High school highlights from the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa held July 26th through August 2nd.
Always looking for a new way to motivate and train his Bergen Catholic and Immaculate Heart teams, John Downey had the idea of sending his runners to work with the Navy SEALs, but not just for a day. He wanted them to get a real taste of their training and their life. (via NorthJersey.com)
Live results and updates from the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games being held July 26th through August 2nd at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southeast Regional including Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning boys cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southeast Regional including Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker West Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker West Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker Midwest Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker Midwest Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker Northeast Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker Northeast Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.
Performance list for the boys events at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games being held this week in Des Moines, Iowa.
Performance list for the girls events at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games being held this week in Des Moines, Iowa.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Loudoun Valley High School (Purcellville, VA) rising junior Andrew Hunter is up to week 5 of his summer training for the upcoming cross country. Check out his training blog on MileSplit.
Michigan state champion and US Junior Nationals 5K champion Audrey Belf blogs on her summer training entering her senior year of high school. The Birmingham Seaholm High School distance runner ran a 10:10 two mile in New Balance Nationals indoor runner-up finish in March and also ran a lifetime best of 4:45 for fifth place in the adidas Dream Mile.
Conner Mantz from Sky View High School in Utah blogs for us with summer training schedule as he returns for his senior season of cross country as a two-time Foot Locker All-American and New Balance Nationals Indoor 5K champion.
The Trentavis Friday that we all saw representing his country this summer is a far cry from where the young man started his high school career.
Two one of the fastest high school girls in United States history found themselves mixing it up with the Kenyans and Ethiopians in the women's 1500 meter finals at the 2014 World Junior Championships between Elise Cranny from Colorado and Alexa Efraimson from Washington. Watch their race video and post-race video interviews.
Watch the US men's 4x400 meter relay team at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon featuring three Virginians in Michael Cherry on anchor, Josephus Lyles on opener, and Ricky Morgan on third leg along with World Junior 400 meter finalist Tyler Brown from Ohio on second leg maintain an "Old Dominion" over the rest of the World.
Watch the American team of Shamier Little, Olivia Baker, Shakima Wimbley, and Kendall Baisden take on the World's best and come through as the champions at meet end in the 4x400 meter relay finals with a World Junior leading time of 3:30.42. Race video above and post-race video interview below with the U.S. quartet after their victory at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Watch the United States women go 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles finals at the World Junior Championships with University of Georgia freshmen Kendell Williams set a new meet record with her 12.89 gold medal victory, while high school senior Dior Hall from Colorado broke a US high school record which lasted since 1979 (Candy Young from Pennsylvania at 12.95) with her 12.92 silver medal finish at Hayward Field.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Sunday's session (day 6) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Start lists and live results from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Summer training blog from Greak Oak (CA) rising junior Destiny Collins, who runs for one of the top cross country programs in the country. Collins was a California state runner-up in the 1600 and ran a 4:45 personal best this past spring along with three sub 10:20 races at the two mile/3200 meter distance. She was the top finisher for her 8th place NXN squad last December in Portland with a 34th place individual showing at Nike Cross Nationals.
The fastest returning 5K runner in the country from his 14:16 victory on the track this past June at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Darien High School (CT) rising senior Alex Ostberg catches us up on the first half of his summer training building into a cross country which he hopes to claim the New England Championships and mix it up with the best in the nation at Foot Locker Nationals after his 11th place All-American finish one year ago from San Diego.
A national qualifier last fall for both Foot Locker Nationals (33rd) and Nike Cross Nationals (13th), Jesse Reiser of McHenry shares his first 5 weeks of summer training which he looks to finish even higher nationally in the coming cross country season and also earn his first Illinois cross country state title following a track season that he dropped down to an 8:54 in the 3200 and won a state championship.
First summer training blog entry from Lucy Biles, a rising senior at Herriman High School in Utah. Biles is a returning Foot Locker All-American (7th in 2013 national race) and returns to racing this fall after posting track times from this past spring of 2:11 in the 800, 4:50 in the mile, and 10:32 in the 3200. Biles shares with us her first weeks of summer training.
