GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sydney Harris (Dacula, Ga.) displayed a monumental feat of endurance setting two national and Junior Olympic records, which highlighted the sixth day of competition at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
The Junior Olympic program is a series of meets progressing from preliminary, association, regional and national meets. Athletes compete in two-year age groups ranging from 8 and under to 18-years-old. The meet concludes Sunday.
The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are broadcast free and live on USATF.tv. The home for original and on-demand programming for all the 2013 USATF Championship Series, youth and masters events, USATF.tv offers on-demand videos of the first two days of competition and will feature live coverage Sunday.
Harris (Dacula, Ga.) set both records and won two championships in two hours in the 7-8 girls’ division. She first soared 3.75m/12-03.75 to better the record by 0.75 inches. Thirty minutes later, Harris established a new national and Junior Olympic record in the 400m dash semi-finals at 1:09.42. Exhibiting no signs of fatigued, she next took gold in the 200m dash in 29.71.
In the 15-16 girls’ high jump, Faith Penny’s (East Islip, N.Y.) clearance of 1.70m/5-07 earned her a trip atop the awards podium. Penny’s final clearance separated her from a four-way tie at 1.65m/5-05.
Megan Glasmann (Park City, Utah) won the 17-18 women’s javelin competition on her second attempt. Glasmann’s javelin sailed 46.60m/152-11, which was more than 10 feet past the second-place competitor.
Anthony Valentine (Ellicott City, Md.) won two Junior Olympic championships in the 7-8 boys’ division. Early in the day, Valentine claimed the 200m in 28.72. In the afternoon, he added the long jump title gliding 4.20m/13-09.50. He also set the national and Junior OIympic record in the 400m dash Friday.
The 11-12 boys’ division long jump field witnessed Algeno Jackson (Mauldin,S.C.) break the Junior Olympic record when he jumped 5.84m/19-02. The record-breaking jump outdistanced the closest competitor by a foot and a half.
Hope Tiboni (Mendham, N.J.) pulled off a come-from-behind victory in the 13-14 girls’ 3,000m run. In the final 100 meters, Tiboni tracked down two runners ahead of her grasping the win in 10:22.28, which was just six-hundredths of second ahead of the second-place finisher.
Two hundredths of a second determined the 11-12 girls’ 200m champion. Alyssa Hampton (Warner Robins, Ga.), edged a talented field stopping the clock at 25.73. Hampton, who was in fourth place after 100m, catapulted down home stretch for the win.
Lynna Irby (Indianapolis, Ind.) captured her first Junior Olympic title in the 15-16 girls’ 200m dash crossing the line in 23.77. Irby also won the 100m dash and 400m dash on the final day of the Youth Outdoor Championships in June.
Nine women cleared 1.65m/5-05 in the 17-18 women’s high jump, but Angela Catest (Country Club Hills, Ill.) grabbed the victory with the fewest misses.
Amir Rasul (Miami, Fla.), blazed the track in 21.09 seconds in the 15-16 boys’ 200m dash, eclipsing an 18-year-old national and Junior Olympic record by a hundredth of a second.
In the 15-16 boy’s pole vault, Deakin Volz (Bloomington, Ind.) cleared 4.75m/15-07, an inch past the field to claim the Junior Olympic title. This is Volz’s second national title in a month as he won the same event at the Youth Outdoor Championships.
Tristian Page (Pearland, Texas) and Miles Jones (Oakland, Calif.) locked horns in the final of the 7-8 boys’ 800m. Both sprinted down the final 100 meters looking for a triumphant kick, Page finished first in 2:33.73, six hundredths of a second faster than Jones. Both bettered the national record.
History repeated itself for Isaac White (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the 9-10 boys’ 800m. White triumphed last month at the Youth Outdoor Championships and Saturday at the Junior Olympics in 2:20.75.
Thomas Mosley (Beach Park, Ill.) made a reservation for the top spot on the awards podium when he completed the 800m race in 2:02.11 in the 13-14 boy’s division. A month ago, Mosley claimed victory in the 800m and 4x800m relay at Youth Outdoors.
The Browne sisters went home with two bright smiles and two gold medals. Mackenzie Browne(Moreno Valley, Calif.) ran the fastest time in the 7-8 girls’ 800m race in 2:40.70. Not to be outdone by her young sister, Makalya Browne (Moreno Valley, Calif.) claimed victory in the 9-10 girls' 800m race in a time of 2:31.74.
Charles Jones secured his third national championship in a month winning the 17-18 men’s 800m in a time of 1:50.45. At the Youth Outdoor Championships, Jones made it to the top of the podium in the 800m and 4x800m relay.
