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Womens USATF 100Errol Anderson/ESPNHSFL prep Shayla Sanders FL (left) finished third to Dezerea Bryant in the USATF Junior Womens 100, but both will represent Team USA in their favored WJC 4x100.


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With a roster filled with experienced internationalists, including seven previous IAAF World Junior or World Youth medalists and seven more previous finalists, Team USA is in a word, loaded, going into the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships which begin Tuesday. There are arguably at least a dozen medal contenders competing (plus the relays), all of whom could help the U.S., combining with the men, to break its all-time championship best of 21 medals.

It’s good to start with the sprints, because therein lies Team USA’s true gold favorites: U. of Illinois frosh Ashley Spencer and both relays. A year ago, Spencer was a 42-second 300 hurdler from Warren Central HS in Indiana and had almost no experience running the 400 as a prep. Over the course of an incredible freshman year, she became the country’s top junior 400 runner and an NCAA champ with a 50.95 PR. She’s #1 in the world with that mark and, having run low-50-points for relay splits, she should be able to back up her talented teammates and bring home the gold on the anchor of the 4x400 to help the Americans defend their title.

The short sprints should be nearly as good, with 2011 World Youth champ and Texas prep Jennifer Madu and 2010 4x100 relay gold medalist and World #2 Dezerea Bryant of Clemson leading the way in the 100 and on the 4x100 relay – hoping for another title defense in the latter. Preps Shayla Sanders and Kali Davis-White, both from Boyd Anderson in Florida, will help take the stick around. Bryant and fellow collegian Olivia Ekpone are medal threats in the 200.

Injury-plagued 2011 World Youth champ and CA prep Trinity Wilson did not make Team USA, but collegian Morgan Snow and young gun Dior Hall – who claimed the New Balance Nationals Indoor 60H – lead 100H hopes. Illinois prep Shamier Little and collegian Kaila Barber should both make the final in the longer hurdles and contend.

In the 800, NJ prep Ajee Wilson is another returnee from the 2010 WJ squad, where she was fifth, and is now the reigning World Youth champ. With tougher competition this year, she is World #5 going into Barcelona. Unranked Danielle Aragon, a fast-improving Montana prep, should not be discounted, either. Other distance hopes for Team USA ride primarily on the shoulders of NY prep Mary Cain in the 1,500 (where she’s #2 all-time HS), 2011 World Youth steeplechase finalist Brianna Nerud (also of N.Y. and #2 in prep history), and very experienced Stanford frosh Aisling Cuffe in the 3,000 – though others could contend, as well.

Prep throws USR-holders Shelbi Vaughan, Haley Crouser, and Shelby Ashe (now post-HS) lead a superlative Team USA contingent on the field. Former GA prep Ashe is World #2 in the hammer, having set the American Junior record of 223-6 at the Trials, and returns from the 2010 WJ squad. Vaughan, who was fourth in the Olympic Trials discus and has thrown 198-9, trails only two on the World Junior list and won bronze in Lille last summer. Oregon prep Crouser was fourth at 2011 WY in the javelin, set her mark with 181-2 in March, was seventh at the Trials and is ninth on the WJ list.

Javelinist Brianna Bain (Stanford), 2009 WY discus medalist Alex Collatz (USC), and World top ten putters Christina Hillman (Iowa State) and GA prep Tori Owers (another 2011 WY finalist) will also support the American cause as likely finalists and possible medalists.

Among the jumpers, U. of Florida triple jumper Ciarra Brewer (seventh in 2009 WY Champs) is World #4 and U. of South Dakota vaulter Emily Grove is World #5. But don’t forget about preps like Madu in the TJ, Robin Reynolds FL in the LJ, and 2011 WY eighth-place finisher Sydney White NC in the PV.

And while Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard and GA prep Kendall Williams are not high on the heptathlon lists, both could threaten American junior or high school records.

How many medals can Team USA women win in Spain? How about at least 10? In terms of golds, expect a relay sweep and one from Spencer, plus at least one more in the sprints, hurdles or throws. For additional overall medals, plan on 2-3 more from the sprints/hurdles, one from the distances, and one or two in the throws.

2012 IAAF World Junior Championships Preview: Men's Track Events

July, 7, 2012
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Tyler SorensenJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSTyler Sorensen broke the American Junior record for the 10k walk at last summer's World Youth Champs and hopes to shine again in Spain. He is also the only member of Team USA who competed in the 2010 World Juniors.


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Event-by-event capsule previews of the men's track events, noting Team USA hopes and leading global contenders for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships:

Men’s 100 Meters
WJR: 10.01, Darrell Brown, 2003
AJR: 10.01 Jeff Demps FL, 2008

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Dexter Lee, JAM, 10.21 (2-Charles Silmon, 4-Michael Granger)
2008: Dexter Lee, JAM, 10.40 (3-Terrell Wilks, DQ-SF2-Antonio Sales)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 10.28 / 10.71
2008: 10.45 / 10.59

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Adam Gemili, GBR, 10.08 (+0.8w)
2. Aaron Ernest, USA/LSU, 10.17 (+1.2w)
3. Abraham Hall, USA/S. Grand Prairie TX sr, 10.19 (+1.3w)
3. Tyreek Hill, USA/Coffee Co. GA sr, 10.19 (+1.7w)
3. Julian Forte, JAM, 10.19 (+0.1w)

Analysis: With two-time champ Dexter Lee JAM finally having moved on, the meet will have its first new winner since 2006. Team USA fortunes have gradually improved each of the past two WJCs and maybe this will be the first gold since 2004. The top contenders are pretty light on international experience, with none “lighter” than Tyreek Hill – who was unknown beyond Georgia before his breakout marks at Golden South in late May. Hill and LSU frosh Aaron Ernest should each be medal contenders, along with Adam Gemili and Julian Forte. Also watch out for 2011 World Youth silver winner Oseto Kazuma JPN, who’s improved to 10.23 this year. It’s a shame that 2011 Pan Am Jr champ Marvin Bracy – the Florida prep who ran 10.06w this year before injury – won’t be here, too. Team USA has won gold three times here, the first two meets in 1986 and 1988, then in 2004 with Ivory Williams.



Men’s 200 Meters
WJR: 19.93, Usain Bolt, JAM, 2004
AJR: 20.13, Roy Martin TX, 1985

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Shota Iizuka, JPN, 20.67 (3-SF1-Oliver Bradwell, 5-SF3-Eric Harris)
2008: Christophe Lemaitre, FRA, 20.83 (4-Curtis Mitchell, 6-Antonio Sales)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 21.00 / 21.12
2008: 20.96 / 21.02

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Tyreek Hill, Coffee County GA sr, 20.14 (+1.8w)
2. Julian Forte, JAM, 20.38 (+1.0w)
3. Delano Williams, TKS, 20.53 (+2.0w)
4. Aaron Ernest, LSU, 20.54 (+0.5w)
4. Zhenye Xie, CHN, 20.54 (+0.5w)

Analysis: The cast will be similar to the 100, with Tyreek Hill, Julian Forte (who may or may not double), Aaron Ernest and Adam Gemili (20.61) all contending for medals. But the US storyline is dramatically different. First, this is the event where Hill really made jaws drop at Golden South in May with his 20.14, just .01 off the WJR. He wasn’t as fast at US Juniors, but his 20.57 win was still very impressive. Like in the 100, if this newbie to the big time can maintain fitness and composure, a medal – possibly gold – could be his. The other thing is that this was a rough event for Team USA two years ago with no finalists. In fact, Team USA athletes won gold here in 1986, 1988, and 1994, but have had a dismal medal drought since Wes Felix's bronze in 2002. That drought could well end in Barcelona.



Men’s 400 Meters
WJR, AJR: 43.87, Steve Lewis, USA, 1988

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Kirani James, GRN, 45.89 (3-Errol Nolan, 5-Josh Mance)
2008: Marcus Boyd, USA, 45.53 (3-O’Neal Wilder)

Recent marks to medal / make final

2010: 46.36 / 47.02
2008: 45.76 / 47.13

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Luquelin Santos, DOM, 44.45
2. Aldrich Bailey, Mansfield Timberview TX sr, 45.19
3. Bafetoleng Mogami, BOT, 45.46
4. Steven Solomon, AUS, 45.54
6. Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas FL sr, 45.59

Analysis: Goodbye, Kirani James; hello, Luquelin Santos. The 2011 World (Senior) champ James had four straight years of winning silvers, then golds in IAAF World Youth and World Junior meets, finally ending with his 2010 WJC gold, before moving on to the elite. But Santos, who was sixth at the 2010 WJC, exploded to 44.71 late last fall, then has hit 44.45 this summer (plus three more times at 45.29 or better) to become the #3 junior ever. So that’s what US prep Aldrich Bailey TX, the WJ#2, is up against in Spain. He’ll likely have to achieve his sub-45 dreams to earn gold. 2011 World Youth Champ Arman Hall is certainly a medal contender as well, part of a group of several between 45.4 and 45.7. Americans have won three of the last five WJC 400s, with the last being Marcus Boyd’s 2008 victory.



