|US Juniors - Thursday |
June 21, 2007 Indianapolis
DyeStat on-site coverage
|Brendan Ames and Jackie Coward move up |
on the all-time lists. photos by Davey
|Rynell Parson and Ryann Krais set national |
class records. photos by Vic Sailer, PhotoRun
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|hurdlers delight - |
Ames gets respect, Coward confirms hers
by Steve Underwood
All year long, Brendan Ames has been trying to get respect as one of the nation’s top hurdlers and jumpers from the relatively track-obscure state of Wyoming. Track Knoxville/Knoxville West TN hurdle star Jackie Coward HAS had that respect all year, but had to prove again that she was the best.
Both athletes accomplished their goals in a big way Thursday, in the 110H and 100H, at the USATF Junior Championships. The top two in each event are eligible for selection to Team USA for the Pan Am Juniors, to be held in Brazil in July.
Ames, “just” a 13.72 performer coming in, thundered his way over the barriers and hit the line at a jaw-dropping 13.15. Yes, he was pushed along by an illegal 2.7 mps wind, but only one prep hurdler has ever run faster under any conditions: The immortal Renaldo “Skeets” Nehemiah. On an all-time list that features some hand-times and converted marks for 120 yards, Ames is the best in the 110m era’s all-conditions, auto-timed list.
Coward, unbeaten all year against the nation’s best, saw her 13.27 US leader overtaken by Vashti Thomas’s stunning 13.03 (2.0 wind) at the California state meet. Coward beat Thomas at Arcadia, but would have to do it again to stay on top in the event. While she placed third here behind two collegians, she improved her PR to an impressive 13.17w (2.2 wind) and was a quarter-second up on Thomas.
More running highlights
The day’s best highlights were indeed on the straightaway. Adding to the Ames/Coward fireworks was soph sprinter Rynell Parson TX, who bounced back from falling at Golden West in his 100 and blazed to a US#1 10.23. He set a new soph class record. The other victory by a prep in a running event came from Ryan McDermott NY, who just missed his own US#1 and 3k Steeplechase PR of 9:08.11 with a 9:08.47.
On the field, prep victories came from Jamesha Youngblood CA with a 20-08.50 in the long jump, and Michael Putman FL in the (6k) shot put with 61-07.50.
Other non-winning performances caught fans’ attention. On the girls side, most prominent among those was Ke’Nyia Richardson CA, who without pre-meet fanfare competed with the pros in the triple jump and went 44-04 for 6th, improving to #2 all-time. Ryann Krais PA powered home with a 2:16.96 in the 800, the final event of the heptathlon, to score a junior class record 5377, 2nd overall to Southern Cal freshman Shana Woods.
The senior meet debut fans were more aware of was that of PA prep Chanelle Price, who got through the first of three rounds of the Senior Women’s 800 with a time qualifier of 2:05.27. Meanwhile, in the 800 Junior heats, Sarah Cocco CO and Ramzee Fondren MI advanced to the final with notable PRs of 2:05.70 and 2:06.81, adding to quite a year for US girls 800 running. Shayla Mahan MI was 2nd in the 100 at 11.38 behind collegiate winner Lynne Layne.
On the guys side, Elliott Heath MN won the 5000 in 14:36.32, with a last lap of 56.5 to beat Oregon freshman Kenny Klotz. Luke Bryant KS finished second in the 1.75 kg discus, his 193-03 losing only to UCLA freshman Darius Savage. Johnny Dutch NC 13.36 was second in the 110H.
The men’s jr. 800 had some impressive prep qualifiers, including Dylan Ferris NC (1:50.28) and Jared Hall OH (1:50.98) as 2nd and 3rd in heat 3, Cory Primm CA winning heat 1 in 1:51.09, and Aaron Stockstell IA winning heat 2 with the same 1:51.09.
photos by Davey
10k - Elliott Heath
800 - Sarah Cocco, Ramzee Fondren
LJ - Jamesha Youngblood
SP - Michael Putman
Heptathlon - Ryann Krais
Steeple - Ryan McDermott
photos by Vic Sailer, photorun.net
100 - Shayla Mahan
800 - Chanelle Price
- M-5000 - Elliot Heath MN 14:36, third in the great 2-mile in Greensboro last week, wins a last lap duel with Kenny Klotz of U. Oregon.
