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USATF Junior Olympics

July 22-27, 2008 -- Burke HS, Omaha NE

DyeStatCal/DyeStat Onsite with Doug Speck, Mike Kennedy, Moses Galindo

Daily Event-by-Event Results - More than 40 Doug Speck/Moses Galindo Video Highlights/Interviews

Doug Speck's Summary - Unusually Great Meet on Boys Side
The girls portion of the meet is traditionally stronger, but athletes like William Wynne, Booker Nunley, Elias Gedyon, Demar Forbes, William Claye, and Jack Whitt among the leaders - Story

Day 6, Sunday - Hurdling Heroics from Thompson, Wynne, Nunley - The final day belonged to the hurdlers.  Turquoise Thompson CA (Young Women, 57.67) and William Wynne GA (Young Men, 49.84) both ran US#1s for 400H, with Thompson taking down Ebony Collins' USATF YW National Record.  Wynne missed the YM mark by just .07, but Booker Nunley NC was even closer in the YM 110H, with his 13.41 missing a 30-year-old mark (and his own US#1) by just .01.  The other biggest highlights were Jack Whitt OK's US#2 17-02.75 PV in YM, and Chalonda Goodman GA completing a dominant YW sprint double with a 11.36 100 - Mike Kennedy's Summaries - Doug Speck/Moses Galindo Video Highlights/Interviews

Day 5, Saturday - Francis Leads Thrashing of Girls 800 Records - Phyllis Francis NY destroyed her PR, the USATF Intermediate Girls 800 US record, and become the 3rd prep girl under 2:05 this year with her eye-popping 2:04.83, beating Chanelle Price's 2:06.64 from 2006.  Raevyn Rogers ran a record 2:13.12 in Midget Girls and Laura McDowell CA a near-record 2:09.56 in Youth Girls.  Elias Gedyon CA was close to the Intermediate Boys mark with his blazing 1:51.91.  The best 200 came from Chalonda Goodman GA, whose 23.29 (-1.1w) was just .07 off her national leader - Mike Kennedy's Summaries - Doug Speck's Photos: 110H/100H Prelims - 400H/200H Prelims - Doug Speck/Moses Galindo Video Highlights/Interviews

Day 4, Friday - More Strong Horizontal Jumping: Boyd and Forbes - Another day of outstanding leaps as Alitta Boyd CA spanned US#2 42-00.50 in the Young Women's Triple Jump, and Demar Forbes GA US#5 24-08.25 in the Young Men's Long Jump.  Another huge field mark came from a collegian, as Nebraska frosh Natalie Willer crushed the USATF Young Women's national youth vault record at 13-09.75.  The track action was all prelims, with Chalonda Goodman and D'Angelo Cherry leading 100 qualifying, and Danzell Fortson and Nia Fluker pacing the 400 action - Mike Kennedy's Summaries - Doug Speck's Photos: 100 Prelims - 400 Prelims - 1500 Prelims - Doug Speck/Moses Galindo Video Highlights/Interviews

Day 3, Thursday - Strong TJs, Intriguing Prelims - In a day when most of the finals were on the field, the best battles of the day came in the triple jumps, where Ciarra Brewer CA outjumped Alexius Hightower TX in Intermediate Girls, 41-05.25w to 40-11w, and William Claye AZ leapt past Omar Craddock TX, 51-06.50 to 50-11.50 in Young Men.  In the 200 qualifying, LaKeshia Williams AL 23.83 had the top mark in Young Women ahead of defending champ Victoria Jordan TX and US#1/NON champ Chalonda Goodman GA.  In 800 qualifying, super frosh Elias Gedyon CA impressed with his 1:55.76 in Intermediate Boys - Mike Kennedy Summaries -
Doug Speck Photos: 200 Prelims - 800 Prelims - Doug Speck/Moses Galindo Video Highlights/Interviews

Day 2, Wednesday - 7204 for Dakotah Keys - Oregon decathlete pulls away on final day to take Young Men's title from New Mexico standouts with US#1 legal mark of the year.  Other multis champs include Gunnar Nixon (Int. Boys), Precious Selmon (Young Women), and Lindsay Vollmar (Int. Girls).  In the 4x8s, the best mark of the day was a near-youth-record 7:37.58 by 2007 World Youth team member Howard Shepard and the Texas Stars

Day 1, Tuesday - Record Steeples for Top Girls - Alyssa Allison MO (6:54.37) and Eleanor Fulton CO (6:56.97) set USATF youth national records in the 2000m steeplechase Young Women's and Intermediate Girls divisions, respectively, in the first day of the JOs.  In the YM Decathlon, Dakotah Keys OR took the first day lead with favorite Curtis Beach just fifth.


Previews: The Summer Stars Come Out

Doug Speck's Boys Previews ----------  Mike Kennedy's Girls Previews

NON champ Chalonda Goodman and US#1 (100) Victoria Jordan will finally get a rematch from last year's JOs.  Photos Doug Speck

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