Former prep leapers take fast track to London Olympic medal stand

August, 17, 2012
8/17/12
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Christian Taylor and Will ClayeCameron Spencer/GettyImagesFormer prep stars Christian Taylor and Will Claye celebrate their 1-2 finish in the Olympic triple jump.


When you saw the success of Team USA’s youth movement in the 2012 London Olympic jumps last week, accounting for five of the eight medals won in those four men’s and four women’s events, you knew Christian Taylor, Will Claye, Erik Kynard, and Brigetta Barrett were young. But did you know how young?

To wit: In August of 2008, during the last Olympiad, Taylor was finishing a fine senior year at Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) High School in the triple jump (US#1 52-8), long jump (US#2 25-6) and 400 (US#4 46.60), with a pair of top-eight finishes at the World Junior Championships in Poland. He had won the World Youth triple jump as a junior. Claye, just a junior at Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), was not far behind Taylor’s marks, including a US#2 52-4.75 TJ, and his post-season included wins at Great Southwest and USATF JOs.

Kynard, a Rogers (Toledo, Ohio) junior, had made the 2008 Olympic Trials off of a 7-3.75 indoors and while he didn’t make the final in Eugene that June, he did muster 7-0.5 in qualifying there. Barrett, yet another junior (Duncanville, Texas), had been one of three girls from her state over 6-0 at Great Southwest. Both Barrett and Kynard finished second at USATF Juniors, but Barrett didn’t compete in Poland while Kynard didn’t make the final.

Taylor, Claye, Kynard and Barrett. Three of them still had another year of high school, while Taylor was headed to University of Florida for his freshman year. No doubt all of them hoped for NCAA success and probably had Olympic dreams in the backs of their minds.

But the 2012 London Olympic team? And making the finals in their respective events and earning gold, silver and bronze medals, with none of them older than Taylor’s just-turned-22? With all of them already among the top 10 Americans in history, save for Kynard, who’s just a centimeter away from joining that elite group?

Wow.

In your dreams, folks might have said back then. But dreams sometimes come true much faster than expected, and so it was in London last week that Taylor and Claye gave Team USA a 1-2 finish in the men’s triple jump (with Claye also winning long jump bronze), and Kynard and Barrett both earned silver in their respective high jump events. It was clear that all of these athletes had a lot of talent and could possibly someday by national or international elites, but rarely have prep stars – beyond prodigies like Allyson Felix – risen up this fast. Each of the four were outstanding preps, but it’s not like they really threatened any high school records. All have improved tremendously during the past four years, however, going from being very good (if not truly great) preps to among the best collegians and young pros the U.S. has ever seen. And they each have many more years to get even better.

Gator power

It was Taylor and Claye who gave the quickest indication after high school that they had London medal potential. Claye skipped his final semester at Mountain Pointe and enrolled at Oklahoma in time for the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons. He claimed a Big 12 title indoors as he began to improve dramatically, while Taylor was doing the same at Florida. Taylor topped Claye for the NCAA indoor title, 55-8.5 to 55-1.5, both three feet beyond what they’d done in 2008, but outdoors it was Claye turning the tables at NCAAs with an even-better U.S. Junior record 56-4.75. In what would have been his senior year in high school and as he was just turning 18, Claye won six major titles, including the Pan Am Juniors.

Claye had an injury-plagued off-year in 2010, while Taylor improved to 56-4.25 and won the NCAA outdoor title. Then Claye transferred to Florida, joining Taylor, and both exploded in 2011. They continued to dominate NCAAs and inch toward the 57-foot mark indoors. Then at the outdoor NCAAs, they soared to PRs of 58-4.75 (Taylor) and 57-9.75 (Claye), though both were wind-aided. They were now contenders for the 2011 World Championships podium and both turned pro. They were rewarded in Daegu, with Taylor (the youngest jumper in the final) nearly beating the American record and assuming the global yearly lead with a 58-11.25 gold-medal performance, and Claye taking bronze.

While the biggest breakthrough came in 2011, Taylor and Claye still had to elevate their games for the pressure of the Olympic cauldron. But throughout 2012, they never really left any doubt they’d be ready, going 1-2 in the World Indoor Champs (Claye winning) and Olympic Trials (Taylor winning) and building their resumes in other meets leading up to London.

Taylor and his coach never had anything less than high expectations. “When I was recruiting him (to Florida), I sat him down and told him, ‘In four years, the goal is to be an Olympic medalist,’” said Coach Rana Reider to The Dayton Beach News-Journal (Taylor trained at Daytona Beach’s Embry-Riddle U. this past year). “That is what you can do if you stay on task and learn how to compete under not the greatest circumstances (tough collegiate schedule).”

And while Claye was super talented as well, the decision to head to Gainesville a few years ago was a key factor in his success. “Me and Christian have been going 1-2 for a long time,” Claye told USATF after they won their TJ medals. “We have a brotherhood, and jumping against your brother, you go harder than you do with anyone else. It feels like it is just me and Christian out there sometimes, you know. It is an awesome rivalry, and we definitely push each other and help each other.”

** Christian wins World Youth triple jump gold in 2007, plus long jump bronze
** He comes back in 2008 with NSIC triple capped with TJ victory
** Will edges rival Bryce Lamb at 2008 AZ state with US#1 TJ
** Interval Session with Will in 2008


Raw talent

Erik Kynard
Adam Pretty/GettyImagesErik Kynard, a prep junior just four years ago, is now the Olympic men's high jump silver medalist.
Few athletes displayed as much talent and potential as did Kynard as a prep, but he still wasn’t quite at the level of, say, a Scott Sellers and Andra Manson. But his progress since has been special. After that Trials experience as a junior in 2008, Kynard followed with US#1 7-4.5 indoors and #2 7-3.5 outdoors as a senior, claiming Nike Nationals titles in both seasons. He did all that with form that at times looked less than polished and one wondered what heights he could ascend to at Kansas State.

In 2010, as a KSU frosh, Kynard stayed at the 7-3, 7-4 level, indoors and out. But in February, 2011, he had his big breakthrough with a 7-7.75, becoming the third-best indoor collegian ever. Outdoors, he won the Drake and Texas relays, then the NCAA outdoor title before earning his Daegu ticket. Then earlier this year, he won his second NCAA outdoor title with a PR of 7-8 and that set the stage for his making Team USA at the Trials.

As the London final unfolded, Kynard’s talent was on display for all the world to see, as well as some daring. He clinched the silver with 7-7.75 on his first attempt, then duked it out with eventual gold medalist Ivan Ukhov of Russia by twice passing after misses to the next height, finally bowing out at 7-10.5.

While still getting the “raw” talent tag from the likes of NBC Olympics field event analyst Dwight Stones, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist himself, it’s clear Kynard is well beyond the jumper he was in high school.

“I was probably most impressed with his attempts at 2.38 (7-9.75) and 2.40 (7-10.5) as much as anything,” said his Kansas State Coach Cliff Rovelto in a press release from the school. “He’s come an awful long way in a relatively short period of time. We should all be very proud of him and what he did today.”

While calling it “the best second-place I’ve ever had,” Kynard was clearly at home trying to win gold in the world’s biggest meet. “Pressure doesn’t burst my pipes,” he told USATF. “I have faith in my abilities. No stage is too big.”

To the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he added, “I'm young and I’ll be around for a while. I'm going home with some hardware, so I can’t complain. I’ll be back. I’ll see you all in Rio.”

U.S. HJ teammate Jamie Neito called Kynard “the future and the present for high-jumping. He’s going to have an amazing career.”

** Erik wins 2009 Nike Indoor high jump
** And then takes Nike Outdoor high jump three months later
** 2008 Interval Session with Erik



Unlimited potential

Brigetta Barrett
Cameron Spencer/GettyImagesBrigetta Barrett during her silver medal performance in the Olympic women's high jump.
Barrett was on a bit of a plateau in 2009, winning state and, in another meet, matching her 2008 season’s best with 6-0. But at the University of Arizona, improvement came immediately as she cleared 6-2.25 during her frosh indoor campaign in 2010, then 6-3.25 outdoors – placing third in both NCAA national meets. 2011 was even better, as she claimed both NCAA titles, won the World University Games with a PR 6-5, and took 10th in the IAAF World Champs.

To begin 2012, she repeated both NCAA titles, but she saved her first major PR for the best possible time, taking second in the Olympic Trials at 6-7. Now with her 6-8 in the Olympics, only one American in history, the aforementioned Lowe, has gone higher.

“I’m definitely thankful I have the medal, but it is really what comes with the medal that means a lot,” Barrett told USATF. “I know that God has brought me so far and I know where I started, so to be able to stand here and look back on the journey, that is what it really means for me. My mom is in the stands smiling and healthy, so it’s great.”

Said fellow American Chaunte Lowe, who was sixth in the Olympic HJ: “My performance was not great, but I am really proud of Brigetta. She is a really great talent and I am glad that she was able to stay poised on this type of a stage.”

NBC’s Stones has called Barrett’s potential “unlimited” and said she’s got what it takes to be the “next world-record holder.”

The same can be said of all four of these Team USA high-flyers.

** Brigetta part of elite trio over six feet at 2008 Great Southwest

Mac Wilkins: Give Yourself A Break

August, 16, 2012
8/16/12
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(Note: Mac Wilkins competed in the throws for 23 years, he made four Olympic teams and broke the world record in the discus four times. He also won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Now he is a teacher of throwing and the head throws coach at Concordia University in Portland).

By now most high school track athletes are taking a break from track. Some are enjoying vacation time and others are getting ready for another sport.

In any case a break is MANDATORY. After every peak performance or season there is a period of recovery and rest that the body needs, physically and emotionally. Top sport is all about minimizing the recovery time to have more work or peak performance time. The sophisticated training/monitoring systems are very precise about not letting athletes train hard UNTIL they are fully recovered. That is a matter of efficiency that Olympians wrestle with, BUT THEY ALL HAVE DOWN TIME after the season or peak performance.

I am absolutely blown away by the lack of yearly recovery time in the schedules of high school and even D1 college athletes. Two weeks a year is not enough. It's insane. Olympians in their prime take 4-6 weeks of active recovery per year before starting the yearly training with a fitness period.

You aren’t ready to start the next training cycle or sport until you are really hungry.

During the active rest, goof off. Try to NOT think about your sport or skill. Do fun things. Don’t lie on the couch all day every day. Stretch and be active, just not with things you do year round with your sport. It's OK to do nothing all day. It's OK to go on a 50-mile bike ride, hike all day or volunteer your time to help others. Your mind needs a break also.

But if you must think about your sport...

Make a list of things you want to do differently and things that worked well.

Review your goals for the last year and pencil in next year’s goals.

Outline a schedule of training for the year including your big competitions.

Watch your event on YouTube studying the technique and rhythm of the athletes.

Find, save and store video, articles or photos that are motivating.

Trust that during the active rest period your body is growing and getting a year stronger and you are getting a year more mature technically.

Enjoy the rest, there will be more than enough hard work when the training starts.

What is the best thing for you to be doing right now for an optimal performance next season?

Rest, don’t think about it, have fun.

Gourley's List: 8-15-2012

August, 16, 2012
8/16/12
1:56
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U.S.  HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 12# HAMMER THROW
 
                              NATIONAL RECORD
 
260’00” Conor McCullough        JR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-28-08
 
                               Class Records
 
213’00” Conor McCullough        FR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-22-06
243’11” Conor McCullough        SO  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-03-07
260’00” Conor McCullough        JR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-28-08
256’09” Conor McCullough        SR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              04-18-09
 
                           2012 PERFORMANCE LIST
 
251’01” Rudy Winkler            JR  Averill Park, NY                          05-07
224’01” Joe Velez               SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-26
217’07” Bryn Campbell           SR  Canal Winchester, OH                      06-07
216’01” Charlie Ionata          JR  Barrington, RI                            05-19
215’09” Michael Foley           SR  Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ    05-29
212’11” Carlos Mangum           JR  Central, Providence, RI                   05-19
212’07” Reuben Horace           SR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            05-12
211’02” Kevin Conway            SR  Westerly, RI                              05-19
202’02” Darien Thornton         SR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  04-27
201’09” Chase Carroll           JR  North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA         04-22
198’08” Clarence Gallop         JR  Central, Providence, RI                   05-12
198’07” Mahlik Handley          JR  South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI            06-03
198’03” Colin Minor             SO  South Brunswick, Southport, NC            06-03
197’02” Alex Briggs             SR  Portsmouth, RI                            05-19
195’06” Cameron Brown           SR  Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN                  04-20
194’03” Austin Cook             JR  Overton, TX                               07-04
194’02” Andy Miller             JR  Capital, Olympia, WA                      07-22
193’09” Josh Whitener           JR  North Paulding, Dallas, GA                06-03
193’02” Triton Pitassi          JR  Camas, WA                                 05-20
192’07” Austin Funk             SR  Post Falls, ID                            07-07 *
190’05” Nicholas Bultman        SR  West Ranch, Valencia, CA                  07-19
189’03” Gabriel Arcaro          SO  Burlington, MA                            05-30
188’04” Aaron Zedella           JR  St. Edward, Lakewood, OH                  07-23
188’03” Jacob Foutz             SR  Sheldon, Eugene, OR                       07-07 *
188’02” Travis Pickett          SR  Snohomish, WA                             05-20
187’08” Kyle White              SR  Centralia, WA                             07-21
187’04” Lovell Peterson         JR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  04-18
186’08” Nikolas Huffman         JR  Virginia, Bristol, VA                     04-20
184’09” John Celona             SR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            05-26
184’09” Kenneth Brinson         FR  Marist, Atlanta, GA                       06-15
184’04” Max Lydum               FR  Defiance, OH                              06-23
182’06” Darby Maier             JR  Big Sky, Missoula, MT                     07-23
182’04” P.J. Andrews            SR  Lincoln, RI                               06-07
181’11” James Rowland           JR  Northside (2A), Jacksonville, NC          07-23
181’07” Sean Ryan               SO  Babylon, NY                               06-26
181’05” Bryan Rhodes            SR  St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY       06-09
180’10” Alex Young              SR  LaVergne, TN                              06-15
180’06” Timmy Brennan           JR  Princeton, NJ                             05-19
180’01” Jacob Beene             FR  Gilbert, AZ                               06-01
179’07” Matt Casbarro           JR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            05-26
179’04” Ndailor Sheriff         SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-12
178’11” Damon Unland            JR  Ferris, Spokane, WA                       05-27
178’04” Benny McGowan           SR  Centerville, OH                           04-18
178’00” Dylan Dyke              JR  Waverly, OH                               04-24
178’00” Ed Cummins              SR  Lincoln, RI                               06-07
177’09” Connor Fugere           SO  Woonsocket, RI                            05-26
177’03” Vincent Ziraldo         SR  Redwood, Visalia, CA                      06-19
175’07” Joe Vincent             JR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            05-26
175’07” Matthew Zajac           SO  E.G. Glass, Lynchburg, VA                 06-16
174’06” Kyle Merkley            SR  Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA            07-23
174’00” Robert Palazzo          SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-26
173’05” Johnnie Jackson         SR  Cherry Hill East, NJ                      07-23
173’01” Daniel Haugh            SO  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                   07-23
172’11” Sam Hacker              SR  Gig Harbor, WA                            06-23
171’06” Brock Eager             SO  Tahoma, Maple Valley, WA                  06-23
170’09” Brad Bassette           SR  Lincoln, RI                               05-19
170’08” Steve Chevalier         SR  North Kingstown, RI                       05-10
170’05” Michael Snow            JR  Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville, AL         07-23
169’11” John Higgins            SR  Glacier Peak, Snohomish, WA               05-27
169’10” Austin (AJ) Riddle      JR  Memorial, Houston, TX                     06-26
168’07” Adam Kelly              FR  Barrington, RI                            07-21
168’06” Brian Bianchi           JR  West Warwick, RI                          05-30
167’08” Kyle Johnson            JR  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                   05-27
167’08” Curtis Bleasdale        SR  Vacaville, CA                             06-10
167’02” Luke James              SR  Centerville, OH                           06-03
166’10” Brenden Song            JR  West Hills, San Diego, CA                 06-19
166’05” Olusegun Thomas Vadis   SO  Classical, Providence, RI                 04-24
165’06” Angel Rosario           SR  Bay Shore, NY                             05-06
164’11” Dustin Samms            SO  Aptos, CA                                 06-10
164’08” Dylan Gardner           JR  Pilgrim, Warwick, RI                      04-07
164’06” Alvin Deveaux           FR  Stratford, Goose Creek, SC                07-23
164’05” Roc-M Nesbitt           JR  The New Schools of Carver, Atlanta, GA    06-10
163’03” Zachery Driver          JR  Classical, Providence, RI                 04-24
163’03” Tim Wilson              JR  Washingtonville, NY                       05-24
162’09” Brendan Duncan          JR  Waterloo, IL                              07-14
162’08” Phil Maloney            SR  Portsmouth, RI                            04-24
161’06” Nicholas Rea            SR  Sheldon, Eugene, OR                       07-21
161’05” Kyle Littles            JR  Our Lady of Mercy Catholic, Fairburn, GA  04-22
161’03” Kevin Conner            JR  Pilgrim, Warwick, RI                      05-30
160’04” Alexander Madoian       JR  North Kingstown, RI                       05-26
160’04” Seth Sievers            JR  Notre Dame, Cape Girardeau, MO            07-21
160’01” Jordon Pickerel         JR  Athens Christian, Athens, GA              06-22
159’09” Chris Pensa             JR  St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY       06-03
159’06” Giovanni Gray           SO  Lincoln, RI                               05-08
159’06” Victor Campbell         SR  Northside (2A) Jacksonville, NC           04-07
159’04” Jeremy Franklin         SO  Serra Gardena, CA                         07-19
159’00” Nathan Swisley          JR  Placer, Aubrun, CA                        06-30
158’04” Cory Woodbine           JR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            05-30
158’00” Austin Sahs             JR  El Camino Fundamental, Sacramento, CA     07-06
157’09” Jared Ballenger         SO  Fremont Ross, OH                          07-07
157’09” Rafael Ramirez          SR  Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY    05-12
157’04” Steve Lefebvre          JR  LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI           05-12
157’03” Robert Landers          FR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  04-24
156’10” Joseph Covino           SR  Cumberland, RI                            04-24
156’06” Nick Budincich          SR  Loyola, Los Angeles, CA                   04-22
153’10” Randy Hinds             JR  Kingston, NY                              05-24
152’03” Joseph Theis            SR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  04-24
151’07” Lucas Hatton            JR  Eatonville, WA                            07-21
151’05” Derek Ferra             SR  East Greenwich, RI                        04-03
151’02” Gino Giglio             SR  Xavier, New York, NY                      06-16
150’11” Bryan Zapata            SO  Hope Providence, RI                       07-21
150’06” Joe Colao               JR  Westerly, RI                              05-10
150’01” David Collins           SO  North Kingstown, RI                       05-30
150’00” Owen Dawson             JR  Conard, Hartford, CT                      06-16
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                    U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 5K HAMMER THROW
 
