LANDOVER, Md. -- Youth Indoor Championships opened Friday as long jumpers brought their best to the weekend’s first national title event while 400-meter preliminary rounds foreshadowed the excitement ahead at the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex.
With clear first-place finishers in the opening long jump competitions, silver and bronze medal podium spots made for two close runner-up battles.
Madison Langley-Walker jumped 5.37m/17.07.5, taking first place by more than a foot in the girls 15-16 age group. Ty Horne finished second with her mark of 4.96m/16-03.25 makingIzabella Sabharwal’s 4.94m/16-02.5 a close third.
David Thomson won the boys 15-16 national title, leaping 6.27m/20-07 and 11 inches clear of the next closest competitor. Thomas Alcorn’s 5.99m/19-08 edged out the 5.94m/19-06 jump from Donovan Beckett-Simms.
Lisa-Anne Barrow jumped 5.49 to win the girls 17-18 as Jelena Mcnown and Kela Seals tied for next best at 5.25/17-02.75.
The 17-18 boys took it to a final as Ryan Thomas won his championship with a jump of 7.03m/22-00.75. Thomas edged out the next closest competitor by three inches. Michael Francis, who took second, jumped 6.78m/22-03 and Marcus Harris won the bronze, landing at 6.39m/20-11.75.
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Records fell and athletes shined on Day Two of National Youth Indoor Championships, where national titles in six running and four field events were contested at the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex.
Lauren Heskin (Floral Park, N.Y.) won the 11-12 girls 3,000-meter age group as she led from start to finish. Heskin began the race at a healthy pace nearing 1:16 in the first lap before increasing her lead in lap two and never looking back. She finished in 10:55.51, knocking down the 11:15.13 record set in 2012.
Also in the 11-12 age category was Noah Castro Hurricane, W.V., who gained an early lead in the boy’s 3,000. Castro separated himself from the pack early when he made a quick suge with eight laps to go. His pace never wavered as he ran composed through the final lap. Castro completed the race in 10:01.68, winning the title and to defeating the next closest finisher by more than 19 seconds.
In the girls 13-14 high jump, My’khiyah Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) kept her Indoors streak alive, winning the national championship in two consecutive years. Williams set the bar high in 2013 with her 1.57m/5-01.75 record in the 11-12 age group, and she bettered that mark this year, leaping 1.65m/5-05.00 for yet another age-group record.
Kyle Garland (Philadelphia, Pa.) won the 13-14 boys high jump crown with his record-setting mark of 1.70m/5-07.00. Garland edge out the next best jumper by two inches and broke last year’s high of 1.65m/5-05.
The day ended with the 4 x 200m relays featured combined efforts from Demontay Snowden,Kavon Samuel, Devon Young and Kavon Simpson for a 1:43.94 finish. Their time was just under the 1:44.07 set in 2013.
USATF.tv carried a live webcast of Saturday's action and will host wall to wall coverage of Sunday's events, beginning at 9 a.m., ET.
Below is a list of national champions by event and a list Saturday's.
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