Men’s 800 Meters
WJR: 1:42.69, Abubaker Kaki, SUD, 2008
AJR: 1:44.9h, Jim Ryun, U. of Kansas, 1966

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: David Mutinda Mutua, KEN, 1:46.41 (2-Cas Loxsom, 3-Robby Andrews)
2008: Abubaker Kaki, SUD, 1:45.60 (6-SF3-Elijah Greer, 8-H2-Donte Holmes)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 1:47.00 / 1:48.38
2008: 1:47.57 / 1:49.25

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 10)
1. Nijel Amos, BOT, 1:43.11
2. Mohammed Aman, ETH, 1:43.51
3. Leonard Kirwa Kosencha, KEN, 1:43.60
-- Tanner Sork, Camas Union WA, 1:48.74
-- Shaquille Walker, BYU, 1:49.41


Analysis: 2010 was an amazing year for Team USA in this event as collegiate frosh Cas Loxsom and Robby Andrews earned silver and bronze to end a 16-year-span of no Americans even making the final. The U.S. talent isn’t at the same level this time, but don’t underestimate WA prep Tanner Sork, one of the biggest surprises late this spring in any event in the country. He made a giant one-meet leap, from 1:52 to 1:48.74 in early June, and has backed it up with two more sub-1:50s. He has a solid chance to be the fifth American ever to make the final. Meanwhile, two of the three medalists from last summer’s insane World Youth final (three under 1:45) should be here. The winner of that race, Leonard Kosencha KEN, is now down to 1:43.60 but is competing at the senior level. But #1 on the WJ list is Nijel Amos BOT – fifth in Lille last summer in 1:47.28, but with a dramatic improvement now to 1:43.11 - #2 all-time on the WJ list. This WJ field will likely be much, much better than it was in 2010.



Men’s 1500 Meters
WJR: 3:36.1h, Jim Ryun, U. of Kansas, 1966
AJR: 3:30.24, Cornelius Chirchir, KEN, 2002

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Caleb M. Ndiku, KEN, 3:37.30 (12-SF2-Elias Gedyon, 6-SF3-Peter Callahan)
2008: Imad Touil, ALG, 3:47.40 (8-Evan Jager, 5-H2-Duncan Phillips)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 3:38.91 / 3:44.05
2008: 3:47.65 / 3:47.71

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Geoffrey Barusei, KEN, 3:33.69
2. Hamza Driouch, QAT, 3:33.69
3. Teshome Dirirsa, ETH, 3:34.55
19. Austin Mudd, U of Wisconsin, 3:40.87
-- Izaic Yorks, Lakes WA, 3:46.67


Analysis: Since the East Africans took over, this (and the other distances) have been tough for the U.S. to crack. The best-ever finishes by Team USA were fifths by Jason Pyrah (1988) and Gabe Jennings (1998) and just making the final is seen as an accomplishment. Collegiate frosh Austin Mudd, though, has a good chance of advancing and finishing in the top half, especially if it’s a kicker’s race. WA prep Izaic Yorks will be hard-pressed to make the final, but don’t count out this super talent. World #1 Geoffrey Barusei KEN did not try out for his team, but #3 Teshome Dirirsa ETH was the World Youth champ in 2011 and #2 Hamza Driouch QAT has made WJ and WY 800 finals the past two years, and was second in the Youth Olympic 1k in 2010.



Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
WJR: 7:58.66, Saif Saaeed Shaheen, KEN, 2001
AJR: 8:33.8h, John Gregorek, Georgetown, 1979

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Jonathan M. Ndiku, KEN, 8:23.48 (10-Jared Berman, 15-H1-Dakota Peachee)
2008: Jonathan M. Ndiku, KEN, 8:17.28 (9-Dylan Knight, 10-Curtis Carr)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 8:37.02 / 8:55.77
2008: 8:25.14 / 8:55.28

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Conseslus Kipruto, KEN, 8:08.92
2. Gilbert Kiplangat Kirui, KEN, 8:11.27
3. Jaouad Chemlal, MAR, 8:25.98
-- Edward Owens, Princeton, 8:53.55
-- Darren Fahy, La Costa Canyon CA, 9:03.15


Analysis: In no event has one country been as dominant as Kenya has been in the steeple, with victories in all 13 WJCs. Like in the 100, a 2-time champ has moved on in Ndiku, but one of his countrymen will surely fill the spot. World #1-2 Conseslus Kipruto and Gilbert Kirui were last year’s 1-2 finishers in the World Youth 2k steeple and they have 14 seconds on the rest of the world list. The best U.S. finish ever was fifth by Chris Dugan in 1998 and it’s unlikely that will be bettered this year. CA prep Darren Fahy is unlucky that his WJC year comes when he’s a HS senior instead of a collegiate frosh; it will likely take an improvement of several seconds for him to make the final. Collegian Eddie Owens, who lost to Fahy in the US Junior race but has a PR 10 seconds faster, should make it if he’s fit and on top of his game.



Men’s 5000 Meters
WJR: 12:52.61, Eliud Kipchoge, KEN, 2002
AJR: 13:25.46, German Fernandez, Okla. State, 2009

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: David K. Bett, KEN, 13:23.76 (11-Trevor Dunbar)
2008: Abreham Cherkos, ETH, 13:08.57 (11-Matt Centrowitz, 16-Ryan Collins)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 13:28.92 / (straight final)
2008: 13:11.97 / (straight final)

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Hagos Gebrhiwet, ETH, 12:47.53
2. Isiah Kiplangat Koech, KEN, 12:57.63
3. Yigrem Demelash, ETH, 13:03.30
-- Kirubel Erassa, Okla. State, 13:47.26
-- Kyle King, U. of Virginia, 13:55.80


Analysis: A new world junior record in the event was set just Friday (July 6), but don’t expect the Ethiopian Gebrihiwet (or the World #2 and #3) to be in Barcelona, but rather the Olympic Games or Diamond League circuit. That doesn’t mean the race will be much easier. Kenya’s team will be led by 2011 World Youth 3k champ William Sitonik, who won the Kenyan Trials 5k. Team USA, which has never had an athlete finish higher than ninth in this event (most recently Galen Rupp in 2004), will counter with collegians Kirubel Erassa and Kyle King.



Men’s 10000 Meters
WJR: 26:41.75, Samuel Wanjiru KEN, 2005
AJR: 28:15.82, Galen Rupp OR, 2005

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Dennis C. Masai, KEN, 27:53.88 (6-Parker Stinson, 16-Graham Bazell)
2008: Josphat Bett Kipkoech, KEN, 27:30.85 (17-Donn Cabral, 19-Dan Dunbar)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 28:14.55 / (straight final)
2008: 28:07.98 / (straight final)

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Geoffrey Kirui, KEN, 27:08.44
2. Charles Ndirango, KEN, 27:58.02
3. Enoch Omwamba, KEN, 28:18.93
-- Ryan Pickering, U. of Oregon, 30:56.77
-- Jacob Kildoo, Notre Dame, 31:04.61


Analysis: He may have finished “just” sixth and been lapped by the winner, but TX prep Parker Stinson’s 29:32.23 (#6 all-time HS) at the 2010 WJC was a spectacular PR and an effort that resounded in the prep distance community. This year’s US entries, collegians Ryan Pickering and Jacob Kildoo, are unlikely to top that – but then no one thought Stinson would run 29:32 two years ago, either. Meanwhile, in this event the world’s top junior distance runner IS expected to run this meet instead of the next level, so Geoffrey Kirui KEN – whose PR came at the Pre Classic (Kenyan Olympic Trials) last month – is the heavy favorite.



Men’s 10000 Meter Racewalk
WJR: 38:46.4h, Viktor Burayev, RUS, 2000
AJR: 41:23.14, Tyler Sorenson CA, 2011

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Valery Filipchuk, RUS, 40:43.17 (7-Trevor Barron, 15-Tyler Sorensen)
2008: Stanislav Emelyanov, RUS, 39:35.01 (No USA)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 40:50.37 / (straight final)
2008: 40:29.57 / (straight final)

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (Track) (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Benjamin Thorne, CAN, 40:26.0h
2. Takumi Saito, JPN, 40:32.74
3. Pavel Parshin, RUS, 41.14.73
-- Tyler Sorensen, Torrey Pines CA sr, 44:11.35

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (Road)
1. Takumi Saito, JPN, 40:14
2. Ihor Lyashchenko, UKR, 40:35
3. Alexander Ivanov, RUS, 40:48

Analysis: 2010 was the best year ever for US walkers at this meet as Trevor Barron and Tyler Sorensen were seventh and 15th, with Barron setting the American Junior Record. Sorensen reset that mark last year at World Youths, where he was fifth, and has a chance to return here and improve his position. The only problem is that he was injured this winter and has only been training healthily for a few months. If he can match his 41:23.14 PR, he has a good chance to be in the top five or better. The favorites include Benjamin Thorne CAN, Takumi Saito JPN, and 2011 WY Champ Pavel Parshin RUS.



Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
WJR: 13.12, Liu Xaing, CHN, 2002
AJR: 13.08, Wayne Davis NC, 2009

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, FRA, 13.52 (5-Caleb Cross, 4-SF2-Jonathan Cabral)
2008: Konstantin Shabanov, RUS, 13.27 (2-Booker Nunley, 4-SF2-Ron Brookins)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 13.59 / 13.77
2008: 13.51 / 13.62

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Yordan L. O’Farrill, CUB, 13.27 (0.0w)
2. James Gladman, GBR, 13.30 (1.2w)
3. Artie Burns, Miami N’Western FL jr, 13.35 (-1.4w)
7. Dondre Echols, Potomac MD sr, 13.56 (-1.8w)
9. Joshua Thompson, Pitt, 13.59 (-1.8w)


Analysis: It’s too bad injuries cut short Artie Burns’ campaign as the Florida prep would have been a gold medal contender had he stayed healthy and made it to Spain. But don’t sell Dondre Echols MD or collegian Joshua Thompson short. Both could make the final and be in the medal mix. Echols has progressed sharply in the past few months after a fine indoor season. Thompson, of course, is readjusting to the lower hurdle height after his collegiate season. The World #1-2 are relatively inexperienced at this level, but World #4 Nicholas Hough AUS won the Youth Olympic title in 2010 over the shorter hurdles.



Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
WJR, AJR: 48.02, Danny Harris, Team USA, 1984

Recent Champs (plus/other top U.S. finishers)
2010: Jehue Gordon, TRI, 49.30 (7-SF2-Sheroid Evans, 4-H5-Steven White)
2008: Jeshua Anderson, USA, 48.68 (2-Johnny Dutch)

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 50.22 / 51.22
2008: 49.56 / 51.48

2012 IAAF World Top 3 (plus Team USA, in bold, with rank if top 20)
1. Felix Franz, GER, 50.48
2. Shota Madokoro, JPN, 50.62
3. Egor Kuznetsov, RUS, 50.62
4. Eric Futch, Penn Wood PA sr, 50.73
11. Gregory Coleman, Texas A&M, 51.01


Analysis: After enjoying global domination in 2006 and 2008 – with gold/silver sweeps – Team USA was shut out of the 400H final in 2010. PA prep Eric Futch hopes to lead the way back on to the medal stand after his PR at US Juniors rocketed him up to World #4. So little time separates the top dozen, that the medals are really up for grabs. World #3 Egor Kuznetsov RUS was the World Youth champ in 2011 over the shorter barriers.



Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay
WJR, AJR: 38.66, Team USA, 2004

Recent Champs
2010: USA, 38.93
2008: USA, 38.98

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 39.72 / 40.07
2008: 39.70 / 40.40

2012 IAAF World Top 3
1. Japan, 39.16
2. US All-Stars (Great Southwest), 39.93
3. Jamaica, 39.39

Analysis: Team USA has grabbed four of the last five titles and three in a row. They certainly have the speed for another sub-39 with Tyreek Hill, Aaron Ernest and relay pool picks Arthur Delaney (Oregon frosh) and Cameron Burrell (Texas prep). Could the 38.66 World Junior record by Team USA from 2004 be threatened? Meanwhile, the world list means little with most national squads not having marks yet, but Japan (second in 2011 WY medley relay) is a serious threat now and Jamaica is always dangerous (DNS in 2011 WY medley).



Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
WJR, AJR: 3:01.09, Team USA, 2004

Recent Champs
2010: USA, 3:04.76
2008: USA, 3:03.86

Recent marks to medal / make final
2010: 3:06.49 / 3:08.32
2008: 3:06.47 / 3:09.23

2012 IAAF World Top 3
1. Trinidad and Tobago, 3:05.95
2. Poland, 3:08.81
3. Bahamas, 3:09.23

Analysis: Team USA is nearly as dominant here as the Kenyans are in the steeple, with the last five titles in a row and 11 of 13 overall. Preps Aldrich Bailey TX and Arman Hall FL not only have World Youth relay experience, but also two of the world’s top five times. So victory not only seems really likely, but Team USA’s World Junior record of 3:01.09 from 2004 could be under siege. Collegians Chidi Okezie and Quincy Downing, both 46.10-20 performers, are the relay pool members. The toughest competition could come from Trinidad and Tobago, which has run 3:05.95 this year.

Bile, Burcham and Margey break through

June, 17, 2012
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2012 NBNO SaturdayJohn Dye/ESPNHSAhmed Bile wins 800 - Kelsey Margey wins girls mile - Jacob Burcham wins boys mile
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- All three of them had built stellar resumes, made numerous appearances in big national races, and produced a lot of near-misses.

But Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va.), Jacob Burcham (Ona, W.V.) and Kelsey Margey (Long Island, N.Y.) all became national champions on Saturday during the final day of competition at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships at Greensboro, N.C.

In a meet where some of the star power was siphoned off by the U.S. Junior Championships, all three of these first-time winners earned legit titles.

Bile, son of 1987 world 1,500 champ Abdi Bile, found an open seam in Lane 1 and strode past Zavon Watkins to win the 800 meters in a personal best 1:49.85.

"With 100 to go I thought, 'Well second isn't that bad,'" Bile said. "The whole inside lane opened up and I was like 'I think I could catch him if I go on the inside.' But it was a little risky. I'm just speechless."

Watkins was speechless, too. The senior from Liverpool, N.Y. could almost reach out and touch the national title it was so close. And in the blink of any eye, Bile's 6-foot-4 frame swept past him. Watkins ran 1:49.98.

"I was heartbroken," Watkins said. "I didn't hear him, I didn't see him. If I had I would have stepped over (into lane one) and stepped through, but it happens."

Bile had finished seventh at the adidas Dream Mile, fifth at the Penn Relays mile, and been a top-15 finisher twice at Foot Locker in cross country. Last year in the New Balance 800 he was fourth.

"It was my last high school race and I really wanted to go out with a bang," said Bile, who will enter Georgetown in the fall.

Burcham, a junior, was second in the Brooks PR Invite mile (Feb.), second in the Penn Relays mile (April) and second at the adidas Dream Mile (June). Those experiences all added up to something. He was the class of the field in Greensboro, pulling away almost immediately from a field that included Connecticut champion Henry Wynne and New Balance 5K champion Jake Leingang of North Dakota.

"I planned to go a little faster but it didn't work out," Burcham said. "I still won and that was all that I cared about, really."

Burcham ran 4:08.80 and was more than two seconds clear of the field.

"I should have some confidence knowing I won my last race of the year, and national champion (sounds) good too," he said.

Margey was part of Nike's Elite camp last summer and had placed third and sixth, respectively, in the New Balance Outdoors mile in 2010 and 2011. She had placed in the top five in a wide variety of big events, including fourth at the Manhattan Invitational (cross country), fourth at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, third at the adidas Dream Mile (in 2010) and second at Penn Relays (in 2011).

She came into New Balance Outdoors fresh off a victory at the New York state meet in the 800 and second place in the 1,500.

On Saturday, she smartly ran the kick out of defending champion Wesley Frazier (Raleigh, N.C.) by pushing from 800 meters out and cruised to the win in 4:45.84. The Friends Academy senior will attend Villanova in the fall.

2012 NBNO Saturday
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"The spring season of my senior year I grew a lot and got a lot stronger, physically and mentally," Margey said. "Today it all came together for me. I was nervous because it was my last race and it means a lot. I was really happy with how I did."

Frazier, for the second year in a row, was irrepressible despite an ambitious schedule. On Saturday, she ran the mile in 4:48.28 for second place and then less than half an hour later ran a 4:48 split for 1,600 meters on her team's distance medley relay, kicking late to grab fourth.

In seven championship races over 2011 and 2012 (six individual, one relay), Frazier has won three times and never finished outside the top four.

"I was tired. My legs were so heavy," Frazier said of the short recovery after the mile. "I was just like, 'I've just got to go one more mile. I can do it.'"

Frazier barely had time to think about her second place finish in the mile. She went straight to the check-in area to get a new hip number and confer with her teammates for the DMR. She was determined to finish in the top six so her three teammates, including freshman sister Ryen, could make All-American.

Another gutsy double came from Robert Rhodes of Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who finished third in the 800 (1:50.53) and then quickly turned around and split 47.5 to anchor his team's 4x400 to victory in 3:14.95.

