INDIANAPOLIS - Jordan Hasay surprised no one in winning the women's 1,500m Friday at the 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Track & Field Championships at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis.
A high school phenom, Hasay (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) continued to rewrite the record books, winning the women's 1,500m in a meet, age and sophomore class record 4 minutes 16.98 seconds. The previous meet record of 4:18.1 was set in 1977 by Lynn Jennings and Suzy Favor-Hamilton's age and sophomore class record of 4:19.46 was set in 1992. Hasay's time is the fastest in 25 years and sits at #4 on the all-time high school list. 2007 NCAA DII West Regional Cross Country champion Jessica Pixler (Sammamish, Wash.) finished strong for second in 4:20.93.
Two-time USATF Junior Olympic champion William Wynne (Kennesaw, Ga.) won the men's 400m hurdles in 49.70. Wynne's time places him second on the all-time U.S. Junior list. Wynne will next compete in the 110m and 400m hurdles at the World Youth Championships in July. National High School record-holder in the 55m hurdles Johnny Dutch (Clayton, N.C.) was the runner-up in 50.07.
2006 U.S. champion Jessica Beard (Euclid, Ohio) ran away with the title in the women's 400 meters in 52.12 seconds, over 1 second ahead of runner-up Brandi Cross (Missouri City, Texas) who finished in 53.33. Bear and Cross were both members of the 4x400m relay that brought home the gold medal from the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships.
On the men's side, 2007 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year Bryshon Nellum (Long Beach, Calif.) dominated the men's 400m, cruising to victory in 45.38. Western Kentucky freshman Terrill McCombs (Upper Marlboro, Md.) finished in second in 46.24.
Virginia Tech freshman Queen Quedith Harrison (Richmond, Va.) turned in a strong performance in winning the women's 400m hurdles in 56.86. Ryann Krais (Eagleville, Pa.) was second in 57.20 and Jacquelyn Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.) was third in 57.89.
In a race to the finish, 2006 U.S. Junior champion Andrew (A.J.) Acosta (Oceanside, Calif.) surged from the back of the lead pack to edge out 2007 Nike Outdoor National 2 mile champion Matt Centrowitz (Broadneck, Md.) at the finish, winning in 3:49.53 to 3:59.54 respectively. 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals mile champion Sam Borchers (Yellow Springs, Ohio) was third in 3:50.23.
Also at the track, Emily Sisson (Omaha, Neb.) won the women's 5,000m in 16:48.57 and Alex Gits (Edina, Minn.) was second in 16:50.47. Roberto Vergara (Edinburg, Texas) outdistanced his brother Ricardo in the men's 10,000m race walk to win the title in 47:28.24 to 47:59.72. Matthew Forgues (Boothbay, Maine) was third in 51:00.55.
For more information and live results on the 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Track & Field Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2007/USAJuniorOutdoorTFChampionships/.