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More Youth Outdoor champions crowned highlighted by long distance performances


LISLE, Illinois -- Champions were crowned Saturday on the fifth day of USATF Hershey Youth National Outdoor Championships at Benedictine University. Under beautiful conditions, the 3,000-meter winners appeared to be out to prove a point.
Kevriana Scott (Cypress, Texas) asserted her dominance early with the morning's 11-12 girls 3,000m, posting a time of 10:42.87. Scott’s final time was 18 seconds ahead of Sophie Atkinson (Katy, Texas) who finished in second at 11:00.29. America Morales (El Paso, Texas) clocked 11:09.92 for third place.
In the 11-12 boys 3,000m, Alex Mainvielle (Torrance, California) finished in 9:59.30. It wasn’t as sizable of a gap between first and second place in the girls division with Erik Le Roux (Colorado Springs, Colorado) coming in at 10:09.36. James Donahue (Reading, Massachusetts) ran 10:15.63 for third place.
Emma Milburn (Lake Forest, Illinois) continued the trend of impressive 3,000m first place finishes as she took the 15-16 girls title at 10:42.58. Michaela Peterson (Bethesda, Maryland) registered a 10:58.19 second-place finish and Breanna Roy (Jonesborough, Tennessee) was third at 11:01.08.
It didn’t stop for the 17-18 women's division as Adrena Mazzei (Tulsa, Oklahoma) ran 10:12.03 for her first place, 3,000m finish. Second place came down to the wire as Grace Barber (Tulsa, Oklahoma) closed a huge gap down the final 100 meters. However, she was unable to overtake Ashley Barnes (Bartlesville, Oklahoma). Barnes finished in 10:27.53 with Barber just behind at 10:27.66.
Kate Bowen (Santa Rosa, California) reigned supreme after battling the last two laps of the 13-14 girls 3,000m with Andrine Larsen (Geneva, Illinois) and Olivia Paez (Baldwin Park, California). Bowen pulled away down the final stretch to finish at 10:37.63. Larsen and Paez finished second and third with times of 10:39.01 and 10:39.95 respectively.
Acasio Pinheiro (Elizabeth, New Jersey) won the 13-14 boys 3,000m in 9:12.58.
The 15-16 boys pole vault was the highlight of the day, seeing two participants clearing above 14 feet. Richard Zacha McWhorter (Springdale, Arizona) reached 4.45m/14-7.25 to hold off Zachery Bradford (Bloomington, Illinois) at 4.3m/14-1.25.
Taylor Middleton (Dayton, Ohio) finished best in 17-18 women’s long jump with a 5.84m/19-2 leading mark. Jaime Robinson (Chicago, Illinois) capped her week, winning the 15-16 girls long jump with a distance of 5.25m/17-2.75.
The 800m provided entertaining finishes across the board. Makayla Brown (Moreno Valley, California) won the first heat in the 11-12 girls division with a time of 2:21.44, but the next five girls finished within two seconds of her final time.
Melissa Kameka (Rockville, Maryland) nearly pulled off one of the more suspenseful comebacks of the entire week in the first heat of the 13-14 girls 800m. After colliding with another runner in the first lap and stumbling to the track, Kameka rallied back to take the lead before the first lap was over, but was passed by eventual winner Chantae Steele (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on the final straightaway. Steele finished at 2:18.22 and Kameka crossed at 2:20.46.
Two scheduling alterations for tomorrow’s final day of competition moved the 13-14 boys 100-meter and 200-meter hurdles. Instead of racing preliminary rounds as scheduled on Saturday afternoon, the events will take place as a final race on Sunday.
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Ryan Stevens
Communications Intern

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