- W-LJ - Jamesha Youngblood CA US#3 20-08.50 +2.0 for the win
- M-LJ - Terry Prentice CA top prep at 4th with 23-10.25 +3.4 leap
- M-100 Final - Rynell Parson TX 10.23 (+1.2) winner improves on his US#1 from prelims, Shane Crawford IN (10.38) up for 3rd
- W-100 Final - Shayla Mahan MI (11.46) 3rd and (11.38) 2nd behind winner Lynne Layne (Tennessee) in 11.31. Kya Brookins SCCandyce McGrone IN (11.54) 4th
- 110H Final - Brendan Ames WY 13.15w (+2.7) #2 all-time, any condition, behind only legend Renaldo Nehemiah. Johnny Dutch NC second in 13.35
- 100H Final - Jacquelyn Coward TN 13.17w (2.2) good for 3rd and top prep, behind winner Kristi Castlin (Virginia Tech) 13.07. April Williams TX (13.37) 4th and Vashti Thomas CA (13.42) 5th
- 3k Steeple Final - Ryan McDermott NY comes back days after his NON 2k St win for a 9:08.47 3k victory at USATF Jr
- M-800 pre - Aaron Stockstell IA (1:51.09) and Cory Primm CA (1:51.09) heat winners, with Dylan Ferris NC (1:50.28) next prep qualifier
- W-800 pre - Dominique Jackson CA (2:07.51) and Christal Washington FL (2:08.29) win heats, but Sarah Cocco CO 2nd fastest qualifier at 2:05.70
- 100 pre - Rynell Parson TX 10.30 +2.0 was the fastest qualifier and ran the fastest high school time of the year.
- 100H pre - Jackie Coward TN 13.21 moved to US#4 all time on Jack Shepard's HIGH SCHOOL TRACK record list. Ahead of her are Candy Young 12.95 in 1979, Vashti Thomas 13.03 winning the California state title this year, and Nichole Denby 13.20 in 2000. Coward is tied on the list with Dominique Calloway (1996).
| Event Summaries |
by Mike Kennedy
HEAT ONE (wind, +2.2)—Shane Crawford of Winamac Community, Winamac, In., the Indiana state high school champion, had little difficulty in winning with a 10.33. Arthur Wims of Nebraska and Ryan Bailey of Salem, the Oregon 6-A champion, both advance at 10.45. Jonathan Williams of Cal Poly Pomona was the final qualifier at 10.46.
HEAT TWO (+2.0)—Rynall Parson of Stevens (San Antonio, Tx.) improve his national high school leading mark with a 10.30 utilizing the maximum allowable wind. Kyle Stevenson of Tennessee was second at 10.46 and Dominique Young of Western Carolina and Jeffery McClary, unattached, tied for the final two qualifying places in the identical time of 10.68.
Parson, in lane six and Wims, in lane three, quickly broke away from the field with Parson prevailing with a final burst of speed over the final 15 meters, 10.23 to 10.24. Parson’s time set a national high school sophomore class record, with an allowable aiding wind of 1.2 meters per second, to break the old record of 10.27 set by Ivory Williams of Central Beaumont, Tx., 2002. Crawford was third in 10.38 and Williams just edged Stevenson, 10.398 to 10.399, for fourth.
With just one lap remaining there were still five runners contenting for the gold. Jared Ward of Davis, Kayesville, Ut., had the lead at 13:39.0, followed by Kenny Klotz of Oregon, Elliott Heath of Winona, Mn., the reining U.S. Junior cross country champion, Alex Grabill of UCLA and Jacob Nachel of Illinois. Klotz made the first major move taking the lead down the back stretch with Ward and Heath remaining close. Heath then made the decisive move on the final turn and reeled in Klotz with 50 meters remaining to win in 14:36.32, running the last lap in 56.5. Klotz was second in 14:57.42 and Ward was third in 14:39.10 followed by Crabell at 14:40.81 and Nachel at 14:44.09.