                              National Record
 
263’09” Conor McCullough        JR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-01-08
 
                           2012 PERFORMANCE LIST
 
219’07” Charlie Ionata          JR  Barrington, RI                            05-12
191’10” Chase Carroll           JR  North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA         05-06
178’09” Sean Ryan               SO  Babylon, NY                               05-19
178’06” Tim Wilson              JR  Washingtonville, NY                       07-24
177’04” Connor Fugere           SO  Woonsocket, RI                            05-12
175’00” Adam Kelly              FR  Barrington, RI                            07-08
174’11” Clarence Gallop         JR  Central, Providence, RI                   06-07
174’11” Kenneth Brinson         FR  Marist, Atlanta, GA                       05-06
169’07” Matt Casbarro           JR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            04-07
165’08” Olusegun Thomas Vadis   SO  Classical, Providence, RI                 06-07
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                   U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 6K HAMMER THROW
 
                              National Record
 
248’11” Conor McCullough        JR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              07-12-08
 
                               Class Records
 
203’11” Conor McCullough        FR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-17-06
218’01” Rudy Winkler            SO  Averill Park, NY                       07-17-11
248’11” Conor McCullough        JR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              07-12-08
247’00” Conor McCullough        SR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              06-26-09
 
                           2012 PERFORMANCE LIST
 
240’01” Rudy Winkler            JR  Averill Park, NY                          07-13
203’01” Joe Velez               SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-12
197’09” Bryn Campbell           SR  Canal Winchester, OH                      06-03
197’07” Michael Foley           SR  Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ    06-15
192’05” Darien Thornton         SR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  06-03
190’03” Carlos Mangum           JR  Central, Providence, RI                   05-12
184’10” Chase Carroll           JR  North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA         05-27
184’05” Colin Minor             SO  South Brunswick, Southport, NC            06-03
178’00” Dylan Dyke              JR  Waverly, OH                               04-24
175’00” Andy Miller             JR  Capital, Olympia, WA                      06-15
173’06” Cameron Brown           SR  Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN                  06-15
172’09” Alex Briggs             SR  Portsmouth, RI                            05-12
170’01” Austin Funk             SR  Post Falls, ID                            09-24
168’07” Max Lydum               FR  Defiance, OH                              06-03
168’03” Lovell Peterson         JR  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  06-03
166’06” P.J. Andrews            SR  Lincoln, RI                               06-07
161’07” Ndailor Sheriff         SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-12
159’00” Ed Cummins              SR  Lincoln, RI                               04-07
158’01” Robert Palazzo          SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 04-07
151’09” Brad Bassette           SR  Lincoln, RI                               06-07
148’09” Brendan Duncan          JR  Waterloo, IL                              07-21
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                   U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 16# HAMMER THROW
 
                              National Record
 
219’07” Conor McCullough        SR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA             07-22-09
 
                              Class Records
 
152’11” Kenneth Brinson         FR  Marist, Atlanta, GA                    04-22-12
186’03” Wes Wright              SO  Villa Rica, GA                         06-04-06
210’11” Walter Henning          JR  St. Anthony's, South Huntington, NY    06-20-06
219’07” Conor McCullough        SR  Chaminade, West Hills, CA              07-22-09
 
                           2012 PERFORMANCE LIST
 
195’11” Rudy Winkler            JR  Averill Park, NY                          07-24
190’07” Reuben Horace           SR  Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI            07-15
173’01” Michael Foley           SR  Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ    04-13
170’11” Joe Velez               SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 04-07
163’11” Chase Carroll           JR  North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA         05-27
162’07” Andy Miller             JR  Capital, Olympia, WA                      07-01
162’07” Austin Funk             SR  Post Falls, ID                            11-06
159’07” Charlie Ionata          JR  Barrington, RI                            04-07
157’02” Clarence Gallop         JR  Central, Providence, RI                   07-15
154’10” Colin Minor             SO  South Brunswick, Southport, NC            03-16
148’04” Kenneth Brinson         FR  Marist, Atlanta, GA                       05-06
148’01” Kyle White              SR  Centralia, WA                             06-02
146’01” Jacob Foutz             SR  Sheldon, Eugene, OR                       05-28
145’03” Travis Pickett          SR  Snohomish, WA                             05-20
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                  U.S  HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' 4K HAMMER THROW
 
                              National Record
 
214’04” Shelby Ashe             JR  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                06-15-10
 
                               Class Records
 
173’04” Casey Kraychir          FR  Twentynine Palms, CA                   05-04-07
180’04” Casey Kraychir          SO  Twentynine Palms, CA                   07-09-08
214’04” Shelby Ashe             JR  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                06-15-10
211’01” Shelby Ashe             SR  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                05-15-11
 
                          2012 PERFORMANCE LIST
 
 
193’03” Avana Story             SR  Woodward Academy, College Park, GA        06-03
179’04” Ashley Weber            SR  Buena, Sierra Vista, AZ                   06-12
174’11” Torie Owers             SR  Athens Academy, Athens, GA                11-26
170’06” Monica Phillips         SR  Pope, Marietta, GA                        06-10
166’04” Sidnie Wilder           SO  Cameron, WI                               05-05
165’01” Erica King              JR  Cuyahoga Falls, OH                        06-03
164’01” Sabrina Gaitan          FR  Sprayberry, Marietta, GA                  06-10
163’11” Cara McClain            SR  John C. Kimball, Tracy, CA                02-18
162’08” Ashlen Veatch           SR  Cave Spring, Roanoke, VA                  05-06
159’07” Maggie DuFault          SR  Pilgrim, Warwick, RI                      07-08
159’07” Lissette Mendivil       SR  Redwood, Visalia, CA                      07-06
156’11” Casidy Callahan         JR  Norcross, GA                              06-08
156’10” Catherine Maloney       SR  LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI           05-05
156’09” Lindsay McKee           SR  Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA                06-23
156’02” Kelli Thomas            SO  Luella, Locust Grove, GA                  06-10
155’06” Josie Hardin            JR  Harrison, Kennesaw, GA                    05-27
154’08” Ann Dagrin              SR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-08
154’00” Cortney Miller          SR  Calvary Chapel Christian, Las Vegas, NV   01-21
153’01” McKenzie Warren         SR  Sandy, OR                                 04-21
152’11” Leia Mistowski          SO  Narragansett, RI                          06-07
152’01” Becky Cousens           SR  Portsmouth, RI                            04-03
150’11” Nyla Woods              SO  Henry W. Grady, Atlanta, GA               05-06
150’05” Kamryn Brinson          8TH Marist, Atlanta, GA                       06-15
148’05” Katie Wardsworth        JR  Central Valley, Spokane, WA               05-27
146’11” Annalica Panackia       JR  Las Vegas, NV                             06-24
144’09” Grace Janes             SR  Rogers, Newport, RI                       06-03
144’09” Meagan Heffelfinger     SR  Vista del Lago, Folsom, CA                07-06
143’05” Danielle Borriello      SO  Ellenville, NY                            07-15
142’04” Dorienne Ordaz          SR  Bravo Magnet, Los Angeles, CA             06-19
142’00” Marthaline Cooper       JR  Classical, Providence, RI                 05-19
142’00” Madeline Middlebrook    JR  Fort Zumwalt West, O’Fallon, MO           06-16
141’07” Dakota Kliamovich       SR  Central Valley, Veradale, WA              05-27
141’02” Gabby Smith             JR  Narragansett, RI                          04-28
141’00” Lena Giger              SO  Highland, IL                              06-17
139’11” Emily Boardman          SR  South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI            05-07
139’11” Aysha Moreino           SR  South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI            05-07
139’01” Jennifer Slagus         JR  North Pocono, Moscow, PA                  08-04
138’04” Briana O’Grady          JR  South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI            06-03
136’10” Carolyn Gravelle        SR  Snohonmish, WA                            04-07
136’10” Alison Gillilan         SR  Watkins Memorial, Pataskala, OH           06-24
136’09” Emily Flynn             SR  University, Spokane Valley, WA            06-22
136’05” Leah Colbert            SO  Buchanan, Troy, MO                        07-21
135’11” Destinee Barrette       JR  Pilgrim, Warwick, RI                      05-19
135’07” Brooke Anderson         JR  Rancho Buena Vista, Vista, CA             06-19
135’06” Gabby Despinasse        SR  University, Baton Rouge, LA               06-23
135’02” Maddie Sears            SR  Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, GA              05-06
134’04” Brielle Rowe            SR  Mountain View, CA                         06-09
133’10” Jenessa Jackson         JR  Marietta, GA                              06-10
133’06” Molly McCullough        JR  Mission Viejo, CA                         04-14
133’04” Amber Sudzius           SR  Brentwood, TN                             07-06
132’10” Brianna Heilsnis        JR  Apex, NC                                  07-23
132’06” Kayla O’Brine           SO  St. Francis, Sacramento, CA               07-06
132’04” Katie Irwin             SO  Chariho, Wood River Junction, RI          06-07
131’10” Rachel Martschinske     SR  Camas, WA                                 05-20
130’00” Andrea Vahoua           SO  Pope, Marietta, GA                        06-10
129’10” Taylor Baker            SO  Paint Valley, Bainbridge, OH              07-23
129’05” Hannah Makowske         SR  Joel Barlow, Redding, CT                  04-27
129’05” Adrienne Thornton       SR  John D. O’Bryant, Roxbury, MA             04-07
129’01” Kayla Loop              SR  Asotin, WA                                04-21
128’10” Taniya Mitchell         SO  Mt. Vernon, NY                            07-08
128’06” Dominique Darby         SR  Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY    04-03
127’10” Lauren Rhoads           SR  Waverly, OH                               06-03
126’07” Teria Mackey            SO  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  06-03
126’06” Rachael Aikens          SO  Wayne, Huber Heights, OH                  05-02
125’11” Katelyn Hughes          SR  Smithfield, Esmond, RI                    06-03
125’08” Bianca Donadio          SO  Classical, Providence, RI                 06-03
125’04” Aerial Horton           JR  Northridge, Tuscalossa, AL                06-10
125’04” Becca Leppelmeier       JR  McComb, OH                                04-14
125’01” Michaelyn Mills         SR  Meade, Spokane, WA                        04-21
124’02” Emily Schob             SR  St. Dominic, O’Fallon, MO                 07-14
124’02” Sarah Mitchell          JR  Centennial, Rosewell, GA                  06-22
123’11” Heather Scheetz         JR  J M Hanks, El Paso, TX                    07-06
123’11” Abby Cousens            FR  Portsmouth, RI                            05-26
123’06” Megan Pendleton         JR  Woodmore, Elmore, OH                      06-24
122’07” Lauren Swanson          FR  East Greenwich, RI                        05-19
122’01” Kristina King           SO  New Rochelle, NY                          05-31
121’01” Stamatia Scarvelis      SO  Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA                   06-19
120’10” Kendra Plant            JR  Cumberland, RI                            05-26
120’08” Paden Wachter           JR  Jackson, MO                               07-23
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Richards-Ross, Felix complete golden quest

August, 12, 2012
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Team USA 4x400 womenClive Brunskill/GettyImagesFormer prep sprint prodigies Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards (second and fourth from left) saw their decade long quests for individual Olympic Gold fulfilled this week, while also sweeping the relays.


There was joy, there was triumph, and there was exuberance when Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix each captured their first individual Olympic gold medals in the 400- and 200-meters, respectively, this past week.

But above all, perhaps, there was relief.

It was visible, after Richards-Ross saw the scoreboard finally confirm her victory in Sunday’s 400 final – as she heaved a big sigh and broke into a smile before raising her arms skyward – and she said as much afterward. Felix basically did the same thing Wednesday after she crossed the line first in the 200 final. They would go on to collect Team USA relay golds in the 4x100 (World record 40.82 Friday with Felix on third leg) and 4x400 (3:16.88 victory with Felix running second and Richards anchoring) by the time the action concluded on the track Saturday during these 30th Olympic Games in London.

“It's a huge weight off my shoulders,” Richards-Ross admitted to ESPN.

But if a decade ago, when they were prep sprint prodigies, you’d told Richards-Ross and Felix that it wouldn’t be until 2012 that they’d reach their ultimate goals in track and field, chances are that despite the perseverance each surely possessed even then, you would have gotten a classic impatient teenage reaction.

What? No waayyy. You’re kidding, right?

Sorry about that, girls.

Flash back to August, 2002: Richards-Ross was just 17 and had finished at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida. She had just won two medals (400 silver, 200 bronze) at
Allyson Felix
Alexander Haase/GettyImagesSanya Richards-Ross after winning her 400 gold.
the World Junior Championships in her hometown of Kingston. She owned the 400 meter prep USR at 50.69, set during her USATF Juniors double earlier at Stanford, which also included a dramatic victory over Felix in the 200. Richards would go on to University of Texas and the following two years make her first U.S. senior teams for the 2003 Worlds in Paris and the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning 4x400 relay golds in each.

Felix, in 2002 a 16-year-old finishing her junior year at Los Angeles Baptist, had crumpled to the track after that Juniors 200 loss with a hamstring injury and would struggle somewhat in finishing fifth behind Richards-Ross in the World Junior 200. But the following spring she would break the 200 indoor and outdoor prep USRs before turning pro and also make the Paris WC team. At just 18 years old in 2004, Felix would win silver in the Olympic 200.

Yes, few, if any, preps had ever seemed more destined for greatness than Richards-Ross and Felix and there’s no question that nothing less than Olympic gold in their specialties would do – and sooner rather than later, thank you. But it can be a roller-coaster ride to the top, marred for many athletes by injury, illness, bad races, and close-but-not-quites.

Coming into 2012, Richards had the American record at 400 (48.70), two Olympic and four World Championships 4x400 golds, the 2005 silver and 2009 gold medals for the World Champs 400, and a pile of other titles and honors. Felix possessed three World Champs 200 titles, six relay golds in the combined global championships over the years, and much more among her achievements and accolades.

But it was the less-than-fond memories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics that haunted them, with Felix taking a second 200 silver and Richards-Ross a 400 bronze. It was hard not to be defined by that. 2008 was to be their time and to wait four more years was an eternity.

“I think about how I ended in Beijing, and kind of feeling discouraged there,” said Felix to USATF after Saturday’s relay triumphs, “and now for years later to have all of this happen and to really accomplish every goal that I set out, is just such a blessing.”

For Felix, the three World 200 titles she won in 2005, 2007 and 2009 certainly
Allyson Felix
Quinn Rooney/GettyImagesAllyson Felix after winning her 200 gold.
established that, at her best, no one in the world could top her. Yet the margin for error is slim and there have been other global stars to contend with, like Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who topped Felix for Olympic gold in both 2004 and 2008. In 2011, Felix went for a 400/200 double at Worlds, and had to settle for respective silver and bronze medals, breaking her threepeat Worlds streak in the shorter race.

So in 2012, Felix needed more speed, she decided, and she went instead for the 100/200 double. She would finish third in the Olympic Trials 100 and fifth in the final, and the speed she gained training for that was a big boost in her running a PR and meet record 21.69 for 200 in the Trials and then her 21.88 this week for London gold.

“I was in tears in Beijing, and gosh, complete opposite tonight,” she said to USATF after her 200 victory. “For it all to come together is just extremely special … I knew if I went out and ran my race it would come together … I said ‘Thank you, Lord.’ It was relief, joy, just a flood of emotions.”

“The moments that motivated me the most were losing on the biggest stage and never forgetting that feeling,” she told ESPN’s Bonnie Ford. “Now I’m able to say that I embrace that journey, because that is what has pushed me all these years.”

The road for Richards-Ross has been even more challenging. Mixed in with her American 400 record in 2006 and the 2009 World title were years like 2007 and 2011, when she missed Team USA for the Worlds (in the individual 400, though she did win relay golds), and 2010 when she missed much of the year with an ankle injury.

She spent five years fighting an autoimmune disease called Behcet's syndrome, which almost certainly contributed to the Beijing bronze. After a visit to a different doctor, she thinks she's been misdiagnosed. Fighting her illness -- which causes fatigue, sores around her mouth and splotchy skin -- with a new treatment, Richards-Ross said she arrived in London feeling as good as she has in years.

“What I have learned is you don’t win the race until you win the race,” she said after the 400 victory in 49.55. “I knew I had to cross the finish line first to call myself the Olympic champion … “I kept telling myself, ‘You are the champ. You are the champ.’ To go out there and actually accomplish it is really fantastic.”

More long quests fulfilled - somewhat

Team USA Olympians who medaled in London this week also included this trio of “DyeStat Alums” – athletes who we followed prominently on DyeStat during their prep careers – who have also had their ups and downs during the years before their London accomplishments. Each has a different take on their silver medals and, no doubt, still have gold medal aspirations for the future.

Lashinda Demus, 400H Silver, 52.77 – Few Team USA stars yearned for a gold – and only gold – more than Lashinda Demus, who has been on the path to the top since
Lashinda Demus
Streeter Lecka/GettyImagesLashinda Demus, who ran the first and only sub-40 prep 300H in 2001, won Olympic 400H silver.
she became the first – and still only – prep to break 40 seconds in the 300H while at Long Beach Wilson CA in 2001. Somewhat similar to Richards and Felix, she’d experienced international championship success – a gold (2011) and two silvers (2005, 2009) in World Champs 400H finals – but her Olympic resume had been even more limited, as she bowed out in the 2004 semis, and then was fourth in the 2008 Trials after a year off to have children.

In Wednesday’s final, she battled for the gold all the way, gradually catching Russia’s Natalya Antyukh in the home straight, but falling .07 short. “I can’t explain how bad I wanted a gold,” she told USATF. “I have been dreaming about it for years … Number two in the world says a lot, but number one says a lot more, so I won’t stop till I get that.”