Rhodes had made a bold promise back in November that he would break his coach's school record in the 800 (1:50.83) by the time he graduated. After he hit the finish line he had no idea whether he had kept his promise but he laid on the ground for several minutes. It was a sweet relief that he had come through because a weak earlier he had faltered and run 1:54.06 and placed fourth at the New York state meet.

After accepting his third-place award, Rhodes jogged over to get his sweats and then found his teammates.

"I told my teammates, 'Listen, usually I'm the one coming through for you guys. Today, you guys have to come through for me because I'm very tired,'" Rhodes said. "And my third leg got me the lead and I was able to hold it."

2012 NBNO Saturday
John Dye/ESPNHSBoys and Girls wins 4x400
Earlier in the day, Sam Mattis of East Brunswick, N.J. successfully defended his title in the discus. He sent three towering throws beyond 200 feet on his fourth, fifth and sixth attempts and won it with 203-2.

"It wasn't perfect but it was a national championship and a good way to end the season," said Mattis, who concluded his senior year ranked No. 1 with 218-4. He had winning throws in excess of 200 feet in five meets this spring.

Carla Forbes of Newtonville, Mass. swept the horizontal jumps, taking the long jump crown with 19-9 to complete an unbeaten spring. Forbes, a junior, won the triple jump on Saturday with 42-9.50.

The other double winner was sophomore Ky Westbrook of Chandler, Ariz., who added the 200 (23.92w) to the 100 title she won Friday.

Kadecia Baird of Brooklyn (Medgar Evers) turned in one of the most impressive performances of the day by winning the 400 in US#1 52.12. But she opted out of the 200 final despite running 23.26 (+3.5w) in the prelims.

Raevyn Rogers, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, hadn't raced since May 4 because of a hamstring injury but she returned to form and ran a surprising US#4 2:05.50 to win the 800 meters. That race also included amazing seventh grader Daesha Rogers from Plantation, Fla., who placed sixth in 2:09.89.

The girls from Ridgewood, N.J., who came to the meet hoping that with two chances they could get at least one podium finish, instead got two national championships. Anchored by freshman, Catherine Pagano, Ridgewood ran US#4 11:50.73 to win the distance medley relay just one day after a stunning win in the 4x800.

Marshfield (Mass.) won the boys DMR with US#1 10:01.32 as anchor leg Joel Hubbard closed his 1,600-meter leg with a 58-second last lap.

Shawn Barber of Kingwood Park, Texas won the pole vault with 16-4 but his real achievement this weekend may have been survival. Barber, his father, and two companions rented an SUV and drove it from their home near Houston and drove it to Bloomington, Ind. so he could compete at U.S. Juniors on Friday (16-4.75 for sixth). As soon as that was over, they packed up and drove to Greensboro for Saturday's competition.

Was the road trip fun?

"It was fun if you like driving," Barber dead-panned. Before the sun was down, he was packed up and on the road again, headed west for Texas and the final leg of a 2,600-mile odyssey.

Other athletes may have dug deeper for their titles at this meet. None were as travel-weary as Barber.
Press Release

NEW YORK CITY (May 30, 2012)—Tyreek Hill, who last weekend set the track world on fire with a scorching double of 10.19 at 100 meters and 20.14 for 200 meters at the Golden South Classic, will compete in the adidas Dream 100 at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers have announced.

Both times lead the nation this year, and Hill’s 200-meter clocking catapults him to #2 on the all-time U.S. high school list, just 1/100th of a second off the national prep record of 20.13 set by Roy Martin in 1985.

Also joining the Dream 100 field is Abraham Hall, a senior from South Grand Prairie, Texas, who shares the #1 spot at 100 meters with Hill and is #2 at 200 meters. Hall is the 2012 Texas 5A State Champion at 100 and 200 meters, and is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hill, a senior from Douglas, Ga., who was virtually unknown outside of his home state until his Golden South breakthrough, is the 2012 Georgia 5A State Champion in 100 meters, 200 meters and the long jump. The addition of Hill and Hall to the field gives the Boys’ Dream 100 the five fastest 100-meter sprinters in the nation this year.

The Dream 100 and Dream Mile are again destined to be among the most hotly contested events at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9. In its eighth year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will feature dozens of Olympic medalists and World Champions, including Yohan Blake, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and David Rudisha, the 800-meter World Record-holder. The event will again be the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit and is part of the Visa Championships Series. Tickets are now available at adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Added to the Girls’ Dream Mile is Alexis Panisse, a senior from Bayside, N.Y. Panisse ranks among the top five in the U.S. at 800 meters (#4), 1600 meters (#5) and 2K Steeplechase (#5) and was fifth in the 2012 national indoor mile championships. She will attend the University of Tennessee.

Also joining the girls’ field for the Dream Mile are Lily Williams, a senior from Tallahassee, Fla., and Alli Cash, a junior from Shawnee Mission, Kan. Williams is the 2012 Florida State 3A Champion at 800, 1600 and 3200 meters, and ranks #3 in the U.S. in the mile thanks to her 4:46 Golden South Classic victory last weekend; Cash is the Kansas Relays Champion at 800 meters and 1600 meters who ranks #5 in the U.S. at 1600 meters.

Izaic Yorks, a senior from Lakewood, Wash., ranked #1 at 1600 meters (4:04.00), has been added to the Boys’ Dream Mile. The 2012 Washington 3A State Champion at 800 meters and 1600 meters, he will attend the University of Portland.

With four top sprinters joining the field for the Girls’ Dream 100—Jennifer Madu of Plano, Texas; Morolake Akinosun of Naperville, Ill.; Ariana Washington of Long Beach, Calif.; and Tristie Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.—the event now features athletes with the eight fastest 100-meter times in the nation this season.

Madu, a senior headed to Texas A&M University, is the 2011 IAAF World Youth Champion at 100 meters and the 2012 Texas 5A State Champion at 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump—titles all earned within eight hours. Ranked #5 in the U.S. at 100m and #2 in the triple jump, she is also the 2012 indoor national champion at 60 meters.

Akinosun, a senior, ranks #2 in the U.S. at 100 meters (11.41) and is the 2012 IHSA 3A State Champion at 100 meters. She is also the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games Champion at both 100 and 200 meters, and will attend the University of Illinois. Washington, a sophomore, is ranked #3 in the U.S. at 100 meters (11.45) and #2 at 200 meters (23.52), and is the 2011 USA Intermediate Girls’ Youth Champion at 200 meters and runner-up at 100 meters. Johnson, a senior who will attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., has the #1 all-conditions time in the U.S. for 100 meters (11.28) and is the 2012 Florida 3A State Champion at 100 meters and 200 meters. She won the 100 meters last weekend at the Golden South Classic.

Fields for the Dream Mile and Dream 100 are being drawn from the winners of three qualifying meets in the adidas Golden Stripes series, as well as from at-large bids. The first meet, the adidas Meet of Champions, was held on March 24, followed by the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., April 19-21 and the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., on May 26. In addition to the opportunity to compete in a world-class international track event, athletes in the Dream Mile and Dream 100 will also have the chance to receive coaching from mile legend Jim Ryun.

All of the latest news, photos and additional information on the adidas Grand Prix can be found at adidasgrandprix.com, the event’s pages on Facebook at facebook.com/adidasGrandPrix and on Twitter at twitter.com/adidasGrandPrix. When tweeting, use #agpny. For even more coverage on the Dream Mile and Dream 100, visit adidasgoldenstripes.com.

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Tyreek HillWalter Pinion/ESPNHSTyreek Hill had a dazzling sprint double at the Ga. state meet (above), but what he did Saturday at GSC far exceeded that.


MEET COVERAGE


In a meet loaded with established sprint stars from Florida and Texas, and with two Dream Mile tickets to New York on the line, it was a unheralded senior from Georgia in his first out-of-state big meet that stole the show at the 36th Golden South Classic in Orlando.

Coffee County senior Tyreek Hill shocked the prep track world in the 200 with a mind-boggling 20.14. Riding a legal 1.8 wind, Hill became the second faster half-lapper in history, missing Roy Martin’s 1985 USR by just .01. It was pretty heady stuff for someone who came into the meet with just a 20.94 PR.

Even more amazing is the fact that even if Hill hadn’t started the 200, his day had already been a smashing success. In the 100, he began the day with a US#1 10.19 that was shocking by itself. It lowered his wind-legal PR of 10.44 (he also carried a 10.32 nwi coming in). Then in the 200 prelim, he led qualifiers again with a US#1 20.45.

In the 100 final, however, he was defeated by defending Golden South champ Lavonte Whitfield, 10.38 to 10.45. Still not bad at all, but some might have thought that Hill had used up the gas tank for the night. Not so, as in the furlong he nearly made history.

Hill has signed with Garden City Community College in Kansas for football.

