The 2019 AAU Junior Olympic Games Throws Preview


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If there's one trend in the throws at this year's AAU Junior Olympic Games, it's evident in the girls category. 

The nation's top age group throwers are versatile beyond just one discipline. Five girls athletes enter leading more than one event, including 9-year-old Laila Jones (shot put, javelin), 11-year-old J'Nia Simpson (discus, shot put), 13-year-old Ja'Myah Williams (discus, shot put) and 14-year-old Carlie Weiser (discus shot put). 

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that 12-year-old Chayanne Gordon enters the Games as the leader in all three events (discus, shot put, javelin). 

The older competitors get, however, the more parity reigns. 

Fayetteville Whitewater (GA) High School graduate Morgan Johnson, a University of Pennsylvania signee, enters her final Games as the top seed in the shot put, and the senior will look to best her top throw of 45 feet, 8 inches over the 2019 season. 

In the boys throws, Quann Shears, of Richmond Academy (GA), returns as a champion from last year in the javelin (176-7) and will look to break 190 feet as the top seed. 

Meanwhile, Corey Moore, the top seed in the shot put (56-8), has eyes on breaking 60 feet. And we can't forget about Blue Thunder Track Club's 11-year-old Jackson Cantwell, the top seed in the shot put who will look to reclaim the crown he won last year. 

Up Next: 

  • Sprints Preview (12 p.m., Wednesday)
  • Hurdles Preview (6 p.m., Wednesday)
  • Throws Preview (12 p.m., Thursday)
  • Distance Preview (8 a.m. Friday)
  • Jumps Preview (12 p.m. Friday)

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Throws Top Seeds

Girls Discus

11yo: J'Nia Simpson, Trailblazers Youth, 78-5.73

12yo: Chayanne Gordon, Throwers Respect, 96-10

13yo: Ja'Myah Williams, Eagles Wings TC, 121-10

14yo: Carlie Weiser, LC Express, 129-01

15-16yo: Meredith Adams, 727 Youth Track, 134-11.69

17-18yo: Paige Low, Midland Crusader, 140-6.50

Girls Shot Put

8 & Under: Magdalena Kandt, Magsig-Pallett, 23-0.5

9yo: Laila Jones, Tri-City Relays, 28-1.50

10yo: Naysa Brewer, Jackrabbit Track Club, 30-1.50

11yo: J'Nia Simpson, Trailblazers Youth, 36-3

12yo: Chayanne Gordon, Throwers Respect, 37-10

13yo: Ja'Myah Williams, Eagles Wings Track, 38-10.25

14yo: Carlie Weiser, LC Express, 51-1

15-16yo: Faith Mitchell, Unattached, 41-11.25

17-18yo: Morgan Johnson, Velocity Track Club, 44-7.75

Girls Javelin

8 & Under: Harmoni Mason, WGT Tigers, 56-1.23

9yo: Laila Jones, Tri-City Relay, 68-10

10yo: Katelyn Hartman, Running Tigers, 73-11.40

11yo: Jada Lubin, Morris Estate TC, 89-10

12yo: Chayanne Gordon, Throwers Respect, 97-4

13yo: Moriah Evans, Track Xplosion, 106-8

14yo: Jasmine Hampton, Unattached, 126-8

15-16yo: Camille Clay, Flippen Flyers, 128-8.25

17-18: Meghan Owens, Unattached, 133-9

Boys Discus

11yo: Tyson Jackson, Knoxville Youth, 104-6

12yo: Teegan Simmons, Waza Track Club, 111-5

13yo: JJ Davis IV, CDM Elite Track Club

14yo: Shinobu Hawk, Virginia Elite, 166-7.50

15-16yo: Kegan Manor, KC Fire TC, 163-8

17-18yo: Corey Moore Jr. Throwers Respect, 183-3

Boys Shot Put

8 & Under: Braylon Jackson, Central Iowa, 26-6.50

9yo: Trace Calhoun, All American Throwers, 28-10.25

10yo: Keyon Coleman, Gem City Jaguars, 32-1.50

11yo: Jackson Cantwell, Blue Thunder Track, 43-3

12yo: Quintaelyn Joyner, DV Ducks, 51-4

13yo: Michael Phillips, Blues Track Club, 51-5

14yo: Alex Sohn, Central Ill. Track, 50-1

15-16yo: Adam Watkins, Unattached, 56-3

17-18yo: Corey Moore Jr., Throwers Respect, 56-8

Boys Javelin

8 & Under: Kason Rhoden, Real Deal Runners, 77-3

9yo: Adonis Dunnigan, Next Level Elite, 87-7

10yo: Leighton Little, Carolina Eagles, 116-4.06

11yo: Xavier Perkins, Carolina Road Runners, 124-1

12yo: Jared Lockhart, Charlotte Panthers, 147-5

13yo: Colter Oldham, Unattached, 125-5

14yo: Darrion Rascoe, Unattached, 153-11

15-16yo: Max Blaufuss, Unattached, 171-9

17-18: Quann Shears, F3, 189-10