** Lashinda breaks the 300H HSR at 39.98 in the 2001 Southern Section Finals
** DNF in the 300H at Southern Section Masters
** Winning the 100H and running on USR-setting 4x4 at state
** #2 all-time 55.76 400H at USATF meet


Jason Richardson, 110H Silver, 13.04 – Jason Richardson’s high school career, which saw him ultimately move into the (then) top five all-time in the 110H (13.38) and
Jason Richardson
Quinn Rooney/GettyImagesJason Richardson, the top prep at 110H and 400H in 2004, has risen to Olympic silver medal status eight years later.
400H (49.79) in 2004, certainly portended a great collegiate and international career, but it took a while for the Cedar Hill TX product to get there. A 13.21 over the 42-inch barriers helped him get in the U.S. top 10 in 2008, and then he finally really broke through in 2011, when he appeared to get second in the World Championship 110H final and then was awarded gold after a disqualification for Cuban Dayron Robles.

Richardson took a 13.15 PR into 2012 and lowered it to 12.98 in the Trials while finishing second to Aries Merritt. He was again beaten by Merritt in the Olympic Final, despite a near-PR 13.04. The result seemed to leave him with mixed feelings while talking to USATF, saying he was happy for Merritt and that “the best man won here today,” but also wanting more. “You don’t train to get second … If I am satisfied with silver then there is no hope for gold, so I will keep that hunger.”

** Jason doubles at 2004 Texas state meet
** Follows with a super Great Southwest double
** Goes under 50 seconds for 400H at 2004 Adidas Outdoor


Leo Manzano, 1500 Silver, 3:34.79 - It’s unlikely that anyone would have pegged Leo Manzano as having a strong chance at an Olympic medal out of high school and, despite all of his accomplishments as a
Leo Manzano
Quinn Rooney/GettyImagesLeo Manzano, whose prep exploits included a Great Southwest 1500 win in 2003, had a "perfect storm" of a race to win Olympic 1500 silver.
collegian and a pro, few gave him a strong chance when he toed the line Tuesday for the 1500 final. Manzano has often been one of the USA’s better runners, and is blessed with perhaps the best kick of any American middle distance runner, but has also been maddeningly inconsistent. Four times he had made U.S. teams for the Worlds (2007, 2009, 2011) or Olympics (2008) and only once had made the final (12th at 2009 WC). On the other hand, he came into 2012 with PRs of 3:32.37 and 3:50.64 (mile), and enough instances in domestic or NCAA championships (or international invites) of winning with devastating kicks that it was not impossible to imagine him putting it all together at the right time for a really big result.

That perfect storm came Tuesday. In his two qualifying races, Manzano got it done, but hardly propelled his name into everyone’s medal predictions, but in the final he was always in the mix, positioned decently into the final 200 off a moderate pace, and his kick was at its very best. He passed four others in the final stretch with only Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi finishing ahead of him. Amazingly, his 3:34.79 is the fastest any American has ever run in an Olympic final, faster than Jim Ryun, Steve Scott, and all the rest.

“I’m really excited, so thrilled and so pumped,” he said to USATF. “It was an insane race. It was probably the toughest race physically and mentally that I’ve ever been in.”

In more detail to Letsrun.com, he explained that the pace felt faster than it really was and he had moments of doubt. Then, “Coming around the (final) turn I asked the big man for some help … My legs just felt like they were bricks, but something inside of me just said, ‘Keep going, keep going, keep pushing, keep pushing … I really prayed, ‘God give me the strength to push through' and I definitely felt a surge of energy just flow through my body and the next thing I know I’m in second.”

As a prep at Marble Falls TX, Class of 2004, Leo ran 4:16 and 9:18 for the 16/32 as a frosh, 4:11 and 9:06 as a soph, 4:06 plus 1:51 for 800 as a junior, then 1:50.48 (4th adidas outdoor) as a senior.

** Manzano wins 2003 Great Southwest 1,500

Next: Recent "DyeStat Alums" Christian Taylor and others take fast track to Olympic success

Rupp's 10K silver elicits jumps, shouts

August, 5, 2012
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Galen RuppLars Baron/GettyImagesGalen Rupp celebrates his 10000 meter silver.
Anthony Armstrong watched the Olympic final of the men’s 10,000 meters alone at home in Kennewick, Wash. on Saturday afternoon and by the end of the race he was bouncing up and down on the couch.

Surely Armstrong, who won last fall’s Washington 3A cross country championship, was not alone.

Galen Rupp, 26, raced to the silver medal in the 10K, punctured holes in the theory of East African long-distance superiority and became the first U.S. male to medal in the 6.2-mile race since Billy Mills in 1964.

“My heart was pounding like I was in the race with him,” Armstrong said. “It was very inspirational. I’m still a little bit shocked by how well he did, but his hard work paid off.”

As high school runners across the U.S. begin the process of getting ready for the upcoming cross country season, there is a new wellspring of inspiration to draw from in Rupp’s silver. He was half a second behind race winner Mo Farah of Great Britain, his training partner under long-time coach Alberto Salazar.

In the state of Oregon, where distance running has a proud history, Rupp’s achievement carried a little bit more significance. He is a product of Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland and broke Steve Prefontaine’s hallowed state record in the 3,000 meters as a senior in 2004. Rupp finished 13th in the 10,000 at the 2008 Olympics.

Galen Rupp
Lars Baron/GettyImagesGalen Rupp celebrates his 10000 meter silver with training partner and gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Pat Tyson, who has criss-crossed the country this summer to speak at numerous camps, was on an airplane to Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday during the race and missed seeing it live. He landed to find his cell phone filling up with messages and missed calls. Tyson coached the 1990s Mead dynasty in Spokane, Wash. and was the college roommate of Prefontaine. He also had a brief role overseeing Rupp at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2005.

“Frickin’ awesome!” Tyson typed into a text message that he sent to his contact list.

Reached over the phone, Tyson didn’t mince his words when he attempted to put Rupp’s performance into perspective for young U.S. runners.

“Rupp has always had hero status with kids,” Tyson said. “He’s now the living Prefontaine. I don’t mean that to put that pressure on him, but he is.”

Prefontaine was fourth at the 1972 Olympics in the 5,000 meters three years after he broke the high school two-mile record. And he was killed in an auto accident before he could try again in 1976.

In Portland on Saturday, Dr. John Howell, who operates an integrated health and chiropractic clinic, held an impromptu 10K watch party at his office with a group of 15-20 people.

“We’re all serious runners so we were a little bit frustrated by the commercials because it made it hard to get the splits,” Howell, a former college steeplechaser, explained. “People started getting excited on the last lap and the final kick. Everyone was yelling ‘Let’s go Rupp!’ Everyone was ecstatic when Rupp blew by (Tariku Bekele) and into second place.”

Howell said he thought Rupp could finish in the top five but wasn’t so sure about a medal.

“I thought if he had a great run he still might finish fourth or something and out of the medals,” he said.

Central Catholic cross country coach Dave Frank was at home with his family watching the race. He was there, along with Salazar, when Rupp was in high school.

“I was sort of just sitting there watching and being in awe of the whole journey,” Frank said. “This one day is fantastic but I think back on a skinny kid who came to school every day (as a freshman) wearing a soccer jersey (Manchester United). To go back and say ‘This kid’s going to medal at the Olympics someday’ … so many things had to go perfect along the way.”

Frank’s Central Catholic boys are the reigning state champs in Oregon 6A cross country. On Sunday, he will lead the team to a preseason camp in the Cascade Mountains and spend the week there getting ready for the season.

“It would be neat to say (Rupp’s medal) will foster some big spike in American running,” Frank said. “Lots of people watched it but I’m not sure a lot will change. But maybe a lot more young will have a reason to believe that no matter how high their goals are, they’re possible.”

Armstrong, who graduated from Kamiakin High this spring, said he can foresee a big impact. Rupp's success builds on recent distance medals by Shalane Flanagan (bronze in the 10K in 2008) and Jenny Simpson and Matthew Centrowitz (1,500 meters at the 2011 World Championships).

“People talk of Pre and what he did, but now (kids) have another now generation runner they can look up to,” he said. “(Rupp) shows everyone that hard work pays off.”
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McQuay Olympics DyestatDyeStat file photoTony McQuay (above) has risen quickly from high school star to 2012 Olympian. Check out the high school credentials for every member of the this year's U.S. team.
It usually begins with an "Olympic dream."

A young person watches the Olympic Games on TV and says "I want to do that." Dedication, sacrifice and daily reaffirming effort comes after that. Olympic-sized dreams come true for only a very few but for those athletes who will compete for the United States track team in London, high school competition is usually where the competitive fire was stoked.

Not everyone on this list was a high school track star. For some, the combination of dream and talent didn't combust until later. For others, it can be traced as far back as age-group track. Some trained with sophistication in high school. Others were lightly trained.

There are many paths to the Olympic team. High school stardom isn't required. NCAA championships aren't required. The dream, and the desire, are universal. It's the timeline that varies.

Yet, for almost everyone on this list, a state championship meet was an end-all, be-all event somewhere between the ages of 15 and 18. Before these athletes wore the colors of the country, they wore the colors of a high school.

We, at Dyestat, have been privileged over the years to witness talented athletes emerge and mature on the way to successful lives. And we're proud to recognize that a few of them have also become Olympians.

Here is an athlete-by-athlete breakdown of where the members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic track and field team come from (high school) and a brief rundown of their high school accomplishments.

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Tyson Gay (100), Lafayette (Lexington, Ky.): Broke the Kentucky state record in the 100 meters when he ran 10.46 in 2001 and he also placed second in the 200 meters (21.23). ... American record holder at 9.69 seconds.

Justin Gatlin (100), Woodham (Pensacola, Fla.): Won Florida state titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as a senior before turning his focus to the flat sprints. Placed third in the 100 (10.36) at Outdoor Nationals. Four years later he won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters in Athens.

Ryan Bailey (100), McKay (Salem, Ore.): Made his initial mark as a high school senior, breaking out with Oregon records in the 100 (10.45) and 200 (21.11) and a second place finish at Nike Outdoor Nationals (10.48).

Wallace Spearmon, Jr. (200), Fayetteville (Fayetteville, Ark.): A top basketball player and wide receiver on the football team, Spearmon did a little bit of everything on the track, including long jump (23-5), triple jump (45-8.50) and high jump (6-6). He won the Arkansas Meet of Champions 200 in 21.51.

Maurice Mitchell (200), Raytown South (Raytown, Mo.): Won the 200-400 double at the Missouri state meet as a senior and concluded the 2008 season ranked US#5 in the 100 (10.24) and US#3 in the 200 (20.74). He won the Kansas Relays 100 as a junior and senior.

Isiah Young (200), Junction City (Junction City, Kan.): One of the more improbable stories on the team, he was a weight lifter in high school who finished last in the Kansas 6A 100 meters final, running 11.11 seconds. He never met the DyeStat Elite cutoff; four years later he's on the Olympic team.

LaShawn Merritt (400), Woodrow Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.): A supreme high school talent who was undefeated as a senior and won the gold medal in the 400 at the World Junior Championships (45.25). He won 2004 Virginia state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 and was US#1 in the 400, US#3 in the 200 (20.72) and US#12 in the 100 (10.47). ... 2008 Olympic champion in the 400 meters.

Tony McQuay (400), Suncoast Community (Riviera Beach, Fla.): He won Florida 2A titles in the 100 and 400 his senior year and was second in the 200. His best time of 46.84 in the 400 was good for US#14 in 2009.

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DyeStat file photoBryshon Nellum, former Long Beach Poly star, overcame a gunshot wound to his leg to make the 2012 Olympic team in the 400 meters.
Bryshon Nellum (400), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.): Who can forget his stirring anchor leg on the 4x400 relay at the 2007 Penn Relays when he split 44.6 to hold off Jamaican Yohan Blake? Nellum won the 200-400 double two years in a row at the California state meet and was US#1 in 2007 in both events with 20.43 and 45.38.

Nick Symmonds (800), Bishop Kelly (Boise, Idaho): As a senior in 2002, Symmonds won the Idaho state title in the 800 with US#67 1:53.62. He was not recruited by a Division I school and settled on Division III Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where is career took off.

Duane Solomon (800), Cabrillo (Lompoc, Calif.): He was US#1 in the 800 as a senior in 2003, running 1:49.79 in the California state meet finals. He also won the Golden West Invitational and Arcadia Invitational that spring.

Khadevis Robinson (800), Trimble Tech (Fort Worth, Texas): Turned to track after he broke his wrist playing football as a junior. He ran 47.0 seconds on a relay leg of the 4x400 and placed fourth in the 800 at the 1994 Texas state championships.

Leo Manzano (1,500), Marble Falls (Marble Falls, Texas): Won four state titles in Texas, including back-to-back 800 meters titles as a junior and senior. He was fourth at the 2004 Outdoor nationals in the 800, running US#8 1:50.48.

Matthew Centrowitz (1,500), Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.): Son of Olympian Matt Centrowitz (1976 and 1980), those great genes were evident in high school. After finishing eighth at the 2006 Foot Locker XC championships, he ran 4:03.40 (mile) and 8:41.55 (two-mile) during a stellar senior track season. ... 2011 World bronze medalist in the 1,500.

Andrew Wheating (1,500), Kimball Union (Meriden, N.H.): A Vermonter who attended school across the river in New Hampshire, his enormous potential was almost completely untapped by the time he graduated. He ran US#10 3:54.28 and placed eighth at U.S. Juniors in June of 2006. Two years later, he made the Olympic team in the 800 as a University of Oregon sophomore. ... His PR, from 2010, is 3:30.90.

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DyeStat file photoEvan Jager and Matthew Centrowitz (right) went head to head in 2007 in the two-mile and both of them will compete for the U.S. in London.
Evan Jager (3,000 steeplechase), Jacobs (Algonquin, Ill.): As a senior, he was 15th at Foot Locker Midwest but won the Illinois 2A title in the 3,200. At Outdoor Nationals, he was third in the mile (4:05.68) and fourth in the two-mile (8:47.59) -- behind Centrowitz.

Donn Cabrall (3,000 steeplechase), Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Ct.): A standout in New England, he was 21st in his only appearance at Foot Locker (junior year). On the track as a senior in 2008 he ran US#5 in the mile (4:09.80) and US#6 in the two-mile (8:56.35).

Kyle Alcorn (3,000 steeplechase), Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.): He was edged out by Tim Nelson in the California state finals of the 3,200 meters in 2003, running US#8 8:53.46. The year before, as a junior, he kicked to the win in 9:00.26. In cross country, he was second in the CIF finals as a senior, seventh as a junior.

Galen Rupp (5,000/10,000), Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.): Played one season of varsity soccer before turning his attention to running under the guidance of Alberto Salazar. He trained with a global perspective from the start and along the way won five state championships, including a breakthrough victory over Lauren Jespersen in the 2002 cross country meet. As a senior, Rupp was second at Foot Locker and in the spring of 2004 he broke national records in the (8:03.67) and 5,000 (13:37.91) and logged 4:01.8 in the mile. ... U.S. record holder in the 10,000 meters (26:48.00).

Bernard Lagat (5,000): Came to the U.S. from Kenya for college and became a citizen in 2004. ... Part of one of the greatest races in Olympic history.

Lopez Lomong (5,000), Tully (Tully, N.Y.): One of the "Lost Boys of Sudan," his harrowing life story took a turn for the better when he emigrated to the U.S. in 2001. He won indoor and outdoor New York state titles in the 1,600 meters in 2004 and had a best of US#8 4:10.12. ... U.S. flag-bearer in 2008.

Matt Tegenkamp (10,000), Lee's Summit (Lee's Summit, Mo.): He ran 8:52.9 for second place at the 2000 Golden West Invitational and doubled 4:11.53/8:57.23 for Missouri titles in the 1,600 and 3,200. In cross country, he broke the Missouri state championship course record and was fifth at the 1999 Foot Locker finals.

Dathan Ritzenhein (10,000), Rockford (Rockford, Mich.): One of the most celebrated high school runners of all-time, "Ritz" won back-to-back Foot Locker Cross Country finals (1999 and 2000) and helped usher in a new era for high school distance running along with fellow Class of 2001 grads Alan Webb and Ryan Hall. He ran 8:44.43 in the tw0-mile to win the national outdoor championship in 2001 and also clocked 13:44.70 in the 5,000.

Trevor Barron (20K racewalk), Bethel Park (Bethel Park, Pa.): Broke five U.S. junior race walking records in 2010.

John Nunn (50K racewalk), Harrison (West Lafayette, Ind.): Ran well enough at the 1995 Foot Locker Midwest Regional to gain the interest of coaches at Wisconsin-Parkside, who turned him into a race walker.

Meb Keflezighi (marathon), San Diego (San Diego, Calif.): Moved with his family to the U.S. from Eritrea when he was 12. He won three CIF titles as a senior, taking the 1993 cross country title as well as the 1,600 and 3,200 in the spring of 1994. He was second at the 1993 Foot Locker championship and won the mile at the national outdoor championships. ... 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon.

Ryan Hall (marathon), Big Bear (Big Bear Lake, Calif.): He ran 3:46.51 for 1,500 meters and won the California 3,200 championship as a junior in 2000. That set the stage for entrance into the "Big Three" along with Dathan Ritzenhein and Alan Webb when they became seniors together. Hall finished third behind those two in the 2000 Foot Locker finals and won the CIF title in the 1,600 meters 4:02.72 later that spring ... First U.S. man under one hour in the half marathon.

Abdi Abdirahman (marathon), Tucson (Tucson, Ariz.): Emigrated to the U.S. from Somalia during high school and graduated from Tucson but his running career didn't take off until he enrolled at Pima Community College. ... Four-time U.S. Olympian.

Aries Merritt (110 hurdles), Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.): He won state titles in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Georgia state meet in 2003 and was US#3 in the 300s with 36.61. He was sixth at the outdoor national championships in the 110 hurdles but owned a wind-legal best of 13.92, good for US#10.

Jason Richardson (110 hurdles), Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas): An outstanding high school hurdler, he ranked US#1 in the 110 hurdles in 2003 and 2004, when he ran 13.38 as a senior. He also ran US#2 36.05 in the 300 hurdles at the Texas state meet. Richardson won a national outdoor title in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking US#1 49.79.

