This is a national championship meet for age groups, from Young Men / Young Women (18 and under) down to Bantam (10 and under). Some of the best high school athletes in the country are competing, as evidenced by 164 DyeStat elite performances in the regional qualifying meets. With 5,657 athletes entered, it is the largest meet ever held at historic Hayward Field in track-crazy Eugene. DyeStat will have live reports from Eugene by Doug Speck and Mike Kennedy.
Prior Years on DyeStat
2003 Miami - Bianca Knight (23.81 NR/ 53.87 double in Youth girls) and 10-year-old Rannell "Speedy" Hall (25.83 200m NR and anchor on Metro Dade's NR 4x100 in Bantam boys) named athletes of the meet. Also Kerron Clement, Alexandria Anderson, Elzie Coleman, Ronetta Alexander, Kevin Craddock, Jason Richardson,
2002 Omaha - Double sub-50 400H by Kerron Clement 49.77 and Kenneth Ferguson 49.83. Willie Hordge wins 100 and leads Track Houston to two sprint relay wins. Lauren Austin over Nicole Leach in 400 and Austin leads Young Achievers to 4x400 win. Jerrika Chapple over Shana Cox in 400m.
- 5,657 athletes entered - most ever at historic Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon 7/23/04--With all 16 Regions around the country reporting, the total number of entrants in the 2004 USA Junior Olympic Championships is 5,657, making this the largest track & field event ever held at Hayward Field. The previous record for entries into a meet was the World Veterans' Championships in 1989, which saw 4,951 Masters athletes take part.
The Junior Olympics is for athletes at the other end of the age spectrum: the youngest entrant is 8 years old, and the oldest can be no older than 18. They come from all 50 States, and have had to go through two rounds of qualifying to reach the finals here in Eugene.
Competition begins on Tuesday with the multi-events, and concludes on Sunday, August 1st with the relays. There is no admission charge on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the fee for adults Thursday through Sunday is $7 each day. There is no charge for children 12 & under on any day. Tickets go on sale from the Hayward Field booths on Thursday, July 29th.
These first-ever Junior Olympics in Oregon are being hosted by Oregon Track Club and Track City Track Club. Their efforts are being supported by Regional Partners: Nike, Inc., Gill Athletics, KEZI-9, Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon, Hilton Eugene, Willamette.net, Sacred Heart Medical Group, Oregon Sports Authority, and the Valley River Inn.
- First Time for Track Town USA to Host JO
Eugene, Oregon 7/20/04--For the first time ever, "Track Town USA" will host the USA Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, which begin one week from today on the University of Oregon campus. Over 5,300 athletes ranging in age from 8-18 will participate in 7,500 events held over the 6 days of competition, July 27th through August 1st.
The athletes who will compete at historic Hayward Field have gone through a rigorous qualifying process, starting with their USATF Association Championships, then on to one of 16 Regional Championships. The top three finishers from each Region are eligible to attend the national Junior Olympic Championships. These are the cream of today's young athletes, and are tomorrow's potential Olympians. Among the recent notables who have gone through the JO program are Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marion Jones, and Tommy Skipper.
The first two days of competition (July 27 & 28) are free to all spectators. Tickets for the 29th through the 1st are $7 per day for adults, with children 12 and under free on all days. All seating is General Admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Hayward Field ticket windows beginning on the 29th. The Opening Ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, July 28th, beginning at 7 p.m. at Hayward Field. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
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