USATF Junior Breakdown: Whitney, Friday lead incredible weekend

by Steve Underwood

Note: Top two finishers in each event are expected to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Jr Champs unless they have not met qualifying standards (as indicated in highlights).

MAJOR RECORDS: Whitney, Fridays, Williams, McLaughlin!

NATIONAL HS and WORLD YOUTH RECORD 11.10(+0.9w) 100m, US#1 22.49(+1.3w) 200m (#2 ALL-TIME and also WORLD YOUTH RECORD) women’s sprint double by Star Athletics’ Kaylin Whitney (East Ridge, FL soph). 

  • In the 100 Saturday, Whitney beat the former HSR of 11.11 (Angela Williams, 1998) and WYR of 11.13 (Chandra Cheeseborough, 1976).  She topped Ariana Washington (Long Beach Poly, CA senior) at 11.30 (prev. US#1 at 11.22), Teahna Daniels (First Academy, FL junior) at 11.31 and Arizona Cheetahs’ Ky Westbrook (Chandler, AZ senior) at US#6 11.43 (most/all likely to get chosen for 4x100 relay pool).  Whitney had run 11.17 in H1 of the prelims (#7 all-time), improving her US#1 and tying the soph class HSR (Marion Jones).
  • In the 200 Sunday, Whitney surpassed the former WYR of 22.58 (Marion Jones, 1992).  Her time was also the #2 “performance” in prep history and best ever at low-altitude as only Allyson Felix’s 22.11 (2003, Mexico City) is faster.  It was also a soph class national record (Marion Jones, 22.76, 1991).  She was followed by collegians Jada Martin (LSU) 23.02 and Brittany Brown (Iowa) at 23.10.  Whitney had earlier run 23.22(+1.2w), then US#4, in H1 to lead qualifiers.

NATIONAL HS RECORD 10.00(+1.6w) 100m, ALL-CONDITIONS #1 ALL-TIME 20.03w(+2.9) 200m men’s sprint “double” by GJTC’s Trentavis Friday (Cherryville, NC senior). 

  • In the 100 prelim Saturday (H1), Friday nipped the former mark of 10.01 (Jeff Demps, 2008).  Unfortunately, he false-started the final, with Baylor frosh Trayvon Bromell (10.08 H2 winner) prevailing in 10.07(+1.2w).  Bromell was followed by 1st Coast TC’s Kendal Williams (Stanton Prep, FL senior) at US#3 10.27, collegian Jalen Miller (Ole Miss frosh) at 10.29 and Life Speed’s Terry Jernigan (East Ridge, FL senior).
  • In the 200 Sunday, Friday ran .10 faster than the 1987 Roy Martin HSR of 20.13, pulling away from the above-mentioned Williams at 20.46w (all-cond. US#2, #15 all-time) down the stretch.  Collegian Robert Ellis III (American River frosh) and Quashawn Cunningham (Mallard Creek, NC senior) followed in 20.81w and 20.83w).  Friday had run 20.39(+0.6w) and Williams 20.49w(+3.9) in their prelims.

AMERICAN JR RECORD 12.87(+2.0w) women's 100m hurdles by collegian Kendell Williams (Georgia frosh) Sunday, just ahead of US#1 13.00 (#2 ALL-TIME) by FK Elite’s Dior Hall (Denver Science and Tech/George Washington, CO senior).  Williams ducked under the previous AJR of 12.91 (Kristi Castlin, 2007) and was just .03 off the World Jr Record of 12.84 (Aliuska Lopez, Cuba, 1987).  Hall topped her previous PR and US#1 of 13.09 and was just .05 off Candy Young’s HSR of 12.95 from 1979.  Collegians Skylar Ross-Ransom (Florida frosh) and Cece Jackson (Portland State frosh) were 3-4 at 13.57 and 13.58, while Mecca McGlaston (Dublin, CA soph) was 5th at US#11 13.63.

