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US World Youth Championships Trials
Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti MI,  June 30-July 1, 2009

IAAF World Youth Championships
Bressanone, Italy, July 8-12, 2009

Special Update for athletes in infrequently-contested events
Runners with WYC aspirations in 400H, 1500, 3k and Steeple need qualifiers by June 22

by Mike Kennedy

When the USATF (the governing body for track and field in the U.S.) set its dates for the U.S. Trials (June 30-July 1) for the 2009 World Youth Championships in Italy, the IAAF (the world governing body for track and field) granted the U.S. a waiver that allowed it to enter its athletes past the announced entry deadline of June 22.

Unfortunately, the IAAF did not allow the U.S. to use performances made at the U.S. Trials to qualify for the World Youth Championships. In short, athletes must achieve the IAAF qualifying standard by June 22, 2009. 

This should have no effect on most athletes because they have had plenty of opportunity to compete in those events. 

However, if you are entered in events that are rarely run at the high school level—the 1,500 meters, 3,000-meters, 2,000-meter steeplechase or 400-hurdles—you will need to have verifiable performances at those distances achieved by June 22 (eight days before the US Trials). 

One option is the Nike Outdoor National Championships, June 18-20, in Greensboro, N.C. All of the above mentioned events will be run (or FAT intermediate times taken at 1,500 and 3,000) at the meet. Despite the fact that the 1,500 and 3,000 will be intermediate FAT times, the standards (listed below) are, in most cases, achievable by our top athletes.

The following link will connect you with a schedule for the Nike Outdoor Nationals and should answer all of your questions concerning that meet. If you still have questions, you can click on the Contact link at the top of the page to message the meet director, Jim Spier.

Nike Outdoor Nationals   

There could also be local sanctioned meets in your area that would run the 1,500, 3,000 (for women) and  400 hurdles. It might be tougher to find opportunities in the 3,000 (for boys) and the 2,000 steeplechase (for both boys and girls).

The good news is that the times needed to meet the IAAF standards should, in most cases, be achievable by athletes with aspirations to compete at the World Youth Championships, given the talent level of those athletes.

1,500 Meters - 4:03.001,500 Meters - 4:35.00
3,000 Meters - 8:56.003,000 Meters - 9:55.00
2,000m Steeplechase - 6:15.00 2,000m Steeplechase - 7:15.00
400m Low Hurdles - 56.00400m Low Hurdles - 62.00