16 year old, Amere Lattin, qualified at the youth olympic trials with a notable performance and new personal best of 13.73. He’s currently first in the nation and second in the world. He was able to achieve this new PR by working extremely hard to improve his start and then effortlessly gliding over the hurdles. He’s been compared to David Oliver and has a bright future ahead of him.
Having just finished her sophomore year, Chinne will be representing USA for Womens’ triple jump. Already breaking 41 feet, she holds the state title in Washington. She likes to have fun and tries not to think about the pressures of competition of being scouted by universities. She has already expressed interest in participating in the olympics one day and will continue to train hard to achieve her dream.
Bouncing back from a fall in the 400m Hurdles, Johnson was able to get the win in the 200m, finishing with a time of 23.76. She says she looks forward to trying new things, not just winning titles.
Long Jumper Foster has been constantly jumping and making marks in the 19-20 foot range. At meets, she focuses on competing with a positive mindset and tries to draw motivation from previous failures in order to improve.
In 2013, high jumper Moffitt set the national high jump record of 1.7m. She’s now jumping in the 5’9”- 5’11” range. She’s collected several titles throughout her career from State outdoor to national indoor. She’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to compete at the youth Junior olympics and hopes to perform well.
At the Youth Olympic Trails in Florida, Fitzgerald threw a personal best of 168’2”, out throwing the rest of the field by 10 feet.
The 400 runner from Illinois ran an astonishing 54.67 lap at the qualifier in florida. n China, in addition to the 400, Ellis likely will be the anchor on Team USA’s 800 medley relay (100, 100, 200, 400). There isn’t a 1,600 relay in the Youth Olympic Games because each country is only sending its top 400 runner there. In the summer, Ellis will run with the University of Chicago Track Club, and that will set her up for the trip to China.
The 16-year-old T.C. Williams High School sophomore was the only sprinter at the youth olympics qualifiers to record two sub-21 second races with his finals time of 20.89 setting an early-season national youth standard. Lyles took advantage of a perfect running day in Florida, benefitting from mild temperatures and accommodating tailwinds en route to a dominant performance. He often competes against his brother in the 200m. He says that the sibling rivalry motivates him to do better while still having fun with his brother.
In florida, Merkley threw 178’10”, preventing runner up Kenneth Brinson Jr from sweeping the throwing podium.
At the qualifiers in florida, Showalter had only two legal throws, but both were better than her closest competitor, Canadian Chanell Botsis. She dominated the competition at the Youth Olympic Trials competition, and was less than a meter behind the overall best mark from the three qualifying competitions.
This year AJ opened up his season at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet, dropping a 400m time of 50.09, from there he was running 48s consistently. In florida, Andrew James posted his fastest time in the season (48.25) and it looked fairly easy. James led from start to finish in the men’s 400m. He moved to the front after the second curve and steadily extended his lead for a comfortable 48.25 finish and the gold medal.
Myles Marshall, a reigning 800-meters state champion in Texas, cruised to the title at that distance in 1:51.32. Marshall has been a main recruiting target of Cornell, Brown, Princeton, North Carolina and Stanford. His main goal was to come out and win so that he could compete in china.
Brinson is the first American male hammer thrower to ever compete at the Youth Olympics. Kenneth Brinson, Jr., Tyler Merkley and Charles Whitener made a U.S. sweep on the men’s hammer throw podium as Brinson won by over three feet, throwing 208’5”. Brinson was very happy with his results and very grateful for the opportunity to compete in China
Miami Columbus sophomore star sprinter Amir Rasul clocked a personal best 10.47 (Florida No. 5) in the 100 meters prelims and returned to win the 100 Finals in 10.63. Amir is also a strong running back for Columbus High School’s football team.
Fisher, the New Balance Nationals Indoor champion in the mile and Foot Locker National champion in cross country, did not have much of a field to work with since there were only two runners from Canada. Despite the lack of competition, Fisher still ran his second fastest 1500 meter time ever of 3:51.92.. Last summer, Grant Fisher earned a Team USA singlet for the World Youth Championships and finished 9th in the World finals of the 1500 meter run. He also won the adidas Dream Mile and the Brooks PR Invite.
Hurdler, Kimani Rushing qualified to the US team with a time of 14.07s.