Marco Anzures of UCLA had the early lead after three laps, where an outside water jump was in use, but was overhauled by the national high school leader Ryan McDermott of Chaminade, Minneola, N.Y., who led with a 5:19.0 split three laps remaining. On he next lap McDermott continued to lead at 6:37 but Jacob Matthews, also of UCLA, took over second. With one lap remaining, passed in 7:53.0, McDermott increased his lead but Eric Ashe of Boston University move into second and they finished in that order, with McDermott running a high school seasonal national best of 9:08.47 and Ashe, 9:12.02. Christopher Thompson of Candor, N.Y., grabbing third at 9:25.32. Matthews was disqualified.
110-Meter High Hurdles
Heat One (wind +1.3)—Terry Prentice, Diamond Ranch, Pomona, Ca., looked very clean over the hurdles, winning easily in 13.69, in the only legal race of he day. Booker Nunley of Garner, N.C. was second and final qualifier from the heat in 13.88.
Heat Two (+3.0)—Brendan Ames of Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne, Wy., who is trained by the Colorado Flyers coach Tony Wells, dominated the race from the start and finished in wind-aided 13.32 to become the fifth fastest high school performer with the sixth fastest performance of all time under all conditions. Omo Osaghae of Texas Tech was second and Bryce Brown of Harrison, Evansville, Ind., was third at 13.89.
Heat Three (+3.5)—Johnny Dutch of Clayton, N.C. was an easy winner with his wind-aid 13.37 which makes him the ninth fastest high school performer of all time under all conditions. Darius Reed of UCLA was second in 13.67 and Andrew McDowell of Abilene Christian was third in 13.89. All three advanced to the final.
Prentice, who had just finished long jumping 23-10 ¼ ten minutes before the race, was out first but struggled in the latter stages of the race and fell back to fourth. Dutch took the lead but was passed by Ames between the fourth and fifth hurdle. Ames continued to increase his margin before winning in a wind aided 13.15. It is the fastest fully automatic time ever run under any conditions replacing Arthur Blake of Haines City, Fla., who ran a wind-aided 13.18 in 1984. Renaldo Nehemiah of Scott-Plaines-Fanwood, Scotch Plaines, N.Y., did run a legal hand time of 13.9 but never ran an automatically timed race in high school. The high school record under wind-legal conditions is 13.26 set by Blake in 1984. Dutch finished second in 13.36 followed by Bryce Brown at 13.42 and Prentice at 13.52. All three runners set personal bests under all conditions.
Kevin Snyder of Oklahoma, with his third attempt clearance, was the only jumper to negotiate 6-11 ¾. He than had three missed at 7-1. Eric Thompson of Southern Illinois was second at 6-10 ¾ with one miss and Marlon Woods and Ryan Fleck of Napoleon, Oh., tied for third at that height with two misses. Jason House, Southern Baton Rouge, La. and Philip Feinberg of Corona del Sol, Tempe, Az., tied for fifth at 6-8 with no misses.
Jordan Scott of Kansas almost didn’t get a chance to set his eventual meet record of 18-1¼. After passing at 15-4, he needed three attempts to clear his opening height of 16-4 ¾ and then after clearing 16-10 ¾ on his second attempt he again needed three tries to clear 17-2 ¾ before setting the meet record, breaking old mark of 18-1 set by Lawrence Johnson of Tennessee in 1993.
Ashton Eaton of Oregon, who led the decathlon after the first day despite jumping just 21-10 ¾, was in the middle of a second day of the decathlon but took time out to record a first-round leap of 24-0 1/2 (wind aided) to take the lead. Moments later Jason Allen of Maryland jumped a wind aided 24-5, and those two marks held up throughout the competition. Marlon Woods, unattached, improved his third place position with a legal 23-9 ¼ only to see Terry Prentice of Diamond Ranch, Pomona, Ca., move to third with is sixth round jump of 23-10 ½. Woods then answered with a 23-10 ¾ to retake third place. Richard Knotts of Nimitz, Houston, Tx. took fifth at 23-8 3/4.