Featured photos by TrackTown Photo from Saturday's events at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
With arguably the most talented relay that the United States has ever assembled for a World Junior Championships between Trentavis Friday, Trayvon Bromell, and Kendal Williams completed by opening leg Jalen Miller, the team nearly flirted with a World Junior record. The US team did accomplish the main goal. Watch their gold medal race video and post-race interview.
The quartet of Teahna Daniels (FL), Ariana Washington (CA), Jada Martin (GA), and Kaylin Whitney (FL) brought home gold for the United States in the first relay finals of the World Junior Championships with a World Junior leading time of 43.46. Watch their gold medal winning race video above and post-race video interview below.
In the women's 400 meter hurdles finals at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the United States nearly had a 1-2 finish from Texas A&M's Shamier Little and Harvard University's Jade Miller. Watch Little and Miller's 1-3 finish race from World Juniors as well as their post-race interviews.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Saturday's evening session (day 5) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
On her final throw at the World Junior Championshipsin Eugene, Raven Saunders moved up from bronze to silver medal in the women's shot put. Watch Saunders' final throw in the women's shot put video highlights along with her post-event interview.
Age group and event results to be added and updated all weekend along from the 2014 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Humble, Texas.
Competing against top sprinters from Jamaica, Anguilla, Nigeria, Japan, Great Britain, and Trinidad & Tobago, Trentavis Friday created a continent separation between him and the rest of the field in the men's 200 meter dash finals at the World Junior Championships as he pulled away with a decisive victory in a wind-aided 20.04 clocking.
A bronze in the 100 finals and near false start prior to the 200 finals, Kaylin Whitney of East Ridge High School in Florida put all that behind as she stormed down the straightaway at Hayward Field to a 22.28 gold medal victory in the women's 200. Watch her race above and video interview.
Watch Kendall Baisden & Olivia Baker go 1-3 for the United States in the women's 400 meter finals at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Friday's evening session (day 4) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Featured photos by TrackTown Photo from Friday's events at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Bailey Roth took down a 35 year old US high school national record in the men's 3K steeplechase in his preliminary heat at the World Junior Championships with a 7th place time of 8:48.60. The time also was enough to advance him onto the finals of the event.
Alexa Efraimson might have run the cleanest and smartest race in the history of World Championships 1500 meter prelims. Okay that might be an exaggeration, but still the rising Camas High School (WA) senior Efraimson ran an incredibly smart and energy efficient race to set herself up well for the finals. Watch her post-prelims race interview from World Juniors.
Incoming Stanford University recruit Elise Cranny from Colorado just focused on staying relaxed and taking one of the top four spots in the women's 1500m semis (4:15.21) on Friday morning at the World Junior Championships as she kicked her way on the final lap to a fourth place position before easing up before the line to save for the finals. Watch our post-prelims race interview with Cranny.
With only one throw required to the hit finals qualifying mark in the discus throw prelims, Kansas state champ Kord Ferguson will be will rested and ready to build up for a medals push in the World Junior Championships finals tomorrow. Watch our post-prelims interview with one of the nation's top discus throwers in Ferguson from World Juniors.
The next member of the US junior women's team at the World Junior Championships with a great chance to medal will be Raven Saunders. Watch our interview with Saunders after her prelim qualifying performance (54'10.75") before she competes in tonight's finals at 6:35 PM PT.
Results, recaps, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Friday's evening session (day 4) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Watch the highlight videos of finals action from this week's IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene (courtesy of Universal Sports).
National feature story on Bailey Roth, who will be representing the United States in the men's 3K steeplechase at the World Junior Championships.
Watch Mary Cain win the women's 3K title at the World Junior Championships in this highlights footage from Universal Sports.
Desiree Freier in one vault claimed the World Junior silver medal as well as the American high school and junior record in the pole vault with a successful clearance of 4.45 meters or 14'7.25" at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Thursday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Listen to her video interview after the competition.
