The 16 Best Sprint & Hurdle Talents Headed To AAU This Week

IndexMakeriah Harris-Sanaa Hebron-Mario Paul-Kayleigh Stargell-Erriyon Knighton-Bryce McCray-Chanice Spicer-David Foster-Tamaal Myers-Aaliyah Butler-Alexander Nunley-Autumn Wilson-Udodi Onwuzurike-Lucheyona Weaver-Robert Gregory-Talitha Diggs

1. Talitha Diggs

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Saucon Valley High School, PA

Class of 2020, Girls 17-18 -- 100m, 200m

The future University of Florida sprinter is arguably the top-rated athlete who is scheduled to appear at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, and there are obvious reasons for that dinstinction: 

11.52, 23.36, 52.82

Those three performances from 2019 all ranked within the top 15 in the country and were either leading (400m) or No. 2 times in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Diggs was exceptional as a high school junior, and her indoor season only capitalized on that momentum further when she finished the season ranked third nationally in the 300m (37.67), 400m (53.98) and 55m (6.90), fourth in the 200m (23.79) and eighth in the 60m (7.46). 

Then COVID-19 happened. 

The erasure of a season effectively cut that momentum off, but Diggs shouldn't be slowing down too much. A recent solo time trial saw the future Trojan run an FAT 11.93 seconds in the 100m and 24.40 in the 200m. 

Both the girls 17-18 age division 100m and 200m fields at the AAU Junior Olympics are stacked, so it's unlikely Diggs will get an easy road to the finals ... but competition may only breed faster times, and at this point who's run away from that? 

- Cory