Aaron Studt of Minnesota took the first round lead with a put of 61-0 ¾ followed by Josef Canavan of Palm Desert, Ca., at 60-9 ½ with Michael Putman of Columbus, Miami, Fl., in third at 59-6 ¼. Bo Robinson of UCLA took over second place with third round put of 61-4 ¼. Putman improved to 60-7 ½ in the third round and 60-10 ¾ in the fourth round and finally 61-7 ½ in the fifth round to take the lead, which he never lost. Studt had four straight fouls after his opening effort but did improve to 61-3 in the final round but still finished in third. Geno Atkins moved into fourth with a fourth round effort of 60-10 to drop Canavan to fifth.
Luke Bryant of Clearwater, Ks., the Golden West Invitational winner at 205-10, took the lead with a first round toss of 187-11 but was passed by Darius Savage of UCLA, who took the lead for good with a throw of 195-11. With the competition won in the sixth round, Savage improved to 200-7. Bryant remained in second place but did improve to 193-3 in the final round That effort moved Bryant into third place on the all-time high school list with the Junior implement, which, at 1.75 kilograms, is just slightly heaver than the 1.62-kilo high school discus. The junior weights were reduced in weight from 2 kilos three years ago. Derek Johnson of Agoura, Ca. moved in to third place in the fourth round with a throw of 185-0. Korian Morris’ third round throw of 179-7 was good enough for fifth.
Heat One—Cory Primm of Westlake, Westlake Village, Ca., the second fastest highschooler in the nation, led from the start with splits of 26.0, 54.42 and 1:22.0 to clock an easy 1:51.09. He was the only runner to advance.
Heat Two—Adam Harrison, Iowa, Aron Kehoe of Monroe, Wis. and Aaron Stockstell of Mid-Prairie Community, Wellman, Ia., were 1-2-3 at the 400 passed in 54.35. Harrison took the lead at 600 in 1:22.0 but Stockstill was very impressive in moving from second to first over the final 100 to win in 1:51.09. Joshua Morgan then got up to just edge Hairston, 1:51.29 to 1:51.66. Michael Mack of Columbia was the final heat qualifier in 1:51.63.
Heat Three—Dylan Ferris of East Forsyth, Kernersville, N.C., the national high school leader, had the lead at 400 in 54.33 but let off in final stages of the race and was passed by Johnathan Moore, New York Albany, 1:50.21 to 1:50.29. Jared Hall of Cleveland Heights, Oh., was the final qualifier in 1:50.98.
Heat One (wind +2.4)—Junior Candyce McGrone of Warren Central, Indianapolis, who was the State champion in 11.57 and had a wind-aided time of 11.40 a week earlier, shocked even the local crowd with her 11.29 wind-aided effort. LaKya Brookins of Seneca, S.C., who was an indoor sensation before getting injured, showed that she has returned to form with her 11.30 in second place. Brookins had established a solid lead but was run down by McGrone. Freshman Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth, Oakland, Ca., the runner up in the California state meet with a best of 11.40, was third in 11.49 and Shataya Hendricks of St. Thomas Aquinas, Ft Lauderdale, Fl., the state 3-A champion with a legal best of 11.30 was fourth at 11.53.
Heat Two (+2.8)—Gabby Mayo of Southeast, Raleigh, N.C., who was second last year but had not shown the same form this year, was out slowly and never challenged finishing sixth at 11.62. Meanwhile, Lynne Layne of Tennessee, with a legal best of 11.40, took the solid lead but was almost caught by Shayla Mahan of Mumford, Detroit, Mich. Layne finished in a wind-aided 11.29 with Mahan second at 11.30. Kenyanna Wilson of Peoria, Az, the state 5-AA champion at 11.61, was third at 11.51, despite being taped, and Madison McNary of Palm Harbor, Fl., who was the state 4A champion and had a best of just 11.92 was fourth in 11.61,
In what could have been a rerun of the second heat of the first round turned into a Lynne Lane showcase as Layne established a small lead over Mahan at 50 meters and then increased the margin over the final stages of the race, winning 11.31 to 11.38. Another difference in the race was that this time the race was run with zero wind. In the battle for third, Brookins was able to hold her lead over McGrone, unlike in the first round, and defeated the Indiana prep, 11.46 to 11.45. Wilson was fifth at 11.57 and Purvis was sixth at 11.61.
