by Joy Kamani
Story by Jim Spier
Photos by Joy Kamani
Day 2 Morning Session
Women's Shot Put
Alessandra Gamboa Dulong of Peru got the win on her third throw, just shy of 50 feet, throwing 49-11.75. New Balance Indoor champion Christina Hillman (St. Thomas More, Magnolia, DE), leading after round 2, was second at 49-7. Kelsey Card (Carlinville, IL) was third at 49-3.75.
Men's Long Jump (July 22)
Devin Field, soon to be a junior at Lancaster HS in Texas, got the win with a jump 24-10.5w (2.2), albeit windy. He did have a legal jump in his series, 24-7.25 (+1.1), #5 US high school this year. Terrence Williams (North Texas; Houston, TX) was second, also with a PR, jumping 24-9 (2.0). Rolyce Boston of Guyana and Sheepshead Bay HS, Brooklyn, NY), fourth in this year's New Balance Outdoor Nationals, was third at 24-1 (1.1)
Men's 110m Hurdle Semis
Eddie Lovett (Florida; Palm Beach Lakes, West Palm Beach, FL) ran a very fast prelim, a World Junior record had it been legal, of 13.03 (+2.9). His area teammate, Roy Smith (North Carolina; Northwestern, Miami, FL) won his heat in a windy 13.33 (+2.8)
Women's Long Jump
Jessica Reis (Brazil) had a great jump to win, leaping 20-11.75 (1.0). That's the third best jump in the hemisphere this year for a junior. US Junior leader Ashley Stacey (Michigan State; Thornton Township, Harvey, IL) was second with a windy 20-1.5 (3.1). Jenna Prandini (Clovis, CA), dead last through 5 rounds, including four fouls, finally got a decent jump on her sixth attempt for fourth place (19-4, 0.9).
Men's 800m Semis
Immanuel Hutchinson (San Jacinto, CA) was in total control with an easy semi win of 1:50.43. Semi 2 was more tactical with the leaders going out in 57.4 and negative-splitting, won by Carifta Games champion Anthonio Mascoll of Barbados in 1:52.62. Derrick Daigre (Kent-Meridian, Kent, WA) was never really among the leaders, finishing 8th in 2:00.44.
Women's 200m Semi-final
Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas, the Carifta 100m and 200m champion, had a relatively easy win, running a windy 23.06.
Second was Jessica Davis (USC; Highland, Palmdale, CA) in 23.36. Kai Selvon, the sophomore at Auburn representing Trinidad, won semi 2 in 23.01w (+3.1), with Akawkaw Ndigpabor (Poly, Long Beach, CA) in second at 23.43.
The semis were won by the two Americans, Trey Hadnot (Louisiana Tech; Ruston, LA) - 21.06 (1.3) and Sean Mc Lean (Word of God, Southeast, NC) — 20.98w (+2.5) and NCAA 400m Champion Kirani James of Grenada (U of Alabama) 20.62w (+3.6).
Men's 400m Hurdles Semis
US athletes were runners-up in each semi, with Jordin Andrade (Mt. San Antonio College; Bonney Lake, WA) at 53.46 second to Javarn Gallimore (Jamaica, 52.17), and Monte Corley (California; Logan, Union City, CA) at 53.72, second to Kion Joseph (Barbados, 52.85).
Shelbi Vaughn (Legacy, Mansfield, TX) continued her winning ways throwing 174-3, not far off her PR of 176-5. Brazilians Ethefania Costa and Lidian Cansiane took second (173-9) and third 171-10), with Jessica Sharbono (Colorado State; Billings West, MT) fifth at 161-1.
Day 2 Evening Session Men's 1500m
Jerry Rivera of Puerto Rico led a slow paced group through 800m at 2:08. At that point Federico Bruno of Argentina took the lead followed by Ioran Etchchury of Brazil and the two Americans, Isaac Presson (North Carolina; Asheville, NC) and Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, MI) with Bruno clocking 62 seconds for the third lap. It was a battle of those four over the last lap, with Presson taking over the lead with 60 meters to go and Kaddurah charging on the outside of the pack. Kaddurah nipped Presson at the end, 3:52.29 to 3:52.78.