US#1 55.63 women’s 400m hurdles (#2 ALL-TIME) by Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic, NJ frosh) Sunday, finishing 2nd to NCAA champ Shamier Little (Texas A&M frosh) at 55.43.  McLaughlin’s performance was her 4th FROSH CLASS HSR of the year and is the fastest prep 400H since Leslie Maxie set the 55.20 HSR 30 years ago.  McLaughlin, however, is too young to be eligible for the World Junior Champs – having been born in 1999.  Following McLaughlin were collegian Jade Miller (Harvard frosh) at 57.27, Reonna Collier (Piedmont Hills, CA frosh) at US#2 58.55, collegian Bryiana Richardson (LSU frosh) at 58.61 and Tiana Bonds (Centennial, NV senior) at US#6 59.44.  Collier’s time, as well as her 58.61 in prelims, would have been frosh class HSR’s, pre-McLaughlin

More US#1s

  • US#1 7,734 men’s (Junior) decathlon by Harrison Williams (Memphis U. HS, TN senior) on June 25-26 (Sacramento), #2 all-time with the Junior implements – just 14 points off Gunnar Nixon’s national record.  In 2nd was Gabriel Moore (Freeport, FL senior) at US#2 7,594, #4 all-time.  Collegian Mitch Modin (Oregon frosh) was 3rd at 7,493.
  • US#1 44-1.5(+1.3w) women’s triple jump by NSAF Project Triple Jumper Keturah Orji (Mt. Olive, NJ senior) Saturday, beating her NJ MOC performance by a quarter inch.  Only at World Youth last year has she ever had a better legal outdoor jump (#2 all-time 44-11).  Following were collegians Marshay Ryan (Auburn frosh) at 43-3w(+2.1) and Simone Charley (Vanderbilt frosh) at 43-2.5(+1.8w).  Orji’s NSAF teammate Chinne Okoronkwo (Mountlake Terrace, WA soph) was 5th at US#5 41-1.75(+0.7w).
  • US#1 5,418-point women’s heptathlon (#5 all-time) by Elite Athletics’ Ashlee Moore (Hamilton, AZ senior).  She was followed by Shaina Burns (Prior Lake, MN senior) at US#2 5,363 – good for #8 all-time.  Collegian Emily Godwin (North Carolina frosh) was 3rd at 5,304.
  • All-conditions US#1 53-7w(+3.0) men’s triple jump by Nate Moore (Castro Valley, CA senior) Sunday – #5 all-time, all-conditions.  It’s the furthest prep TJ of any kind in 10 years.  Unfortunately, Moore does not have a wind-legal qualifier for WC.  He was trailed by collegian Hayden McClain (Oklahoma frosh) at 51-9.25(+1.0w).  NSAF Project Triple jumpers KeAndre Bates (El Paso Burges, TX senior) at 50-5.5(+1.1w) and Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, IL soph) at 50-0w(+3.1) were 3rd and 5th, split by NBNO champ John Warren (Prince George, VA senior) at 50-0.75w(+2.2).
  • US#1 9:03.92 men’s 3,000m steeplechase (#9 all-time) by 2kST HSR-holder and NBNO champ Bailey Roth (Coronado, CO senior) Sunday, outkicking collegian Bryce Miller (UMKC frosh) at 9:04.40.  Roth won despite falling after a hurdle with a few laps left.  Collegians Chris Mulverhill (Oregon frosh) and Tyler Brinks (Hope College frosh) were 3rd at 9:20.55 and 5th at 9:29.32, split by previous US#1 prep Tyler Ranke (Hilton, NY senior) at 9:27.41.
  • US#1 9:15.87 women’s 3,000m run (#9 all-time) by Nike Oregon Project’s Mary Cain (Bronxville, NY senior) Saturday, pulling away in the last 800 from Stephanie Jenks (Linn-Mar, IA soph) at 9:28.00.  Collegian Maggie Montoya (Baylor frosh) was 3rd at 9:47.28. 