Florida speedsters Marvin Bracy, Shayla Sanders, Robin Reynolds, Whitfield, and Texan Aldrich Bailey all had tremendous credentials coming in, but no one could match Hill’s fireworks. Bracy, recovering from injury suffered in his state meet, scratched. Sanders had a strong 11.40/23.44 double, but her US#1s held previously are still in place. US#1 400 stars Reynolds and Bailey both won with fast times, but again, neither set a PR. Whitfield, of course, could claim to beat Hill after he ran the fast prelim, but didn’t top his own 10.31 personal best in the process.

Meanwhile, Chiles sr Lily Williams ripped the field in the Dream Mile qualifier with a PR US#3 4:46.15 PR that was more than enough to earn an auto berth to New York. Colonial jr Andres Arroyo, however, will have to wait and see after a US#13 4:11.70 that was 1.70 short of the automatic standard.

A select few have Olympic Trials in sights

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Aldrich BaileyBert Richardson/ESPNHSAldrich Bailey, shown here at the Texas Relays, ran a US#1 45.19 400 meters and could test himself against the nation's best at the Olympic Trials in June in Eugene, Ore.


The Olympic Trials, which will decide which U.S. track and field athletes make it to the 2012 London Games, are just six weeks away.

As the high school season moves toward state championships from coast to coast, we have an eye on which preps may crash the party in Eugene and go head to head with professionals and collegians in competition for a spot in the U.S. Olympic team.

Making it to the Olympics as a high school student (or recent graduate) is exceedingly rare in modern track and field. Dwayne Evans made the team in 200 in 1976, shortly after graduating from Arizona’s South Mountain High School. The same year, Johnny "Lam" Jones, a legend from Lampassas High (Texas) made it in the 100 meters and won a gold medal in the 4x100 relay.

No high school male has competed in the Olympic Games in a U.S. uniform since then.

Sisters Sherri and Denean Howard of Kennedy High (Los Angeles) went 1-2 in the 400 meters at the 1980 Olympic Trials, but that year’s U.S. team didn’t get compete in Moscow, Russia because of a boycott. Denean was just 15 at the time, coming out of her sophomore year. (She would go on to make three more Olympic teams).

Before Title IX became law in the 1970s it was common for teenagers to make the U.S. women’s Olympic team. But the advent of college scholarships, plus professional opportunities, has made it exceedingly difficult for a high school athlete to make the team ever again.

However, the very best prep athletes do make it into the Trials on occasion, soaking up the experience of being one step away from their dream. The starts lists usually include 24-32 athletes per event.

Here is a closer look at where some of this year’s top high school athletes stand. Some of these athletes may choose not to do the Trials for scheduling reasons. The U.S. Junior Championships, which is the qualifying meet for World Juniors (and a trip to Barcelona) is just days before the Trials start at Eugene, Oregon's Hayward Field.

Olympic Trials Qualifying Standards

2012 US High School Leaders

BOYS
Marvin Bracy, Boone (Florida): A report in Monday’s Orlando Sentinel stated that there is hope that Bracy will be able to be at full strength for the Golden South Invitational on May 26. Bracy, who has a wind-legal best of 10.25 seconds (and 10.05 wind-aided), won the Florida state title in the 100 over the weekend, but had to pull out of the 200 with a slight hamstring strain. If he can get back to his best, Bracy should make the cut-off for the Trials. He would be a longshot to make the finals there.

Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Texas): Based on the sizzling 45.19 he ran a little over a week ago, Bailey is a shoo-in to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the 400 meters. And if he can bring the time down even further, as he has suggested that he will, he could have a realistic chance of advancing beyond the first round. Arman Hall (Florida) and Najee Glass (N.J.) could potentially make it into the Trials, too, but both of them would need to PR and dip below 46 seconds.

Sean Keller, Heritage (Vancouver, Wash.): With the US #2 all-time throw of 244-1 at the end of April, Keller moved into the top 10 nationally (including pros and collegians). His place in the Trials is probably secure, but if he chooses to throw at the U.S Junior Championships the preceding week he may not have a rested arm.

Jacob Blankenship (Ohio), Shawn Barber (Texas), Reese Watson (Texas): During the indoor season, there was a lot of momentum happening for the top boys pole vaulters. But outdoors, not one of them has made 17 feet since April 1. And time is running out. The standard to make the Trials is 18-0.50, which none of them has made yet. However, Barber is eligible to compete for Canada and will likely compete in that nation's trials.

Devin Field (Texas) and Jarrion Lawson (Texas): Field was not allowed to compete this spring in varsity events for DeSoto because of the UIL’s residency issues, but his goal for the spring was 26 feet in the long jump. If he can get close to that number, he could make the Trials field (it takes 25-7 to qualify). Lawson, of Liberty-Eylau, has a wind-aided best of 25-10.75. If he can go big at the Texas state championships (without the wind), then he has a chance of making the cut.

Tyler Sorenson (California): The record-breaking junior racewalker earned a spot in the 20-kilometer even last year as a 17-year-old, making him one of the youngest Trials qualifiers ever for this event.

GIRLS

Haley Crouser, Gresham (Ore.): Only a high school junior, Crouser joined her older brother Sam and cousin Ryan as a national record holder this spring when she threw her javelin 181-2. She is a lock to make it into the Trials (along with Sam and Ryan), but she would need a huge PR in order to make it to London. (The Olympic A standard is 200-1). She has a realistic chance to finish in the top five at the Trials. Avione Allgood (Nev.) has been hoping all spring that her surgically repaired shoulder heals in time to throw at the Trials. She threw 176-8 for fourth at the U.S. Championships last year and competed at the Pan Am Games last fall.

Shelbi Vaughan, Legacy (Mansfield, Texas): She is consistently in the 180s with her discus and hit a best of 191-6 for a new U.S. high school record. That puts her squarely inside the top 10 nationally. On a good day, she could even make the finals at the Olympic Trials. But in 2008, the three who made the U.S. team all threw farther than 205 feet.

Gabrielle Williams, Reed (Sparks, Nev.): Still a little shy of the Trials standard (6-0.50), the U.S. leader has cleared six feet once and has a little more time to make an improvement that could put her into the field. It’s a lot to ask of a high school sophomore.

Shayla Sanders, Boyd H. Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.): She has been the dominant high school sprinter this spring in the 100 (11.33) and 200 (23.25), but these are extremely competitive events in the U.S. What will it take for her lineup against the likes of Carmelita Jeter or Allyson Felix? Sanders has met the qualifying standard for the 100, but if a bunch of women run fast at the NCAA championships, it could bump her down the list. If she can improve her time by even a few hundredths, she’d have a good chance of making the field. In 2008, it took 23.12 to make the field in the 200, so that might be out of reach.

Robin Reynolds, Jackson (Miami): The US leader in the 400 (52.19) has the B standard for the Trials, but that’s not a guarantee of making the cut. In 2008, 52.58 was the last accepted entry (out of 27 in the field). Reynolds’ best time would have made the field (22nd). Reynolds also has a long jump best of 20-6.25, about eight inches short of the Trials qualifying mark.

Ajee Wilson, Neptune (N.J.), Mary Cain, Bronxville (N.Y.) and Amy Weissenbach, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.): These are three of the all-time best prep 800-meter runners and all three of them have credentials that could put them into the Trials. In 2008, the slowest woman in the field made it in with 2:04.90. This is becoming a deeper even in the U.S., so it could take something a little faster this time. Wilson ran 2:02.64 last July and has a best so far this spring of 2:05.28. Cain, who is only a sophomore, is coming on strong and has a best of 2:05.90, but split 2:03.7 on a relay last year. She is also very close to the Trials B standard in the 1,500 (4:17.00). Weissenbach, the California state champion, has a PR of 2:02.04, although she has not run a fast one yet this spring.

Trinity Wilson, St. Mary’s College (Calif.), Dior Hall, George Washington (Colo.), Traci Hicks, Long Beach Poly (Calif.): In 2008, Jacqueline Coward (Tenn.) was a prep elite who made the field, qualifying with her best time of 13.20. At the Trials, she ran 13.69 and was last in her prelim, demonstrating how massive the leap is to this level of competition. Wilson ran 13.41 on April 7, but also suffered a hairline fracture of her big toe and hasn’t competed since. If she can return in time to compete in the California state meet, and get back to her PR of 13.15, she could land in the Trials. Hall, a sophomore, is the indoor national champion and has a PR of 13.18 from last year. Hicks has a wind-aided best of 13.22 and could also be on the bubble for a berth. (In 2008, it took 13.24 to make it into the meet).

Brianna Nerud, North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.): The senior has run a couple of 3,000-meter steeplechase races in order to see if she can make the Trials B standard of 10:15, but has a best so far of 10:24.95. It would take a startling improvement in order to make the field. In 2008, it took 10:09 to make it and this year will probably take something a few seconds faster.

