DAY 4, JUNE 28
On day four, Brandon Gorski (South Orange County Wildcats, Alisa Viejo, Calif.) and Michael Downing (Rolesville Lightning) went head-to-head throughout the 13-14 boys division high jump. Gorski didn’t let his broken arm stop him as he didn’t miss an attempt until the final two heights. Both athletes successfully cleared 1.80 meters/5-10.75 and missed all three attempts at 1.85 meters/6-0.75. In the end, Gorski took home the national title with fewer misses throughout the competition.
In the girl’s 13-14 division triple jump Shakynah Tresvant (Police Athletic League, New York) out leapt the com- petition by a wide margin jumping 11.33 meters/37-2.25, just under 5 feet further than the rest of the field. Annika Stark (Sandhills Track, Union Pines, N.C.) finished second with a leap of 9.88 meters/32-5 and Ejule McBride (Carolina Eagles Track & Field, Raleigh) was third with 9.39 meters/30-9.75.
It was a close battle for the national title in the boy’s 7-8 division long jump with first and second place only being separated by an inch. Steffen Thomas (Peak Performance TC) claimed the national champion with a clearance of 3.03 meters/9-11.25. Curtis Farley III (Lee County Track, Sanford, N.C.) was the runner-up in 3.00 meters/9-10.25, and Maxem Johnson (Pirate Track Club, Platte City, Mo.) placed third in 2.92 meters/9-7.25.
Vishal Turna (Let It Fly Throwing) won the national championship in the men’s 17-18 division shot put leading throughout the competition but it was his final toss that was his best, 14.97 meters/49-1.50. It was the second national title for Turna after winning the men’s 17-18 division discus throw the previous day.
Coco Velasquez (Arizona Flames, Chandler, Ariz.) turned in a dominating performance to win the national title in the girl’s 11-12 division shot put throwing 9.86 meters/32-4.25. Her toss was nearly 5 feet further then second place finisher Joelle Davis (Carolina All Stars, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.,) who threw 8.47 meters/27-9.50.
DAY 5, JUNE 29
Day five of the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships finished off the remaining running event prelims and crowned more than 50 champions.
The 200-meter was full of close finishes. In the girl’s 7-8 division, three girls were within reach of the championship. Jermari Thomas (Miami Northwest Express TC, Miami), Blake Johnson (Run U Xpress, Wake Forest, N.C.) and Cameron Joseph (Velocity Track, New York) all came down to the finish line together in hopes of winning first place. Thomas was able to hold off her competitors to win in 32.24, Johnson took second in 32.46 and Joseph was third with 32.62.
In the women’s 17-18 division, it was a battle between Alysia Johnson (Bull City Express) and Synclair Savage (Exchange Zone Athletics). Johnson is current- ly ranked U.S. No. 11 in the high school 400-meter, while Savage ranks U.S. No. 17 in the long jump. Both women came off the turn together, but it was the Bull City native who held on for the win with a 24.36. Savage placed second, running 24.67.
Zyon Knox (Peak Performance) and Kai’leel Jefferson (Shore Athletic, Spring Lake, N.J.) had a photo finish. Knox had the slight lead, winning the event in 22.09 and Jefferson took runner-up with a close 22.11.
In the girl’s 13-14 division 3,000-meter, Allura Markow (So Cal Roadrunners) took home the national title running the fastest time out of all the girl’s divisions with 10:32.16. That time just edged out Avery Mazzei’s (Jenks America TC, Tulsa, Okla.) winning time of 10:33.15 in the girl’s 15-16 division.
Cheyla Scott (Unattached) won the girl’s 13-14 division high jump by a sin- gle attempt. Scott began jumping after the rest of competition fouled out at 1.50 meters/4-11. She successfully cleared the following height of 1.55 meters/5-1 for the title. Jasmine Hampton (Sequoyah Youth Track, Canton, Ga.) and Karis Reese (Unattached) tied for second both clearing 1.45 meters/4-9.
In the boy’s 11-12 division shot put, Arin Warner Jr. (Police Athletic League of Hallandale, Hallandale Beach, Fla.) won the youth national title on his first throw. Warner Jr. had the top six throws of the competition, winning with a mark of 9.94 meters/32-7.50.
Daniyah Peterson (Miami Northwest Express TC) and Paetyn Price (Washington Wings of Eagles, Auburn, Wash.) battled all the way to the finish line of the girl’s 9-10 division 800-meter. Peterson was able to win by just over a tenth of a second with a time of 2:45.00 to Price’s 2:45.14.