Nicole Blood’s who senior year was disrupted by a move across country, has certainly showed that she has settled in at the University of Oregon. Blood opened cautiously and was content to let Angela Bizzarri of Illinois lead through 1,000 in 3:16.09. The two continued to run together until just before 2,000 meters, when Blood begin pulling away. Blood passed 2,000 meters in 6:26.53 and went on to win in 9:27.81. Blood’s splits were an impressive, 3:16.09. 3:10.44 and 3:01.28. Bizzari finish second in 9:38.42 and Keri Bland of West Virginia was third at 9:41.0. Defending champion Jordan Hasay of Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo, Ca., was not entered but will run the 1,500 final on Saturday.
100-Meter High Hurdles
Heat One (+1.6)—Junior Vashti Thomas of Mt. Pleasant, San Jose, Ca., the California state champion at 13.03, was an easy winner in 13.37, despite clipping the tenth hurdle. LaToya James of Cummings, Burlington, N.C., was second at 13.67 and Jenna Caffrey of Iowa State was third in 13.76.
Heat Two (+1.2)—Jacqueline Coward of West, Knoxville, Tn., who earlier in the year set a personal best of 13.27 to rank equal No. 8 on the all-time high school list, made a another jump forward with a 13.21 to win the heat and move to equal No. 4 on the all-time list. What was just as impressive was that she defeated Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech, who two weeks ago finished fifth in the NCAA championships with a personal best of 12.98. April Williams of Skyline, Dallas, Tx., who was third in last years meet, was third at 13.48.
Heat Three (+2.0)—Kristi Castlin, the second half of the Virginia Tech dymamic duo, who finished ninth in the NCAA championships and has best of 13.11 legal and 13.82 windy, had no trouble running a personal best of 13.08. Julian Purvis of St. Elizabeth, Oakland, Ca., runner-up in the California State meet, was the second and final qualifier at 13.51.
Thomas was out of the blocks first and held a very slight lead over Coward through the first three hurdles before Coward took over for the next two hurdles. By the sixth hurdle the Virginia pair were moving past Coward with Castlin taking a slight lead. She remained their until the last hurdle when Harrison edged ahead only to see Castlin retake the lead for good on the run-in to win in 13.07 with a just over the allowable wind of 2.2 meters per second. Harrison was second in 13.12 and Coward was third in 13.17. Coward is now the seventh fastest performer high school performer with the ninth fastest performance under any conditions. Williams passed a fading Thomas to grab fourth, 13.37 to 13.42.
Jamesha Youngblood of Hercules, Ca., had the competition's only three jumps over 20-0 feet. After opening with a foul, her next two jumps were 20-6 ¾ and then she improved to 20-8 ½ in the fifth round. to improved her personal legal best to 20-8 ½ and improve her No. 2 ranking in the nation. Ashika Charan of Texas A&M jumped 19-9 ¾ in the first round to take the early lead but that was to be her best effort of the competition. In the second round Danielle Watson of UCLA moved ahead of Charan by one centimeter, with jump of 19-10 ¼ and Hylete Young of Houston closed to within one centimeter of Charan with a leap of 19-9 ½, and despite the fact that four round remained, the order of the top four finishers had been determined. Karynn Dunn of Diamond Ranch, Pomona, Ca., grabbed fifth place in the third round with a legal jump of 19-4 ¼.