Cayla Hatton, Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.): She ran an eye-popping 10,000 meters time of 33:17.28 at a low-key college meet – second-fastest in U.S. high school history. At the time, it seemed like she might be a lock for the Trials. Now, it appears that time won’t make the cut. In 2008, 33:24.10 secured the last spot in the field. This time around, it is much more competitive thanks to a couple of fast races this spring at Stanford (April 6 and 27). Twenty-nine women broke 33 minutes in those two races.

Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.): Has she gotten well-rounded enough to score 5,600 points in the heptathlon? That’s what it takes to make it into the Trials (at a minimum), and last year as a sophomore Williams was an age-group record-breaker with 5,170. Williams can compete with the best in the hurdles, high jump and long jump. She was reportedly working on her throws with the Throw1Deep Club in Georgia and that was a smart move. If her shot put and javelin are consistently superior to where they were a year ago, 5,600 is within her range.
Bracy Chapus CheserekJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSDefending champs Marvin Bracy (boys 100) and Cami Chapus (girls mile), plus Ed Cheserek are the first invitees to adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile and 100.


PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK CITY (March 27, 2012) – Two-sport sprint star Marvin Bracy and milers Cami Chapus and Edward Cheserek, a trio of the top high-school athletes in the country, will be out to make history at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers and adidas have announced.

Bracy (Orlando, Fla.), one of the most exciting young American sprinters in years, will be chasing the U.S. high school record at 100 meters (10.01) in the Dream 100, seeking to become the first high-school athlete to go under 10 seconds, while Chapus (Los Angeles, Calif.) will be trying to break the national record of 4:35.1 in the Girls’ Dream Mile and Edward Cheserek (Newark, N.J.) will be vying to break four minutes in the Boys’ Dream Mile. If he succeeds, he will be just the sixth U.S. high-school runner in history to do so but the second in the last 12 months in the Dream Mile at this very meet, after Lukas Verzbicas ran 3:59.71 here last year.

In its eighth year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, featuring dozens of Olympic medalists and World Champions, will again be the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit and is part of the Visa Championships Series. Tickets are now available by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Blake Haney (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Carrie Verdon (Moraga, Calif.), winners of the Boys’ and Girls’ Dream Miles at the adidas Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., last weekend, have also been invited to compete at the adidas Grand Prix provisional on posting qualifying times by June 4.

Bracy, the 2011 Pan Am Junior Games gold medalist, ran 6.08 seconds for 55 meters this winter to break the national high-school record, and his wind-aided 100-meter time of 10.05 is the second-fastest all-time under any conditions. A two-time Florida state champion at both 100 and 200 meters and a football All-American, the Boone High School senior is the defending Dream 100 champion. He has committed to Florida State University in both football and track.

Chapus, fifth in the 2011 World Youth Championships 1500 meters, is the reigning California state champion at 1600 meters, a two-time state cross-country champion, and anchored her Harvard-Westlake High School distance-medley relay squad to the national high-school record. The defending Dream Mile champion, the senior will attend Stanford University next fall.

A junior at St. Benedict’s Prep in nearby Newark, Cheserek is sure to be a crowd favorite in New York. They’ve already had a lot of practice cheering for him: Cheserek ran 4:03.29 in the 2011 Dream Mile to set a national sophomore record and 13:57 for 5000 meters at the 2012 Millrose Games to set the national high-school mark in that distance. He is also the 2011 Foot Locker Cross Country champion and #2 on the all-time indoor 2 Mile list (4:02.21).

Fields for the Dream Mile and Dream 100 will be drawn from the winners of three qualifying meets in the adidas Golden Stripes series, as well as from at-large bids. The first meet, the adidas Meet of Champions, was held on March 24. Next up is the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., April 19-21, followed by the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., on May 26. In addition to the opportunity to compete in a world-class international track event, athletes in the Dream Mile and Dream 100 will also have the chance to receive coaching from legendary athletes.

All of the latest news, photos and additional information on the adidas Grand Prix can be found at adidasgrandprix.com, the event’s pages on Facebook at facebook.com/adidasGrandPrix and on Twitter at twitter.com/adidasGrandPrix. When tweeting, use #agpny.

For even more coverage on the Dream Mile and Dream 100, visit adidasgoldenstripes.com.

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"Bullet" Bob Hayes would have been proud.

There was speed everywhere on Saturday at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., but nothing surpassed Artie Burns of Miami Northwestern, who ran 13.35 into a 1.4 meters-per-second headwind in the 110 hurdles. That's .01 seconds faster than 2011 national leader Jonathan Cabral and No. 6 all-time.

Burns also won the 300 hurdles in 36.14 seconds.

Robin Reynolds of Miami Jackson ran 53.28 to win the 400 meters and also won the 200 (24.16) and long jump (19-7.50). She ran 24.02 in the prelims of the 200 before the wind picked up.

Arman Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas) doubled 46.66/21.12 in winning the 400 and 200.

Kendal Williams (Stanton) ran 10.55 into a 1.5 meter headwind to win the 100 and also finished second to Hall in the 200.

Landon Jenkins (Westlake) won the triple jump at 49-8.

Tristie Johnson (Ed White) won the 100 meters in 11.79 seconds.

Seventh grader Daesha Rogers won the 800 meters in 2:12.86.

One of the most competitive events of the meet was the girls 4x100 relay. St. Thomas Aquinas ran 47.49 for the win, edging Miami Northwestern (47.60) and Miami Southridge (47.89).
Boys 800John Nepolitan/ESPNHSThe last time (from left) Ned Willig, Zavon Watkins, and Ben Malone were on the track together, great drama ensued at the NB Collegiate 1k. What will happen in the 800 Sunday?


NBNI Index


There’s so much to love at the New Balance Nationals Indoor, the second straight year of a single national championship meet indoors for preps to settle who’s the best in the U.S. Here’s a primer to Baker’s Dozen best of the best over the three-day stretch (boys followed by girls, but in no pecking order).

Boys 800: Talent and drama to burn
The boys 4-lapper at NBNI isn’t getting the buzz of, say, the 400 or pole vault, but there’s no doubt that there will be high drama, especially with the following four protagonists:
Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.) senior Zavon Watkins: Defending champ and the only sub-1:50 (outdoors) in the field, Watkins had a great run of mile victories, but at shorter distances (600, 800, 1k) he’s dealt with a few defeats and a DQ. He still has something to prove.
Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.) senior Strymar Livingston: USRs at 500 and 600, but definitely has something to prove at 800 (2nd at Simplot), which will be his main outdoor event.
Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.) senior Ned Willig: Still US#1 at 800 this winter at 1:51.25, he “won” the 1k where he and Watkins were DQ’d and might still be burning a little from his 10th at Millrose (mile).
Pascack Valley (Hillsdale, N.J.) junior Ben Malone might be the most talented of all. He was the official winner of the NB Collegiate 1k (2:23.56) when the DQs came in, and has a US#1 4:11.66 1600, a 1:51 800 relay leg, and even a 1:21 600 to his credit. A dark horse who could take it all for sure, but he’s also entered in the mile.
Don’t be surprised if Robby Andrews' USR comes under attack and more than one runner goes under 1:50.

Boys PV: Best indoor trio ever
There have never been three pole vaulters at 17-6 or better in a single year, indoors. And, suffice it to say then that there has never been an undercover competition with three guys doing battle at such high altitude. It’s not completely shocking that Spring (Spring, Texas) senior Reese Watson and Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio) senior Jacob Blankenship have reached that level, given their creds from 2011. But Kingwood Park (Houston) senior Shawn Barber was “only” a 16-6 vaulter when the season began. With his 17-8 outdoors last weekend, he actually leads the trio now. Interestingly, Texans Watson and Barber have not met this year, with Watson winning previous meetings between them before Barber’s big improvement. Blankenship has never vaulted against either of them, but his creds certainly match up: He was the surprise New Balance Nationals Outdoor (NBNO) champ last June and then earned a bronze at the World Youth Champs. These are three of the top six indoor vaulters in history, enjoy them.

Boys 400: From teammates back to rivals
While the above-mentioned vaulters have relatively little competitive history between them, the top guns in this epic 2-lap battle could hardly be more familiar with each other (See Doug Binder story). Still, the drama could hardly be higher. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) senior Arman Hall was the man almost all of last year – winning NBNO and World Youth titles – except when he was beaten by Timberview (Arlington, Texas) senior Aldrich Bailey at the World Youth Trials. That surely gave Bailey confidence, despite being second fiddle again at the World Youth Champs, and he came out sizzling this winter with 47.05 and 20.99 marks in January. But then St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) Najee Glass – a runner-up in the biggest races last year – finally got his, too, when he beat Bailey by .01 at Brooks Feb. 26. Their 46.06 and 46.07 times are #2 and #3 all-time (all tracks). Hall has done little indoors, but is down to 46.41 outdoors now (his 46.01 PR is the best of the three). And that’s what has transpired to create a matchup that, despite the rivals’ familiarity with each other, will be as dramatic as any race in the meet. And don’t forget, Bailey and Hall are racing the 200, too.

