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WALK USA TEAM LEADS NATIONAL PARADE(Jul 7 2014, 04:57 PM)
 

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Both 100 national records broken at Juniors meet

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Armory Track Admin   on Jul 7 2014, 05:25 PM

By Jack Pfeifer

EUGENE, Ore. – Both national high school records for the 100 meters, for boys and girls, were broken a few hours apart here on Saturday afternoon at the USATF Juniors meet, yet only one of the new recordholders wound up making the U.S. team.

Trentavis Friday, recently graduated from Cherryville High School in North Carolina, ran a sensational 10.00, with a legal wind, to win Heat I of the men’s 100 semifinals, breaking the six-year-old national high school record of 10.01 set by Jeff Demps of Florida. In Heat II, Trayvon Bromell, winner of the NCAA 100 just a few weeks ago on this same University of Oregon track, ran 10.08. Bromell recently set the world Junior record, running 9.97, setting up one heck of a match in the final, to be run later on Saturday evening.

Not long after, in the women’s prelims, Kaylin Whitney, a sophomore at East Ridge H.S. in Clermont, Fla., ran another stunner, 11.17, to win a women’s semi, equaling the national sophomore-class record set 23 years ago by Marion Jones. The women’s 100 final was also just hours away.

Meantime, there were plenty of other prelims and finals being contested on Day 1 of this two-day championships to select the national team for the World Juniors, to be held also here in Eugene later this month. Conditions were ideal, with temperatures in the low 80s and a legal tailwind for most of the sprints and jumps.

In the final race of the evening, Mary Cain, recently graduated from Bronxville (N.Y.) High School and now running for Oregon Track Club Elite, based in nearby Portland, cruised to victory in the 3,000 meters, setting Cain up for a meeting a few weeks from now against the best teenaged distance runners in the world – the Ethiopians and Kenyans.

“I’ll be a little bit more challenged in the 3k than in the 1,500,” Cain said of her camp’s decision to run the longer distance. “Two more seconds per lap gets me 9 minutes,” she said, after winning easily in 9:15. “It’ll be a really good field. That’s why I’m going for it.”

In fact, Cain did not yet have the Junior Worlds qualifying standard, of 9:35, so she needed to accomplish that in order to be allowed to move on. “At first we decided I would just sit and kick. Then, jeez, we realized I needed the standard.”

Two New Jersey high school seniors won their events and made the U.S team. Keturah Orji, of Mt. Olive, won the women’s triple jump, going 44-1 ½ to win by nearly a foot, while Curtis Thompson won the men’s javelin, winning by 4 feet at 215-11. Thompson, a senior at Florence Memorial High School, in Burlington County, was the lone American qualifier in the event, as he was the only competitor to have met the Worlds standard. “I got that at our Meet of Champions, on my last throw, by one inch,” said Thompson, who is headed to Mississippi State. “I started throwing the javelin four years ago. I’ve gotten better every year. I’ve started to fall in love with the event.” 

Meantime, the sprinters were lining up for the 100 finals, the women first. Eight women lined up for the women’s century, Whitney and the Long Beach Poly senior Ariana Washington side by side. At the halfway point, Whitney left the field in her wake, and she powered all the way to the line in 11.10, breaking the national high school record of 11.11 set 16 years ago by Angela Williams of California.

“I just wanted to come out and execute my race,” Whitney said. “I wasn’t thinking about the time. It was the final – everything’s on the line. It was one of the smoothest races I’ve ever run.”

Washington, three-time California state champion, was back in the pack at the midway point but came on at the end to get 2nd by .01 in 11.30. “She’s phenomenal,” Washington graciously said of Whitney, two years her junior. “She was born with this talent.”

Moments later, it was the men’s turn, Bromell and Friday side by side. Suddenly they were the two fastest Junior sprinters of all-time, running head to head. And just as suddenly, Friday appeared to come out of the blocks too soon. As the crowd groaned, he was called for a false start. He walked down the track, put his hands to his face, collapsed in a heap. The drama gone, Bromell cruised to an easy win in 10.07. “That’s the first false start of my life,” Friday said. “There was a lot of flinching at the line. It’s part of the sport. I’ve still got the 10 flat, and I have the 200 to run tomorrow.” Though now out of the 100 for the Worlds, could he still make the U.S. 4x1? “If they want me to run,” he said, “I will.”

