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Sophia Rivera of Brentwood, Mo. won The Penn Relays Carnival in the javelin, throwing U.S. No. 5 All-Time heave of 175-10.Sophia Rivera of Brentwood, Mo. won The Penn Relays Carnival in the javelin, throwing U.S. No. 5 All-Time heave of 175-10.

A top Peach State sprinter for more than 4 years, made biggest national impact yet with 2nd at NBNI 60m in March with US#2 7.37 ... outdoors, just won 3rd 100m and 2nd 200m Class 5A state titles on May 9 with near-PR 11.69 and wind-legal PR 23.91 ... currently US#12 and #17, respectively ... won 2013 AAU JO 100 title (15-16 yo).

Rising talent a huge part of Coach Carmen Jackson's epic program ... doubled 100m and 200m at 3A state May 2 with 11.44w and US#6 23.55, plus leg on state-record-setting US#2 45.61 4x1 ... set legal 100 PR with 11.68 in Region 4 meet and ran on US#1 4x2 back at Fla. Relays ... at NBNO last year, won frosh 100 and ran on winning championship 4x1 and 2nd-place 4x2.

  • Lauryn Ghee, Grassfield (Chesapeake, VA) soph, sprints/relays

Another soph who's risen in the ranks in '15 ... like teammate Grant Holloway, has great all-around talent and range ... 3rd in NBNI 400 at US#4 54.65 ... also US#1 1:13.84 500m, #3 38.47 300m ... improved to 54.37 so far outdoors ... also has 5-4 HJ, 17-9 LJ, 11.78 100m and 23.96 200 PRs (all nwi) ... won frosh 400 at NBNO last spring with record 54.84.

Starting to emerge on national scene this year, with latest and best highlight being her Penn Relays 400H victory last month in then-US#1 1:00.69 ... had a big 200/400 breakthroughs indoors with 24.52/54.73 double to sweep PTFCA state titles ... also set 300H PR in April at 42.61 ... great range, can do anything from 55 to 5k, all hurdles and long jump.

  • Sarah Walker, Germantown Friends (Philadelphia, PA) junior, 800/4x400

Rocketed to US#11 2:06.62 PR as a soph in 2014, and currently stands US#3 at 2:07.56 ... has good history of marks in 2:07-2:09 range, as well as mostly good championship finishes with 4th at NBNI in March after 9th at NBNO and 7th at Juniors in '14 ... her strong range includes 56.05 400 PR and 4:59 in 1,600 ... had a fine US#3 1:32.30 600m indoors to win Armory Invite.

  • Anna Cockrell, Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) junior, hurdles/relays

Very good indoor season (lots of 8.4s in 60H) turned great at NBNI with US#2 8.21 60H runner-up finish, good for #5 all-time ... has continued to impress outdoors, with NCISSA state triple including 13.53 100H(nwi) and US#2 41.31 300H ... also has 13.42(nwi), with wind-legal 100H PR still 13.46 from '14 NBNO (3rd) ... at 400H, 1:01.45 this year, 59.97 last year (4th NBNO).

Hit new peak at 6A state this past weekend with 13.25w 100H (all-conditions PR), 42.09 300H double, plus 4x100 victory ... has US#4 13.45 legal best in '15, plus US#8 41.92 ... great soph season in '14 was highlighted by NBNO 100H title in US#2 13.33, just nipping Sydney McLaughlin ... has taken 3rd at 60H at both 2014 and 2015 NBNI.

Had a 3A state meet triple two weeks ago that was legendary: US#3 20-5 long jump, 40-2.25 triple jump and 5-10 high jump ... otherwise best known for the HJ, where this year she's become consistent 6-footer (six times) ... biggest highlight has been 6-0.5 to capture NBNI title in March ... first jumped 5-10 way back in 2012.

Super frosh campaign in 2013 saw her long jump US#1 21-0, win the NBNO title and go unbeaten until taking 5th at World Youths ... has been nearly as good since, with 2nd at NBNO in '14 behind Keturah Orji ... so far in '15, has claimed 2nd in first NBNI meet and currently has a US#1 20-8.5 best outdoors -- which won her 3rd straight Mt. SAC title.

NSAF Project Triple Jump member has continued to progress after outstanding soph year ... improved to 41-10 indoors, US#3 and good for 3rd at NBNI ... outdoors she won Arcadia title with then-US#1 40-11.75 (still #5) ... 2014 saw her go 41-3.75 and 41-6.5w, plus 19-11.75w ... won Youth Olympic Trials to make US team for Nanjing, China games ... 12-7 pole vault PR.

NSAF Project Javelin thrower has taken a great finish in 2014 to becoming arguably the best all-around prep girls thrower ever ... went from 117-ft. PR in jav to 175-10 in 18 mos., becoming #5 all-time and then winning Penn Relays in 1 big week ... won NBNI title to cap off unbeaten season in shot indoors (US#1 50-6.25) ... also has 149-9 discus PR.

  • Kiana Phelps, Kingsley-Pierson (Kingsley, IA) junior, throws

Was a big surprise in May last year when she improved her PR from 155-0 to US#1 179-7, which stood as nat'l leader for the season ... 3rd at NBNO, then won big Chicagoland Throws battle ... more consistent in 2015 so far with five meets between 157 and her US#2 172-9 ... won her 3rd straight Drake Relays title in April.

NSAF Project Javelin thrower has thrown consistently far to start 2015, with three meets between 164-4 and 167-2 (and another at 157-2) ... the 167-2 was a PR and US#1 at the time (now #3) ... hit 167-0 early last year, but never topped 157 after ... still, placed high in several 2014 meets, including 2nd at NBNO and Vaasa, Finland victory ... clearly better now, though.

Throw 1 Deep club standout recently set new PR of US#7 168-8 at Southern Challenge ... also US#4 with 3k Youth hammer at 175-7 ... in 2014 was 10th at NBNO, then won USATF JO (15-16) title ... in weight throw, was US#4 57-9 and 6th at NBNI ... career best was 58-8.75 soph class national record last year ... also good marks for shot, discus and jav.