Emily Vannoy of Thomas Johnson, Frederick, Md. took the first round lead with a put of 48-4 ¾ with Karen Shump of Penncrest, Media, Pa., taking over second with at 46-9. However, that was to be their best efforts of the competition. Nneka Ugochukw, unattached, moved into third with her second round effort of 45-10 ¾ and then moved into second in the third round with a put of 48-8. Sara Neubauer of Air Force took over third place in the third round with a put of 47-5 ¼ and then moved to the lead with a winning effort of 48-10 ¼ in the fifth round. Davina Orieukwu, unattached, was fourth after a first-round put of 45-1 3/4 and improved to 48-3 ½ in the third round which was good enough to hold on to fourth place. Danica Haight of West, Iowa City, Ia., was in fifth after the first round at 44-9 ¾ and improved to personal outdoor best of 48-1 ¼, which was good enough to keep her in fifth. Shump finished sixth with her first-round effort.
Emily Bernhardt of Kentucky, who won last year as student at Lassiter, Marietta, Ga., with a throw of 172-2, won again this year, this time with a toss of 175-11. With fouls in the first two rounds, she needed a safe throw of at least 153-0 but instead came up with a 172-1 effort, which moved her into first. Bernhardt got her winning throw of 175-10 in the fifth round. Gabriella Midles moved from fifth to second in the final round with a personal best of 173-7. Allison Horner of Lovett, Atlanta, Ga., the high school seasonal leader at 177-9, was second after the first round with a 165-2 effort and despite improving to 169-0 in the fourth round, finished third. Meagan Berg’s first round effort of 166-4 was good enough for fifth.
Heat One—Dominique Jackson of Fairfield, who was second in the California state meet and the Nike Outdoor Nationals, chose to take the lead, which was unusual. She controlled the race, winning easily in 2:07.51. Nikki Codd of Mead, Spokane, Wa., who ran a solo 2:07.11 race three weeks ago, was the second and final qualifier in 2:09.76.
Heat Two—Danielle Bradley of Baylor who has run 2:06.51, was an easy wire-to-wire winner in 2:07.03. Melissa Owens of Portland St., moved from third to second to first over the final 120 meters to grab the final qualifying spot from Sarah McCurdy of Bay Shore, N.Y., 2:08.21 to 2:09.85.
Heat Three—LaTavia Thomas of LSU opened up with splits of 29.0, 60.1 and 1:33.0 before coasting to a 2:05.45. Preps Sara Cocco of Fairview, Boulder, Co. and Ramzee Fondren of Renaissance, Detroit, Mi., were able to remain in close attendance to Thomas for 600 meters before slowly dropping back but never the less set personal bests of 2:05.70 and 2:06.81, in finishing second and third, respectively.
Heat Four—Christal Washington of South Broward, Fl., who set a personal best of 2:05.83 in a solo run last week at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, dominated the heat with splits of 28.5, 61.0 and 1;34.0 before easing to a 2:08.29 win. No other runners advanced.
| Multi Event Summaries |
Standing (after day one)—1. Ashton Eaton, Oregon, 3,920; 2. Nick Adcock, Missouri, 3,869; 3. Michael Ayers, Ravenswood Academy, Brentwood, Tn., 3,769; 4. Wesley Bray, Houston, 3,749; 5. Frank Shotwell, Michigan, 3,661.
110-Meter High Hurdles
First-day leader Eaton had just the third fastest time at 14.47, worth 915 points, but he retained the top spot with 4,835 points. Adcock, with the second fastest time of the day, retained his position in second, with a 14.43, worth 920 points and a total of 4,789 points. Shotwell had the fastest time of the day with a 14.28, worth 939 points and a total of 4,600, to move from fifth to third place. Ayers dropped from third to fifth with his 16.12, worth 719 points and a total of 4,488. Bray remained in fourth with his 15.13, worth 834 points and a total of 4,583.
Eaton had the second best throw of the competition at 133-4, worth 677 points and easily remained in the lead with 5,521 points. Adcock, despite having just the eighth best effort at 116-2, worth 572 points and a total of 5,361 held on to second. However Shotwell, who remained in third with his 132-4, worth 671 points and a total of 5,271, closed to within 90 points of Adcock. Bray, with a throw of 113-6, worth 556 points, remained in fourth with 5,139 points. Cory Roberts of Southeast Louisiana had the best throw of the competition at 140-5, worth 722 points and moved from seventh to fifth with 5,099 points.