Both Taylor McLaughlin and his younger sister, Sydney, qualified for different finals. Taylor, who just finished his junior season at Union Catholic (N.J.), advanced in the flat 400 meters, running 47.44 for 3rd place in Heat III, advancing as the final time qualifier.  Sydney, a ninth-grader at UC, had the fastest time of the day in the semifinals of the girls’ 400 hurdles, running 57.61 to win Heat I. McLaughlin, however, because she was born in 1999, is too young by rule to qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Juniors later this month. In most events, if the international standard has been met, the top two finishers in each event qualify for that team.

The other girls’ IH heat winners were Jade Miller, of Harvard, 58.42, and Shamier Little, the Texas A&M freshman who won the NCAA championship a few weeks ago, 59.44. Just behind McLaughlin in Heat I was another ninth-grader, Reonna Collier, California state champion this spring in the 300H for Piedmont Hills, of San Jose.

The fastest time in the men’s 400H qualifying was 51.12 by the defending champion, Khallifah Rosser, the California state junior college champion for Chaffey JC, where he just completed his sophomore season. Timothy Holmes, an NCAA finalist this year for Baylor as a freshman, won Heat I, in 51.31, while Kenneth Selmon, the current U.S. prep leader at 50.48 for Pace Academy, of Atlanta, won Heat II in 52.64.

In the men’s 400 qualifying, the three heat winners were all collegians – Michael Cherry of Florida State (46.80), Tyler Brown of Eastern Michigan (46.48) and Lamar Bruton of Ohio State (46.84). Two Virginia preps, Ricky Morgan of Forest Park (47.05) and the sophomore Josephus Lyles of T. C. Williams (47.20), were among the time qualifiers. Zyaire Clemes (Trenton Central HS, NJ) failed to advance, running 47.48 to miss by .04.

Sabrina Southerland, the New York City product (Cardozo, Queens) who was a freshman this season at Georgetown, posted the fastest time of the preliminary round, winning Heat II in 2:05.43. “I’m just happy to be here,” Southerland said. “I have a few plans (for Sunday’s final),” she said. “I’m just gonna be in it. I feel very strong now. I’m prepared for whatever happens.”

After qualifying for the 400 final, Olivia Baker (Columbia, Maplewood NJ) did not take the track for her scheduled run in the 800. Baker had the day’s fastest qualifying time in the 4, 52.98 in Heat III.

In the men’s 800 qualifying, a number of runners with New Jersey connections ran but failed to advance. Joe White (DePaul HS) ran 1:51.23 for 5th place in Heat II. In III, Princeton-bound Garrett O’Toole was 5th at 1:52.89, well ahead of Monmouth’s Dylan Capwell, a 1:47 performer this year who was inexplicably last at 2:02.90.

In the women’s 1,500 qualifying, the two favorites, Elise Cranny of Colorado and Alexa Efraimson of Washington, won their respective heats. New Jerseyan Catherine Pagano also advanced. “I felt really good,” Efraimson said. “Tomorrow will be the big race. The goal of this whole season,” she said, “has been World Juniors.”

In the men’s 15, Eric Holt of SUNY Binghamton and Luke Gavigan of Tappan Zee High School were among the also-rans. “I came out here to see Oregon and enjoy the experience,” Gavigan said. “I’ll be back next year.”

A number of field events were concluded on Saturday. The men’s discus was won by Kord Ferguson (Ottawa HS, Kan.), 201-0, the fourth-farthest ever for the Junior-weight implement by a prep. Braheme Days, a UCLA redshirt freshman from Bridgeton, N.J., finished 6th, throwing 187-9.

The men’s long jump was won by Travonn White, from Central Arizona JC, who jumped 26-4 ½, the 2nd-longest in the world this year by a Junior. The winner of the women’s hammer was Haley Showalter, a Colorado high school junior who threw 187-9.

 

 

 

 

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