  • US#1 50.13 men’s 400m hurdles (#12 all-time) by NBNO champ Kenny Selmon (Pace Acad., GA senior) Sunday, taking 2nd behind collegian Timothy Holmes (Baylor frosh) at 50.02.  Khalifah Rosser (unatt.) was 3rd at 50.62, ahead of preps John Lint (Columbus Acad., OH senior) at 51.72 and Robert Grant (Brophy Prep, AZ senior) at 51.86.  Lint ran a US#3 51.63 in the prelims, while Cameron Dopp (Woods Cross, UT senior) hit US#6 52.17 and Max Dordevic (Jesuit, OR senior) US#9 52.78.
  • US#1 52.46 women’s 400m dash by Olivia Baker (Columbia, NJ senior) Sunday, beating her 2013 PR and finishing 2nd to collegian Kendall Baisden (Texas frosh) at 52.21.  They were followed by collegians Shakima Wimbley (Miami, Fla.) at 52.55 and Felecia Majors (Tennessee) at 53.42.  Baker on Saturday ran a US#5 52.96 prelim to lead qualifiers to the final.
  • US#1 31:01.25 men’s 10,000m run for Conner Mantz (Sky View, UT junior) Sunday, good for 3rd behind collegians Jonathan Green (Georgetown frosh) at 30:54.62 and Brendan Shearn (Penn frosh) at 30:55.52.
  • US#1 201-0 men’s Junior discus by Kord Ferguson (Ottawa, KS senior) Saturday, #4 all-time for preps with the Junior weight implement.  He was followed by collegian Ryan N jegovan (St. Francis, Ill. Frosh) at 195-11 and Throwers’ Respect’s Reno Tuufuli, Jr. (Liberty, NV senior) at 192-5.
  • US#1 63-2.75 men’s Junior discus by Trebuchet Field’s Amir Ali Patterson (Crespi, CA senior) Sunday, placing 2nd to collegian Brahame Days, Jr. at 65-5.5, but becoming the #5 prep all-time with the Junior weight implement.  Days, a UCLA frosh, led from throw one while future teammate Patterson moved into 2nd on his final throw.  In 3rd was collegian Olayinka Awotunde (South Carolina frosh) at 62-10.75. 
  • 55-10.25 women’s shot put by NBN in/out double champ Raven Saunders (Burke, SC senior) Saturday, less than a foot off her US#1 and HSR of 56-8.25.  She had three throws of 53-9 or better after an atypical start of less than 50 feet.  Collegians Aaliyah Pete (Colorado State frosh) and Katelyn Daniels (Michigan State frosh) followed at 53-7 and 50-2.  Stamatia Scarvelis (Dos Pueblos, CA senior) was the next prep in 4th at 50-0.5 and NSAF Project Javelin thrower Sophia Rivera (Brentwood, MO soph) was 5th with a PR 47-2.5.
  • 14-1.25 women’s pole vault by Texas Pole Vault’s standing US#1 (14-3.25 HSR) Desiree Freier (Justin Northwest, TX senior) Sunday, her best outdoor mark since she set her record back in March.  In 2nd with a big PR and US#3 13-11.25 (#9 all-time) was Get Vertical’s Bonnie Draxler (Wrightown, WI senior), followed by collegian Annie Rhodes (Baylor frosh) at 13-9.25 and Kaitlyn Merritt (Santa Margarita, CA junior) at 13-7.25 (prev. US#3 with 13-9 PR).
  • 48:19.16 men’s 10,000m racewalk by the Elgin Sharks’ standing US#1 (45:54.0 PR) Anthony Peters (Bartlett, IL senior) Saturday, less than four seconds ahead of twin brother Alexander at US#2 48:23.04 and reversing their 2-3 finish from 2013.  Not too far behind in 3rd was Miami Valley TC”s Cameron Haught at 48:41.99 (Yellow Springs, OH frosh) – just off his US#3 mark of 48:36.0.