Jeff Porter (110 hurdles), Franklin (Somerset, N.J.): He tried several other events before finding a his niche with the hurdles and won the New Jersey Meet of Champions as a junior in 2002. That same spring he placed sixth at the national outdoor championships. He was US#1 in the indoor 55-meter hurdles in 2003.

Michael Tinsley (400 hurdles), Pulaski Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.): The same year (2003) Wallace Spearmon won the Arkansas Meet of Champions in the 200, Tinsley won the 300 hurdles in US#26 37.54 seconds.

Angelo Taylor (400 hurdles), Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.): A dominant high school athlete in Georgia, he won eight state titles (including relays) in 1995 and 1996. He earned a bronze medal at world juniors in the 400 hurdles with a PR of 50.18 seconds and also won National Scholastic and USA Junior titles as a senior. ... Four-time Olympian, owner of three gold medals.

Kerron Clement (400 hurdles), La Porte (La Porte, Texas): A supremely talented high school hurdler, he is No. 7 on the all-time list in the 300 hurdles at 35.42. He won three Texas 5A state titles in the hurdles, but lost the 2003 110-meter final to Jason Richardson 13.51 to 13.52. Clement ran 50.13 to win the Junior Olympic 400 hurdles in the summer of 2003.

Jamie Nieto (high jump), Valley (Sacramento, Calif.): Ten weeks after picking up the high jump as a high school junior, he made it to the CIF finals. Nieto was also a football and basketball player in high school but eventually he turned his full attention to track and field. He cleared seven feet for the first time after he got to Sacramento City College.

Erik Kynard (high jump), Rogers (Toledo, Ohio): He won national championships indoors and outdoors in the high jump in 2009, clearing a best of 7-4.50 indoors at the Huron Relays. He also won the indoor national meet as a junior. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials at the end of his junior year and placed 17th. As a senior, he also won Toledo city championships in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Jesse Williams (high jump), Needham Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.): He won back-to-back North Carolina high jump titles in 2001 and 2002 and earned a silver medal at the 2002 World Juniors Championships when he cleared his high school best, 7-3. He won outdoor nationals but also lost three times as a senior to Andra Manson (including world juniors). ... 2011 world champion.

Brad Walker (pole vault), University (Spokane, Wash.): He placed second in the Washington 4A meet as a senior, clearing 15-6, in 1999. That was good for US#24, hardly what you might expect from someone who would become a world champion (2007).

Jeremy Scott (pole vault), Norfolk (Norfolk, Neb.): Like Walker, his high school achievements were relatively modest. He won the Nebraska Class A pole vault in 1999 with a clearance at 15-2. Like Symmonds, he went the Division III route on the way to fulfilling his Olympic dream.

Derek Miles (pole vault), Bella Vista (Fair Oaks, Calif.): Miles left high school (in 1991) with a modest personal best of 14-6 and went to Division II University of South Dakota, where he took his sweet time on the road to becoming world-class. Miles has made four Olympic teams and is less than two months from turning 40.

Marquise Goodwin (long jump), Rowlett (Rowlett, Texas): The national high school record holder at 26 feet, 10 inches (in 2009), he is an example of someone who has been sensational every step of the way. Goodwin leaped 25 feet as a sophomore and 26-1.50 as a junior. He won seven Texas 5A state championships (including relays) and also made his mark as a sprinter, triple jumper and football player.

Will Claye (long jump/triple jump), Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.): He was the first jumper in Arizona history to break 50 feet in the triple jump and finished his high school career with a best of 52-4.75 in 2008. He's a two-time Arizona state champ in the triple jump and certainly would have made it a three-peat if he hadn't left school a semester early to enroll at the University of Oklahoma (where he promptly won the NCAA title with a U.S. Junior record 56-4.75).

George Kitchens Jr. (long jump), Glenn Hills (Augusta, Ga.): He finished second at the 2000 AAU Junior Olympics with a wind-aided 24-6.50 and won the Georgia state championship in the long jump as a senior in 2001 with 23-11.25.

Christian Taylor (triple jump), Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.): He produced one of the greatest performances in Georgia state meet history when he tripled with 46.60 (US#4) in the 400, 25-6 (US#2) in the long jump and 52-6.50 in the triple jump in 2008. He later went 52-8 for a US#1 in the triple jump. ... 2011 world champion.

Reese Hoffa (shot put), Lakeside (Evans, Ga.): Not much was expected of Hoffa as a junior when he barely advanced to the state meet, but he came up with a huge PR of 58-8 to win the first of two Georgia state meet titles. As a senior he improved to 64-3.50 at the state meet and he also placed fifth at the outdoor national championships.

Ryan Whiting (shot put), Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.): He was the national leader indoors and out as a senior in 2005 and hit a best of 70 feet even at the Pennsylvania 3A meet. He won the Arcadia Invitational, Golden West and was second at the outdoor national championships. He also won the state discus title with US#5 201-9.

Christian Cantwell (shot put), Eldon (Eldon, Mo.): He won the discus, but not the shot put, at the 1999 Missouri 3A championship meet. When a football scholarship didn't pan out, he studied videotapes of John Godina and determined to earn his way to college as a thrower. His high school PR was 60-1.50.

Lance Brooks (discus), New Berlin (New Berlin, Ill.): Split time between track and baseball in high school and won the the Class A title in the discus in 2002 with a toss of 173 feet, 9 inches.

Jarred Rome (discus), Marysville-Pilchuck (Marysville, Wash.): Gave throwing a try as a senior in high school after getting hurt playing football. He launched school records in 1995 that still stand: 178-11 in the discus and 58-6 in the shot put. He was the state meet runner-up in both events as a senior.

Jason Young (discus), Samuell (Dallas, Texas): He threw 197 feet even to place second in the discus at the 1999 Golden West Invitational, good for US#7 that spring. He was second in the Texas state meet.

Craig Kinsey (javelin), Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Ct.): When he broke his hand playing baseball, Kinsey turned his attention to track and threw the javelin 185 feet while still in his cast. As a senior he improved to 193 feet and and also was a 6-5 high jumper and ran 15.1 seconds for the 110 hurdles.

Sean Furey (javelin), Methuen (Methuen, Mass.): An accomplished high school thrower, he won state titles as a junior and senior. In 2000, he threw US#1 227-3, won the outdoor national championship and was fourth at Golden West.

Cyrus Hostetler (javelin), Newberg (Newberg, Ore.): A late arrival to the javelin, he picked it up as a senior and placed third in the Oregon state meet (201-9) in 2005, but he was more than 10 feet behind his high school teammate, Alex Wolff. And Rachel Yurkovich, also from Newberg, broke the girls national high school record the same year.

Kibwe Johnson (hammer), North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.): Started out as a discus thrower. He ranked 25th nationally as a senior in 1999 and placed second at the Arcadia Invitational (185-10).

A.G. Kruger (hammer), Sheldon (Sheldon, Iowa): He was the runner-up in the Class 3A discus competition in 1997 with a best of 155-5. He didn't pick up a hammer until his junior year of college.

Ashton Eaton (decathlon), Mountain View (Bend, Ore.): In his senior year of high school, Eaton demonstrated some speed and long jump skills but no one could have predicted the breadth of his talents or his impact on the decathlon. In 2006, Eaton won Oregon titles in the 400 (48.69) and long jump (24-0.25) and was second in the 200. He never competed in decathlon until his freshman year at the University of Oregon in 2007. ... World record holder.

Trey Hardee (decathlon), Vestavia Hills (Birmingham, Ala.): Placed second in the pole vault (14-6) as a senior at the Alabama state championships and was also one of the top sprinters in the state. He vaulted 15-2 indoors and that's the event for which he was recruited to Mississippi State. In college, he gave the decathlon a try. ... Two-time world champion.

Jeff Demps (relay pool), South Lake (Groveland, Fla.): Ran a U.S. high school record 10.01 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials, also matching the world junior record.

Jeremy Wariner (relay pool), Lamar (Arlington, Texas): Ran sensational high school times of 45.57 seconds in the 400 and 20.41 in the 200 as a senior in 2002. He won Texas 5A state titles in both events. ... Owns three Olympic gold medals, one silver.

Darvis Patton (relay pool), Lake Highlands (Richardson, Texas): A long and triple jumper in high school, he didn't make his school's relays teams. His sprinting improved in junior college.

Trell Kimmons (relay pool), Coldwater (Coldwater, Miss.): Was a double winner at the 2004 Mississippi Class 2A championships, winning the 100 and 200. Posted senior year bests of 10.24 in the 100, 20.90 in the 200 and 47.61 in the 400.

Ronell Mance (relay pool), Don Lugo (Chino, Calif.): Just two years ago as a senior, he won the California state title in the 400 (US#1 45.90).

Manteo Mitchell (relay pool), Crest (Shelby, N.C): Helped his school to a state championship in the 4x200 relay.
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Barrett Olympics DyestatDyeStat file photoBrigetta Barrett (above) went from prep standout to Olympian in three years but the women of the U.S. track and field team made it to London in a wide variety of ways.
The women on the women's U.S. Olympic track and field team didn't follow the same blueprint. Some are high school record holders and many of them are state champions. Some were featured on Dyestat. Others didn't flourish until college, or even later.

They have arrived at one moment in time, at London, as teammates. But if this list is evidence of anything, it's that perseverance pays off. And in the case of Amy Acuff, a five-time Olympian, persistence.

Here is a closer look at the origins of this year's team.

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Carmelita Jeter (100), Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.): She was a basketball player first (she's the younger sister of former NBA player Pooh Jeter) and barely scratched the surface of her potential as a sprinter in high school. Her long road to world-class stature didn't gain traction until she got to Division II Cal State-Dominguez Hills. ... Reigning world champion in the 100.

Tianna Madison (100), Elyria (Elyria, Ohio): She was one of the top athletes in the country as a senior in 2003. She was US#1 in the long jump at 20-7.25 and won the outdoor national title in that event. She also ran US#14 11.72 in the 100 and US#28 24.02 in the 200 at the Ohio state championships. She won six outdoor state titles in Ohio. ... In 2005, she was the world champion in the long jump.

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DyeStat file photoAllyson Felix broke the national high school record in the 200 meters before embarking on a Hall of Fame professional career.
Allyson Felix (100/200), Los Angeles Baptist (North Hollywood, Calif.): Simply put, she is one of the greatest high school sprinters in history. She ran a scorching 22.11 at a Grand Prix meet in Mexico City to set a all-time 200-meter record that still stands. She also ran a wind-aided (2.4w) 100 meters in 11.12 seconds at the Southern Section finals. And her 400 PR was 52.26. It's no wonder that she signed a pro contract straight out of high school. ... Owns eight gold medals from the World Championships.

Sanya Richards-Ross (200/400), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): The Jamaican-born sprinter was a great high school athlete all four years and dominant as a senior in 2002, running US#1 11.39 to win the national outdoor title in the 100, US#2 23.03 to win the outdoor title in the 200 and US#1 50.69 in the 400 at U.S. Juniors. (She ran 11.61 in the 100 in the summer after ninth grade). ... She has five gold medals from World Championships, two from the Olympic Games.

Dee Dee Trotter (400), Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.): She was a standout in the 100 and 200 before finding global success in the 400. As a senior in 2001, she won the Georgia state title in the 200 (24.19), was second in the 100 (11.82) and ran anchor leg on her school's winning 4x400 relay.

Francena McCorory (400), Bethel (Hampton, Va.): She had impressive range in high school from 55 meters to 500. As a senior in 2006, she broke the indoor national record in the 300 meters (36.96) and the 400 (51.93) and was also US#1 that season in the 500 (1:11.97) and US#2 in the 55 (6.86).

Alysia Montano (800), Canyon (Canyon Country, Calif.): A rock-solid 800-meter runner all through high school, she ran 2:10.63 as a freshman. During her senior year, she won the California state title in the 800 in US#10 2:08.97.

Geena Gall (800), Grand Blanc Community (Grand Blanc, Mich.): She was US#6 as a junior (2:07.60) and US#2 as a senior (2:05.05) in the 800 meters. The 2005 graduate was also the national outdoor champion in the 800 meters. In Michigan, she doubled 2:09.60/4:51.44 (1,600) at the state meet.

Alice Schmidt (800), Elkhorn (Elkhorn, Neb.): One of the top 800-meter runners in the nation as a junior and senior in 1999 and 2000. Her junior year she won the national outdoor title in 2:09.49 and as a senior she was fourth in the same race in 2:08.85.

Morgan Uceny (1,500), Plymouth (Plymouth, Ind.): She won the Indiana state title in the 800 meters as a senior in 2002, running US#66 2:13.04 for the win. That result demonstrated some promise yet she didn't make the varsity lineup in her first year at Cornell. She's come a long way to earn the No. 1 ranking in the world for the 1,500 in 2011.

Jenny Simpson (1,500), Oviedo (Oviedo, Fla.): Her junior year was a little bit better than her senior year, but she was clearly one of the top prospects in the nation in high school. She had a pair of to-10 finishes at Foot Locker and had high school PRs of 4:49.01 (mile) and 10:28.82 (3,200 meters). ... 2011 world champion in the 1,500.

Shannon Rowbury (1,500), Sacred Heart Catholic (San Francisco, Calif.): A talented performer who won California state titles in the 800 (2001) and 1,600 (2002). She was US#4 in the 800 meters both years and finished her prep career with a PR of 2:08.52. She ran US#3 4:50.90 in the 1,600 as a senior.

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DyeStat file photoEmma Coburn, left, didn't win the national high school title in the steeplechase, but she won the 2012 Olympic Trials and will compete for the U.S. in London.
Emma Coburn (3,000 steeplechase), Crested Butte (Crested Butte, Colo.): One of the few elite American distance runners who grew up at altitude. (Crested Butte is almost 9,000 feet high). She had a modest high school career by national elite standards, with a high school PR of 5:09 in the 1,600 meters. She was fourth in the Class 2A cross country meet as a junior (2006) and senior (2007). She was 29th at the 2007 Foot Locker Midwest regional. She was second in the 2,000 steeplechase at the national outdoor meet in 2008, fourth in 2007.

Bridget Franek (3,000 steeplechase), Crestwood (Mantua, Ohio): She was a well-rounded athlete who participated in softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer in addition to track. She was a top-10 caliber miler nationally as a junior and senior in 2005 and 2006 and a state champion in Ohio in the 800 and 1,600. Her high school PRs were 2:11.22 and 4:49.13 in the mile.

Shalaya Kipp (3,000 steeplechase), Skyline (Salt Lake City, Utah): A ski racer and basketball player, she used running to stay in shape before it became her focus. She never ran the steeplechase until she got the University of Colorado. She won the Utah cross country title as a sophomore and then as a senior had her third-place finish wiped away because an official disqualified her for rolling the waist band of her shorts. She was 28th at the 2008 Foot Locker finals. She was 11th in the mile at Arcadia in the spring of 2009.

Julie Culley (5,000), North Hunterdon (Annandale, N.J.): She finished seventh in the 1,600 meters at the New Jersey Meet of Champions as a senior in 1999 (won by 2008 Olympian Erin Donohue). Her 1,600 best of 5:05.83 was not earth-shattering, but her steady performances earned the attention of Rutgers University.

Molly Huddle (5,000), Notre Dame (Elmira, N.Y.): She had very strong credentials in high school and as a senior in 2002 was US#2 in the 1,500 (4:27.04), US#1 in the 3,000 (9:21.37) and set a national record in the two-mile (10:01.08). But, she also lost to eighth grader Nicole Blood at the Loucks Games. In cross country, she was a one-person team and broke 12 course records, and was fourth in the 2001 Foot Locker finals. ... U.S. record holder in the 5,000.

Kim Conley (5,000), Montgomery (San Diego, Calif.): She was not on the national radar in high school. One of her best performances was a third place finish in the Sacramento city championship in the 1,600 (4:56.20) as a senior in 2004. She went to UC-Davis but never qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Amy Hastings (10,000), Leavenworth (Leavenworth, Kan.): A strong performer in Kansas, she won three state titles on the track and also won a cross country title. At the end of her senior year she was eighth in the U.S. Juniors 3,000 (9:53.10) and seventh in the Golden West 3,200 (10:38.32).

Lisa Uhl (10,000), Fort Dodge (Fort Dodge, Iowa): Before she was a big deal at Iowa State, she was a good runner in high school, but not outstanding. She was eighth in the Iowa cross country championships as a senior and set the Fort Dodge school record in the 3,000 in the spring of 2005: 10:16.71.

Janet Cherobo-Bawcom (10,000). Born in Kenya and moved to the U.S. to attend college at Division II Harding University, she became eligible to run for her adopted country in 2011.

Maria Michta (20K race walk), Sachem North (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.): Her Olympic dream began in 1996 at the age of 10 and race walking became her thing in high school. She was 10th at the IAAF World Youth Championships in 2003 and 22nd at the IAAF World Juniors in 2004, her senior year.

Shalane Flanagan (marathon), Marblehead (Marblehead, Mass.): Great genetics, impeccable running form, competitive drive, all of the traits that went into forging one of the greatest careers in U.S. distance running were on display in high school. She was a three-time state champ in cross country (1997, 1998, 1999). She was second at the outdoor national meet in the mile (4:48.47), good for US#2 behind Wyoming's Alicia Craig, and she won the indoor title (4:46.91). ... 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000.

Desiree Davila (marathon), Hilltop (Chula Vista, Calif.): She was fifth in the California state finals of the 1,600 as a junior and fourth in the 3,200 as a senior (2001). She ran 10:39.60 for US#23 at the Mt. Carmel Invitational and US#10 4:54.93 for second place in the mile at Golden West. She was a three-time league champion in cross country.

Kara Goucher (marathon), East (Duluth, Minn.): She was a two-time Foot Locker finalist who was perpetually motivated in high school by her rivalry with fellow Minnesota great Carrie Tollefson. In 1994, Tollefson beat Goucher by a second at the state cross country meet. Goucher graduated in 1996 with four Minnesota state titles.

Dawn Harper (100 hurdles), East St. Louis-Senior (East St. Louis, Ill.): She won the hurdles double three years at the Class 2A Championships in Illinois and had high school bests of 13.63 in the 100 hurdles and 42.70 in the 300. She concluded her senior season (2002) by winning the USATF Junior Olympics title in the 100 hurdles. ... 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

Kellie Wells (100 hurdles), James River (Midlothian, Va.): She endured a tumultuous high school career, the victim of abuse and endured the death of her mother in an auto accident. Through it all, she was a fixture at Virginia's state championships, but she only won once, in the 100 hurdles (14.7) as a senior in 2001. She was US#6 indoors in the 55 hurdles.

