by Joy Kamani
By Jim Spier
Photos by Joy Kamani
Video Interviews (see video page) by Paul Limmer
Men's 200 Meters
There was no doubt who was going to win this race. Or was there? Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica ran 20.74 in the prelims and seemed unbeatable. But Keyth Talley (North Texas State, Manor HS, Tuscaloosa, AL) had other ideas. Talley took off from the gun and led through 160 meters, surprising Talley. Talley's form broke down somewhat at the point, and Ashmeade seized the opportunity, running a terrific 20.40 (+1.4). Talley ran a personal best of 20.78, barely holding off Ashmeade's countryman Ramon Mc Kenzie who ran 20.79.
Men's 3000m Steeplechase
Sean Soderburg (Appalachian State, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC) led after the second lap with Canadians Matthias Wolter and Daryl Smith hanging close. Joseph Whelan (Hamburg, NY) had some difficulty during the first lap and fell 30 meters behind the pack. With 3 laps to go Soderburg and Wolter pulled away with Wolter taking over with 500 meters to go. Wolter pulled away to win in 9:05.28, with Soderburg second in 9:10.75. Surprise Derlys Ayala Sanchez of Paraguay took third in 9:14.77, with Whelan in 6th at 9:24.53.
Men's 10000 Meters
It was a hot one out there. In stifling heat and humidity, five runners began their 25 lap jaunt. There was a pack of three early: Victor Aravena (Chile), Ederson Pereira (Brazil) and Parker Stinson (Cedar Park, TX). Aravena broke away from the other two a little more than halfway through the race, with 30 meters separating he from Pereira and an equal distance between he and Stinson. And that's the way they finished with Aravena at 31:01.70, Pereira at 31:20.38 and Stinson at 31:48.45.
Finally some good and great passing for the U.S. team. It was Keyth Talley (North Texas State, Manor HS, Tuscaloosa, AL '08) with a very good pass to Marcus Rowland (Auburn, Roebuck HS, Dorman, SC '08). Rowland had a great pass to Trevante Rhodes (Texas, Little Elm, TX '08) who had a similar pass to D'Angelo Cherry (Mississippi State, Mt. Zion HS, Jonesville, GA '08). The U.S. ran a superb time of 39.06, followed by Brazil in 39.64 and Jamaica in 40.06.
Team USA - 4x100 meter relays
Men's Long Jump
Marquise Goodwin (Rowlett, TX) and Lourival Almeida Neto of Brazil shared the lead in round 1 at 24-1.5. Marquise took over the lead in round 2, though taking off a foot behind the board, jumping 24-11.25. Jhamal Bowen of Panama, fouling in the first 2 rounds, took the lead in round 3, jumping 25-0.75. Bowen fouled in round 4 with Goodwin retaking the lead at 25-2.75. Bowen got close in round 5, jumping 25-2.5, with Goodwin getting insurance with a jump of 25-4.75. Bowen popped a big one in the final round, stretching out to 25-10.75. On his final jump of the competition, Goodwin got close at 25-9.25, but it was only good enough for the silver. Almeida Neto got the bronze, jumping 25-1.75. Alex Madkins (Oklahoma, Midwest City, OK '08) was fifth with a jump of 24-5.75
Men's Pole Vault
A battle between the two Americans, Jack Whitt (North, Norman, OK) and Mike Arnold (Idaho State, Carson City, NV '08). Arnold opened at 15-7 and made it on his first attempt. The next height was 16-0.75, at which Whitt opened, making it on his first attempt. Arnold made it on his third attempt. Both passed 16-2.75, with Whitt making the next height, 16-4.75 on his first attempt and Arnold on his third. Both passed at 16-6.75. The bar was then moved up to 6-8.75 at which Arnold, this time, made it on his first attempt and Whitt on his third. Both passed 16-10.75, and the bar was moved to 17-0.75. That's where Arnold went out and Whitt made it on his third attempt to win the competition. He tried three times at 17-6.5 but did not have a good attempt. K'Don Samuels of Jamaica was third at 15-10.5.
