Sprints and throws highlight day 1 of 2008 USA Junior Champs
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jeneba Tarmoh blazed the track in winning the women's 100m and Karlee McQuillen set a meet record in the women's javelin Friday at the 2008 USA Junior Track & Field Championships.
The Championships take place June 20-22 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University. The top two finishers in each event will compete in Poland, provided that they have met the qualifying standard.
2006 World Junior 4x100m gold medalist, Tarmoh (Stockton, Calif.) was out quickly in the women's 100 meters and finished well to dust a talented field and win in 11.21 seconds. 2007 Junior Olympic four-time champion Victoria Jordan (Dallas, Texas) took second in 11.38 and South Carolina's Shayla Mahan (Detroit, Mich.) was third in 11.39.
Florida's Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.), an NCAA semi-finalist, blazed to the third fastest junior time in the world this year in winning the men's 100m in a personal best 10.19. South Carolina's Antonio Sales (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was the runner-up in 10.33 and Ryan Bailey (Albany, Ore.) was third in 10.34.
Two-time Nike Outdoor National champion Karlee McQuillen (Johnstown, Penn.) set a meet record in winning the women's javelin throw with 52.24 meters/171 feet, 5 inches. The previous record of 51.83m/170-0 was set in 2002 by Lindsey Johnson. Roxanne Grizzle (Tonganoxie, Kan.) was the runner-up with 51.89m/170-3 and Olympic Trials provisional qualifier Hannah Carson (Mesa, Ariz.) was third with 49.80m/163-5.
Booker Nunley (Garner, N.C.) shot out of the blocks and led the men's 110m hurdles wire-to-wire to win in 13.40 while Oscar Spurlock (Dallas, Texas) was second in 13.81. Ronald Brookins (Sacramento, Calif.) of Sacramento State took third also in 13.81.
Rebecca Wade (Dallas, Texas), an NCAA 10,000m finalist, won the women's steeplechase in 10:29.64. This is Wade's first year as a steeplechaser and her sixth race ever. Elizabeth Graney (Harper Woods, Mich.) of William & Mary finished second in 10:34.11.
2008 California state discus and shot put champion Anastasia Jelmini (Bakersfield, Calif.) dominated the women's discus throw, winning with her toss of 52.75m/173-1. Local favorite Erin Pendelton (Elmore, Ohio) took the runner-up position over Louisville's Chinwe Okoro (Russell, Ky.), both with a best throw of 50.20m/164-8. In the women's hammer throw, Irene Cooper (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), the fifth-place finisher here last year and the overwhelming favorite heading into competition, won the event with a heave of 56.76m/186-3. Louisville thrower D'Ana McCarty (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the runner-up with 55.65m/182-7.
Texas state champion Marquise Goodwin (Garland, Texas) won the men's long jump with his best leap of 7.62m/25-0 and Fresno State's Gary Lee (San Diego, Calif.) was the runner-up with the same mark. World Youth triple jump champion and long jump bronze medalist Christian Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) took third with 7.60m/24-11.25. Goodwin and Taylor will make the trip to Poland as part of the U.S. team.
2008 SEC and NCAA Mideast Regional champion Joseph Berry (Horsham, Penn.) won the men's pole vault with his clearance of 5.30m/17-4.5 and 2008 NCAA champion Maston Wallace (Houston, Texas) was the runner-up at the same height. Akron's Michael Uhle (Powell, Ohio) was third at 5.00m/16-4.75.
Reigning SEC champion Luke Laird (Gardener, Kan.) won the men's javelin throw on his last throw with 66.95m/219-8. Kansas state champion Matt Byers (Wichita, Kan.) was the runner-up in 66.51m/218-2 and Alabama state champion Kyle Smith was third with 66.34m/217-8.
2007 Pan American Junior 1,500m champion Matt Centrowitz (Arnold, Md.) easily won the men's 10,000m in 14:44.67 and Virginia's Ryan Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) was the runner-up in 14:46.50. It was Centrowitz's first 5,000m ever.
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Jeneba Tarmoh, Women's 100 meters:
I'm pretty happy matching my PR in this event. It shows I have some consistency in my racing. When there is consistency, there is also time for a big drop. I'm very happy.
It's been a pretty cool season. It was a learning experience. Just like anything new, first-time thing is a learning experience. I enjoyed it.
It's exciting making the World team. I've been to a World Juniors before so I have an idea what to expect.
Terrell Wilks, Men's 100 meters:
It was a great day for me. I set a PR and broke the stadium record. The key in the final was being relaxed.
I'm excited about the World Junior meet, I've never been out of the country. So, this is going to be a fun experience.
I had a good year at Florida. It was my first full year of track.
Rebecca Wade, Women's Steeplechase:
I didn't want to go out too hard. I also didn't necessarily want to take the lead. I figured when the paced slowed down I would move to the front. It went as planned, with a decent pace. I didn't have to lead it front the start, so that was nice. I feel like I had some people pushing me the whole way. It went really well.
This was a nice evening for racing. I've been training during the hottest part of the day back in Houston, so it was nice to race in these conditions.
We had nationals last weekend and my coach and I decided to give this a try. It's a very nice surprise to win this race. I'm so glad I decided to come.
Anastasia Jelmini, women's discus winner
It was a good day. It was kind of hard to adjust to the time change.
My warm-ups were really good. I had a couple of things to put together for the final, but I did.
It's my first World team, I didn't go last year. Its very exciting. I've never been overseas. I'll be very proud to represent my country.
Booker Nunley, men's 110m hurdles winner
This is the greatest feeling. I've been dreaming about this since last year getting dead last.
Joseph Berry, men's pole vault winner
I came in at 5 meters. I debated whether or not to come in at 5 or 5.05. I cleared on the second attempt and then went to 5.10 to get the wold qualifying mark. I missed the first, but cleared it and then went to 5.15. I was very excited after 5.15, I knew I made the World Team.
The wind was a little sideways at times.
I've really been working hard on putting down my foot and taking off.
Its amazing to make the World Team. I've never been to Europe at all. I feel great that I made it. Its going to be a good competition. I'm excited to go over there and compete.
Matt Centrowitz, men's 5,000m winner
I knew I had the standard going in so I just relaxed and ran. It was my first 5,000 ever. I was trying to feel as comfortable as possible. I was more of a two-miler in high schooler.
It's always exciting to make any U.S. team. I'm happy.
Luke Laird, men's javelin winner
It was a decent day. I knew if I hit 66-5 I'd make it. I was ranked first coming in. It took me until my last throw so I kind of pulled it out in the end.
I'm pretty pumped about making the team. I am redshirting this year so my whole season. I was working all season for this and to get to the World Championships is great.