Reynolds leads returning champions to USA Youth Champs


Abbey Doran
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - The nation's top youth track and field competitors are heading to Lisle, Ill. for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 29- July 4 at The Sports Complex on the campus of Benedictine University.

The Youth Championships are a national competition with entry based upon qualifying standards for each event and has the same age divisions as the USATF Junior Olympic Program: Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Women/Men (17-18). The USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships are also scored for team championships in all age divisions.

The 2010 Championship meet will feature great competition from several returning top finishers.

Robin Reynolds, part of this year's Youth Olympic Games team, will be returning in three of the four events she won last year. The 2009 Intermediate champion in the 100m (11.68), 200m (23.82), 400m (54.07) and long jump (5.91m/19-4.75), Reynolds will be sticking to the track this year as she looks to repeat her top finishes in the sprints.

Eliza Dekker, the 2009 Midget Girls' 3,000m champion (10:22.43), will be looking for a second title in that event in the Youth age group this year. She is also hoping to improve on her second-place finishes at the 2009 Championships in the 800m (2:20.75) and 1,500m (4:53.22).

Mackenzie Ellison, who finished second in the Bantam Girls' 800m and 1,500m last year to National Record holder Daesha Rogers, will be returning in those events and adding the 3,000m to her schedule this year.

Akinyele Turner, the 2009 Midget Boys' javelin champion (45.41m/149-0), second-place finisher in the shot put (11.19m/36-8.5) and third-place finisher in the discus throw (28.39m/93-2) will return in the Youth division in all three of those field events.

Aaron Zedella, 2009 Youth boys' discus throw champion (46.73m/153-4), is returning in that event and will also be adding the shot put this year.

Justin Liedke placed second in the Midget Boys' 1,500m and 3,000m last year, but returns at the top of his age group and will be tough to beat.

Also watch for Zakiya Tyson in the Young Women's sprints.

Last year's multiple age-group team champions, including the Durham Striders, Southern Cal Cougars and Track Houston will also be returning to reclaim their top spots.

For more information on the 2010 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit