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Lyles sets World Junior lead with wind-legal 200 meters

EUGENE -- Noah Lyles ran a wind-legal 20.18 in the 200 meters at USATF Junior Championships, breaking a 32-year-old meet record Saturday and recording the fastest junior time in the world this year.
With his finish, Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia)  becomes the third fastest high schooler ever, and he equalled the fifth all-time U.S. Junior time and seventh fastest all-time World Junior time.
The Junior Championships, contested June 25-27, serves as the selection meet for the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which will take place July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The top-two finishers in each event qualify for the team. In addition to athletes selected in individual events, USATF also will select up to two additional athletes for each relay team/pool (men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m), with this selection to be based on competitive considerations.
American Junior leaders in the men’s 1500m, Blake Haney (Bakersfield, California) and Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, Michigan) approached the event with the two best times in the country this year. Fisher had a slight lead two laps in, but the pace rapidly increased with 500 meters to go and seven athletes close in contention for the title. Hunter pulled ahead just prior to the Bowerman but Haney had the best finish to win at 3:58.16, .32 ahead of Hunter. Haney’s final lap was a 52.9.
Oklahoma State’s Cerake Geberkidane (Denver, Colorado) comfortably won the men’s 10,000m in 31.29.15 as Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Maryland) of Virginia was second in 31:32.88.
In the Junior Women’s 800m, Oregon freshman Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas)  ran a steady race, maintaining the lead and controlling the pace from start to finish. With competitors within stride heading into the final lap, Rogers changed gears down the home stretch for a sizeable victory in 2:06.64. It marked her eighth straight victory in the 800m, which includes both PAC-12 and NCAA outdoor titles.
Carlton Orange (Memphis, Tennessee) and Robert Ford (San Antonio, Texas) were shoulder to shoulder on the final straightaway in the men’s 800m with Orange gaining the advantage in the final 10 meters to finish in 1:47.67 ahead of Ford who ran a PR 1:48.00 and Villanova freshman Ishmael Muhammad (Mays Landing, New Jersey) in 1:48.31.
Zola Golden  (LaGrangeville, New York) gained the lead midway through junior women’s 400, before Southern Cal freshman Kendall Ellis (Pembroke Pines, Florida) eclipsed the field on the last curve with a strong stride in for her national title in 52.32. Ellis finished in a PR 52.32 with Golden in at 53.12.            
The junior men’s 400m became a three-man race down the final stretch with Clemson’s Cordell Lamb (Miami Gardens, Florida) initiating the surge from the inside in Lane 1. Stephen F Austin freshman My'lik Kerley (Taylor, Texas)  was next in contention before Quintaveon Poole of the Baldwin Jets emerged 30 meters from the finish. Lamb won the lean in 46.44 ahead of Kerkley’s 46.47 and Poole’s 46.68.
Seventeen-year-old Vashti Cunningham  (Las Vegas, Nevada) passed on the opening bar in women’s high jump before comfortably clearing the next four heights, including her winning jump (1.84m/6-0.5), all on first attempts. With no one left in the field, Cunningham, like her brother, Randall II, competed against herself, but did not clear the height she set at 1.91m/6-3.25.
The women’s 1500m featured a come from behind victory from high school sophomore Kate Murph (LaGrangeville, New York), who ran 63 seconds in final 400 meters, slowing picking off her competitors along the way. Murphy began her kick on the back curve, striding past the leader, Utah’s Sarah Feeny for a gold-medal  finish of 4:16.98.
Bailey Roth (Colorado Springs, Colorado) defended his 3,000m steeplechase title in dominating fashion, beating the field by a 50-meter margin with a time of 9:08.70.
In women’s 400m hurdles, Anna Cockrell (Charlotte, North Carolina) was just behind Reonna Collier (Vacaville, California) over the eighth hurdle  and then took the lead over the last two barriers to finish as the winner in 56.67.
The University of North Carolina’s Kenny Selmon (Mableton, Georgia) also found redemption at Hayward Field, leading the men’s 400mH from start to finish claiming his championship in 50.26 after falling over the final hurdle at IAAF World Junior Championship on the same track last year.
In the women’s 200m, USC Trojans teammates took the top two spots with Deanna Hill (Orlando, Florida) clocking 23.03 and World Junior relay gold medalist Ky Westbrook (Chandler, Arizona) claiming second at 23.22.