More US Top 5s

  • US#2 13.42(+1.7w) men’s 110m hurdles (#17 all-time) by HOF Hurdling’s Misana Viltz (Long Beach Milikan, CA senior), taking 2nd to collegian Nicholas Anderson (Kentucky frosh) at 13.37.  The Durham Striders’ Isaiah Moore (Cummings, NC senior), standing US#1 at 13.40, was a heartbreaking 3rd in 13.44 after qualifying 2nd overall behind Anderson in prelims with 13.41(+1.3w).
  • US#2 1:48.43 men’s 800m run (#19 all-time) by Myles Marshall (Kingwood, TX junior), finishing 2nd to collegian Tre’Tez Kinnaird (Indiana frosh) at 1:48.01.  NBNI champ Derek Holdsworth (Lafayette, VA senior) was 3rd at 1:49.07 after a US#6 1:48.97 in the prelims.  Charles Jones, Jr. (Cardinal Ritter, MO senior) was 4th in the final at US#7 1:49.54 and Robert Ford (San Antonio Johnson, TX senior) 5th at US#10 1:50.04.
  • US#2 20-10.75(+1.7w) women’s long jump by Speed Denver’s Chyna Ries (Denver East, CO senior) Sunday, in 3rd place – a half-inch out of first.  She trailed collegians Jazmin McCoy (Nebraska frosh) and Quanesha Burks (Alabama frosh), both at 20-11.25 (McCoy winning with better 2nd jump).  NSAF Project Triple Jump’s Keturah Orji was a quarter-inch behind Ries, 4th at 20-10.50w(+2.9), barely off her US#1 PR.
  • US#3 2:04.40 women’s 800m run by Raevyn Rogers (Kinkaid School, TX senior) Sunday, holding off collegian Sabrina Southerland (Georgetown frosh) at 2:04.83.  They were followed by Kaley Ciluffo (Pleasant Valley, IA junior) at 2:07.08 and Rose Christian (Central Kitsap, WA senior) at 2:08.21.
  • US#3 3:50.51 men’s 1,500m run by Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, MI junior) Sunday, finishing 2nd to collegian Patrick Joseph (Virginia Tech) at 3:49.76.  Cameron Villarreal (Texas A&M frosh) was 3rd in 3:51.75 as collegians took the next three spots ahead of Austin Tamagno (Brea Olinda, CA soph) at 3:54.04 (3:53.39 prelim).
  • US#3 52:33.06 women’s 10,000m racewalk by Walk USA’s Katharine Newhoff (East Islip, NY junior), more than a minute ahead of Anali Cisneros (Elgin, IL junior) at 53.42.86 and Walk USA’s Katie Michta (Sachem North, NY senior) at 53:46.89.
  • 17-6.5 men’s pole vault by Bartolina Athletics’ standing US#1 (17-8.5 PR) Devin King (Sumner, LA senior), finishing 2nd to collegian Cole Walsh (Oregon frosh) – also with 17-6.5 (fewer misses).  Collegian Grant Sisserson (Cornell frosh) was 3rd at 17-4.5 and Team Elite’s Paulo Benavides (El Paso Franklin, TX junior) 4th at US#5 17-2.75.
  • 216-0 men’s javelin by standing US#1 (224-10 PR) Curtis Thompson (Florence Memorial, NJ senior) Saturday, defeating John Nizich (Central Catholic, OR senior) at 211-8 – and reversing their finish at NBNO.  Elijah Marta (Sierra Footh) was 3rd at 210-3.  Only Thompson has the World Jr qualifier.
  • 188-8 women’s hammer by standing US#1 (193-5 PR) Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, CO junior) Saturday, with her last throw beating collegians Brooke Anderson (Northern Arizona frosh) at 184-7 and Freya Block (Southern Illinois frosh) at 178-9.  Lena Giger (Highland, IL senior) was the 2nd prep with a 178-4 in 4th.
  • 4:16.87 women’s 1,500m run by Alexa Efraimson (Camas, WA junior) Sunday, kicking away from rival Elise Cranny (Niwot, CO senior) at 4:17.40.  8th-grader Bryn Morley (Bigfork, MT) was 3rd in 4:26.34, a time which only five preps have beaten this year, followed by Catherine Pagano (Northern Highlands, NJ junior) at US#8 4:29.46 and Rebekah Topham (Griswold, IA junior) at US#11 4:31.35.