Boys 60H: Can Robertson confirm?
The boys short hurdle scene (55, 60) coming into 2012 was characterized by a big handful of guys with similar PRs, but no one having quite broken through to the super-elite level yet. And by the Brooks PR meet, the story was the same, with Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) senior Dondre Echols (7.17 55H) and Berea (Berea, Ohio) senior Donovan Robertson (7.87 60H) having pushed closes to all-time great territory. But then, shockingly, Robertson became that super elite performer Feb. 26 at the Brooks PR meet, hitting 7.77 in his prelim and then an eye-popping 7.57 in the final – cutting .03 off Wayne Davis’ 2099 standard. On Sunday, Robertson gets a chance to back it up. There will be eight other hurdlers in the deep field who have run 7.27 or better for 55H, or 7.89 or better for 60H. Robertson will have a big target on his back and it will be fun to watch if he can “get to the first hurdle first” (his words) and do it again, or if a challenger will rise up and take him down. One more thing worth remembering: In Robertson’s last national meet, NBNO last June, he led 110H qualifying (13.74, -0.1w), but finished last in the final. Think he won’t be motivated by that?

Ed Cheserek: Doing the “Verzbicas”
The races and circumstances may be a little different, but for all intents and purposes, Ed Cheserek looks to be trying to pull a “Verzbicas” this weekend at NBNI. No, he won’t be running the 5,000 and going for a record there – he’s already done that this winter. But he is expected to anchor St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.) US#2 DMR (Friday) and US#1 SMR (Saturday), both with a solid chance to win. And he is entered in both the 2-mile and mile on Sunday. If he (and his team in the relays) wins all four, would it be as big a deal as what Verzbicas did last year? In comparing the Friday-Saturday part, Verzbicas pushed fairly hard to break his own 5k mark Friday before resting Saturday. With his respective 1600 and 800 relay legs, Cheserek would probably have to run PR-level marks to carry St. Bene’s to victories. On Sunday, Verzbicas had to beat Cheserek himself in the deuce, whereas Ches will not have nearly as tough a foe. And in the mile, Verzbicas faced a more experienced field for sure, but not necessarily more talented than what Cheserek will encounter. By Sunday night, we’ll see how the two historical efforts compared.

Boys Distance Relays: Can the Brothers beat ‘em all?
Whether or not a top cross-country program carries it through all year long to be a top indoor and outdoor distance power, in individual events and relays, is more hit and miss than people think. Some harrier outfits aren’t as well suited for the mile on down at the national level. So what the Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.) has done already this winter – US#1s in the 4x800 (#2 all-time) and DMR – and are poised to do this weekend is pretty special. Besides the favorite’s role in the above-mentioned events, you certainly have to give them the nod in the 4x1 Mile, where they are defending champions. Could they win all three, something no boys’ school has ever done? Certainly; they look to have a good margin on the fields in the 4x1 Mile and 4x800, while Ed Cheserek and St. Benedict’s (2011 outdoor champ) may offer the toughest challenge in the DMR. As for national records, CBA might not have quite the top-end power to take down the very tough 4x800 or DMR marks, but WWPN’s 17:21.58 4x1 Mile from two years ago could go down.

Girls 800: Cain chases Ajee chases the clock
One can hope for more competitive drama, but in all likelihood, the girls 800 will turn into three races:
1. Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) senior Ajee Wilson chasing the clock, trying to strengthen her hold on #2 all-time or even, perhaps, making a decent run at Mary Decker Slaney’s 38-year-old USR.
2. Bronxville (Bronxville, N.Y.) soph Mary Cain running in no-man’s land for a fast time, somewhere in the 2:05-2:08 range.
3. The rest of the pack having a good race for third place.
Can Cain challenge Wilson? Maybe, on a really good day. And remember, Wilson is a racer – not someone who’s often tried to push alone in a race where she’s the clear favorite. But for Wilson, who has run all of her fast races this winter against elites in the U.S. Open, Millrose Games, and New Balance Boston Indoor GP, what other motivation would there be to run here? She won last year in 2:06.17 and to come to The Armory Sunday just to run to win seems pointless. Been there, done that. Thus, if she really lays it on the line, maybe we’ll see something as special as we presumed two years ago when she authored that epic relay leg at NBON. Stay tuned.

Girls distance relays: New girls on the block
If you assess the girls distance relays starting with the 4x800 and 4x1 Mile, you’ll notice some typically good fields with a handful of teams that could go low 9s or just under 9:00 in the former, and another potential challenger (Haley Pierce and Tatnall, Del.) to Saratoga’s 2005 USR in the latter. But then you check out the girls DMR – now THAT could be interesting. Grosse Pointe South, Michigan and the amazing Meier twins have never entered a national meet relay since they burst on the scene two years ago. Now, just off 4:43.24 (Hannah Meier) and 4:48.10 (Haley Meier) indoor mile PRs at the Brooks PR meet, they will see if their combined talents can attack the 11:35.43 USR by Mountain View, Utah from 2004. Remember, they also have Kelsie Schwartz who has run 4:59 for 1600 and Ersula Farrow, who has run 5:05. One wonders why they didn’t go for the 4x1 mile, but running the Friday night DMR allows the Meiers a day of rest before tacking Sunday’s mile (Hannah his defending champ). If Schwartz and Farrow can combine for a 60-62 400 and a 2:18-20 800, the twins ought to be able to do the rest.

Girls 5K: Rematch for elite trio
While Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.) senior Haley Pierce, Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) junior Wesley Frazier and West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield, Mich.) junior Erin Finn may have a broader perspective on Friday’s 5,000 than how it compares to their NBNO 5,000 last June – the comparison is certainly interesting to fans (see Doug Binder’s story). Pierce’s creds coming in last spring had made her an exciting favorite, but when she faded mid-race, Frazier and Finn put on quite a show in finishing 1-2. Since then, Pierce and Finn both had national runner-up finishes in XC (NXN and Foot Locker, respectively), while Frazier was off form. But as evidenced by their 2-3-4 finishes in the Brooks 2M, quite a battle should be ahead. In grave danger may be the 16:35.15 USR set just last year by Waverly Neer. And don’t forget about North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.) senior Brianna Nerud, who could beat all three with a really good day.

Girls 60H: Hall gets another shot at unseating the queen
St. Mary’s (Berkeley, Calif.) senior Trinity Wilson has been one of the nation’s elite hurdlers since before her high school years and she has absolutely owned the 60H and 100H for the last year-plus. But if there’s anyone that could deliver the upset, it’s George Washington (Denver, Colo.) super soph Dior Hall. As the track world saw at Simplot, Hall pressured Wilson to be at the absolute top of her game at Simplot, only to stumble herself at the end and finish sixth. Atonement was sweet at Brooks, as Hall lowered her 60H PR to 8.28. Now she gets a rematch with the World Youth 100H champion, with both having to face a very good field. Can the young gun top the senior veteran? Or might Wilson be better than ever and take down Jackie Coward’s 2008 USR of 8.16? Watch and see.

Girls LJ: Battle of the 20-footers
Given that the national record in the girls indoor long jump is 21-7.5 (Carol Lewis, 1981), a 20-foot jump isn’t necessarily something to get really excited about. But five of them in the same years is pretty good, and having four of those five competing together for a national title is special indeed. The key players really haven’t crossed each other’s path much and don’t have a lot in common. Newton North (Newtonville, Mass.) junior Carla Forbes (20-1.25) is defending champ (and 2010 Nike Indoor TJ champ), so this meet is familiar to her. Fayetteville (Fayetteville, Ark.) senior Sydney Conley (20-1.5) has Olympic genes (her father is 1992 TJ Gold Medalist Michael), but is a relatively late bloomer and this is her first NSSF championship, in or out. And in Virginians Javanique Burress (junior AA champ from Louisa County at 20-1) and Shakeela Saunders (senior AAA runner-up from Nansemond River at 20-0.5), you have another national newcomer who’s made a big leap up this winter (Burress) and a veteran all-arounder (hurdles, TJ, long sprints) who has starred since her frosh year but popped that huge one way back in December (Saunders). These four girls have PRs within an inch of each other.

Multis: Familiar names
If it seems like Kendell Williams has been around forever, you may be surprised to realize that the Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior is … still just a junior. Williams is everywhere, whether it’s in the number of events she competes in at a meet, or the number of meets she competes in during a given year. One of her many successes last year was winning NBNI with 3,792 points (#3 all-time) and while she must missed Shana Woods’ soph USR, she can get the junior class mark with just a 36-point improvement. Oh, and she’s also entered in the high jump (current US#1 5-10.75) and 60H (US#4 8.39). Meanwhile, on the boys side, the last name of the leading light should be familiar (Lazas), even if the first name (Jake) isn’t. Jake’s older brother Kevin battled Gunnar Nixon in 2010 in becoming one of history’s great multi-eventers in and out and is now a star at Arkansas (as is Nixon). But Jake, now a Brentwood (Tenn.) senior, has struggled with injuries somewhat. There’s no question, however, that he has tremendous physical talent and attributes and with a healthy senior year could challenge or surpass some of his brother’s marks. So don’t be surprised if you see a coming out party.

