Photo by Patty Morgan
Mary Cain makes first World team with a tactical kick in 4:28.76! Cain was 2nd, but lead with just 30 meters to go! Kendell Williams is the USA Junior Heptathlon champ after a record-setting hurdle performance. (Photo by Jeff Goodwin)
The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa has a Florida flare to it. See how local athletes have done as the competition rolls along.
Look at all of the Saturday highlights by Floridians competing in the USATF Junior and Senior National Championships in Iowa.
Four Virginia high school athletes competed last week at the USATF Junior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa with the top performer being Chantilly distance runner Sean McGorty as he made the finals of the men's 1500.
Alex Mead, 2013 graduate of Mead High School, will be among those Colorado and New Mexico are sending to USA Junior Outdoor Nationals this weekend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Howard Tech (Wilmington, Del.) senior Lamar Bruton was named the Gatorade Delaware Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year (via USA Today High School Sports)
In an upward trend which hopefully continues for future years, a total of 5 Virginia high school track & field athletes are headed to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend to compete at the USATF Junior Nationals with spots on the line to make the US Junior team for the Pan Am Junior Games later this summer in Columbia. The list of Virginia high school entrants include South County's Felecia Majors (400m, long jump), Chantilly's Sean McGorty (1500m), Forest Park's Ricky Morgan (400m), Battlefield's Ellison Grove (800m), and Liberty Christian Academy's Micah Brickhill (800m).
The qualifying athletes will earn trips to Donetsk, Ukraine for next month's World Youth Championships held July 10-14.
On balance, it was a mixed bag kind of day for the Colorado-connected contingent at the USA Outdoor and USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships today in Des Moines.
The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa will have a Florida flare. The Sunshine state is represented in the junior division by several high school standouts as well as area college freshman. In the senior decision numerous Florida natives and those who go or went to school in the state, range from college standouts to professional athletes will be trying to punch their tickets to the World Championships in Moscow.
A quick summary of the results for Colorado-connected athletes on Saturday...
Autumne Franklin receives her medal at the Junior National Championships Saturday (Photo: Harvard Track and Field). Video of the 400 Hurdles Race Post Race Interview With Autumne Franklin DES MOINES, Iowa – In her finest performance of a stellar freshman campaign, Harvard hurdler Autumne Franklin captured the 400 hurdles title Saturday at the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships on the campus of Drake University. With the win, Franklin has earned the chance to represent the United States at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Colombia at the end of August. (via Harvard)
Bethany Neeley (Greentown, Ind.) ran the 3rd fastest time ever by a high schooler in the 3000m steeplechase to take second place at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Like yesterday, it was a busy day for the Colorado-connected athletes. There won't be any days that aren't busy.
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