After earning medals last summer in the World Youth Championships, Keturah Orji and Alexa Efraimson are looking to graduate to medals in the World Junior Championships, but first have to make the team at the US Junior Nationals on July 5th and 6th in Eugene. (Photo by Kirby Lee of Image of Sport)
With the USATF Junior National Outdoor Track & Field Championships approaching (July 5th & 6th at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon) and Team USA spots on the line for the IAAF World Junior Championships, it would be a good time to see who are the top potential contenders for spots to make the team. Jim Spier, executive director for the NSAF and meet director for the New Balance Nationals, regularly maintains lists throughout the season of the top performances for junior age and eligible athletes.
It is important to note that many college freshmen also meet the age requirements and cutoff to compete in the US Junior Nationals and qualify for the World Junior Championships, so combining with the best of the best among high school track & field, this year's US Junior Nationals will be even more ultra competitive than usual with many looking to represent the country on the world stage on US home soil. A list of the top performances by junior men and women (note: not an actual performance list of entries) can be found below compiled by Jim Spier.
MileSplit will be on-site with coverage both the US Junior Nationals and World IAAF Championships with each event being held at University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene.
See the current entries (and status of those entries) for USATF Junior Nationals here