* Jordan Anthony during the MHSAA Class 3A South State Championships
Photo Credit: Brock Kelly/Mississippi MileSplit
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There's no time like the present.
On Saturday, Jordan Anthony found the form that made him one of the country's top young sprint stars, earning his bid to U20 Worlds with a blistering new U.S. No. 1 wind-legal 200 meter time of 20.35 (+2.0) seconds at the USATF U20 Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The performance couldn't have come at a better time for the Tylertown (MS) High School graduate.
On Friday, Anthony failed to qualify for the World U20 Championships in the 100m after finishing sixth at the distance in 10.43.
But a day later, he was a new man. After rounding the curve Anthony broke free, with the Kentucky signee posting a final 100 meter split of 9.6 seconds to book his ticket while also securing the eighth-best wind-legal time in history.
Grand Valley State's Brandon Miller was second overall in 20.47 seconds.
Just hours after the race, Anthony revealed that his "hip popped back in place while running," suggesting that he was running through a small injury that somehow figured itself out on the track.
Men's Javelin: Monmouth's Evan Niedrowski produced the winning throw on his fifth attempt, hitting 70.58 meters (231 feet, 7 inches), while LSU's Jackson Rimes was second with a mark of 202-9.
Men's Triple Jump: Texas freshman Solomon Washington didn't really click on the board until his fifth attempt, when he launched a winning leap of 15.48 meters (50 feet, 9.5 inches). That effort ultimately surpassed Minnesota's Floyd Whittaker, who finished second in 15.35 (50-4.5), a marking that came on his first attempt.
Men's Discus: Liberty's Desmond Coleman grabbed the victory with a winning throw of 60.10 meters (197-2), claiming that mark on his third throw. Kevin Grubbs, the freshman from Sam Houston State, was second with a mark of 60.02m. Jeremiah Nubbe, a recent graduate of Rainier (WA), was fourth with a mark of 56.59m.
Women's Pole Vault: The Moll twins continued their dominance in the pole vault, clinching their tickets to Colombia by securing first and second in 4.35 meters. Amanda Moll won by virtue of attempts, clearing 14 feet, 3.25 inches on her first try, while Hana Moll cleared the bar on her second.
Women's Shot Put: Amelia Flynt, a freshman from California, Berkeley, secured the overall win with a mark of 15.55 meters (51-0.25), while Chrystal Herpin was second with a throw of 15.52m.
Women's Triple Jump: Suzan Ogunleye, a recent graduate of Pfuglerville Hendricksen (TX) secured the wind-aided victory with a mark of 13.09 meters (+2.6), while Agur Dwol (CO), the Oklahoma recruit, was second with a leap of 41-9.75.
STAT OF THE DAY
The number of high school athletes who qualified for the World U20 Championships on the final day of competition at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Women's High Jump: A total of four women all cleared the same height, passing over the 1.81m bar (5 feet, 11.25) inches, so it came down to attempts. Miracle Ailes, a 2021 graduate of Keokuk, secured the overall win with a clearance on her first attempt. But second-place got tricky. With Emma Gates and Cheyla Scott both clearing on their second attempt, it went back to overall misses; Gates had two, Scott had three.
Women's 3K Steeplechase: It was a competitive race up until the very end, with Oregon's Harper McClain claiming the win in 10:23.35, while (NY) Karrie Baloga, a rising junior from Cornwall (NY), was second in 10:27.13.
Women's 400mH: Akala Garrett had a career race on Saturday, taking down Michaela Rose, Myla Greene and others as she clinched her ticket to the World U20 Championships with her time of 57.47. That effort was a one-hundredth of a second faster than her overall best for the high school junior. The LSU freshman Rose was second in 58.30 while Bullis School's Myla Greene was third in 58.61.
Women's 200m: Lake Oswego's (OR) Mia Brahe-Pedersen continued her blazing path toward the World stage, finishing second overall in a new U.S. No. 1 time of 22.98 (-0.6) seconds, which ranks No. 21 in history. Jayla Jamison, the South Carolina freshman from Airport (SC), was first in 22.93 seconds.
Women's 400m: Coastal Carolina's Mekenze Kelly cruised into the finish with a winning time of 52.10 seconds, while Zaya Akins was second in 52.90. Kayly Brown was third in 53.11.
Women's 800m: An insane race, with two girls at 2-flat or faster. Mount De Sales graduate Juliette Whittaker claimed a new high school national record with her time of 1:59.04, while Roisin Willis was second in 2:00.32. For more, visit the story.
The month of June may belong to Addy Wiley.
The recent Huntington North (IN) graduate continued her torrid stretch of form at the USATF U20 Championships, claiming the 1,500m win on Saturday in a U.S. No. 1 time of 4:15.53.
That performance, No. 13 in history, was good enough to outpace Virginia's Mia Barnett, a fourth-place finisher at the ACC Championships, who was second in 4:20.86.
Both Wiley and Barnett, a 2021 graduate of Crescenta Valley (CA), booked their tickets to the World U20 Championships in Colombia.
Women's 3K: Fresh off her win in the 2-mile at Nike Outdoor Nationals, Kate Peters secured her ticket to worlds with the win here in 9:34.78. Analee Weaver was second in 9:41.65 while Heidi Nielson was third in 9:52.98.
Men's 3K Steeplechase: Air Force's Bryce Lentz was the only athlete to go under nine minutes, clocking a winning time of 8:58.46, while Weber State's Peter Vissey was second in 9:02.07.
Men's 400m: Cincinnati's Steven McElroy was electric down the stretch, clocking a winning time of 44.93 seconds. Texas A&M's Ashton Schwartzman was second in 45.16 while Oklahoma State's Charlie Bartholomew and Summer Creek (TX) graduate Darius Rainey likely earned tickets to the relay pool, going 45.40 and 45.92, respectively. Rainey became the fourth high school athlete to go under 46 seconds this season.
Men's 800m: Michigan's Miles Brown wound up winning the 800m in a time of 1:50.90 while Princeton's Sam Rodman was second in 1:50.91.
Men's 1,500m: Washington freshman Nathan Green displayed his dominance at the distance, clocking a winning time of 3:45.19 to earn his ticket to Worlds next to Wake Forest's Luke Tewalt, who was second in 3:47.62.
Men's 400mH: What did it take to win here? Only the eighth- and ninth-fastest times in high school history. Kody Blackwood, a Texas signee from McKinney North, won in a time of 50.62, though he needed every step, beating Red Mountain (AZ) graduate Yan Vazquez, who went 50.95 for second.
Men's 3K: Georgetown University's Lucas Guerra, a Highland (IN) graduate, took over at 2K and didn't let off the gas, winning in a time of 8:19.36. But on his heel's was Crater's (OR) Tyrone Gorze, who qualified for his second event in as many days, finishing second overall in 8:21.03. Union Catholic's Jimmy Wischusen, who ran the sixth-fastest sophomore time in history in 8:23.32, is the alternate who may get an opportunity if Gorze opts to focus exclusively on the 5K instead in Colombia.