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Baisden tops final day with 53.05 stunner!
400 action hottest as Taplin surprises Nolan; doubles for Jackson, Duke
Sat., Day 8 - Michigan standout crushes age-14, state record - Michigan 8th-grader Kendall Baisden (Detroit MI/Bloomfield St. Regis MS), destroyed the AAU Youth mark for the 2nd straight day - this time her own record from Friday - with a US#6 53.05. After scaring Brandi Cross's age-14 USR of 53.40 previously, she crushed it Saturday. The IG and YW 400 winners were also under 54 seconds; Kamaria Brown (Baton Rouge LA), in fact, came within .12 of the YW record with 53.39, then won the 200 in 23.97 into a fat 3.1 headwind. Laquisha Jackson (Chattnooga, TN) did take down the IG 400 standard with her 53.63. On the boys side, Bralon Taplin (Round Rock, TX) surprised fellow Texan and prelim leader Errol Nolan in YM with his 47.25 win, while Isaiah Duke (Witchita, KS) ran 47.81 to add the AAU IB title to the USATF JOs title in the same division and event he won last week.
In the IG short dashes, Olivia Ekpone (Germantown MD) also took home the meet's only 100/200 double into big headwinds with 11.85 (-2.2w) and 24.21 (-4.6w)
Fri., Day 7 - Rising frosh Baisden continues record spree - Michigan 8th-grader Kendall Baisden (Detroit MI/Bloomfield St. Regis MS), who competed at NON this spring and set Youth records of 11.73 100 and 23.69 200 at USATF JOs, moved up to the 400 here to destroy the AAU Youth mark by more than a second with a US#9 53.61 prelim. She was just .21 off of Brandi Cross's age-14 USR of 53.40. Baisden's 400 was the fastest of any girl in qualifying as Laquisha Jackson (Chattnooga, TN) and Kianna Ruff (St. Louis, MO) led IG and YW prelims with 54.64 and 54.51. Errol Nolan (Richmond, TX) had the top 400 performance on the boys side with a 47.92 in YM. Isaiah Duke (Witchita, KS), hoping to make it a USATF/AAU 400 double, was 2nd in IB 400 qualifying in 48.66 to the 48.60 of Armon Hall (Pembroke Pines, FL). Prelims were also held in the 4x100s and finals in the 4x800s. On the field, Kyle Bynum (Pearl, MS) won the IB javelin with 176-07 and Joseph Beck (Rockwall TX) the IB pole vault with 15-00.
Thu., Day 6 - Ajee Wilson grabs distance double with 2nd record - New Jersey frosh Ajee Wilson (Neptune, NJ) set her second national age group record of the week with a 4:34.51 1500 win, topping Sarah Bowman's 4:35.58 from 2002. Texan Sam Humphreys, already US#3 with a 230-08 mark from his AAU qualifier, set a YM national mark of 225-07 in the javelin. Other national record-setters included Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, GA) with a 13.82 (+0.4) in the YG 100m hurdles, Jordan Bracy (Mesquite, TX) taking down his own YB 100H mark from the prelims with a 13.17 (+0.0) final, and Rachel Fisher (Allen, TX) topping her own YW pole vault record from '08 with a 12-08.00 clearance. Phenom Elite TC led IG 4x400 relay prelims with an age-group record 3:43.82. Letristan Pledger (Kansas City, KS) winner of Wednesday's IG LJ, took the 100H Thursday, hitting 14.33 (+0.5), and Tiffani McReynolds (Kansas City, MO), winner of Wednesday's YW 400H, doubled back in the YW 100H with a US#4 13.75 (+0.1).
Wed., Day 5 - Wilson US#6 IG 800; Denlinger US#4 YM 2k ST - Ajee Wilson (Neptune, NJ) blazed a US#6 2:07.08 800 to set an IG national record. Also setting new age group marks were Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, GA) with a 26.10 clocking in the YG 200m hurdles, and Paul Denlinger (Templeton, CA), whose 5:58.82 in the YM 2k Steeple took down Zachary Ornelas' 6:00.78 from '08. Another Ornelas record was threatened in the IB 2k Steeple, where Kyle Overway (Logansport, IN) won by more than 10 seconds in 6:14.77, but missed Ornelas' 2007 record by just over a second. Tiffani McReynolds (Kansas City, MO) won the YW 400H in US#7 59.93, and also led the YW 100 semis with her 11.80 (+0.5) qualifier. Steven White (Killeen, TX) took the YM 400H in US#7 52.58. Impressive field event marks included Letristan Pledger (Kansas City, KS) 19-06.00 (+0.0) IG LJ, Gissell Warner (Miramar, FL) 39-03.75 (+1.1) YW TJ, and YM high jumpers Jamario Taylor (Aurora, IL) and Keith Benford (Austin, TX) both clearing 7-00.00, with Taylor getting the win on the countback.
Tue., Day 4 - Young =US#3 13.71 in YM 110H prelim - Timothy Young (Dallas, TX) led YM 110H qualifying at =US#3 13.71 (+1.5), while Donique Flemings (Terrytown, LA) was tops among YW 100H prelims at 13.98w (+2.1). College speedster Demond Burns (Smackover, AR), who ripped a 10.44 YM 100 prelim Monday, flew under 21-seconds in YM 200 qualifying, running 20.97 (+1.8) to lead all qualifiers. Speed was also on display in IG 200 qualifying, with Olivia Ekpone (Germantown, MD) hitting a windy 23.83w (+2.4) and Dezerea Bryant (Milwaukee, WI) close at 23.94w (+2.4). Cameron Taylor (Kansas City, MO) leapt 24-00.00 (+1.1) to win the YM long jump. Fourteen year-old Jordan Bracy (Mesquite, TX) ripped a national Youth record in the YB 100H heats (33" hurdles), crossing in 13.29 (+1.3) to take down a 20 year-old mark of 13.34 by Toya Jones TX in 1989.
Mon., Day 3 - US#2 51-04.00 TJ for Emere; Jav record for Allgood - Stephen Emere (Decatur, GA) bounded out to a US#2 51-04.00 (-1.6) in the YM triple jump, with runner-up Marquis Dendy (Middletown, DE) also claiming a national top 5 legal mark with his 50-06.25 (-1.0) effort. Avione Allgood (North Las Vegas, NV) broke her own national age group record by 9-feet with her 149-01 effort in the IG javelin. In 100 qualiftying, collegian Demond Burns (Smackover, AR) blazed a 10.44 (+1.2) YM prelim, while Alyssa McClure (Baltimore, MD) led YM qualifiers with her 11.95 (-0.9) clocking. Uju Ofoche (Baltimore, MD) took the YM long jump with a windy 19-10.00 (2.4).
Sat., Day 1 / Sun., Day 2 - Lazas piles up 7140 pts for deca win - Kevin Lazas (Brentwood, TN) topped 7000 points in the YM decathlon, his 7140 final tally more than 1k clear of fellow Tennesseean Blake Edwards (Nashville TN), second with 6126. Tyrisha Chambers (Kansas City, MO) scored 4607 to take the YW heptathlon, but Letristan Pledger (Kansas City, KS) racked up 4617 in the Intermediate Girls hept for highest score by a high school-aged girl. Youth Girls pentathlon winner Taliyah Brooks (Roundrock, TX), with 3686 pts, and runner-up Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, GA ), with 3598 pts, both passed the national age group record of 3459 set by Fargo ND's Crystal Cummins in 1994. Alejandro Chavez (Pharr, TX) set a national record of 13:37.66 in the Intermediate Boys 3k Race Walk, taking down fellow Texan Roberto Vergara's 13:47.01 from '06