A decent first 400 meters of 61.3 saw a pack of two Americans and two Canadians form a four woman pack. With 80 meters to go Kenyetta Iyevbele (North Carolina State; Olympic, Charlotte, NC), made a move on the outside of the group, catching Canadian Annie Leblanc who had just passed Samantha Levin (Ladue-Horton-Watkins, St. Louis, MO). It was Iyevbele at 2:06.27, .08 ahead of Annie Leblanc for second and Levin finishing third in 2:07.68. (Iyevbele capped a very successful freshman year, having gone from a 2:13 800 meter runner in high school to 2:04.83 this year and seventh at the NCAA meet). (Leblanc, the leading entrant at 2:03.55, is the daughter of 1980 Canadian Olympian sprinter Chantal Desrosiers).
Men's 110m Hurdles
The pressure was on Eddie Lovett after a windy 13.03 prelim, the best ever under any conditions. It was a battle between the two Americans Lovett (Florida; Palm Beach Lakes, West Palm Beach, FL) and Roy Smith (North Carolina; Northwestern, Miami, FL) as both did not run the prettiest of races, yet managed to run #2 and #4 all-time world performances, with Lovett at 13.14 (+1.6) and Smith at 13.24
It was the battle of the Americans, Gunnar Nixon (Santa Fe, Edmond, OK) and Kevin Lazas (Arkansas; Brentwood, TN). Lazas got the win and the meet record of 7979, with his future Arkansas teammate Nixon second with 7669 points. At the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals, Nixon beat Lazas in the pentathlon 4141 to 3942. Lazas is one of many athletes who has come out of former Olympic decathlete Gary Kinder's program.
Women's 3000m Steeplechase
It was a battle of the two Americans and two Peruvians until the pentultimate lap where the Americans broke away to take 1-2. It was Alexandra Leptich (Michigan; Saline, MI) the winner at 10:43.76 and Grace Heymsfield (Arkansas; Elkins, WV) at 10:47.01. Both times within 7 seconds of their PBs, exceptional for such stifling conditions.
Men's 400m Hurdles
This would be a good meet to get a PB, and that's exactly what Monte Corley (California; James Logan, Union City, CA) did, winning in 51.21, #3 US Junior for the year. Second was Jordin Andrade (Mt. San Antonio College; Bonney Lake, WA) at 52.09. The favorite, Javarn Gallimore (Jamaica) who let through the first four hurdles, did not finish.
Men's Triple Jump
A relative upset here, with Trinidadian Elton Walcott taking the gold in a windy 54-2 (2.3). He did have a legal 53-11 (1.3), his nation's junior record. Phillip Young (Florida State; Key West, FL) was a surprise medallist, taking second in a PR 52-6.5 (+2.7). He had a legal best of 51-3.5 (+1.7). Latario Minns-Collie (Bahamas), the 2011 World Youth Champion, was third at 52-3.25. His only legal jump was 51-3.
Women's High Jump
Shanay Briscoe (Texas; Cypress Christian, Houston, TX) won as expected, jumping 6-0. High school sophomore Rachel Proteau (West Albany, OR), surprise second-placer at the USA Junior championships, showed she belonged, finishing fifth at 5-8.5.
Anthonique Strachan (Bahamas) rode the perfect (2.0) wind to run the fastest junior time in the world, 22.70. It was a real battle for second, as Kai Selvon (Trinidad and Auburn U) edged Jessica Davis (USC; Highland, Palmdale,CA) 22.961 to 22.962. Akawkaw Ndigpabor (Poly, Long Beach, CA) was fifth in 23.38.
World junior leader at 200m, and NCAA 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada (and U of Alabama) held off the charge from Sean Mc Lean (Word of God, Raleigh, NC), with James running 20.53w (2.2) and Mc Lean 20.69. Trey Hadnot (Louisiana Tech; Ruston, LA) was third in 20.82.
Kayla Beattie (Woodstock, IL) got her second gold running virtually without challenge and winning in 16:48.44, almost 20 seconds off her USATF Junior championship winning time.
Braian Toledo (Argentina), the world's fourth best junior javelin thrower, got the meet record with a great throw of 250-8. Sean Keller, the high school junior and US junior leader from Heritage HS in Vancouver, WA was 6th in 228-6, not far off his 232-1 PB. Derrick Eager (UCLA; Tahoma, Covington, WA) was 8th at 216-2.
Like that of the women's 5000m, Parker Stinson (Oregon; Cedar Park, TX) ran a solo effort and winning in 30:37.88, more than a half minute ahead of second place. Third was Alex Monroe (Lock Haven U; Indian Valley, Lewistown, PA) in 31:21.42.