The top three after the discus were able to keep their position at the conclusion of the pole vault. Eaton, with a 14-1 ½ clearance, worth 702 points and a total of 6,214, increased his margin over Adcock from 151 points to 208. Adcock cleared 13-5 ¼, worth 645 point and a total of 6,006. Shotwell vaulted 12-5 ½, worth 562 points and a total of 5,833 but fell 173 points behind Adcock. Ayers, who tied for the best vault of the competition at 15-01, worth 790 points and a total of 5,816, moved from sixth to fourth.
Going into the event, the leader, Eaton, was ahead by 208 points but a disastrous best throw of just 115-3, the worst in the competition, was worth just 372 points and a total of just 6,586 which dropped him from first to second. Meanwhile Adcock, who had been in second, had the second best throw of the competition at 181-3, worth 667 points that propelled him into first place with 6,673 points and a lead of 87 points with just one event remaining. Shotwell, who had been in third, had a best of 158-9, worth 565 points and a total of 6,398, and fall to fifth.
Adcock had just the tenth fastest time at 4:49.77, but is was worth 620 points and a total of 7,293 to maintain the lead and win the competition. Bray had the fifth fastest time at 4:36.45, worth 703 points and a total of 7,158 to move three points in front of Easton to capture second. Eaton, who never recovered from his poor javelin throw, had a best of 4:58.35, worth 569 points and a total of 7,155. Roberts, ran 4:34.64, worth 714 points and a total of 7,130 to move from fifth to fourth.
Standing After Day One -- 1. Shana Woods, USC, 3,311; 2. Ryann Krais, Methacton, Norristown, Pa., 3,270; 3. Katie Guevel, Burlington, Kn., 3,076; 4. Jasmine Cotton, Cincinnati, 2,012; 5. Alexis Spiranac, Lewis-Palmer, Monument, Co., 2,892.
Most of the jumpers had step problems connecting with the takeoff board. Woods opened with a 19-1/2, worth 798 points, and remained in first with 4,109 points. Krais’ best effort was 18-2 ½, despite not reaching the board, but it was worth 715 points to total 3,985 and kept her in second. Cotton has the second best jump at 18-8 ½, worth 759 points and moved from fourth to third with a total of 3,771. Guevel’s best was just 16-11, worth 603 points, and dropped from third to fourth with 3,679 points.
Wood had the third best effort of the competition at 128-2, worth 652 points for a total of 4,761 points to keep the lead and improve her margin over Krais, who was in second, from 124 points to 249 points. Krais, despite throwing just 107-2, worth just 527 points to total 4,512 points. Guevel also held on to third place with a 111-11 effort, worth 555 points and a total of 4,234. Giola moved from fifth to four by one point over Cotton, with a 118-0 throw, worth 590 points and a total of 4,159. Cotton, with a toss of just 82-10, worth 387 points, dropped just one place with a total of 4,159. Brittani Williams of Houston had the longest throw of the competition at 136-7, worth 699 points and a total of 4,037 to move from eleventh to sixth place.
Unless Woods fell apart she was going to win. The only question was whether the defending champions would better her total of 5,533 from last year. With no pressure, Woods fell just short, running 2:24.76 worth 760 points and a total of 5,521. The situation was slightly different for Krais. Although she was comfortably in second she had a real chance to break the national high school junior class record of 5,365 set by Diana Pickler of Rowlett, Tx., in 2001. Krais, who needed a 2:17.88 to break the junior class record, started out conservatively with a 69.0 first lap but came back with a strong 67.0 second 400 to finish second in 2:16.96, worth 865 points and total of 5,377 points to finish second and break the sophomore class record by 12 points. Guevel ran 2:24.57, worth 762 points and a total of 4,996, to hold on to third place. Cotton with her 2:21.43, worth 804 points and a total of 4,962 moved from fifth to fourth. .
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