USATF Junior Outdoor T & F Champs 2008

Columbus, OH


Ryann Krais puts in all-time performances after graduation - and even slips away for Senior Week... Jul 25, 2008

Ryann Krais will leave her Pennsylvania prep career with two outdoor state records, a remarkable 57.20 in the 400 hurdles that broke the previous mark by future teammate, and now world class hurdler Nicole Leach (West Catholic).... and her 41.20 300 hurdles set earlier this summer at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico. But Krais also holds two of the top five all-time prep performances in the heptathlon - #2 of 5522, also set at Great Southwest, and #5 of 5457 set at this month's IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland. Those who know Ryann, know she is as gracious in victory as she is when the occasional disappointment strikes. And in true Krais form, she was gracious enough to take time after a whirlwind summer jetting and competing from Albuquerque, NM; to Columbus, OH; to Eugene, OR; to Bydgoszcz, Poland... to share her throughts on her final competitions. Ryann Krais' career stats    

Arizona Athletes At USA Track and Field Championships Jun 30, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some of the top athletes in Arizona headed to the Jesse Owens Stadium on the Ohio State Campus in Columbus Ohio for the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships. The three day event serves as a selection meet for the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships to be held July 8 – 13 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The top two finishers in most of the events qualify for the World Team. An athlete competing in events like the 3000 also need to hit a qualifying time in order to make the team regardless of where they place. Click on header for full article! Click here to see photos

Championship Coverage: Warwick Valley Set Girls DMR National Record, Greer Wins 800m 1:47.68 Jun 24, 2008

What a weekend it's been in Greensboro, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio! Nike Outdoor Nationals provided all the theatrics and more than fans were expecting, including a new national two-mile record set by German Fernandez (CA) Friday evening and another set in the girls DMR by Warwick Valley (NY) (pictured above). Out in Columbus at USATF Junior Nationals, Elijah Greer (OR) and William Wynne (GA) have been showcasing their talents, qualifying for Team USA. Check out this weekend's highlights and results. Nike Outdoor Nationals MileSplit Exclusives: Race Videos / Interviews / Photo Albums (6100+) Full Results: Boys - Girls Meet Coverage: Thur. Coverage / Fri. Coverage / Sat. Coverage NON Winners Table (ArmoryTrack) Warwick Valley Girls DMR National Record: MileSplit Interview Fernandez Interviews: MileSplit Exclusive / Announcer Interview Top NON Weekend Highlights - Warwick Valley (NY) sets new girls DMR national record in 11:31.81 - German Fernandez (CA) blazes new U.S. two-mile record, 8:34.40 - Dwight Barbiasz (NH) clears 7-01 in the boys high jump for the win - Allison Horner (GA) tosses 177-02 to win girls hammer throw - Chalonda Goodman (GA) wins girls 100m dash in 11.51 - Neely Spence (PA) wins girls two-mile with big kick in 10:20.77 - Ashley Brasovan (FL) blazes U.S. #6 all-time 5k in 16:18.53 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) wins girls 4x200m relay in 1:36.95, U.S.#2 - Trotwood-Madison (OH) wins boys 4x200m relay in 1:25.18, U.S.#2 - Solomon Haile (MD) wins boys 5k in 14:38.23, meet record Official Website / Meet Page / Meet Schedule Heat Sheets : Boys - Girls Meet Previews: Boys - Girls USATF Junior T&F Nationals Official Website / Meet Page / Schedule & Results Meet Coverage: Fri. Coverage / Sat. Coverage / Sun. Coverage Elijah Greer Running U.S. #4 All-Time, 1:47.68 Video Heptathlon Winner Ryann Krais (PA) Video Interview Top Junior National Weekend Highlights - Elijah Greer (OR) wins 800m dash in 1:47.68, U.S.#4 all-time - Roxi Grizzle (KS) throws U.S.#5 all-time javelin in 170-03 - Booker Nunley (NC) blazes 13.40 in mens 110m hurdles - Jordan Hasay (CA) wins women's 1500m race in 4:18.44 - Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults 13-10 to win women's pole vault - William Wynne (GA) runs 50.42 in mens 400m hurdles - Christian Taylor (GA) leaps 52-08 for second in mens TJ - Shanay Briscoe (TX) wins womens high jump in 5-10.75 - Anna Jelmini (CA) throws 173-01 to win womens discus throw - Marquise Goodwin (TX) leaps 25-00 to win mens long jump Entries: Men - Women Junior National Meet Preview

Dorman graduate Marcus Rowland ends season Jun 24, 2008

Rowland set 100-meter dash state record of 10.35 in May Dorman graduate Marcus Rowland ended his season this past weekend at USATF Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, coach Jeff Buys told in an e-mail.

