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USATF Junior Olympics

July 28-August 2, 2009
Irwin Belk Track, Greensboro NC


Highlights - USATF Schedule/Results Page

Saturday: WY teammer Smith over 7-02.50 in HJ again
Baisden adds 200 record to 100; Reynolds wins 3rd; Francises rule 800s

Far left and right: Sisters Claudia and Phyllis Francis ruled the IG and YW 800s. Center: Kendall Baisden set her second dash record of the week.
Photos Walter Pinion

Day 5 Highlights
  • World Youth team member David Smith (Southside/Lovejoy GA) matched his PR in taking the Young Men's (YM) HJ in 7-02.50, with Anthony May (Southside/Hoover AL) also over seven at 7-00.50
  • Top 200 finals
    • Kendall Baisden (Motor City TC) broke the Youth Girls (YG) national record, despite a headwind, at 23.69 (-0.7w), her 2nd sprint record of the meet
    • Blake Heriot (Pacesetters/Lincoln OH) ruled the Young Men's with 21.09 into a 2.0 headwind
    • Robin Reynolds (Miami Northwest/Miami Jackson FL) won her 3rd Intermediate Girls gold of the week with a 23.84 200 (-0.7w)
    • Dallas Gold teammates Veronica Jones (Poteet TX) and Tiffany Hines (Dallas Skyline) went 1-2 at 23.67 and 23.90 (-1.3w)
  • Top 800 finals
    • World Youth team member and NON champ Claudia Francis (Team Evolution/Benjamin Cardozo NY) destroyed the field with a 2:06.20, but couldn't quite get sister Phyllis's national record of 2:04.83
    • Phyllis Francis (Team Evolution/McAuley NY) couldn't top her PR, either, but still ruled the YW 2-lapper in 2:08.35
    • Elias Gedyon (Quiet Fire/Loyola CA) outdueld World Youth team member Quincy Downing (Unatt./) in Intermediate boys, 1:53.49-1:54.57
    • Howard Shepard (Texas Stars TC/Lancaster TX), who set the IB record at 1:50.51 two years ago, won the YM at 1:51.45, leading a Texas Stars 1-2-3
    • Raevyn Rogers (Wings) broke the YG national mark with 2:08.17
    • Ryan Silva (Az Tucson) topped Tretexz Kinnard (Derby City) in a tight battle, 1:58.87-1:59.04
  • The HS-age 4x100 relay titles went to Hallmark TC in YM (40.11, only .38 off record), Dallas Gold in YW (44.52, only .09 off record), Track EC in IB (42.03), 747 TC in IG (46.65), Titans in YB (43.86), and Titans in YG (48.08)
  • Marielle Hall (Juventus/), moving up in distance, took the YW 3k with 9:56.10
  • Erik Garcia (McFarland) set a YB national record in the 3k at 9:08.13
  • 400H prelims
    • Miata Morlu (Charlotte/) paced YW 400H qualifying with 1:00.26, with six more under 1:03. Tia Gamble (North Texas) had the top IG prelim with 1:02.42
    • Kennedy Daughtery at 53.25 (Jr Speedsters) led three under 54.00 in Young Men's (YM) 400H qualifying.  Cornelius Savage had the top IB prelim at 55.98
  • World Youth team member Shanay Briscoe (Northwest Flyers/) won the YW high jump in 5-08.75
  • Dalton Duvio (Southern U/) won the IB pole vault at 15-03
  • Kira Moreland (WC Gazelle) took the YG long jump at 18-08 (+0.8)
  • Avione Allgood (Vegas Valley/) topped Hannah Carson (Az Cheetahs/) in the IG javelin, 141-02 to 137-02
  • 110/100H prelims
    • Cameron LaCour (Track Houston/) paced YM at 14.23 (-0.7), while Cornelius Savage was best at IB in 14.85 (-0.7w).  Walter Tucker (Unatt.) led YB (36") at 13.78 (-1.1w)
    • A'Lexus Brannon (Port Arthur/Ozen TX) and Brianna Rollins (Metro Dade TC) went 1-2 in H3 of the YW for the fastest times overall, 14.12 and 14.13 (-1.3w).  The top IG time went to Chalese Davis (The Flying/) 14.35 (-1.5w), and the top YG time went to Jordie Munford (So Cal Comets) 14.58 (-1.2w)
  • Top younger group performances
    • Lauren Loader (Highland Lake) crushed the Bantam Girls (BG) national record in the LJ at 16-10 (+0.0w)
    • Daesha Rogers (Miami Dade TC) topped the BG national record in the 800 with 2:23.16
    • Despite a headwind, Bryce Love (Carolina Elite) broke his own Midget Boys 200 national record at 23.37 (-0.7)
    • Jasmyne Graham (Cal Rising Stars), fighting a 2.2 headwind, just missed (by .01) the Midget Girls 80H national record with 12.26 in the prelims