Competitive relays and multis highlight Day 2 of Junior Olympics
Abbey Doran and Amanda Stewart
USA Track & Field
SACRAMENTO - Day 2 of the 2010 USA National Junior Olympic Championships was highlighted by several down-to-the-wire multi-event and relay competitions, as well as appearances by gold medalists Maurice Greene and Andre Phillips at the Opening Ceremony. The meet is being held July 27- Aug. 1 at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif.
2010 Youth Outdoor champion Jaiden Woodbey (Speed City TC) won the Bantam Boys triathlon with an impressive 1,002 points, the first Bantam athlete to score more than 1,000 points at the National Junior Olympic Championships since Rashad Rainey-Cox set the meet and National record (1,032) in 2002.
The Midget Boys pentathlon was an exciting contest with Austin Hornbaker (Arizona Cheetahs, Chandler, Ariz.) and Daniel Richardson (Team RAW) finishing just two points apart. Although Richardson came out on top in the final two events, Hornbaker was able to preserve his lead and finish first with 2,495 points to Richardson's 2,493.
Jamaal Jones (Phoenix Bobcats, Phoenix, Ariz.) maintained his lead from Day 1 of the Intermediate Boys' decathlon to win the event with 5,582 points, and Nathanael Franks (Damascus, Ore.), who placed 12th at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Championships last month, won the Young Men's decathlon with 6,905 points, nearly 400 points ahead of second place.
Allison Reaser (Together Elite, El Segundo, Calif.) also continued her lead from yesterday in the Young Women's heptathlon to claim the title today with 5,019 points, and Hannah Hensley (Sandhills TC, Garner, N.C.) took the Intermediate Girls heptathlon with 4,725 points. Sasha Goff won the Midget Girl's pentathlon with 3,142 points.
In the Intermediate Girls and Young Women's 3,000m race walk, it was two clear wins by Kaitlin Flanders (Gorham, Maine) and Erika Shaver (Miami Valley TC, Dayton, Ohio). Flanders, taking a strong lead by the first lap, finished her race nearly a minute before the rest of the Intermediate Girls' field in 16:16.48. Barely missing the meet record, defending champion Shaver finished just under fifteen minutes (14:56.50), which was nearly four minutes faster than the runner-up. Killian Tooke (Texastrong, El Paso, Texas) took the Intermediate Boys 3,000m race walk in 16:55.10, and Jonathan Hallman (Pickens, S.C.) won the Young Men's event (13:43.08).
The Intermediate Boys event came down to the finish, with Track Houston (8:01.06) beating Glenarden (8:01.29) by just two-tenths of a second in the final few meters. Texas Stars' Young Men's team finished just over a second off the Junior Olympic meet record, winning the event in 7:36.66, while the Youth Boys team from the Titans Track Club (Marietta, Ga.) held on to win in 8:44.55 over Speed City's 8:46.58. The California Comets' (Simi Valley, Calif.) Midget Boys team won in 9:24.08.
After a close first two legs, the Central Valley Roadrunners (Modesto, Calif.) pulled away from Track Houston (10:14.66) in the Midget Girls' 4x800m relay for a clear victory in 9:52.73. Barely missing the Junior Olympic record in the Youth Girls' 4x800m relay, the 3m Track Club (Oakland, Calif.) won their event in 9:22.43, and Seattle's Seatown Express won the Intermediate Girls' 4x800m relay with a time of 9:28.90. Track Houston won their second relay of the day when the Young Women's team easily took first in 9:13.84.
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