Many looked to Mary Cain to deliver a rare distance medal for the United States at the World Junior Championships and she delivered in a electrifying fashion for her home crowd at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Braheme Days Jr, a native of New Jersey who just finished his freshmen year at UCLA, became World Junior bronze medalist in the shot put with his best mark on the day of 20.01 meters.
Results, twitter updates, photos, and video interviews from Thursday's evening session (day 3) at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Featured photos by TrackTown Photo from Thursday's events at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Trentavis Friday had to sit through all the rounds of the 100 meter dash despite being the US high school record holder in the event over the past two days. The incoming Florida State University freshmen from North Carolina showed that he was chomping at the bits to race as he literally tomahawk chopped the competition in his first round of the 200 meter dash.
After slow start struggles in the rounds of the 100 meter dash before ultimately earning a bronze medal in the finals on Wednesday night at the World Junior Championships, Kaylin Whitney got off to a much faster start out of the blocks in her preliminary race of the 200 meter dash before shutting it down at the end and cruising in for 23.31 victory to move onto the semis.
In his 400 meter hurdles semi-finals race on Thursday morning, Baylor University freshmen and Florida native TJ Holmes showed that he has the speed and endurance to finish all of his races better than anyone else.
It only required one jump, which was a season best mark of 13.46 meters for Keturah Orji of Mount Olive High School in New Jersey to move onto the finals of the women's triple jump competition at the World Junior championships.
UCLA freshmen and New Jersey native Braheme Days was the top performer in his preliminary qualifying flight of the men's shot put and sits second overall with his mark of 19.61 meters heading into the finals of the World Junior Championships.
Highlights, twitter updates, results, video interviews, and photos from Thursday's morning session at the World Junior Championships.
Featured photos by TrackTown Photo from Wednesday's events at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Despite the cold, rainy, and gloomy weather that stuck around all day for Wednesday's events for the World Junior Championships, it was the Sunshine state of Florida and two of their very best bringing a lot of heat and energy to the track in the men's 100 meter dash in a moment that should spark the host country American teams to more medals throughout the rest of the week. Watch the race video of the men's 100 meter dash finals from the World Juniors.
Watch the race video of women's 100 meter dash finals from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Harrison Williams of Memphis University School in Tennessee set an American high school record in the men's decathlon using junior international implements with his final tally of 7,760 points at the World Junior Championships with his 6th place overall finish in the two day competition.
Meet Index Videos Kaylin Whitney (FL) - Women's 100m Bronze Medalist (via MileSplit)
Results, start lists, highlights, video interviews, and photos from Wednesday's evening session at World Juniors.
A World Junior record was set by Anezka Drahotova in a time of 42:47.25. That is walking back to back 21:23 5K's. She could walk her way onto many high school girls XC team's top 7s this fall!
Despite being a veteran to the IAAF World Championships meet experience as a World Youth bronze medalist last summer in Ukraine, the feeling is just the same for US hurdler Kenny Selmon. Nothing like it. Selmon won his preliminary heat with a 52.15 clocking and appears in strong contention to compete for a World championship medal again.
Baylor University freshmen and former Florida high school track star TJ Holmes simply brought it home nice and easy after getting out to a quick lead in his first race of the World Junior Championships in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a heat winning time of 52.03
Olivia Baker of New Jersey, the nation's best high school quarter miler from this past year, looks to have the inside track on making the 400 meter dash finals at the World Junior Championships after winning her preliminary heat from the inside lane comfortably in a time of 54.09 on Wednesday morning.
University of Texas freshmen Kendall Baisden, a former high school track from the state of Michigan, looked the part as the pre-meet favorite and gold medal contender in the 400 meter dash as she dominated her first round qualifying race with a 53.28 clocking in the rain.
It was a surprise to see Madeline Price come through the mixed area wearing a Team Canada singlet. The California 400 state runner-up and MileSplit US All-American has dual citizenship through her parents both being being natives and born in Canada. She had a successful first round of the 400 meter dash trials posting a time of 53.86 to finish second in heat and automatically move onto the semi-finals.