USA Juniors Jun 23, 2008

A few athletes from North Carolina competed in the Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Ohio.  Some excellent results were turned out...Booker Nunley US #1 13.4 110 Hurdles

Junior Nats. Saturday Coverage: Greer (OR) Blazes U.S. #4 All-Time 800m in 1:47.68 Jun 22, 2008

A near three hour weather delay slowed down Saturday's portion of USATF Junior Nationals considerably but many prep athletes still competed well, qualifying for the US Junior National team. The best performance of the evening came from Oregon junior Elijah Greer(pictured right by Margot Kelly), who won the mens 800m dash in 1:47.68, a high school U.S. #4 all-time and a junior class record. On the girls side Cydney Ross (MO) and Shanay Briscoe (TX) picked up first place finishes in the 800m dash and high jump respectively. See what else took place on the second of three days in Ohio. Top Saturday Highlights - Elijah Greer (OR) runs U.S. #4 all-time in 800m, 1:47.68 Video - Shanay Briscoe (TX) wins womens high jump in 5-10.75 - Christian Taylor (GA) leaps 52-08 for second in mens TJ - Cydney Ross (MO) runs 2:07.12 to win womens 800m Video Interview - Vashti Thomas (CA) goes 13.62 for second in womens 100mH - Kori Carter (CA) takes second in womens 400mH, 1:00.69 Video Interview - Zachary Mellon (MN) blazes 1:48.64 for second in mens 800m - Dan Block (IL) places second in mens shot put, 62-01.25 - Curtis Beach (NM) makes decathlon squad with 7026 points

Junior Nats. Sunday Coverage: Hasay, Laurent, Fleck Earn Tickets to Poland with Victories Jun 22, 2008

The last day of the USATF Junior National T&F Championships took place Sunday and the results presented were the perfect way to end an excellent weekend. Six Junior National champions Sunday were high school athletes, including Jordan Hasay (CA), Rachel Laurent (LA), Ryan Fleck (OH), Ryann Krais (PA), Geoffrey Tabor (OK) and Laurynne Chetelat (CA). Each one booked their ticket to Poland to compete at the World Junior T&F Championships, July 8-13. See who brought their best on the final day. (Rachel Laurent pictured left by Margot Kelly) Top Sunday Highlights - Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults 13-10 to win women's pole vault - Ryan Fleck (OH) leaps 7-01.50 to take mens high jump - Jordan Hasay (CA) runs 4:18.44, winning womens 1500m - Ryann Krais (PA) takes womens heptathlon crown, 5217 pts. - Geoffrey Tabor (OK) throws 195-05 to wins mens shot put - Laurynne Chetelat (CA) wins women's 3,000m in 9:29.45 Video Interview - Conor McCullough (CA) throws 233-05, second in hammer - Victoria Jordan (TX) second in womens 200m with 23.73

Junior Nats. Friday Coverage: Grizzle (KS) Throws U.S.#5 A-T Javelin, Nunley (NC) 13.40 110mH Jun 21, 2008

The first day of the USATF Junior National T&F Championships got off to a great start Friday as athletes from across the country conviened at Ohio State University. Leading the way on Day 1 was Roxi Grizzle (Tonganoxie, KS). Grizzle (pictured left by Margot Kelly) placed second in the womens javelin competition with a U.S. #5 all-time effort of 170-03. Elsehwere, Booker Nunley (Garner, NC) ran one of the fastest prep marks ever in the 110m hurdles, taking home the title with his 13.40 effort. With two more days of competition remaining, this weekend in Ohio promises to be exciting. Meet Page / Live Results / Official Website Top Junior National Friday Highlights - Roxi Grizzle (KS) throws U.S.#5 all-time javelin in 170-03 - Booker Nunley (NC) blazes 13.40 in mens 110m hurdles - Anna Jelmini (CA) throws 173-01 to win womens discus throw - Elijah Greer (OR) top mens 800m prelim time in 1:50.15 - Marquise Goodwin (TX) leaps 25-00 to win mens long jump - William Wynne (GA) goes 50.76 in mens 400m hurdle prelims - Hannah Carson (AZ) throws javelin to third place in 163-05  