Curtis Beach (Albuquere Academy, Albuquerque, NJM) showed dominance here with another overpowering performance, winning with a score of 7377, well ahead of teammate Gray Horn (Florida, Goshen HS, Waynesfield, OH) who scored a respectable 6982. Not far back in third was Taylor Corney of Canada at 6764, just 30 points ahead of Eduardo Alexandrino of Brazil. Beach's performances:
After the final event, the 1500m, Beach gathered all of the competitors for a victory Â¼ lap, and photo, thanking the crowd..
Men's 10000m Walk
This was a pretty clear cut victory for Pedro Daniel Gomez of Mexico (42:19.56), but the real battle was for the silver and bronze medal between Caio Bonfim (Brazil), Giovanni Torres (Mexico) and World Youth fourth placer finisher Trevor Barron of the US (Bethel Park, PA). Bonfim got the silver (42:43.58) and Torres the Bronze (42:46.89) not far ahead of Barron (42:50.51). Matthew Forgues (Boothbay Region, ME) was 9th in 48:42.58.
Women's 200 Meters
There was never any doubt as the favorite, Chalonda Goodman (Newnan, GA) led from the gun with Tasha Allen (North HS, Milwaukee, WI) to her left. Goodman won in 23.08 (+1.1) with Allen, sort of off the radar during the high school season second in 23.51, edging Jamaica's Jura Levy by .02.
Women's 5000 Meters
Sarah Andrews (The Woodlands, TX), Ashling Cuffe (Cornwall, NY) and Julieta Bautista of Mexico broke away from the pack with six laps remaining. At 3200m Andrews led that pack, passing 3200 meters at 10:51.9. With three laps to go, it was Andrews and Cuffe, with Bautista dropping back 15 meters. Cuffe was two strides back from Andrews the entire time, and the battle was for the gold. With 300 meters to go, Andrews "poured it on" and pulled away from Cuffe significantly, winning by 30 meters. Andrews ran 16:42.38, a PR, and Cuffe 16:47.45, excellent times considering the hot and humid conditions. Bautista held on for third, running 17:04.91.
It was Jessica Davis (Highland, Palmdale, CA) to Amber Purvis (Oregon, Benicia, CA '08) in a world-class handoff. Then Purvis handed off to Tasha Allen (North HS, Milwaukee, WI) in a handoff that probably cost the team at least a second. At the final exchange, Allen had a decent changeover (as they call it here) to Chalonda Goodman (Newnan, GA) who won in a big way in 44.09. Jamaica was second in 44.95 and host country Trinidad was third in 45.38.
Women's High Jump
This was not an especially spectacular competition, but the Americans took 1-2, with Maya Pressley (Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, FL) edging Krystle Schade (Alabama, Piper HS, Sunrise, FL), both jumping 5-9.25. Michelle Theophile of Canada was third at the same height. The three medal winners all passed the first three heights. Pressley and Schade both made 5-5 and 5-7, with Theophile missing once at 5-7. All three made 5-8, then both Schade and Theophile missing once before making that height. All three missed at 5-10.5
Maya Pressley's Post Event Interview
Shot put champion Anastasia Jelmini (Shafter, CA) got some stiff completion here in the name of Andressa Morais of Brazil. It was one of the few times with seen Jelmini with some really super competition. Morais opened with 180-9 and Jelmini 155-4, so not a good start for Anna. In fact, Erin Pendleton (Woodmore, Elmore, OH) was second after round 1 with a throw of 157-6. Morais threw 181-4 in round 2, the ultimate winning toss, with Jelmini responding with 168-3.
Both fouled in round 3 as did Morais in round 4. In that round, Jelmini improved to 174-4, but still remained on second. Morais threw 176-1 on her next to last throw, with Jelmini improving to an oh-so-close 180-2. Morais fouled on her last throw and "held her breath", as Jelmini could muster only 169-9 to remain in second. Pendleton had only one other legal throw (153-11) but her opener got her the bronze.
Ana Jelmini, Andressa Morais & Erin Pendleton
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