Lolo Jones (100 hurdles), Roosevelt (Des Moines, Iowa): She overcame a rootless upbringing and a fractured home life with the help of track and field. As a senior in 2000, she won the Iowa state championship in the 100 hurdles in 14.03 and also the 100 meters in 12.24. She also won the hurdles title as a sophomore. She is credited as a state record holder in the 100 hurdles at 13.40, but Iowa used 30-inch hurdles until moving up the standard 33 inches in 2009.

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DyeStat file photoLashinda Demus broke the national high school record in the 300-meter hurdles for Wilson High of Long Beach, Calif.
Lashinda Demus (400 hurdles), Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.): She was an exceptional athlete in high school and became the first girl to dip under 40 seconds in the 300 hurdles. Her 39.98 clocking as a senior in 2001 is still the national record. She ran 55.76 for fifth place at U.S. nationals coming out of her senior year, good for No. 2 all-time. She ran 13.39 (2.9 wind) to win the California state title in the 100 hurdles. She also ran 53.38 in the flat 400 indoors for a win at the Simplot Games. ... 2001 world champion.

Georganne Moline (400 hurdles), Thunderbird (Phoenix, Ariz.): She swept the hurdles events as a junior and senior at the Arizona state meet. Her winning time in the 300 hurdles as a senior in 2008 was the second-fastest in state history, 43.15 seconds, but was US#36 that spring.

T'Erea Brown (400 hurdles), Hampton (Hampton, Va.): A five-time outdoors state champion in the hurdles events in Virginia, she was also one of the top hurdlers nationally in the Class of 2007. She was US#3 in the 300 hurdles (41.62) and US#13 in the 100 hurdles (13.73) as a senior.

Chaunte Lowe (high jump), J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.): She made a steady year-by-year progression in the high jump. She cleared 5-6 as a freshman, 5-8 as a sophomore, 6-0.50 as a junior and 6-1.50 as a senior. She won the California state title as a junior but lost to Sharon Day as a senior, in 2002. She won the outdoor national championship twice. She also had bests of 20-4.50 in the long jump and 41-3 in the triple jump.

Brigetta Barrett (high jump), Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas): She won the 2009 Texas state meet in the high jump with a 5-9 clearance but had a best of US#2 6-0, a bar she made twice as a senior. She also cleared 6-0 as a junior, for US#3. In three years since then she has added seven inches to her PR.

Amy Acuff (high jump), Calallen (Corpus Christi, Texas): She has been the high school record holder in the high jump for 19 years. It was 1993 when she cleared 6-4 and was Track and Field News' High School Athlete of the Year. She has a share, at least, of every class record. She cleared 6-0 as a freshman, 6-2.50 as a sophomore and 6-3 as a junior. ... Five-time Olympian.

Jenn Suhr (pole vault), Fredonia (Fredonia, N.Y.): She played a variety of sports -- golf, softball, basketball, soccer and track -- in high school. She didn't start pole vaulting until she was out of college, in 2004. As a senior at Fredonia, she won the state title in the pentathlon. ... 2008 Olympic silver medalist.

Becky Holliday (pole vault), Reed (Sparks, Nev.): A gymnast when she was younger, she took up pole vaulting in high school. She was fourth in the Nevada state meet as a junior, clearing 11-6. As a senior in 1998, she won the title with 12-3.

Lacy Janson (pole vault), Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, Fla.): One of the nation's top vaulters as a senior in 2001, she was US#3 with a best clearance of 13-2. She won outdoor nationals, took gold at Pan Am Juniors, and was second at U.S. juniors as a senior.

Brittney Reese (long jump), Gulfport (Gulfport, Miss.): She won Mississippi state meet titles in the long jump, triple jump and high jump as a senior in 2004. She had bests of 5-10, 20-4.25 and 40-4.25 coming out of high school. ... World champion in the long jump.

Chelsea Hayes (long jump), Marion Abramson (New Orleans, La.): Had a best of 19-1 as a junior in 2005, prior to be displaced from her home by Hurricane Katrina. She attended multiple schools before returning to graduate at Marion Abramson. ... PR'd by 17 inches to make the Olympic team.

Janay DeLoach (long jump), Ben Eielson (Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska): Talent finds its way to the light no matter where it is located, even on an Air Force base in Alaska. She was a basketball player and also a standout in track. She won four straight Alaska titles in the long jump (was the first girl in state history over 18 feet) and had a best of 19-5 her senior year in 2003. She also won three state titles in the 100.

Amanda Smock (triple jump), Melrose (Melrose, Minn.): She dreamed of becoming an Olympian in gymnastics but found her talents in line with track and field. She won Class A Minnesota titles in the long jump (1999) and triple jump (2000) before going to Division II North Dakota State. It was a 12-year odyssey that took her from Melrose to London.

Jillian Camarena-Williams (shot put), Woodland (Woodland, Calif.): She has been a top thrower all the way back to her high school days. As a junior in 1999 she threw US#1 50-11.25 in the prelims of the California state meet and also won Pan Am Juniors. She didn't top her best mark as a senior, but still threw US#4 49-11.50 to win at Arcadia. She was third at the state meet in 2000.

Michelle Carter (shot put), Red Oak (Red Oak, Texas): Just like her father, she is the national high school record holder in the shot put. As a senior in 2003, she threw 54-10.75 at the Texas state championship meet. That was two weeks after she broke the record for the first time, at regionals. She also had US#5 169-3 in the discus. She also broke the indoor national record. As a freshman and sophomore she was US#5 both years. As a junior, she threw US#1 53-3.75.

Tia Brooks (shot put), East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.): Won indoor and outdoor shot put titles in Michigan as a senior in 2008, with a best of US#12 48-0.50. That mark was No. 2 all-time in Michigan. She was second in both the shot put and discus in the 2008 Midwest Meet of Champions.

Stephanie Brown Trafton (discus), Arroyo Grande (Arroyo Grande, Calif.): She played basketball in addition to track in high school and at 6-feet-4 she attracted Division I attention for hoops. She won California state titles in the shot put in 1996 and 1998 and was second in 1997. She added the discus crown as a senior, throwing 181-3, which is No. 11 all-time. ... Reigning Olympic champion.

Aretha Thurmond (discus), Renton (Renton, Wash.): She decided to play softball as a freshman but a P.E. coach interceded and offered a bet on a game of HORSE. If the coach won, she would go out for track and learn to throw the discus. Sure enough, the coach won. Thurmond took second at state as a freshman and won Washington state titles the next three years. As a senior in 1994 she broke the meet record with 160-9. ... Four-time Olympian.

Gia Lewis-Smallwood (discus), Centennial (Champaign, Ill.): She had modest throwing credentials in high school. As a senior in 1997, she was a state qualifier in the discus (127-4) but did not advance out of the prelims. It wasn't until she got to college that she got serious about throwing.

Brittany Borman (javelin), Festus (Festus, Mo.): A solid thrower throughout her high school career, she had high school bests of 47-11 (shot put), 150-5 (discus) and 155-1 (javelin). Because Missouri is one of the states that doesn't offer javelin, she had to hone her skills at out-of-state meets. Her best mark in high school came during her junior (2007) when she won the Great Southwest.

Kara Patterson (javelin), Skyview (Vancouver, Wash.): She won three Washington state titles, moving up progressively every year. As a senior in 2004 she was US#2 159-2, slightly ahead of her best junior mark 157-6. She capped her high school career by winning at Golden West. ... U.S. record holder.

Rachel Yurkovich (javelin), Newberg (Newberg, Ore.): A volleyball player who thrived under the high school coaching of Joe Boutin, she was US#3 as a sophomore (157-9), US#1 as a junior (161-11) and broke the national high school record as a senior in 2005 with 176-5. She surpassed 170 on two more occasions, setting an Oregon state meet record and also winning Pan Am Juniors. ... HS classmate Cyrus Hostetler is on the men's team.

Amber Campbell (hammer), Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.): She played volleyball and basketball in high school but also started throwing. She was third in the Indiana state meet in the discus as a senior in 1999 (147-6). She didn't pick up a hammer until she was at Coastal Carolina University.

Amanda Bingson (hammer), Silverado (Las Vegas, Nev.): Finished second at the Nevada state meet in the shot put as a senior in 2008 with a modest throw of 40-1.50. She tried hammer for the first time as a freshman at UNLV.

Jessica Cosby (hammer), Grover Cleveland (Reseda, Calif.): A strong high school shot putter, she was US#3 with 50-3.50 as a senior in 2000. She went back and forth that year with Karen Freberg (Arroyo Grande) and Jillian Camarena. She was second at Arcadia, second at the California state meet, second at Golden West and second at U.S. Juniors. ... U.S. record holder.

Hyleas Fountain (heptathlon), Central Dauphin East (Harrisburg, Pa.): She ran 11.84 in the 100, 24.79 in the 200, 14.34 in the 100 hurdles and cleared 5-11.50 in the high jump as a prep track athlete. She grew up idolizing Jackie Joyner-Kersee but didn't compete in the heptathlon until she got to college. ... Olympic silver medalist.

Sharon Day (heptathlon), Costa Mesa (Newport Beach, Calif.): Primarily a high jumper in high school and a very good one. She cleared US#1 6-2 at the Trubuco Hills Invitational as a senior in 2003. She won two California state high jump titles and even beat Chaunte Howard (Lowe) in 2002. She did track and played college soccer at Cal Poly-SLO. ... Turned her attention to heptathlon after making the 2008 Olympic team in high jump.

Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), Rolla (Rolla, Mo.): A two-time Missouri champion in the long jump (and runner-up two other times), she had a prep best of 19-11. She also jumped 40-0 in the triple jump as a senior in 2006. She began a transition to multis at the University of Nebraska.

Jeneba Tarmoh (relay pool), Mt. Pleasant (San Jose, Calif.): A top-flight sprinter in high school, she was US#2 as a junior (11.24) and senior (11.27). She swept the 100 and 200 at the California state meet in 2006 and 2007. She had a best of 23.14 seconds in the 200.

Bianca Knight (relay pool), Ridgeland (Ridgeland, Miss.): An outstanding high school sprinter, she ran US#2 22.94 in the 200 as a junior in 2006 at the U.S. Juniors. She also won the outdoor national title in the event. She also ran 11.26 in the 100. As a senior she was US#1 indoors with the 22.97 she ran at the Simplot Games.

Lauryn Williams (relay pool), Rochester Area (Rochester, Pa.): Broke the Pennsylvania state meet records in the 100 (11.78) and 200 (24.27) as a senior in 2001. ... 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters.

Diamond Dixon (relay pool), Westside (Houston, Texas): US#3 52.92 as a senior in 2010 and also ran 24.64 for 200 and 2:15.97 in the 800. She won the Texas 5A state meet 400 meters twice, was eighth at the outdoor national championships and third at U.S. Juniors.

Keshia Baker (relay pool), Fairfield (Fairfield, Calif.): Something of a late bloomer, she was a California state finalist in the 400 meters three straight years (2004-2006) and progressed from 55.37 (sophomore) to 55.25 (junior) to US#22 54.46 (senior).
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CBA boysJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSGeorge Kelly (left) is among the departed, but CBA NJ boys return five sub-9:20 3200 runners to lead their NXN defending champs.


Pre-season 2012 High School Cross Country Rankings

Following is a look at the prospects for “our” Olympics—the race for team honors this fall in high school cross-country nationwide.

BOYS SUPER 25

1. Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ
The reigning national champions return a top 5 with 9:08 to 9:17 3200 credentials in pursuit of becoming the first NXN boys’ team to win a second (and repeat) title.
Coaches: Tom Heath and Chris Bennett

2. Carroll HS, Southlake, TX
The 2011 NXN runner-up by 4 points returns its top 2 and 4 of 7 with hopes of again running CBA to the wire.
Coach: Justin Leonard

3. North Central HS, Spokane, WA
The 2008 NXN champion returns its entire top 7 from the 2011 NXN 7th-place and victorious Northwest Regional squad with a great shot at a second national title.
Coach: Jonathan Knight

4. York HS, Elmhurst, IL
The 2004 NXN champion and ’05 runner-up returns its entire top 7 from the 2011 13th-place team with designs on another national crown.
Coach: Joe Newton

5. Davis HS, Kaysville, UT
The 2011 NXN 3rd-placer returns 4 of its top 6, that spread 41 seconds, and should contend again for a podium position.
Coach: Corbin Talley

6. American Fork HS, American Fork, UT
American Fork and Utah rival Davis are destined to duel in state, regional and nationals with the 2011 NXN 6th-place Cavemen returning another solid line-up.
Coach: Timo Mostert

7. Stillwater HS, Stillwater, MN
The Ponies, 10th at NXN last year, have their best team since being ranked Harrier national #1 in 1997, with 4 of their top 5 back after an excellent track season.
Coach: Scott Christensen

8. Cardinal O’Hara HS, Springfield, PA
The 2011 Great American champions return their top-5 from a squad that took 2nd on a tie-breaker in the state 3A championships.
Coach: Tom Kennedy

9. Seattle Prep, Seattle, WA
The Northwest Regional 3rd-placer and state 3A runner-up to North Central returns 6 of 7 in pursuit of podium contention.
Coach: John Robertson

10. Fayetteville-Manlius HS, Manlius, NY
The ever-present nationals’ contenders, that placed 12th in 2011, return 4 of 7 -- led by individual threat Nick Ryan, a 4:05 1600 runner.
Coach: Bill Aris

11. Trabuco Hills HS, Mission Viejo, CA
California’s best loses some up-front power from its state Div. I title team that placed 14th at NXN, but still returns 4 solid performers in a tight pack.
Coach: Liam Clemons

12. Bishop Hendricken HS, Warwick, RI
The 2009 Northeast Regional champions and perennial state power return their top 5 from the 2011 NE 4th-place squad, and look to do some damage nationally.
Coach: Jim Doyle

13. Carmel HS, Carmel, IN
State 3rd-place team with a great tradition has its top-5 back with a chance to contend for regional honors and have an impact on the national scene.
Coach: Erhard Bell

14. St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, CA
State Div. 3 runner-up returns 5 of its top 7 and should be a state favorite and a contender to make nationals.
Coach: Tim McIntosh

15. Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, NM
The 3-year-old school returns most of the squad that ran away with state 5A last year, led by individual champion Luis Martinez, 9:12 for 3200 at altitude.
Coach: Ken Henry

16. Rancho Cucamonga HS, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The 2011 NXN at-large qualifier returns 4 of its top 7 with hopes of dueling Trabuco Hills for state Div. I honors.
Coach: Terry Tierney

17. Bismarck HS, Bismarck, ND
Heartland runner-up Jake Leingang is back after an outstanding track season to lead a squad with 5 of 7 back and hopes of challenging Stillwater for regional supremacy.
Coach: Dave Zittleman

18. Council Rock North HS, Newtown, PA
Top 5 return for a long-time area power that hopes to race into state 3A contention against favored O’Hara.
Coach: David Marrington

19. Central Catholic HS, Portland, OR
Galen Rupp’s alma mater returns state 6A defender Kyle Thompson, along with 4 more top performers, and will face Summit (5A) and Siuslaw (4A) for state-wide supremacy.
Coach: David Frank

20. Desert Vista HS, Phoenix, AZ
State Div. I runner-up returns 5 of 7 with hopes of regional contention.
Coach: Chris Hanson

21. Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, IL
State 2A runner-up returns 5 of top 7 to loom as division favorite and state’s 2nd best overall behind York.
Coach: Andy Preuss

22. Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, CO
State 5A runner-up and Northwest Regional 4th-placer returns 5 of 7 with hopes of climbing higher in state and region.
Coaches: Jonathan Dalby and Eric Selle

23. St. Xavier HS, Louisville, KY
Long-time regional power returns top 4 from 5th-place Southeast squad, led by two boys who placed 1-2 in state 3A, with hopes of regaining national standing.
Coach: Chuck Medley

24. Walt Whitman HS, So. Huntington, NY
A trio of 9:20s 3200 runners could vault this team into state contention, but first it will be tested by Suffolk County rival Northport, which boasts a quartet of 4:20 milers.
Coach: Rich Conroy

25. Marcus HS, Lewisville, TX
Five of the top 6 return for this dark horse that boasts a young squad with great promise, led by last year’s frosh twins Logan and Luke Hendrix.
Coach: Steve Telaneus

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Boys Regional Rankings
(alphabetically, #1 team in CAPS)

New York
Arlington
Chaminade
FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS
Northport
Msgr. Farrell
Rush-Henrietta
Saratoga Springs
St. Anthony’s
Walt Whitman
Warwick Valley

Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT)
Bishop Feehan (MA)
Bishop Hendricken (RI)
Cardinal O’Hara (PA)
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (NJ)
Council Rock No (PA)
Henderson (PA)
North Penn (PA)
Pembroke (MA)
Pope John XXIII (NJ)
W Windsor Plainsboro So (NJ)

South
(AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)
Bentonville (AR)
College Park (TX)
Cypress Woods (TX)
Edmond Mem. (OK)
Kingwood (TX)
Klein Oak (TX)
Marcus (TX)
SOUTHLAKE CARROLL (TX)
Strake Jesuit (TX)
The Woodlands (TX)

Southeast
(AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Belen Jesuit (FL)
Blacksburg (VA)
Brentwood (TN)
Brentwood Acad. (TN)
Cabell Midland (WV)
Chantilly (VA)
Chapel Hill (NC)
Fort Walton Beach (FL)
Peachtree Ridge (GA)
ST. XAVIER (KY)

Midwest
(IL, IN, OH, MI, MO)
Belvidere North (IL)
Carmel (IN)
Coffman (OH)
Columbus North (IN)
Glenwood South (IL)
Mason (OH)
Milford (MI)
O’Fallon (IL)
St. Xavier (OH)
YORK (IL)

Heartland
(IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Arrowhead (WI)
Bismarck (ND)
Burnsville (MN)
Dowling Catholic (IA)
Edina (MN)
Scottsbluff (NE)
Shawnee Mission NW (KS)
STILLWATER (MN)
Wayzata (MN)
Wichita Carroll (KS)

Southwest
(AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, WY)
American Fork (UT)
Cleveland (NM)
DAVIS (UT)
Desert Vista (AZ)
Fairview (CO)
Galena (NV)
Los Alamos (NM)
Mountain View (UT)
Mountain Vista (AZ)
Ogden (UT)

Northwest
(AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)
Bozeman (MT)
Central Catholic (OR)
Eisenhower (WA)
Gig Harbor (WA)
Kamiakin (WA)
Mead (WA)
NORTH CENTRAL (WA)
Seattle Prep (WA)
Siuslaw (OR)
Summit (OR)

California
Arcadia
Buchanan
Carlsbad
Dana Hills
La Costa Canyon
Mount Carmel
Ramona
Rancho Cucamonga
St. John Bosco
TRABUCO HILLS
FM girlsJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSWith six of their top seven back, Fay-Man is preseason #1 and favored to extend their run of NXN titles (now at six).


