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6th IAAF World Youth Championships

Wed.-Sun., July 8-12, 2009

Bressanone, Italy



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Day 5: Team USA sweeps Medley Relays!

Sunday - MIKE KENNEDY REPORTS, detailed sums

Team USA sweeps Medley Relays: World Youth record for boys; girls dominate

It was Colin Hepburn IL, Keenan Brock AL, Dedric Dukes FL, and Josh Mance CA blazing 1:50.33 for the boys Medley Relay.

For girls, Jordan Clark MI, Ashton Purvis CA, Briana Nelson SC, and Ebony Eutsey FL went 2:04.32, winning by almost 5 seconds with #4 all-time mark.  Team USA is 11 for 12 in boys and girls medley relays in the six World Championships.

Trio of bronzes: Tough 200 leaves Ashton Purvis with 2nd bronze with big PR 23.15; Briana Nelson 4th with PR 23.63.  Keenan Brock 21.39 in boys half-lap, but top seed Dedric Dukes 4th 21.61.

Jen Clayton NY 3rd in LJ with 19-10.25 (right, photo by PhotoRun).

3k PRs for Zach Wills OH and Erik Olson CA as they take 9th, 10th in final; Wills beats own soph record at 8:18.24

Saturday - MIKE KENNEDY REPORTS, detailed sums

Throwers throw down: Crouser takes SP GOLD; Collatz claims discus silver

Ryan Crouser OR dominated the shot field with a 70-09 and the 3 best throws to bring home the GOLD.  Alex Collatz CA won silver in the discus at 162-01.

Chelsey Sveinsson TX was 4th in 1500 at 4:20.29.

Fifth-place finishes for Morgann LeLeux LA (girls PV) and Angelica Weaver CA (girls 400H), 7th for David Smith GA in HJ. 

All four Americans rolled through the 200 semis.

Jen Clayton NY highlights morning action with legal US#1 20-10.75 LJ (+0.4) to lead qualifying. 

Both Team USA medley relays make the finals, though girls cruise and boys struggle.

At left, Ryan Crouser launches the shot toward a big win and his second medal of the Championships - Getty Images/IAAF.org

Friday - MIKE KENNEDY REPORTS, detailed sums

Eutsey and Morgan win GOLDS; Mance and Brown take silvers!

At right, Dale Morgan - Photo by Joy Kamani, Nationalscholastic.org

Dale Morgan CA blasted a WY#1 13.28 (+0.6w) for the 110H title.

WY#1 Ebony Eutsey took the 400 gold in 52.88, just ahead of silver-winning teammate Michelle Brown NJ (53.44), while Josh Mance CA grabbed 400 silver for the boys in 46.22

Trevor Barron PA 4th in 10k walk with US Jr. record, Eleanor Fulton CO 6th in 2K ST (US#2 6:37.31, soph record and #4 all-time), Alec Faldermeyer NY 6th HT, Ciarra Brewer CA 7th TJ, Shanay Briscoe 8th HJ.

More qualifers: WY#1s Alex Collatz CA (DT) and Ryan Crouser OR (SP) show their stuff in leading throws qualifying. WY#1 Dedric Dukes FL wins his 200 heat as all four (boys and girls) advance in first round

Thursday - MIKE KENNEDY REPORTS, detailed sums

Hardy strikes GOLD; Carter, Purvis, and Owens-Mitchell make it 4-medal day

Prezel Hardy TX ran 10.57 100 in the rain (-1.2w) to claim the gold by .17 over Aaron Brown CAN and become the first Team USA member to win the event at World Youth

Kori Carter CA and Bridgette Owens-Mitchell MI ran 2-3 in the 100H, with PRs of 13.23 and 13.39 (#3 and #8 all-time over 30" hurdles) and Ashton Purvis CA got bronze in the girls 100 (Jordan Clark MI 5th).

Josh Mance CA, Ebony Eutsey FL, Michelle Brown NJ all qualified for the boys and girls 400 finals. Leon Samuels NC was 6th in the LJ final; David Smith GA and Dwayne Golbeck OK both moved on in the HJ

Morning: 8 from USA advance in qualifying, including WY#3 Alec Faldermeyer NY in the hammer and Claudia Francis NY, who won her heat of the girls 800

At left, Prezel Hardy (shown in semis), controlled the 100 for the first Team USA gold - Photorun.net

Wednesday - MIKE KENNEDY REPORTS, detailed sums

Crouser nabs discus silver; Team USA stars roar through the prelims

Ryan Crouser was 2nd and Alex Thompson 4th in the discus final (only Wed. final w/Team USA), after Crouser led 4 rounds and the morning prelims

19 other Americans stayed alive through Wed. prelims, including WY#1s Ashton Purvis CA, Prezel Hardy TX (both through 2 rounds of 100s), and Ebony Eutsey FL (400)

Also particularly impressive: Jordan Clark MI (led the 100 quarters w/PR 11.58), Josh Mance CA (led 400 heats w/46.88), Michelle Brown NJ (led 400 heats w/54.39), Eleanor Fulton CO (US#2 6:41.77 qualifier in 2k ST).  Fulton set a US soph HS record and became #5 all-time US

Other most likely key players in medal hunts: #2 HJ qualifier Shanay Briscoe TX, #4 TJ qualifier Ciarra Brewer CA, #2 1500 qualifier Chelsey Sveinsson TX, #5 100H qualifier Kori Carter CA

At right, Jordan Clark leads 100 qualifying with a PR 11.58 - Photo by Joy Kamani, Nationalscholastic.org

Previews: Biggest, best Team USA ready for Italy
Mike Kennedy Event-by-Event Preview - Team Roster - Team Photos

55-member squad could set new standards - With seven world leaders as part of their biggest and best team ever, Team USA could exceed its previous meet-leading standards of seven golds and 15 medals.  Team USA members are now ranked in the top three globally in 16 events, according to the IAAF, with nine more in the top eight.

2007 Ostrava - Hurdle Heaven

Team USA scored 7 golds and 14 total medals to lead both counts - thanks in large part to a sweep of the four hurdle events.  Wayne Davis II and William Wynne set 110H and 400H World Youth records with times of 13.18 and 49.01, respectively, while Dalilah Muhammad and Julian Purvis did the job at 100H and 400H for the girls. 

Both relay teams also scored gold, while Christian Taylor was tops in the field events with a TJ gold.  Medals were also won by Jordan Hasay, Chalonda Goodman, Ryann Krais, Reggie Wyatt, and Ken Gilstrap, while Wynne and Taylor each earned medals in other events.

William Wynne and Reggie Wyatt go 1-2 in the 400 - Photo by Joy Kamani