Saturday’s Junior Olympic Champions
Devianna Salcedo (McFarland, Calif.), 11-12 Girls’ 3,000m, 10:16.95
Lucas Bourgoyne (Houston, Texas), 11-12 Boys’ 3,000m, 9:58.91
Hope Tiboni (Mendham, N.J.), 13-14 Girls’ 3,000m, 10:22.28
Morgan Risch (Tucson, Ariz.), 13-14 Boys’ 3,000m, 9:14.00
Malia Ellington (Davidson, N.C.), 15-16 Girls’ 3,000m, 10:11.12
Katie Lembo (Penfield, N.Y.), 17-18 Women’s 3,000m, 9:49.47
Sydney Harris (Dacula, Ga.), 7-8 Girls’ Long Jump, 3.75m/12-03.75*
Anthony Valentine (Ellicott City, Md.), 7-8 Boys’ Long Jump, 13-09.5
Jayla Ellis (Verona, Pa.), 11-12 Girls’ Long Jump, 4.87m/15-11.75
Algeno Jackson (Mauldin, S.C.), 11-12 Boys’ Long Jump, 5.84m/19-02*
Faith Penny (East Islip, N.Y.), 15-16 Girls’ High Jump, 1.70m/5-07
Angela Cates (Country Club Hills, Ill.), 17-18 Women’s High Jump, 1.65m/5-05
Megan Glasmann (Park City, Utah), 17-18 Women’s Javelin, 46.60m/152-11
Rob Castellani (Peckville, Pa.), 17-18 Men’s Javelin, 56.46m/ 185-03
Jessi Anne Solis (Bakersville, Calif.),11-12 Girls’ Discus, 29.78m/97-08
Bryan Hudson (Williamstown, Ky.) ,11-12 Boys’ Discus, 35.53m/116-07
Deakin Volz (Bloomington, Ind.), 15-16 Boys’ Pole Vault, 4.75m/15-07
Arianna Stegall (Richmond, Texas), 9-10 Girls’ Shot Put, 9.46m/31-00.50
Malik Murphy, 9-10 Boys’ Shot Put, 10.05m/32-11.75
Sydney Harris (Dacula, Ga.), 7-8 Girls’ 200m, 29.71
Anthony Valentine (Ellicott City, Md.), 7-8 Boys’ 200m, 28.72
Karrington Stewart (Shreveport, La.), 9-10 Girls’ 200m, 27.25
Brashard Smith (Miami, Fla.), 9-10 Boys’ 200m, 26.53
Alyssa Hampton (Warner Robins, Ga.), 11-12 Girls’ 200m, 25.73
Khafre Brown (Charlotte, N.C.), 11-12 Boys’ 200m, 24.80
Symone Mason (Miami, Fla.), 13-14 Girls’ 200m, 23.87
De’Andre Sincere (Bremerton, Wash.), 13-14 Boys’ 200m, 22.49
Lynna Irby (Indianapolis, Ind.), 15-16 Girls’ 200m, 23.77
Amir Rasul (Miami, Fla.), 15-16 Boys’ 200m, 21.09*
Marcquita Stalbert (New Orleans, La.), 17-18 Women’s 200m, 23.92
Mustaq’eem Williams (Triangle, Va.), 17-18 Men’s 200m, 20.64
Mackenzie Browne (Moreno Valley, Calif.), 7-8 Girls’ 800m, 2:40.70
Tristian Page (Pearland, Texas), 7-8 Boys’ 800m, 2:33.73*
Makalya Browne (Moreno Valley, Calif.), 9-10 Girls’ 800m, 2:31.74
Isaac White (Philadelphia, Pa.), 9-10 Boys’ 800m, 2:20.75
Emoni Coleman (Conyers, Ga.), 11-12 Girls’ 800m, 2:13.16
Aamine Rivera (Charlotte, N.C.), 11-12 Boys’ 800m, 2:16.92
Sophia Cantine (Sammamish, Wash.), 13-14 Girls’ 800m, 2:10.11
Thomas Mosley (Beach Park, Ill.), 13-14 Boys’ 800m, 2:02.11
Aiyanna Crawford (Monroeville, Pa.), 15-16 Girls’ 800m, 2:15.36
Brian Bell (Dayton, Ohio), 15-16 Boys’ 800m, 1:55.59
Rebekah Topham (Griswold, Iowa), 17-18 Women’s 800m, 2:12.51
Charles Jones (Ferguson, Mo), 17-18 Men’s 800m, 1:50.45
Spar, 9-10 Girls’ 4x100m,55.25
Glenarden, 9-10 Boys’ 4x100m, 53.31
The Wings, 11-12 Girls’ 4x100m, 52.00
New Era, 11-12 Boys’ 4x100m,48.80
WCSTC, 13-14 Girls’ 4x100m, 48.27
Destro Nitro, 13-14 Boys’ 4x100m, 44.54
Tachyon, 15-16 Girls’ 4x100m, 46.63
Titans, 15-16 Boys’ 4x100m, 42.27
Glenard, 17-18 Women’s 4x100m, 45.24
Cl Athletics Stars, 17-18 Men’s 4x100m, 40.06
* - indicates a USATF Youth Age-Group Record
**-Girls’ and boys’ 7-8 4x100m relay results will be added once available
The final day of competition starts at 8 a.m. with the 7-8 girls’ 400m final. For more information and live results of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.