Pre-season 2012 High School Cross Country Rankings

Following is a look at the prospects for “our” Olympics—the race for team honors this fall in high school cross-country nationwide.

Girls Super 25

1. Fayetteville-Manlius HS, Manlius, NY
The remarkable Stotans shoot for their 7th straight NXN championship with 6 of their top 7 returning, led by New York Regional winner Jillian Fanning.
Coach: Bill Aris

2. Tatnall School, Wilmington, DE
While the Hornets lose 2011 NXN runner-up Haley Pierce, the perennial finalists look better than ever with their next 6 back and plenty of big-race experience.
Coach: Pat Castagno

3. Fort Collins HS, Fort Collins, CO
All 7 girls return from the 2011 NXN 6th-place team, which is known for its master peaking and should be on the short list of national contenders.
Coach: Chris Suppes

4. New Trier HS, Winnetka, IL
Runaway state 3A champion and 2011 NXN 4th-placer returns 5 of top 7 in pursuit of another shot at the podium.
Coach: John Burnside

5. Xavier Prep, Phoenix, AZ
Runaway state Div. I champion and 2011 NXN 8th-placer returns 5 of top 7, led by state titlist Sarah Fakler.
Coaches: Dave Van Sickle and Jeff Messer

6. La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, CA
With 6 of its top 7 back from the 2011 NXN 13th-place squad, the Mavericks have a shot at dethroning Saugus in state Div. 2 and racing into the national top-10.
Coach: Bill Vice

7. Saratoga Springs HS, Saratoga Springs, NY
Returning 3 of its top 7, the 2004 NXN champions will face a stiff challenge in achieving a 4th-straight national runner-up position and 7th podium spot overall.
Coaches: Art and Linda Kranick

8. Grosse Pointe South HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Senior twins Hannah (2011 and 2012 indoor national mile champion) and Haley Meier lead a strong varsity that could prove to be one of the best in the Midwest.
Coach: Steve Zaranek

9. Monarch HS, Louisville, CO
In a renewal of their rivalry with Fort Collins, the state 5A champs return the entire top 7 (and 6 of them will be back again in 2013).
Coach: Kent Rieder

10. Carmel HS, Carmel, IN
Four of the top 7 return from the 2011 Midwest Regional champions that won state by 97 points and placed 7th at NXN.
Coach: Mark Ellington

11. Glacier Peak HS, Snohomish, WA
Reigning Northwest Regional champion Amy Eloise-Neale, 5th at nationals, leads 6 of the top 7 back for the 2011 NXN 16th-place squad.
Coach: Dan Parker

12. Academy of Holy Names, Albany, NY
The 5th-place New York Regional team has its top 6 back, while adding Saratoga transfer Estela Smith, with hopes of joining the premier state’s elite.
Coach: Carlo Cherubino

13. Simi Valley HS, Simi Valley, CA
2011 NXN champion Sarah Baxter returns for her junior year, with 4 other varsity performers, for her team to try and challenge La Costa and Saugus for state Div. 2 honors.
Coach: Roger Evans

14. Saugus HS, Saugus, CA
The state and national power with a history of NXN podium finishes will defend its Div. 2 title against tough opposition.
Coach: Rene Paragas

15. Carroll HS, Southlake, TX
Only 2 of top 7 return for the 2011 South champions and NXN 7th-placer, but the Dragons are famous for molding new talent into a strong, complete varsity.
Coach: Justin Leonard

16. Ogden HS, Ogden, UT
The Utah 3A school loses its state champion, but returns its remaining scorers from the 2011 Southwest 5th-place squad trying to break into the regional elite.
Coach: Don Hall

17. Saline HS, Saline, MI
The 2011 state Div. 1 5-point runner-up behind Grosse Pointe South returns 5 of its top 6, led by a pair of sophs, and should give GPS a run for its money.
Coach: Michael Smith

18. Voorhees HS, Glen Gardner, NJ
The 2010 Northeast Regional champion, which fell off in late 2011 with a state meet 5th-place finish, returns its entire line-up seeking redemption in 2012.
Coach: Justina Cassavell

19. San Clemente HS, San Clemente, CA
The 2011 State Div. 1 champion returns 5 of 7 with a line-up that could contend for an NXN berth.
Coach: Dave Proodian

20. Assumption HS, Louisville, KY
Returns 5 of its top 7, with hopes of returning to nationals, after dominating state and taking second to Tatnall in the Southeast Regional.
Coach: Barry Haworth

21. Bozeman HS, Bozeman, MT
Young squad that dominated state and placed 3rd in the Northwest returns 6 of top 7 with an excellent chance to challenge for regional supremacy.
Coach: Clint May

22. Los Alamos HS, Los Alamos, NM
Long-time regional power, training at over 7,000 feet, returns entire varsity from its runaway 2011 state 4A title team with hopes of making it back to nationals.
Coaches: Rob and Kathy Hipwood

23. Flower Mound HS, Lewisville, TX
The 2011 State 5A 3rd-placer, that was only 6 points behind would-be California state Div. 3 champion at Nike South Invite, has its top 5 back and could be the best in Texas.
Coach: Andrew Cook

24. Hamilton-Wenham HS, Hamilton, MA
Surprise 2011 Northeast Regional winner by 55 points returns 5 of its top 7 with hopes of defending its title against deeper opposition this season.
Coach: Steve Sawyer

25. The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands, TX
With 5 of its top 7 back, led by state 5A bronze medalist Maddie McLellan, the Highlanders hope to be back in contention for state-wide honors.
Coach: Noel Hansen

Girls Regional Rankings
(alphabetically, #1 team in CAPS)

New York
Bronxville
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Canandaigua
East Aurora
FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS
Greenwich
Holy Names
Honeoye Falls-Lima
North Shore
Saratoga Springs

Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT)
Barrington (RI)
Champlain Valley (VT)
Hamilton-Wenham (MA)
La Salle (RI)
Pennsbury (PA)
Randolph (NJ)
Rumson Fair Haven (NJ)
Unionville (PA)
VOORHEES (NJ)
Whitman-Hansen (MA)

South
(AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)
Cedar Park (TX)
Clear Lake (TX)
College Park (TX)
Cypress-Fairbanks (TX)
Flower Mound (TX)
Highland Park (TX)
Kingwood (TX)
Marcus (TX)
SOUTHLAKE CARROLL (TX)
The Woodlands (TX)

Southeast
(AL, DE, FL, GA, MD, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Assumption (KY)
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD)
Colonial Forge (VA)
Estero (FL)
Green Hope (NC)
Lake Braddock (VA)
Midlothian (VA)
Oakton (VA)
TATNALL (DE)
Walton (GA)

Midwest
(IL, IN, MI, MO, OH)
Carmel (IN)
Centerville (OH)
Columbus North (IN)
Grosse Point South (MI)
Lee’s Summit West (MO)
Naperville North (IL)
NEW TRIER (IL)
St. Charles East (IL)
Saline (MI)
Wheaton Warrenville So (IL)

Heartland
(IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Arrowhead (WI)
Dowling Catholic (IA)
Eden Prairie (MN)
Lakeville South (MN)
Monticello (MN)
NEENAH (WI)
Pleasant Valley (IA)
Shakopee (MN)
Wayzata (MN)
Wichita Carroll (KS)

Southwest
(AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, WY)
Classical (CO)
Davis (UT)
Desert Vista (AZ)
FORT COLLINS (CO)
Los Alamos (NM)
Monarch (CO)
Mountain Vista (CO)
Ogden (UT)
Park City (UT)
Xavier Prep (AZ)

Northwest
(AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)
Bellarmine Prep (WA)
Boise (ID)
Bozeman (MT)
Camas (WA)
Crater (OR)
GLACIER PEAK (WA)
Jesuit (OR)
Mountain View (ID)
South Eugene (OR)
Tahoma (WA)

California
Great Oak
LA COSTA CANYON
Palos Verdes
Redondo Union
St. Francis (Sacto)
San Clemente
Saugus
Simi Valley
Ventura
Vista Del Lago

Verzbicas seriously injured in bike accident

August, 1, 2012
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2010-11 DyeStat Athlete of the Year Lukas Verzbicas, now a professional triathlete, was seriously hurt in a bike accident here Tuesday, according to stories today in the Denver Post and Triathlete.com.

The Triathlete.com story contained quotes from his mother, Rasa, who said her son is in intensive care with a broken collar bone, blood in his lungs and will need surgery on his back. The surgery is slated to take place today. Further details about the accident were not yet available.

Late last night, Verzbicas posted a tweet that said, “Just in case, I want everyone to know how grateful I am for every single one of you and all your support. Always remember to dream big!”

Verzbicas completed an incredible three-year prep career last June for Carl Sandberg in Orland Park, Ill. His senior year included Foot Locker and Nike Cross Nationals titles (the first ever to win both), a landmark mile/2 mile/5,000 meters triple at New Balance Nationals Indoor, and a sub-4:00 mile and 2-mile USR outdoors.

He went to University of Oregon to run XC and track, but left during his freshman year to pursue his triathlon career. Last fall, he won gold at the 2011 ITU Junior World Championships in Beijing, China, to honor friend and teammate Kevin McDowell, and this year had won his ITU World Cup debut in June.

Gourley's List: 7-26-2012

July, 26, 2012
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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 12# HAMMER THROW



NATIONAL RECORD



260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08



Class Records



213’00” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-22-06

243’11” Conor McCullough SO Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-03-07

260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08

256’09” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 04-18-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



251’01” Rudy Winkler JR Averill Park, NY 05-07

224’01” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-26

217’07” Bryn Campbell SR Canal Winchester, OH 06-07

216’01” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 05-19

215’09” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 05-29

212’11” Carlos Mangum JR Central, Providence, RI 05-19

212’07” Reuben Horace SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-12

211’02” Kevin Conway SR Westerly, RI 05-19

202’02” Darien Thornton SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-27

201’09” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 04-22

198’08” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 05-12

198’07” Mahlik Handley JR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 06-03

197’02” Alex Briggs SR Portsmouth, RI 05-19

195’06” Cameron Brown SR Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN 04-20

194’03” Austin Cook JR Overton, TX 07-04

194’02” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 07-22 *

193’09” Josh Whitener JR North Paulding, Dallas, GA 06-03

193’03” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 06-03

193’02” Triton Pitassi JR Camas, WA 05-20

191’06” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 06-22

190’05” Nicholas Bultman SR West Ranch, Valencia, CA 07-19 *

189’03” Gabriel Arcaro SO Burlington, MA 05-30

188’02” Travis Pickett SR Snohomish, WA 05-20

187’08” Kyle White SR Centralia, WA 07-21 *

187’04” Lovell Peterson JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-18

186’08” Nikolas Huffman JR Virginia, Bristol, VA 04-20

186’02” Jacob Foutz SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 06-09

185’04” Aaron Zedella JR St. Edward, Lakewood, OH 07-07

184’09” John Celona SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

184’09” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 06-15

184’04” Max Lydum FR Defiance, OH 06-23

182’04” P.J. Andrews SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

181’07” Sean Ryan SO Babylon, NY 06-26

181’05” Bryan Rhodes SR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 06-09

180’10” Alex Young SR LaVergne, TN 06-15

180’06” Timmy Brennan JR Princeton, NJ 05-19

180’01” Jacob Beene FR Gilbert, AZ 06-01

179’07” Matt Casbarro JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

179’04” Ndailor Sheriff SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

178’11” Damon Unland JR Ferris, Spokane, WA 05-27

178’09” James Rowland JR Northside (2A), Jacksonville, NC 07-06

178’04” Benny McGowan SR Centerville, OH 04-18

178’00” Dylan Dyke JR Waverly, OH 04-24

178’00” Ed Cummins SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

177’09” Connor Fugere SO Woonsocket, RI 05-26

177’03” Vincent Ziraldo SR Redwood, Visalia, CA 06-19

175’09” Darby Maier JR Big Sky, Missoula, MT 06-23

175’07” Joe Vincent JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

175’07” Matthew Zajac SO E.G. Glass, Lynchburg, VA 06-16

174’00” Robert Palazzo SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-26

172’11” Sam Hacker SR Gig Harbor, WA 06-23

171’08” Kyle Merkley SR Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 06-24

171’06” Brock Eager SO Tahoma, Maple Valley, WA 06-23

170’09” Brad Bassette SR Lincoln, RI 05-19

170’08” Steve Chevalier SR North Kingstown, RI 05-10

169’11” John Higgins SR Glacier Peak, Snohomish, WA 05-27

169’10” Austin (AJ) Riddle JR Memorial, Houston, TX 06-26

169’05” Daniel Haugh SO St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-08

168’07” Adam Kelly FR Barrington, RI 07-21 *

168’06” Brian Bianchi JR West Warwick, RI 05-30

168’02” Michael Snow JR Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville, AL 06-06

167’08” Kyle Johnson JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-27

167’08” Curtis Bleasdale SR Vacaville, CA 06-10

167’02” Luke James SR Centerville, OH 06-03

166’10” Brenden Song JR West Hills, San Diego, CA 06-19

166’05” Olusegun Thomas Vadis SO Classical, Providence, RI 04-24

165’06” Angel Rosario SR Bay Shore, NY 05-06

164’11” Dustin Samms SO Aptos, CA 06-10

164’08” Dylan Gardner JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 04-07

164’05” Roc-M Nesbitt JR The New Schools of Carver, Atlanta, GA 06-10

163’03” Zachery Driver JR Classical, Providence, RI 04-24

163’03” Tim Wilson JR Washingtonville, NY 05-24

162’09” Brendan Duncan JR Waterloo, IL 07-14

162’08” Phil Maloney SR Portsmouth, RI 04-24

161’06” Nicholas Rea SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 07-21 *

161’05” Kyle Littles JR Our Lady of Mercy Catholic, Fairburn, GA 04-22

161’03” Kevin Conner JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 05-30

160’04” Alexander Madoian JR North Kingstown, RI 05-26

160’04” Seth Sievers JR Notre Dame, Cape Girardeau, MO 07-21 *

160’01” Jordon Pickerel JR Athens Christian, Athens, GA 06-22

159’09” Chris Pensa JR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 06-03

159’06” Giovanni Gray SO Lincoln, RI 05-08

159’06” Victor Campbell SR Northside (2A) Jacksonville, NC 04-07

159’04” Jeremy Franklin SO Serra Gardena, CA 07-19 *

159’00” Nathan Swisley JR Placer, Aubrun, CA 06-30

158’04” Cory Woodbine JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-30

158’00” Austin Sahs JR El Camino Fundamental, Sacramento, CA 07-06

157’09” Jared Ballenger SO Fremont Ross, OH 07-07

157’09” Rafael Ramirez SR Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 05-12

157’04” Steve Lefebvre JR LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-12

157’03” Robert Landers FR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-24

156’10” Joseph Covino SR Cumberland, RI 04-24

156’06” Nick Budincich SR Loyola, Los Angeles, CA 04-22

153’10” Randy Hinds JR Kingston, NY 05-24

152’03” Joseph Theis SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-24

151’07” Lucas Hatton JR Eatonville, WA 07-21 *

151’05” Derek Ferra SR East Greenwich, RI 04-03

151’02” Gino Giglio SR Xavier, New York, NY 06-16

150’11” Bryan Zapata SO Hope Providence, RI 07-21 *

150’06” Joe Colao JR Westerly, RI 05-10

150’01” David Collins SO North Kingstown, RI 05-30

150’00” Owen Dawson JR Conard, Hartford, CT 06-16

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 5K HAMMER THROW



National Record



263’09” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-01-08



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



219’07” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 05-12

191’10” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-06

178’09” Sean Ryan SO Babylon, NY 05-19

177’04” Connor Fugere SO Woonsocket, RI 05-12

175’00” Adam Kelly FR Barrington, RI 07-08

174’11” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 06-07

174’11” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-06

169’07” Matt Casbarro JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 04-07

165’08” Olusegun Thomas Vadis SO Classical, Providence, RI 06-07

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 6K HAMMER THROW



National Record



248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08



Class Records



203’11” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-17-06

218’01” Rudy Winkler SO Averill Park, NY 07-17-11

248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08

247’00” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-26-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



240’01” Rudy Winkler JR Averill Park, NY 07-13

203’01” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

197’09” Bryn Campbell SR Canal Winchester, OH 06-03

197’07” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 06-15

192’05” Darien Thornton SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

190’03” Carlos Mangum JR Central, Providence, RI 05-12

184’10” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-27

184’05” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 06-03

178’00” Dylan Dyke JR Waverly, OH 04-24

175’00” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 06-15

173’06” Cameron Brown SR Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN 06-15

172’09” Alex Briggs SR Portsmouth, RI 05-12

170’01” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 09-24

168’07” Max Lydum FR Defiance, OH 06-03

168’03” Lovell Peterson JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

166’06” P.J. Andrews SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

161’07” Ndailor Sheriff SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

159’00” Ed Cummins SR Lincoln, RI 04-07

158’01” Robert Palazzo SR Classical, Providence, RI 04-07

151’09” Brad Bassette SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

148’09” Brendan Duncan JR Waterloo, IL 07-21 *

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 16# HAMMER THROW



National Record



219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09



Class Records



152’11” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 04-22-12

186’03” Wes Wright SO Villa Rica, GA 06-04-06

210’11” Walter Henning JR St. Anthony's, South Huntington, NY 06-20-06

219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



190’07” Reuben Horace SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 07-15

173’01” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 04-13

170’11” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 04-07

163’11” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-27

162’07” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 07-01

162’07” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 11-06

159’07” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 04-07

157’02” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 07-15

154’10” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 03-16

148’04” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-06

148’01” Kyle White SR Centralia, WA 06-02

146’01” Jacob Foutz SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 05-28

145’03” Travis Pickett SR Snohomish, WA 05-20

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U.S HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' 4K HAMMER THROW



National Record



214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10



Class Records



173’04” Casey Kraychir FR Twentynine Palms, CA 05-04-07

180’04” Casey Kraychir SO Twentynine Palms, CA 07-09-08

214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10

211’01” Shelby Ashe SR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-15-11



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



193’03” Avana Story SR Woodward Academy, College Park, GA 06-03

179’04” Ashley Weber SR Buena, Sierra Vista, AZ 06-12

174’11” Torie Owers SR Athens Academy, Athens, GA 11-26

170’06” Monica Phillips SR Pope, Marietta, GA 06-10

166’04” Sidnie Wilder SO Cameron, WI 05-05

165’01” Erica King JR Cuyahoga Falls, OH 06-03

164’01” Sabrina Gaitan FR Sprayberry, Marietta, GA 06-10

163’11” Cara McClain SR John C. Kimball, Tracy, CA 02-18

162’08” Ashlen Veatch SR Cave Spring, Roanoke, VA 05-06

159’07” Maggie DuFault SR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 07-08

159’07” Lissette Mendivil SR Redwood, Visalia, CA 07-06

156’11” Casidy Callahan JR Norcross, GA 06-08

156’10” Catherine Maloney SR LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-05

156’09” Lindsay McKee SR Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA 06-23

156’02” Kelli Thomas SO Luella, Locust Grove, GA 06-10

155’06” Josie Hardin JR Harrison, Kennesaw, GA 05-27

154’08” Ann Dagrin SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-08

154’00” Cortney Miller SR Calvary Chapel Christian, Las Vegas, NV 01-21

153’01” McKenzie Warren SR Sandy, OR 04-21

152’11” Leia Mistowski SO Narragansett, RI 06-07

152’01” Becky Cousens SR Portsmouth, RI 04-03

150’11” Nyla Woods SO Henry W. Grady, Atlanta, GA 05-06

150’05” Kamryn Brinson 8TH Marist, Atlanta, GA 06-15

148’05” Katie Wardsworth JR Central Valley, Spokane, WA 05-27

146’11” Annalica Panackia JR Las Vegas, NV 06-24

144’09” Grace Janes SR Rogers, Newport, RI 06-03

144’09” Meagan Heffelfinger SR Vista del Lago, Folsom, CA 07-06

143’05” Danielle Borriello SO Ellenville, NY 07-15

142’04” Dorienne Ordaz SR Bravo Magnet, Los Angeles, CA 06-19

142’00” Marthaline Cooper JR Classical, Providence, RI 05-19

142’00” Madeline Middlebrook JR Fort Zumwalt West, O’Fallon, MO 06-16

141’07” Dakota Kliamovich SR Central Valley, Veradale, WA 05-27

141’02” Gabby Smith JR Narragansett, RI 04-28

141’00” Lena Giger SO Highland, IL 06-17

139’11” Emily Boardman SR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 05-07

139’11” Aysha Moreino SR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 05-07

138’04” Briana O’Grady JR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 06-03

136’10” Carolyn Gravelle SR Snohonmish, WA 04-07

136’10” Alison Gillilan SR Watkins Memorial, Pataskala, OH 06-24

136’09” Emily Flynn SR University, Spokane Valley, WA 06-22

136’05” Leah Colbert SO Buchanan, Troy, MO 07-21 *

135’11” Destinee Barrette JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 05-19

135’07” Brooke Anderson JR Rancho Buena Vista, Vista, CA 06-19

135’06” Gabby Despinasse SR University, Baton Rouge, LA 06-23

135’02” Maddie Sears SR Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, GA 05-06

134’04” Brielle Rowe SR Mountain View, CA 06-09

133’10” Jenessa Jackson JR Marietta, GA 06-10

133’06” Molly McCullough JR Mission Viejo, CA 04-14

133’04” Amber Sudzius SR Brentwood, TN 07-06

132’06” Kayla O’Brine SO St. Francis, Sacramento, CA 07-06

132’04” Katie Irwin SO Chariho, Wood River Junction, RI 06-07

131’10” Rachel Martschinske SR Camas, WA 05-20

131’09” Jennifer Slagus JR North Pocono, Moscow, PA 04-20

130’00” Andrea Vahoua SO Pope, Marietta, GA 06-10

129’05” Hannah Makowske SR Joel Barlow, Redding, CT 04-27

129’05” Adrienne Thornton SR John D. O’Bryant, Roxbury, MA 04-07

129’01” Kayla Loop SR Asotin, WA 04-21

128’10” Taniya Mitchell SO Mt. Vernon, NY 07-08

128’06” Dominique Darby SR Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 04-03

127’10” Lauren Rhoads SR Waverly, OH 06-03

126’07” Teria Mackey SO Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

126’06” Rachael Aikens SO Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 05-02

125’11” Katelyn Hughes SR Smithfield, Esmond, RI 06-03

125’08” Bianca Donadio SO Classical, Providence, RI 06-03

125’04” Aerial Horton JR Northridge, Tuscalossa, AL 06-10

125’04” Becca Leppelmeier JR McComb, OH 04-14

125’01” Michaelyn Mills SR Meade, Spokane, WA 04-21

124’02” Emily Schob SR St. Dominic, O’Fallon, MO 07-14 *

124’02” Sarah Mitchell JR Centennial, Rosewell, GA 06-22

123’11” Heather Scheetz JR J M Hanks, El Paso, TX 07-06

123’11” Abby Cousens FR Portsmouth, RI 05-26

123’06” Megan Pendleton JR Woodmore, Elmore, OH 06-24

122’07” Lauren Swanson FR East Greenwich, RI 05-19

122’01” Kristina King SO New Rochelle, NY 05-31

121’01” Stamatia Scarvelis SO Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA 06-19

120’10” Kendra Plant JR Cumberland, RI 05-26

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Standards: boys’ 5k – 160’, 12# - 150, 6k - 145’, 16# - 140’, girls’ 4k 120’.



Weekly/final updates up to top 100 in each gender.



* - Addition or improvement since last update.



Although the 5k hammer throw is not normally contested in the U.S. it is conducted

in some meets. Boys’ 5k performances of 160’ or more in an officially sanctioned

meet will be included in the performance list providing the athlete is 16 or 17

years old through December 31, 2012 (born in 1995 or 1996) in accordance with

IAAF guidelines for Youth Athletes.

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Cutoff 07-15-12 Updated 07-19-12



Addition, updates, or corrections would be appreciated.

Please send to: Bob Gourley 3 Greenville Drive, Barrington, RI 02806

(401) 246-0243 or via e-mail at rmgourley@fullchannel.net

Gourley's List: 7-19-2012

July, 19, 2012
7/19/12
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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 12# HAMMER THROW



NATIONAL RECORD



260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08



Class Records



213’00” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-22-06

243’11” Conor McCullough SO Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-03-07

260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08

256’09” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 04-18-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



251’01” Rudy Winkler JR Averill Park, NY 05-07

224’01” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-26

217’07” Bryn Campbell SR Canal Winchester, OH 06-07

216’01” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 05-19

215’09” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 05-29

212’11” Carlos Mangum JR Central, Providence, RI 05-19

212’07” Reuben Horace SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-12

211’02” Kevin Conway SR Westerly, RI 05-19

202’02” Darien Thornton SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-27

201’09” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 04-22

198’08” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 05-12

198’07” Mahlik Handley JR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 06-03

197’02” Alex Briggs SR Portsmouth, RI 05-19

195’06” Cameron Brown SR Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN 04-20

194’03” Austin Cook JR Overton, TX 07-04

194’00” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 07-01

193’09” Josh Whitener JR North Paulding, Dallas, GA 06-03

193’03” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 06-03

193’02” Triton Pitassi JR Camas, WA 05-20

191’06” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 06-22

189’03” Gabriel Arcaro SO Burlington, MA 05-30

188’02” Travis Pickett SR Snohomish, WA 05-20

187’04” Lovell Peterson JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-18

186’08” Nikolas Huffman JR Virginia, Bristol, VA 04-20

186’02” Jacob Foutz SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 06-09

185’04” Aaron Zedella JR St. Edward, Lakewood, OH 07-07

184’09” John Celona SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

184’09” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 06-15

184’04” Max Lydum FR Defiance, OH 06-23

182’04” P.J. Andrews SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

181’07” Sean Ryan SO Babylon, NY 06-26

181’05” Bryan Rhodes SR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 06-09

180’10” Alex Young SR LaVergne, TN 06-15

180’06” Timmy Brennan JR Princeton, NJ 05-19

180’05” Kyle White SR Centralia, WA 05-27

180’01” Jacob Beene FR Gilbert, AZ 06-01

179’07” Matt Casbarro JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

179’04” Ndailor Sheriff SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

178’11” Damon Unland JR Ferris, Spokane, WA 05-27

178’09” James Rowland JR Northside (2A), Jacksonville, NC 07-06

178’04” Benny McGowan SR Centerville, OH 04-18

178’00” Dylan Dyke JR Waverly, OH 04-24

178’00” Ed Cummins SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

177’09” Connor Fugere SO Woonsocket, RI 05-26

177’03” Vincent Ziraldo SR Redwood, Visalia, CA 06-19

175’09” Darby Maier JR Big Sky, Missoula, MT 06-23

175’07” Joe Vincent JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-26

175’07” Matthew Zajac SO E.G. Glass, Lynchburg, VA 06-16

174’00” Robert Palazzo SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-26

172’11” Sam Hacker SR Gig Harbor, WA 06-23

171’08” Kyle Merkley SR Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 06-24

171’06” Brock Eager SO Tahoma, Maple Valley, WA 06-23

170’09” Brad Bassette SR Lincoln, RI 05-19

170’08” Steve Chevalier SR North Kingstown, RI 05-10

169’11” John Higgins SR Glacier Peak, Snohomish, WA 05-27

169’10” Austin (AJ) Riddle JR Memorial, Houston, TX 06-26

169’05” Daniel Haugh SO St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-08

168’06” Brian Bianchi JR West Warwick, RI 05-30

168’02” Michael Snow JR Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville, AL 06-06

167’08” Kyle Johnson JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-27

167’08” Curtis Bleasdale SR Vacaville, CA 06-10

167’02” Luke James SR Centerville, OH 06-03

166’10” Brenden Song JR West Hills, San Diego, CA 06-19

166’05” Olusegun Thomas Vadis SO Classical, Providence, RI 04-24

166’02” Adam Kelly FR Barrington, RI 06-23

165’06” Angel Rosario SR Bay Shore, NY 05-06

164’11” Dustin Samms SO Aptos, CA 06-10

164’08” Dylan Gardner JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 04-07

164’05” Roc-M Nesbitt JR The New Schools of Carver, Atlanta, GA 06-10

163’03” Zachery Driver JR Classical, Providence, RI 04-24

163’03” Tim Wilson JR Washingtonville, NY 05-24

162’09” Brendan Duncan JR Waterloo, IL 07-14 *

162’08” Phil Maloney SR Portsmouth, RI 04-24

161’05” Kyle Littles JR Our Lady of Mercy Catholic, Fairburn, GA 04-22

161’03” Kevin Conner JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 05-30

160’04” Alexander Madoian JR North Kingstown, RI 05-26

160’02” Nicholas Bultman SR West Ranch, Valencia, CA 06-24

160’01” Jordon Pickerel JR Athens Christian, Athens, GA 06-22

159’09” Chris Pensa JR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 06-03

159’06” Giovanni Gray SO Lincoln, RI 05-08

159’06” Victor Campbell SR Northside (2A) Jacksonville, NC 04-07

159’00” Nathan Swisley JR Placer, Aubrun, CA 06-30 *

158’04” Cory Woodbine JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-30

158’00” Austin Sahs JR El Camino Fundamental, Sacramento, CA 07-06

157’09” Jared Ballenger SO Fremont Ross, OH 07-07

157’09” Rafael Ramirez SR Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 05-12

157’04” Steve Lefebvre JR LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-12

157’03” Robert Landers FR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-24

156’10” Joseph Covino SR Cumberland, RI 04-24

156’06” Nick Budincich SR Loyola, Los Angeles, CA 04-22

154’11” Nicholas Rea SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 04-21

153’10” Randy Hinds JR Kingston, NY 05-24

152’03” Joseph Theis SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-24

151’05” Derek Ferra SR East Greenwich, RI 04-03

151’02” Gino Giglio SR Xavier, New York, NY 06-16

150’06” Joe Colao JR Westerly, RI 05-10

150’06” Bryan Zapata SO Hope Providence, RI 06-23

150’01” David Collins SO North Kingstown, RI 05-30

150’00” Owen Dawson JR Conard, Hartford, CT 06-16

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 5K HAMMER THROW



National Record



263’09” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-01-08



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



219’07” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 05-12

191’10” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-06

178’09” Sean Ryan SO Babylon, NY 05-19

177’04” Connor Fugere SO Woonsocket, RI 05-12

175’00” Adam Kelly FR Barrington, RI 07-08

174’11” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 06-07

174’11” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-06

169’07” Matt Casbarro JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 04-07

165’08” Olusegun Thomas Vadis SO Classical, Providence, RI 06-07

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 6K HAMMER THROW



National Record



248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08



Class Records



203’11” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-17-06

218’01” Rudy Winkler SO Averill Park, NY 07-17-11

248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08

247’00” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-26-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



240’01” Rudy Winkler JR Averill Park, NY 07-13 *

203’01” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

197’09” Bryn Campbell SR Canal Winchester, OH 06-03

197’07” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 06-15

192’05” Darien Thornton SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

190’03” Carlos Mangum JR Central, Providence, RI 05-12

184’10” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-27

184’05” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 06-03

178’00” Dylan Dyke JR Waverly, OH 04-24

175’00” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 06-15

173’06” Cameron Brown SR Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN 06-15

172’09” Alex Briggs SR Portsmouth, RI 05-12

170’01” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 09-24

168’07” Max Lydum FR Defiance, OH 06-03

168’03” Lovell Peterson JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

166’06” P.J. Andrews SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

161’07” Ndailor Sheriff SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-12

159’00” Ed Cummins SR Lincoln, RI 04-07

158’01” Robert Palazzo SR Classical, Providence, RI 04-07

151’09” Brad Bassette SR Lincoln, RI 06-07

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U.S. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' 16# HAMMER THROW



National Record



219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09



Class Records



152’11” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 04-22-12

186’03” Wes Wright SO Villa Rica, GA 06-04-06

210’11” Walter Henning JR St. Anthony's, South Huntington, NY 06-20-06

219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



190’07” Reuben Horace SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 07-15 *

173’01” Michael Foley SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 04-13

170’11” Joe Velez SR Classical, Providence, RI 04-07

163’11” Chase Carroll JR North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-27

162’07” Andy Miller JR Capital, Olympia, WA 07-01

162’07” Austin Funk SR Post Falls, ID 11-06

159’07” Charlie Ionata JR Barrington, RI 04-07

157’02” Clarence Gallop JR Central, Providence, RI 07-15 *

154’10” Colin Minor SO South Brunswick, Southport, NC 03-16

148’04” Kenneth Brinson FR Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-06

148’01” Kyle White SR Centralia, WA 06-02

146’01” Jacob Foutz SR Sheldon, Eugene, OR 05-28

145’03” Travis Pickett SR Snohomish, WA 05-20

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U.S HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' 4K HAMMER THROW



National Record



214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10



Class Records



173’04” Casey Kraychir FR Twentynine Palms, CA 05-04-07

180’04” Casey Kraychir SO Twentynine Palms, CA 07-09-08

214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10

211’01” Shelby Ashe SR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-15-11



2012 PERFORMANCE LIST



193’03” Avana Story SR Woodward Academy, College Park, GA 06-03

179’04” Ashley Weber SR Buena, Sierra Vista, AZ 06-12

174’11” Torie Owers SR Athens Academy, Athens, GA 11-26

170’06” Monica Phillips SR Pope, Marietta, GA 06-10

166’04” Sidnie Wilder SO Cameron, WI 05-05

165’01” Erica King JR Cuyahoga Falls, OH 06-03

164’01” Sabrina Gaitan FR Sprayberry, Marietta, GA 06-10

163’11” Cara McClain SR John C. Kimball, Tracy, CA 02-18

162’08” Ashlen Veatch SR Cave Spring, Roanoke, VA 05-06

159’07” Maggie DuFault SR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 07-08

159’07” Lissette Mendivil SR Redwood, Visalia, CA 07-06

156’11” Casidy Callahan JR Norcross, GA 06-08

156’10” Catherine Maloney SR LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-05

156’09” Lindsay McKee SR Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA 06-23

156’02” Kelli Thomas SO Luella, Locust Grove, GA 06-10

155’06” Josie Hardin JR Harrison, Kennesaw, GA 05-27

154’08” Ann Dagrin SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-08

154’00” Cortney Miller SR Calvary Chapel Christian, Las Vegas, NV 01-21

153’01” McKenzie Warren SR Sandy, OR 04-21

152’11” Leia Mistowski SO Narragansett, RI 06-07

152’01” Becky Cousens SR Portsmouth, RI 04-03

150’11” Nyla Woods SO Henry W. Grady, Atlanta, GA 05-06

150’05” Kamryn Brinson 8TH Marist, Atlanta, GA 06-15

148’05” Katie Wardsworth JR Central Valley, Spokane, WA 05-27

146’11” Annalica Panackia JR Las Vegas, NV 06-24 *

144’09” Grace Janes SR Rogers, Newport, RI 06-03

144’09” Meagan Heffelfinger SR Vista del Lago, Folsom, CA 07-06

143’05” Danielle Borriello SO Ellenville, NY 07-15 *

142’04” Dorienne Ordaz SR Bravo Magnet, Los Angeles, CA 06-19

142’00” Marthaline Cooper JR Classical, Providence, RI 05-19

142’00” Madeline Middlebrook JR Fort Zumwalt West, O’Fallon, MO 06-16

141’07” Dakota Kliamovich SR Central Valley, Veradale, WA 05-27

141’02” Gabby Smith JR Narragansett, RI 04-28

141’00” Lena Giger SO Highland, IL 06-17 *

139’11” Emily Boardman SR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 05-07

139’11” Aysha Moreino SR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 05-07

138’04” Briana O’Grady JR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 06-03