Mississippi Steps up at Nike Outdoor Nationals and USTF Juniors Jun 21, 2008

Horatio Williams 100 meters at Nike Outdoor Nationals. Tarvis Tate wins 5A State 400 meters Cory McGee at the USTAF Juniors Track & Field 1500 meters Oxford 4X100 Team that ran at Nike Outdoor Nationals From left to right Garner Shivers, Horatio Williams, Curt Presley and Elliot Miller

Spence wins 2-mile, Huynh wins jav @ NON | Krais wins Hep, McQuillen jav, Berry PV @ JRs Jun 20, 2008

Margot Kelly's USATF Juniors Photo Galleries: Day One Part 1 | Day One Part 2 | Day Two | Day Three NON Photo Galleries: Don Rich | Tim Fulton | Brandon Miles | Pat Montferrat | Video Interviews: Neely Spence @ NON | Neal Huynh @ NON | Ryann Krais @ JRs | PA Performances @ NON: Thursday | Friday | Saturday PA Performances @ USATF JRs: Friday | Saturday | Sunday   Sunday: At USATF Junior Nationals, Ryann Krais won the championship with a total of 5217, landing her 2nd berth on the US Junior National team. Saturday: At USATF Juniors, after Day one of the heptathlon competed between rain delays, Ryann Krais is in 2nd place (photo by Margot Kelly, AZrunners - a affiliate). A mere 22 points separate the top three competitors. At NON, Erie McDowell was 5th, earning all-American in the 800 sprint medey relay in 1:32.36. Derek Horton, Kane, was 6th in the pole vault, earning all-American, clearing 15-2.75. William Robinson, Chadds Ford PA, was 5th in the long jump, going 22-10 for his all-American certificate. Strath Haven's Alix Williams was 8th in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.47. Conestoga was 8th in the girls' 4x800 in 9:16.06. Dan Kwiatkowski, McDowell, was 11th in the shot put, throwing 59-7. Gwynedd Mercy's Taylor Bumpas was 11th in the 800, running 2:12.90. Betsy Dempsey, Methacton, was 8th in the high jump, clearing 5-4.50. Abington freshman Leah Nugent was 2nd in the Emerging Elite 100 hurdles. Upper Dublin's Michael Palmisano tied for 9th in the 800, running 1:52.45. Red Lion's Greg Kareis ran 4:16.42, good for 14th in the mile. Jermaine Lowery, Father Judge, was 8th in the 400 hurdles in 52.95, with Jerome Lowery in 11th at 54.25. Chris Aldrich, West Chester Henderson, was 9th in 6:14.37 in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Erie McDowell just missed earning all-American with a 7th place 42.39 in the 4x100 final. Conestoga's boys were 11th in the 4x400 final in 3:19.33. St. Joseph's Prep was 14th in the boy's 4xmile in 18:16.20, with Germantown Friends 15th in 18:23.19. Germantown Friends sophomore Tom Waterman injured his leg on the 400 and limped his way the last 100 meters. They would finish 18th in 10:36.43. Terrell Rickard, Waynesboro, was 7th in the high jump, clearing 6-7. Jake McKenzie, Germantown Friends, and Philip Wood, (Pennington School NJ, formerly of LaSalle College HS), went 1-2 from different heats in the Emerging Elites Mile, with times of 4:16.93 and 4:17.39, respectively. And Council Rock South grad Ije Iheoma just missed making the finals in the 400, running 55.17. Father Judge grabbed 7th in the 4x400, running 3:17.29. They also were 7th in the 1600 SMR at 3:31.08. Friday: At NON, Neely Spence used a late kick to win her first and only national championship in her final high school race. Spence and the pack came through the mile in 5:18, and then she went negative in 5:02, opening up a lead from the 200 mark to the finish, timed in 10:20.77. Altoona's Neal Huynh surprised the field and won the javelin with a throw of 2:04.06. Jack Isoue of Manheim Central, earned all-American with a 6th place throw of 189-04. PA vaulters took three all-American spots in the girls pole vault, with Abby Schaffer, Easton, 2nd at 12-11, Tory Worthen, Council Rock South, 4th at 12-7.25, and Crestwood junior Mandissa Marshall was 6th, clearing 12-03.25. And Conestoga took all-American honors in the 1600 sprint medley relay in 4:01.48. Friday at USATF Juniors, Penn State frosh (Westmont-Hilltop) Karlee McQuillen, won the javelin with a throw of 171-5. Hatboro-Horsham grad Joe Berry, a freshman at Tennessee, captured the pole vault, clearing 17-04.50. Zane Breakiron, Laurel Highlands, was 5th in the men's javelin, throwing 205-02. In the 5000 meter run, Big Spring grad and Nebraska frosh Lara Crofford was 3rd in 16:34.75. Thursday: At NON, Lewisburg junior Sophia Ziemian ran between 3rd and 4th most of the way in the hot heat of the 5000 meter run, and eventually ran alone for the final few laps to finish 4th in 17:34.98. Her finish earned her all-American status. New Oxford's Jordan Jenkins, also a junior, went 17:51.64 to finish 7th; while Ziemian's teammate, junior Kiah Hardcastle, ran 18:00.10 for 9th. Penn Manor senior Meghan Ecker ran 18:41.86. Two PA boys scheduled to run in the 5k were scratches.      