Travonn White from Arizona sits in fifth place going into the finals of the long jump after a 7.5 meter mark (24'7.25") in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the long jump on Wednesday morning at Hayward Field in Eugene for the World Junior Championships. White, who hit a mark of 26'4.50" at the US Junior Nationals, feels confident with better weather conditions in the finals to leap himself into a top 3 medal position.
Katie Newhoff (NY) knocked nearly a full minute off her PR in 10K Racewalk with her 51:40.42 performance at the World Junior Championships as the lone American competitor in the field.
A list of Americans competing and highlights of their performances along with results, photos, and video interviews from the Wednesday morning session at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
After many tears and an emotional rollercoaster ride that the last 24 hours have been following a DQ in the 200, the future Texas A&M Aggie and 2014 New Balance Nationals indoor and outdoor heptathlon champ Shaina Burns (MN) has not only decided to remain in the World Junior women's heptathlon competition, but she is fired up to get back on the track.
Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei wins the first gold medal of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships by pulling away from Kenya's Elvis Kipchoge Cheboi and Nicholas Mboroto Kosimbei on the final lap for a 28:32.86 victory in the men's 10,000m.
This was awesome. An orchestra playing 10,000 meters worth of music. So were the rest of the highlight photos from day one from the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Despite a slow start of the blocks, Kaylin Whitney was able to recover in the next phases of her race to comfortably win her first round heat of the 100 meter dash at the World Junior Championships with a 11.49 clocking. In her post-race interview, Whitney is clear that her focus is conserving as much energy as possible through the first two rounds and let it all out in the finals to compete for the gold medal and challenge her own US high school national record of 11.10.
Freeport High School (FL) recent graduate and incoming University of Arkansas freshmen Gabe Moore has one simple motto for tomorrow's second hald of the decathlon competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships: "Time to pick it up". Moore has been competing close with US teammate Harrison Williams (TN) including directly head to head in same heats of 100 and 400 meter dashes on Tuesday. Looking for the hurdles and discus early on Wednesday to help him move up from his current 12th place position in the overall event standings.
One of the top high school track & field athletes from the state of Rhode Island in Hope High School rising senior Quashira McIntosh, also happens to be a native born of the US Virgin Islands (the island of St. Croix to be exact). With that lifelong tie to the island, McIntosh got the opportunity to represent the USVI's on Tuesday at day one of the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in the prelims of the 100 meter dash. McIntosh did not advance onto the next round, but relished the opportunity to compete on the international stage as well as alongside American high school record holder Kaylin Whitney in the same heat.
Memphis University School recent graduate Harrison Williams (TN) got off to a strong start in the 100 meter dash this morning (10.75) to start off the decathlon, but had to work himself back into the top 10 overall standings at the end of day one with a 48.21 performance in the 400. In the field events making up the middle portion of his busy day, Williams leaped 6.80m in the long jump, threw 13.53m in the shot put, and cleared 1.94m in the high jump.
A relatively unknown runner nationally one year ago while winning state titles in his senior year of high school back home in Ohio, Eastern Michigan University freshmen Tyler Brown is now in position to compete for a medal and potentially gold on the World stage at the World Junior Championships in the 400 meter dash. The second fastest qualifier coming in the meet, Brown opened up his weekend winning his prelim heat by withstanding a late challenge from Great Britain's Jack Crosby for a 46.45 victory to move onto the next round.
One of Arizona's most versatile high school athletes ever in Ashlee Moore will be ranked 11th going into day two events of the World Juniors women's heptathlon with total score of 3,331 points for her first 4 events with a 13.59 PR in the 100 hurdles, 1.73m clearance in the high jump, 9.87 mark in the shot put, and 25.05 clocking in the 200 meter dash. The incoming University of Oregon recruit is hoping to move back up in the top 10 on day two.
