did not know what to expect but we are happy we won. We are a good team," Courtney Hewitt says, as the teammates exchange high fives and smile.

Youth Boys' 4x800m champions from South Orange County

"We thought it would be hard, but we didn't think we were going to win.

We figured we would be second. It was the fastest we have run it though, six second PR. "

De'Marea Hawkins, anchor leg of Intermediate Boys' 4x800m winning team

"I just wanted to win; we have been practicing hard, so it was a well deserved win. Now I have 800m tomorrow to get ready for. "

Intermediate Girls' heptathlon champion, Alex Gochenour

"Going into the 800m I was 200 points ahead so I didn't freak out like I normally do. I am usually behind at this point and need to run a good 800m to win, but not today. "

Intermediate Boys' decathlon champion, Gunner Nixon

"Going into the 1,500, I just wanted to run a PR and I did by 3 seconds.

I ran 4:41.22. When I head to North Carolina I want to try and get the national record in the decathlon of 6,896 points."