136’10” Carolyn Gravelle SR Snohonmish, WA 04-07

136’10” Alison Gillilan SR Watkins Memorial, Pataskala, OH 06-24

136’09” Emily Flynn SR University, Spokane Valley, WA 06-22

135’11” Destinee Barrette JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 05-19

135’07” Brooke Anderson JR Rancho Buena Vista, Vista, CA 06-19

135’06” Gabby Despinasse SR University, Baton Rouge, LA 06-23

135’02” Maddie Sears SR Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, GA 05-06

134’04” Brielle Rowe SR Mountain View, CA 06-09

133’10” Jenessa Jackson JR Marietta, GA 06-10

133’06” Molly McCullough JR Mission Viejo, CA 04-14

133’04” Amber Sudzius SR Brentwood, TN 07-06

132’06” Kayla O’Brine SO St. Francis, Sacramento, CA 07-06

132’04” Katie Irwin SO Chariho, Wood River Junction, RI 06-07

131’10” Rachel Martschinske SR Camas, WA 05-20

131’09” Jennifer Slagus JR North Pocono, Moscow, PA 04-20

130’00” Leah Colbert SO Buchanan, Troy, MO 07-14 *

130’00” Andrea Vahoua SO Pope, Marietta, GA 06-10

129’05” Hannah Makowske SR Joel Barlow, Redding, CT 04-27

129’05” Adrienne Thornton SR John D. O’Bryant, Roxbury, MA 04-07

129’01” Kayla Loop SR Asotin, WA 04-21

128’10” Taniya Mitchell SO Mt. Vernon, NY 07-08

128’06” Dominique Darby SR Tri-Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 04-03

127’10” Lauren Rhoads SR Waverly, OH 06-03

126’07” Teria Mackey SO Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 06-03

126’06” Rachael Aikens SO Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 05-02

125’11” Katelyn Hughes SR Smithfield, Esmond, RI 06-03

125’08” Bianca Donadio SO Classical, Providence, RI 06-03

125’04” Aerial Horton JR Northridge, Tuscalossa, AL 06-10

125’04” Becca Leppelmeier JR McComb, OH 04-14

125’01” Michaelyn Mills SR Meade, Spokane, WA 04-21

124’02” Emily Schob SR St. Dominic, O’Fallon, MO 07-14 *

124’02” Sarah Mitchell JR Centennial, Rosewell, GA 06-22

123’11” Heather Scheetz JR J M Hanks, El Paso, TX 07-06

123’11” Abby Cousens FR Portsmouth, RI 05-26

123’06” Megan Pendleton JR Woodmore, Elmore, OH 06-24

122’07” Lauren Swanson FR East Greenwich, RI 05-19

122’01” Kristina King SO New Rochelle, NY 05-31

121’01” Stamatia Scarvelis SO Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA 06-19

120’10” Kendra Plant JR Cumberland, RI 05-26

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Standards: boys’ 5k – 160’, 12# - 150, 6k - 145’, 16# - 140’, girls’ 4k 120’.



Weekly/final updates up to top 100 in each gender.



* - Addition or improvement since last update.



Although the 5k hammer throw is not normally contested in the U.S. it is conducted

in some meets. Boys’ 5k performances of 160’ or more in an officially sanctioned

meet will be included in the performance list providing the athlete is 16 or 17

years old through December 31, 2012 (born in 1995 or 1996) in accordance with

IAAF guidelines for Youth Athletes.

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Team USA's WJC showing rivals best ever

July, 17, 2012
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Team USA 4x400 womenDavid Ramos/GettyImagesTeam USA's 4x400 women celebrate after taking the gold medal at the World Juniors Sunday.


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BARCELONA, Spain -- The story is in the numbers.

** Nine gold medals, more than twice as many as any other country. An meet-leading four silvers and seven bronzes for a grand total of 20 medals, within one of its 2002 record.

**188 points on the “placing table,” which assigns point values for first through eighth places, a total which exceeds the previous meet record by a half point.

**Three American Junior records. Four high school records and five more all-time top five performances. Plus a narrow miss of a World Junior record by .01.

Those superlatives all describe Team USA’s performance (plus that of a couple of preps competing for other countries) at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, which concluded Sunday. The American sprinters and hurdlers really came on the last few days and jacked up the medal total, but the value of the total team performance is also evident in the placing table total, which happens to be where a lot of the greatest high school marks took place: Two USRs by Brianna Nerud NY in the 3,000-meter steeplechase heats (fourth-place) and finals (fifth); the #2 5,000 performance in history by Cayla Hatton MA (fourth); a 1,500 USR by Mary Cain NY (sixth); and a heptathlon USR by Kendell Williams GA (eighth). Yes, you could say the fact that these all-time prep performances came non-medal placings means the U.S. still has a ways to go to catch up to the rest of the world – or you could take the glass half-full approach and say the world’s best are pushing Americans to ever-greater heights.

And, of course, Cain’s USR in the 1,500 completed an amazing meet for Team USA’s prep girls’ distance runners, with the above-mentioned non-medal marks by Cain, Nerud and Hatton joined by Wilson’s #2 all-time 800 for the gold medal. In summary, in four of the five distance races at the WJC, U.S. girls ran the first- or second-best times in prep history. Pretty heady stuff.

Cain’s run on Sunday was arguably the best of those (though you can argue strongly for Wilson), her 4:11.01 slicing an incredible three seconds off of Jordan Hasay’s 2008 standard of 4:14.50. Some of the previous WJC 1,500s had been kickers’ races, which might have favored Cain placing even higher, but as it was, the pace was fast – but not so fast (66-2:14-3:19) that Cain couldn’t stay solidly in the chase back, behind the lead, for all but the last lap or so. Kenyan winner Faith Kipyegon would destroy the WJC record with her 4:04.96, with Cain following six seconds and five places later.

Cain clearly had the USR on her mind, as well as Hasay’s previous two WJC efforts. “When I was on the line, all I was thinking was that in five minutes, you’ll be done, and in five minutes, hopefully you’ll have a national record if you run well,” she told USATF. “I knew the best Team USA had done was fourth, but those were at 4:19 and 4:13 … This is the fastest an American has ever run here, so I’ll go with that.

“I had an aggressive start, and was actually spiked in the leg,” she continued. “That last 600 meters, I was like (dang) – these girls are fast. This has been a great experience (in racing) – I’ve never had the chance to actually chase people.”

Unbeatable with the baton

Meanwhile, Team USA’s chances of getting at least 20 medals and sweeping the relays got a boost Sunday morning when the women’s 4x400 took advantage of an overturned disqualification from Saturday’s heats. The quartet of preps Kendall Baisden MI and Robin Reynolds FL, as well as collegians Kiara Porter (VCU) and Olivia Ekpone’, ran a 3:34.25 in a solo “runoff” to get into the final as the top seed. Several hours later, the American women – now with collegiate 400 gold and bronze medalists Ashley Spencer (Illinois) and Erika Rucker (South Carolina) replacing Reynolds and Porter – led wire-to-wire for a 3:30.01 victory, the first half of a Team USA 4x400 double to close out the meet.

“(The occurrences in these last 24 hours) were really unexpected,” Baisden told USATF. “I just stayed focused. We are a team and we came out and did it together. People came out to support us for our race this morning, and I wanted to get out and do my part for this gold.” The Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) junior, who made the 400 final and won gold on the 4x4 at World Youths last summer, still has another year as a prep.

There was less drama in the men’s 4x400, as prep 400 silver and bronze medalists Arman Hall FL and Aldrich Bailey TX joined collegians Chidi Okezie (Hampton) and Quincy Downing (LSU) to lead from the gun in a 3:03.99 triumph. Bailey, who was visibly disappointed after the 400, had to crack a few smiles after the relays – especially because he carried on the winning 4x100 Saturday, as well. “I came out of here with three medals, so I can’t be mad,” the Mansfield Timberview (Texas) senior told USATF. “This was fun, it was worth it.”

Hall, who anchored in 45.7, was happy to be receiving a medal of a different color. “It’s great to finally get on the medal stand with a gold medal,” the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) senior told USATF. “It was a great experience to come overseas again. Great environment, great experience, and great people – I loved it.”

Saturday, it was Team USA’s 4x100s topping that medal stand. The men’s quartet, featuring preps Tyreek Hill GA and Bailey, followed by collegians Arthur Delaney (Oregon) and Aaron Ernest (LSU) finally pulled away for good on Ernest’s anchor for a 38.67 victory, just .01 off the U.S.’s WJR from 2004.

Like Hall and Bailey, the Coffee County (Douglas, Ga.) senior Hill was happy to finally get that gold after a 200 bronze and 100 fourth in his individual events. “I wanted to cry, but I didn’t want to show the emotion right now,” he said to USATF. “Leading off was good, because I knew I had the best block work. Coach just told me to catch the first man (on my outside), and I knew when I did – we had it.”

The women’s 4x100, won by Team USA in 43.89, had some redemptive qualities for Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) senior Shayla Sanders, who was able to bring the stick home in the final. “It feels so great to win the gold – I worked so hard to get here,” said Sanders to USATF. “I was sad that I wasn’t part of the (100 or 200), but I was very happy to be on this relay and win.”

The relay golds helped make up for the disappointment some of the Team USA athletes felt for netting but one gold in the six men’s and women’s individual sprinting events. That gold went to the Illinois frosh Spencer, with her dominant 400 win Friday. Otherwise, there were plenty of finalists and medals of other colors. During the previously covered first three days of the meet, Americans went silver-fourth in the men’s 100 (Ernest and Hill), fifth in the women’s 100 (Jennifer Madu TX) and, as mentioned above, silver-bronze in the men’s 400 (Hall and Bailey). Then later in the week, it was gold-bronze in the women’s 400 (Spencer and South Carolina’s Rucker), silver-bronze in the women’s 200 (Texas A&M’s Ekpone’ and Clemson’s Dezerea Bryant), and silver-bronze in the men’s 200, as Ernest and Hill crashed into each other after the finish.

Finishing between Spencer and Rucker in that women’s 400 final was Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, N.Y.) junior Kadecia Baird, representing Guyana. Baird had run 52.40 in the previous day’s semifinal, not far off her US#1 52.14 to win New Balance Nationals Outdoor. But prep track aficionados were not prepared for what she did in the final: a staggering 51.04, crushing her PR by more than a second and moving to #5 all-time with the best US prep performance since 2002.

Earlier in the week, Kingwood Park (Humble, Texas) senior Shawn Barber was third in the pole vault, competing for Canada, with a US#1 and #2 all-time prep mark of 18-2.5 – the other HS’er competing for another country who shook up the all-time lists.

Hurdles success and heartbreak

Meanwhile, Team USA came home with two golds out of the four hurdles finals, but there was an equal amount of heartbreak. For prep fans, Friday’s men’s 400 hurdles provided the most delight as Penn Wood (Landsdown, Pa.) senior Eric Futch continued with his consistent improvement. After a 50.77 in the semi, he ripped a 50.24 in the final, rising to #13 all-time prep. It was a typical Futch performance: steady, but trailing the first 300 meters, then finishing like gangbusters in the final 100.

“I was a little further behind than what I normally am (coming off the first 200), but I had to keep on pushing” he told USATF. “I wanted the gold – I came and got what I wanted and it’s an honor.”

In the women’s 400 hurdles Saturday, Lindblom Prep (Chicago, Ill.) junior Shamier Little was hoping to win or medal in similar fashion; she’s known for her late race charges in the event just as Futch is. But just as she was moving into second with a bead on first, Little hit the final hurdle and crashed to the track. Team USA did win bronze, with Notre Dame’s Kayla Barber running 57.63. In the semis, Little had clocked 57.46, just .02 off her US#1 mark from US Juniors.

Then in Sunday’s 100 hurdles, another prep star suffered almost identical misfortune. George Washington (Denver, Colo.) soph Dior Hall was in great position for a medal – maybe gold – before hitting the eighth hurdle and tumbling over the ninth. Meanwhile, Texas frosh Morgan Snow negotiated the barriers into a 2.4 wind and came up with the gold for Team USA.

Vaughan settles for bronze

As amazing as Mansfield Legacy (Texas) prep Shelbi Vaughan has been this year, in setting four USRs and taking fourth in the Olympic Trials, she was NOT favored to win the discus. Germans Anna Ruh and Shanice Craft came into the WJC with ranked #1 and #2 globally and, especially with Ruh, there was not just one big throw, but actually marks from five different meets that were further than Vaughan’s best on her ledger.

For a little while Sunday, however, it looked like the American might take the gold. Through three rounds, Craft led with 191-11, Vaughan had 191-9 and Ruh 189-10. Ruh fouled her fourth throw, then Vaughan came up with 197-1, the second best throw of her career. When Craft didn’t improve, the Texan had the lead through four complete. In round five, Ruh improved to 191-10, but was still in third, while Vaughan fouled and Craft threw 170-1.

But in the final round, Ruh finally really nailed one, a 204-8 that was nearly six feet beyond Vaughan’s career best. Then after Vaughan hit 192-8, Craft closed the competition with 198-2 to move into the silver spot.

“I wish I could have gotten a further throw out there,” Vaughan told USATF. “I was looking to place higher than third because that’s where I finished last year in the World Youth Championship. But, third in the world – can’t complain. I was excited to hit 60 (meters) because it is close to my PB. I was really hoping to get another PB, but it didn’t happen today. I’m still the youngest of these girls that made the finals, so I’m pleased.”

One other prep made a throwing final during the last three days. Averill Park (N.Y.) junior Rudy Winkler threw the hammer 240-1 Friday, his best-ever with the junior weight implement, to advance from qualifying. In Sunday’s final, he hit 227-6 for 11th. He was also a World Youth finalist in 2011.

Williams builds on her “weak” events

Coming in at 15th on the world list, it was going to be very tough for Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior Kendell Williams to even contend for a heptathlon medal in Barcelona. Even she would have probably admitted that, having had the experience of finishing 11th at last year’s World Youth meet. It’s not so much that American heptathletes are inferior, it’s that they tend to get to the upper 5000s (point totals) in college and beyond.

So Williams wanted to improve her PR from the 5,481 she scored at US Juniors, possibly chase Shana Woods’ USR of 5,533, and maybe improve on her placing from WY. In the end Friday, all three goals were accomplished. It wasn’t so much that Williams did better in the events she was great in – she went 13.74 (-1.0w) 100H, 5-11.25 HJ and 20-0.5w in the LJ – it was improving her weaker events. That part was a huge success as she hit PRs in the shot (35-1.25), javelin (100-0) and 800 (2:26.60). That was good for the 5,578 and a very solid eighth in the competition.

“That’s what I wanted to do. I came out here – I knew it was going to be hard to get on the podium, but all I wanted to do is PR and I did,” Williams told USATF. “So, I’m really happy. I thought I may have fallen off the pace after the 200 (24.94) in day one, but PR-ing in the javelin and 800 made up the points.

US 4x400 women into final after runoff

July, 15, 2012
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BARCELONA, Spain -- It took two races, but Team USA’s 4x400 women are finally into Sunday night’s final. The quartet of MI prep Kendell Baisden, FL prep Robin Reynolds, VCU’s Kiara Porter, and Texas A&M’s Olivia Ekpone ran 3:34.25 by themselves in a Sunday morning runoff to qualify. The runoff was granted to them after the U.S. won an appeal to overturn an initial disqualification in the 4x400 semifinals Saturday.

This is what happened Saturday: The Americans, with the same lineup of Baisden, Reynolds, Porter and Ekpone, split 55.6, 51.1, 53.3, and 54.2, respectively, and appeared to win the first heat of the semis in 3:34.12. But after an official review, it was announced they had been DQ’d for being outside the exchange zone during the first handoff (IAAF rule 170.7). Romania was DQ’d for the same reason in that heat.

Both countries filed a protest, stating that the track officials placed the second-leg runners in the wrong position, near the end of the exchange zone. But when the batons were passed, video evidence reportedly made it clear that both teams had passed outside the zone, so the protest was denied.

It wasn’t over yet. The U.S. appealed that decision and it went to the IAAF WJC Jury of Appeals. There, the jury reportedly upheld the Team USA stance and decided to offer the American and Romanian squads an opportunity for a rerun. The USATF report said that according to the IAAF, the jury “(took into) consideration the special circumstances – young inexperienced athletes, different judges, different guidance, etc.” in making the decision.

Romania passed on the offer, but the U.S. team decided to go for it. Team USA had to run a time of 3:39.44 or faster to earn the final qualifying spot in the final (which they did by more than five seconds). No other teams would be impacted and achieving the time qualifier would get them in as the third time qualifier and ninth overall team.

It was also decreed that the same four athletes who ran Saturday had to run in the runoff and in the same order. The early scheduling of the runoff would allow for more than eight and half hours rest before the 4x400 finals at the end of Sunday’s program.

Team USA 4x4 women get another chance

July, 14, 2012
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Team USA’s women’s 4x400, after suffering a disqualification during Saturday’s semifinals, will participate in a “runoff” at 11 a.m. local time Sunday morning, according to USATF, to try and qualify for the final later in the day.

The Americans, with MI prep Kendall Baisden, FL prep Robin Reynolds, VCU’s Kiara Porter, and Texas A&M’s Olivia Ekpone' running 55.6, 51.1, 53.3, and 54.2, respectively, appeared to win the first heat of the semis in 3:34.12. But, the USATF report said, they were later DQ’d for being outside the exchange zone during the first handoff (IAAF rule 170.7). Romania was DQ’d for the same reason in that heat.

Both countries filed a protest, stating that the track officials placed the second-leg runners in the wrong position, near the end of the exchange zone. But when the batons were passed, video evidence reportedly made it clear that both teams had passed outside the zone, so the protest was denied.

It wasn’t over yet. The U.S. appealed that decision and it went to the IAAF WJC Jury of Appeals. There, the jury reportedly upheld the Team USA stance and decided to offer the American and Romanian squads an opportunity for a rerun. The USATF report said that according to the IAAF, the jury “(took into) consideration the special circumstances – young inexperienced athletes, different judges, different guidance, etc.” in making the decision.

Romania passed on the offer, but the U.S. team decided to go for it. So the bottom line is this: Team USA must run a time of 3:39.44 or faster to earn the final qualifying spot in the final. They will apparently be running solo and no other teams will be impacted. Achieving the time qualifier would get them in as the third time qualifier and ninth overall team.

It was also decreed that the same four athletes who ran Saturday (see above) must run in this runoff and in the same order. The final will be several hours later at the end of the final day’s program.

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