A list of Americans competing and highlights of their performances from the Tuesday evening session at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Coverage central from MileSplit of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Find twitter updates, links to all important meet information, pre-meet coverage and stories as well as our comprehensive on-site coverage over the next week at Hayward Field with video interviews, recaps, stories, photos, results, and more!
World Junior 100 meter dash record holder Trayvon Bromell has quickly shown himself as the class of the junior men's field in the 100 meter after this first round with his 10.13 clocking from heat 6 easily putting him a full tenth of second faster than the next fastest qualifier, which happens to be USA teammate Kendal Williams. The Baylor University freshmen and NCAA champ is looking to claim another major title at Hayward Field.
Post-race interview with Kinkaid School (TX) graduate and incoming University of Oregon freshmen Raevyn Rogers after a disappointing showing in the first round of the World Juniors 800 prelims finishing 6th in her heat with a time of 2:08.01 after being clipped on the first lap of the race while leading. The 2013 World Youth bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers looks back on her accomplished high school career and next challenge ahead in college.
The chances of the US going 1-2 in the men's 100 meter dash for gold and silver medals were already looking good with the likes of Florida grown Trayvon Bromell and Kendal Williams representing the country in the World Junior Championships, but those odds looked even better after Williams ran a smooth looking 10.23 lifetime best clocking to win his heat in the first round.
The two All-Americans both were heat winners in the 110 meter hurdles with California state champ Misana Viltz of Millikan High School taking heat 2 with a 13.59 clocking and University of Kentucky freshmen Nick Anderson (competed in Florida for high school) winning heat 3 with a 13.61 performance. Viltz, the US #2 ranked high school hurdler in the country, is in good position to compete for a top 3 medal if he can make it through the next round of the 110 meter hurdles.
Sabrina Southerland, former New York High School star and current middle distance specialist for Georgetown University, will be the lone American in the women's 800 semifinals after finishing third in her prelim heat with a time of 2:05.84 as an auto qualifier, which puts her as 9th fastest overall and a real contender to make it out of the next round.
After a remarkable junior year with major wins at Foot Locker Nationals, New Balance Nationals indoor mile, adidas Dream Mile, and Brooks PR two mile, Grand Blanc High School (MI) rising senior Grant Fisher had his season unfortunately come to an end in a tough race and field in his preliminary heat of the 1500 meter run at the IAAF World Junior Championships (9th in his heat with time of 3:49). Fisher is ready to learn from the World Junior race for the next time he competes at the international level and build towards an even more successful high school senior year of races.
A list of Americans competing and highlights of their performances from the Tuesday morning session at the World Junior Championships.
The stages keep getting bigger for childhood friends Trayvon Bromell and TJ Holmes. The pair have been racing each other since they were in grade school. They joined the same youth track club and grew up together. They both attended high school in south Saint Petersburg and they both landed on the prestigious Baylor track team for their first year of collegiate track. They are college roommates and will even be rooming together for the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon this week.
Two years old. Most babies are playing with blocks, but not Kaylin Whitney. She was preparing her legs for block starts. The explosiveness and power in the top high school sprinter in the country came from what else; a Jolly Jumper. An internet search shows an image for the toy which looks like a trampoline for tots. Whitney says she was always in the Jolly Jumper and remembers those days fondly.
After winning the NCAA Championship 100 meter dash last month at Hayward Field, Trayvon Bromell returned to the historic University of Oregon track for USA Juniors. The performance wasn't quite the 9.97 he put up to win his first title as a Baylor freshman, but his 10.07 was good enough for the win and a spot on team USA at the World Junior Championships next week. Bromell, one of the favorites to bring home gold will be blogging throughout his journey over the next week.
Jim Spier of the NSAF makes his medal count prediction for Team USA in the upcoming World Junior Championships this week, being held for the first time on American soil at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Spier projects 17 medals for the US junior women and 13 medals for the US junior men for a total haul of 30 medal.
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the boys 1600 meter/mile run from the 2014 outdoor season. They have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
The following 8 individuals have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the boys 200 meter dash from the 2014 outdoor season. They have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.