USATF Junior Nationals Preview: Let the Games Begin in Ohio Jun 19, 2008

The decision for many athletes this year was hard. Go to Nike Outdoor Nationals, our sports high school track and field champion, or take their talents to Ohio and compete at the USATF Junior National T&F Championships and try to make the world team. Both meets fell on the same weekend this year, so athletes had to make a choice. Well, it turns out many of the top athletes across the country want their shot to make Team USA and the Junior National meet is loaded with talent. See who's got a shot to make the team.

Nationals weekend: Day two NON action starts at 11 a.m. Jun 18, 2008

Photo credit: Don Rich/ Day one 5K results | is now in Greensboro, N.C. for Nike Outdoor Nationals. and will provide onsite coverage throughout the meet. More details inside and more state track and field news coming this week. Inside: Dorman's Rowland, Mann's Nelson named Gatorade Athletes of the Year

Butts to compete at USATF Jr Nats in long jump Jun 17, 2008

Photo by Tim Fulton of A sad state of affairs in Virginia high school track and field as it appears there will only be one high school athlete from the state competing at the USATF Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio with T.C. Williams junior and VA state indoor long jump record holder Tynita Butts competing in the long jump.. Does Virginia not have the athletes good enough to compete for spots on the US World Juniors team? We do. Tynita Butts will be ranked fifth in the long jump and Natalie Baird would be ranked third in the discus. Others would not necessarily have realistic shots of making the World Juniors team, but still could be competitive in the meet. Nike Outdoor Nationals is a great event for high school athletes and the events put on by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation in the past have helped fund the trips of many of our nation's best juniors to USATF Junior Nationals. However, NON is not an official national championship meet, while USATF Junior Nationals is and on the line is the chance for athletes to represent their country at the World Junior Championships in Poland later this summer. This year due to the New York state meet being pushed back a week later than usual, the two meets were forced to be held on the same weekend and forcing many athletes to make a decision on which meet they will compete in. Read more...

Nation's Elite Junior Track Athletes to Compete in Columbus Jun 16, 2008

USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Draw the Sport's Rising Stars to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium June 20-22 COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus will welcome the nation's best track & field athletes ages 14-19 to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium when the city hosts USA Track & Field's USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, one of the sport's most prestigious annual events. Ohio High School athletes have qualified well for this event, with over thirty ahletes registered and qualified to compete this weekend. Click on the title to see all of the Ohio High School athletes that are qualified. Meet Page / Entries / Schedule