Texas A&M athletes won both pole vault competitions, with Audie Wyatt (Huntsville, Texas) taking the men’s top spot with a clearance at 5.50m/18-0.5 and Sara Kathryn Stevens (New Braunfels,Texas)  winning the women’s title at 4.20m/13-9.25.
Anali Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois) earned the sweet taste of redemption in junior women’s 10,000m race walk, winning the title and setting a lifetime best of 51:41.41. Cisneros was second (53:42.86) in the event in 2014, and she this year walked faster than last year’s winning time (52:33.06).
In the men’s 10 km race walk, World Junior competitor Anthony Peters (Bartlettt, Illinois) strolled to an easy 48:19.16 victory defending his title, as he overcame a cramping right quad to still finish more than two minutes and 600 meters ahead of the next closest walker - Cameron Haught (Enon, Ohio) who was timed in 47:45.47.
USATF Junior Outdoor Champions
Junior Women’s Discus - Josephine Natrasevschi (Brown) - 53.52m/175-7
Junior Men’s Javelin - Curtis Thompson (Miss. State) - 72.34m/237-4
Junior Women’s 5000m - Rachael Reddy (Texas) - 16:28.04
Junior Men’s 5000m - Matthew Maton (Unattached) - 14:47.10
Junior Women’s 100mH - Dior Hall (USC) - 13.02
Junior Men’s 110mH - Misana Viltz (UCLA) - 13.21
Junior Women’s 100m - Teahna Daniels (Unattached) - 11.24
Junior Men’s 100m - Noah Lyles (Unattached) - 10.14
Junior Men’s High Jump - Randall Cunningham (USC) - 2.20m/7-2.5
Junior Women’s Hammer Throw - Haley Showalter   (Unattached) - 56.61m/185-8
Junior Women’s Long Jump - Courtney Corrin (Unattached   ) - 6.56m/21-6.25 (+2.5)
Junior Men’s Shot Put - John Maurins (Wake Forest) 21.90m/71-10.25
Junior Men’s Long Jump - KeAndre Bates (Florida)   7.91m/25-11.5 (+3.4)
Junior Women’s Shot Put - Raven Saunders  (Southern Illinois) - 17.01m/55-9.75
Junior Women’s Heptathlon - Kaylee Hinton (Unattached) - 5245
Junior Men’s Decathlon - Harrison Williams (Stanford) - 8001
Junior Women’s 10,000m Race Walk - Anal Cisneros (Unattached) - 51:41.41
Junior Men’s 10,000m Race Walk - Anthony Peters (Unattached) -
Junior Women’s 800m - Raevyn Rogers (University of Oregon) -  2:06.64
Junior Men’s 800m - Carlton Orange - (Unattached) - 1:47.67
Junior Women’s 400m  - Zola Golden (
Junior Women’s 400mH - Anna Cockrell (S Charlotte Char) - 56.67
Junior Men’s 400mH - Kenny Selmon (North Carolina) - 50.26
Junior Women’s 1,500m - Kate Murphy (Unattached) - 4:16.98
Junior Men’s 1,500m - Blake Haney (Oregon) - 3:58.16
Junior Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase - Hannah Christen (Fairfax Police) - 10:40.61
Junior Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase - Bailey Roth (Unattached) - 9:08.70
Junior Women’s 200m - Deanna Hill    (USC) - 23.03
Junior Men’s 200m - Noah Lyles (Unattached) - 20.18
Junior Women’s 3,000m - Jill Whitman (Indiana) - 9:36.62
Junior Men’s Discus - Payton Otterdahl (Team NoDak) - 59.98m/196-9
Junior Men’s Hammer Throw - Robert Colantonio (Unattached) - 70.85m/232-5
Junior Men’s Triple Jump - John Warren (Missouri) - 16.00m/52-6
Junior Women’s High Jump - Vashti Cunningham (Nevada Gazze) - 1.84m/6-0.5
Junior Men’s Pole Vault - Audie Wyatt (Texas A&M) - 5.50m/18-0.5
Junior Women’s Pole Vault - Sara Kathryn Stevens (Texas A&M) - 4.20m/13-9.25
Junior Women’s Javelin - Gabrielle Kearney  (Oregon South) - 49.58m/162-8
Junior Women’s Triple Jump - Chineme Obikudu (Texas-Arlington)12.98m/42-7

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