More outstanding victories and prep performances

  • 175-0 women’s javelin by NSAF Project Javelin alum Megan Glasmann Sunday, competing unattached.  She finished ahead of collegian Rebekah Wales (LSU frosh) at 164-7, Oregon South TC’s Gabrielle Kearney (Roseburg OR junior) at 161-1 and Sophia Rivera (Brentwood, MO soph) at US#6 157-0.  Rivera, a current Project Jav athlete, nailed a 9-foot PR and threw 154 or better three times.
  • 26-4.5(+1.7w) men’s long jump by collegian Trayvon White (Central Arizona), taking the lead on his 3rd jump and hitting the PR on his 6th – his only two fair jumps.  Kenneth Fisher (Bethune-Cookman frosh) was 2nd at 25-8.75w(+2.6).  The top preps were Nate Moore (Castro Valley, CA senior) in 4th at 24-08.5(+1.6w) and NSAF Project TJ’ers Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, IL soph) in 7th at US#7 24-6.5(+1.5w) and KeAndre Bates (El Paso Burges, TX senior) at US#8 24-5.5(+2.0w).
  • 188-8 women’s discus by Valarie Allman (Stanford frosh) on her first throw, as collegians took the top six places.  Katelyn Daniels (Michigan State frosh) was 2nd at 174-9 and Julie Lange 3rd at 164-6.
  • US#8 17:01.75 women’s 5,000m run by Audrey Belf (Birmingham Seaholm, MI junior) Sunday, winning by more than 20 seconds in sweltering heat.  Collegians Anna Peer (Nebraska frosh) and Jocelyn Caro (Texas Tech frosh) took the next two spots in 17:23.89 and 17:31.24.  Only 5th-place finisher Maggie Schamaedick (U. of Oregon frosh) has the qualifying standard.
  • 5-10.5 women’s high jump by NBNO champ Bailey Weiland (Marist, GA senior) Saturday.  She was followed by Rachel Reichenbach (Foothill, CA senior), Elite Athletics’ hept champ Ashlee Moore (Hamilton, AZ senior) and Cyre Virgo (Fleetwood Area, PA junior) in 2-3-4.  All cleared 5-8.75 with the order determined on misses.  Only Weiland has the qualifier.
  • 222-01 men’s hammer by Charlie Ionata (Wake Forest frosh) Sunday, leading from his first throw and pacing a 1-2 finish by collegians.  He was trailed by Clarence Gallop (Charleston Southern frosh) and the first prep, Colin Minor (South Brunswick, NC senior) at 214-6.
  • 45.74 men’s 400m dash by Tyler Brown (Eastern Michigan frosh) Sunday, as collegians took the top three spots.  Brown surged ahead of early leader Michael Cherry, Jr. (Florida State frosh), then Lamar Bruton (Ohio State frosh) passed him at the tape, as well, 46.11 to 46.12.  NBNO champ and standing US#2 (46.23 PR) Josephus Lyles (T.C. Williams) was 4th with 46.55. while the other two preps in the final – Ricky Morgan (Forest Park, VA senior) and Taylor McLaughlin (Union Catholic, NJ junior) – were 5th and 7th in US#7 46.71 and US#11 46.81.
  • 6-10.75 men’s high jump by Jonathan Wells (Grant Community, IL senior) Sunday, with collegian Justin Kretchmer (Kentucky frosh) and Landon Bartel (Southern Boone, MO senior) tied for 2nd at 6-8.75. 
  • 14:33.20 men’s 5,000m run by Elijah Armstrong (Pocatello, ID junior; already US#3 at 14:29.58) Saturday, leading prep finishers in 4th behind winner Colby Gilbert (U. of Washington frosh) at 14:21.46 and two other collegians.  Levi Thomet (Kodiak, AK junior) was 6th in 14:41.25, just off his 14:40.44 PR, while Albert Meier (Boone, IA senior) and Andrew Goldman (Herndon, VA senior) were 7th and 8th in US#10 14:43.35 and US#11 14:44.82.
  • 10:24.46 women’s 3,000m steeplechase by Elinor Purrier (New Hampshire frosh) Sunday, as collegians took the top three spots.  She was followed by Hope Schmelzle (Purdue frosh) in 10:35.19 and Julie Friend (California PA frosh) in 10:36.55.

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