by Joy Kamani
Story by Jim Spier
Photos by Joy Kamani
Boys Pole Vault Qualifying
Jacob Blankenship (Gahanna, Lincoln, OH) easily advanced to the final, one of four athletes who cleared 15-9 with no misses.
Girls Heptathlon 100m Hurdles (30")
Kendell Williams (Kell, Marietta, GA) had the fastest qualifying time overall, running 13.74 for 1015 points (not quite the 13.25 she ran last night).
Girls 200m Qualifying
Kyra Jefferson (Cass Tech, Detroit, MI) was a "no show". She strained a hamstring in practice earlier this week. A big disappointment for her but, she showed her team spirit by coming out and cheering on her teammate. She's pictured here with Coach Lisa Morgan, Trinity Wilson and Ronald Darby.
Bealoved Brown (Ozen, Beaumont, TX) had no trouble advancing to the semis, winning her heat in 24.30.
Girls Heptathlon High JumpGirls 2000m Steeplechase Qualifying (2 heats — top 4 in each and and next 4 fastest times advance.
Briana Nerud (North Shore, Glen Head, NY) sat back for two-thirds of the race and began to move well with 2 laps to go. Picking off her competitors one by one, she moved into third on the final backstretch. The final water jump gave her trouble and she moved into fifth, then being caught near the finish down the homestretch for sixth. We'll see if she can get a time qualifier. And, she did.
Maddie Meyers ran a beautiful race, staying in second for most of the race and finishing in that position in 6:34.80. Briana Nerud will be one of the time qualifiers.
Boys 200m Qualifying
Aldrich Bailey (Timberview, Arlington, TX) cruised to an easy win, running 21.46 (+0.1).Ronald Darby (Potomac, Oxon Hill, MD), fourth last night, ran well and won his heat (21.5 -1.1) to win his heat and advance.