Girls sprint relays: Open the door for new powers
When you think of schools that have been all-around sprint and sprint relay powers at the nationals in the past several years, you think of Long Beach Poly, Eleanor Roosevelt, Benjamin Cardozo and Medgar Evers. But it may be time in 2012 to open the door to some new names, like Wakefield (N.C.) and Martin Luther King (Ga.). Wakefield isn’t new on the scene, but they’ve never run like they have this year, led by senior Ariah Graham and with US#1 marks of 1:38.35 4x200 and 3:45.64 4x400. Meanwhile, MLK – with athletes trained by Sprint Athletics – has developed stars like Felicia Brown (US#2 53.53 400) and Jada Martin (US#3 24.00 200). Perhaps the sprint relay race of the meet for either gender will be the 4x200, where both schools, plus Poly, will lock up.
NBNI 400 PreviewWalter Pinion/ESPNHSArman Hall, Aldrich Bailey and Najee Glass come down the track together in the World Youth Trials 400 last summer.


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When Arman Hall, Najee Glass and Aldrich Bailey meet up this week at the New Balance Nationals Indoor, they will greet each other as old friends and then race for the 400-meter title as arch-rivals.

The seniors share history as part of a gold medal winning medley relay team (along with Ronald Darby) while representing the U.S. at the World Youth Championships last year in Lille, France.

Although none of them has cracked the 46-second barrier yet, all three of them have been on the cusp of crashing through in the past two weeks.

“I’m looking forward to (New Balance) Nationals Indoor,” Glass said. “It’s going to be me and Arman and (Aldrich), so there’s no telling what kind of time that’s going to be. … I’m pretty sure we might come out with something nice.”

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Andy Kiyokawa/ESPNHSNajee Glass (right) outleans Aldrich Bailey in the Brooks PR 400 on Feb. 26.
Glass said those words moments after running 46.06 at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Feb. 26. His lean beat Bailey, who finished right next to him, running 46.07. Although the race was run on an oversized 307-meter track, only Elzie Coleman’s 2004 national record of 45.92 is faster indoors. (Coleman set his mark at altitude, at the Simplot Games).

Meanwhile, Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), ran 46.41 for an early US#1 outdoors on Saturday at the Sam Burley Invitational in Miami. He ran 47.66 the same weekend last year.

"I'm so anxious (about NBNI)," Hall said. "I feel stronger than ever and more determined than I've ever been."

Hall and Bailey will also toe the line in the 200 at NBNI.

Bailey, of Timberview (Arlington, Texas), hadn’t raced in six weeks prior to the Brooks meet – that effort at Arkansas including the previous 400 US#1 of 47.05 and the still current 200 #1 of 20.99. He is focused on the upcoming outdoor season and has not been shy about saying he wants to shoot for sub-45 in 2012.

Glass, of Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) may have a couple of advantages this week. He’s close to home, familiar with the Armory oval, and running well. Until the Brooks meet, he’d had a bit of a bridesmaid tag against the top dogs the past year, finishing second in the indoor national meet last year, plus New Balance Nationals Outdoor, the World Youth Trials, and during longer indoor races against record-setting Strymar Livingston this winter.

Bailey and Hall stand to benefit from their warm-weather climes and the opportunities to begin running fast times outdoors in March. The last time the three of them met was at the World Youth Trials last June in South Carolina. Bailey won it, followed by Glass and Hall. Just 11 days earlier, at New Balance Nationals Outdoor in North Carolina, Hall won it, followed by Glass and Bailey.

“It’s (basically) who’s better on that day,” Bailey said. “In my mind, I’m better than them. And in their minds, I’m sure they think they’re the best.”

Rivals have past, recent connections

Although they are separated by thousands of miles, there are personal connections.

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John Nepolitan/ESPNHSNajee Glass to Arman Hall on the final exchange of the WYR-setting Team USA medley relay.
Bailey and Glass have known each other through age-group track since they first started racing at national meets when they were nine years old.

Bailey and Hall got to know one another at the Caribbean Scholastic Invite last June in Puerto Rico. Then, they were roommates in France.

As a side note, Hall may have Bailey to thank for his gold medal in the 400 meters at the World Youth Championships. After placing third in the trials – behind Bailey and Glass – Hall was crushed. Since Bailey had already earned a spot in the 200 he gave up his spot in the 400, primarily because he saw how much it meant to Hall. (Hall stepped up big in France, running 46.01 for the gold medal).

"I surprised me a lot and I was very appreciative that he would do that for me," Hall said. "Then I made it count."

If there wasn’t a friendship in place, would Bailey have given that slot to Hall?

“Probably not,” Bailey said. “I did it because he’s a good guy.”

Glass and Hall will become training partners next fall. They have both signed with the University of Florida. Bailey’s headed to Texas A&M.

Poised to join all-time greats

Individually and collectively, these three could be on the verge of an historical season. The years that produced the best trio of senior “quarter milers” were 1985 and 2002.

In 1985, Henry Thomas (Hawthorne, Calif.) ran US#3 all-time 45.09, Tony Allen (Jasper, Texas) ran US#23 all-time 45.74 (converted) and Danny Everett (Los Angeles) ran US#28 all-time 45.76.

In 2002, Kelly Willie of Houston, Texas) ran US#15 all-time 45.52, Jeremy Wariner (Arlington, Texas) ran US#17 all-time 45.57 and Ashton Collins (New Orleans) ran US#21 all-time 45.72.

Keep in mind, out of that group Everett (relay) and Wariner are Olympic gold medalists.

Can the class of 2012 join those groups?

As is stands right now, Hall has a PR of 46.01, followed by Glass (46.06) and Bailey (46.07).

"I feel like Najee has the most strength," Hall said. "(Bailey) is more of a finesse runner with a lot of speed. I think I'm sort of in between."

Another senior to keep an eye on his Kavahra Holmes of Breaux Bridge, La. Holmes is an LSU football signee with 2011 best of 46.07.

This week, the finishing order is anyone’s guess.

"I'm sure I'll be friendly and still talking and hanging out (with them) until the gun goes off," said Hall, who is making his first trip to New York. "Then it's all business."

2012 Preview - Boys Sprints and Hurdles: Don't forget about Aldrich Bailey

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Aldrich BaileyJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSAldrich Bailey TX (shown at last year's World Youth Champs) is US#1 in the indoor 200 and 400, and is aiming high outdoors.



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Aldrich Bailey of Timberview (Arlington, Texas) hit historically fast times in his first indoor races of 2012 and is brimming with confidence about where his talent might take him.

Bailey ran 20.99 for 200 meters (No. 2 all-time indoors) and 47.05 for 400 meters (No. 6) in the first two weeks of January. “I saw it coming because of the way I’ve been coming through workouts,” he said. “I was hitting 21s (for 200 meters) in practice without blocks. And I knew my 400 would be good.”

In most years, Bailey would be the talk of the boys sprinting world, if not all of track and field. But as the calendar heads toward mid-February, the biggest names in the Boys Sprints and Hurdles category are undoubtedly Boone (Orlando, Fla.) senior Marvin Bracy and Christopher Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.) senior Strymar Livingston. After he ran a legal 10.28 and wind-aided times of 10.05 and 10.09 last summer, Bracy opened up in late January with a 6.08 55-meter USR. He has talked openly about trying to make the Olympic team and the 100 USR set in 2008 by Jeff Demps is clearly in his sight.

Meanwhile, Livingston has been the long sprint headliner of the past month, setting USRs in both the 500 and 600.

Bailey also has big goals, though, and the records he’s chasing in his specialties are two of the most long-standing and legendary in the sport.

“Hopefully I’ll be the first quarter-miler (in 30 years) to break 45 (seconds),” he said. Back in 1982, Darrell Robinson set the prep record of 44.69. He remains the only sub-45 high schooler in history.

Bailey would also like to take down at least one of Texas’ all-time state records, which would be another Herculean task. The U.S. high school record in the 200 is 20.13, set by Roy Martin of Roosevelt (Dallas, Texas) in 1985. The state’s all-time record in the 400 is 45.36, established by Marlon Ramsey of West Brook (Beaumont, Texas) in 1994.

As a junior, Bailey demonstrated impressive range and willingness to run everything from 100 meters (10.92) to 800 (1:58.28). But the 200 and 400 are where he shines the most. Bailey ran US#5 46.53 at his region meet, 46.76 at 5A state, and was 3rd at New Balance Outdoor Nationals at 46.87 as St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Launderdale, Fla.) junior Arman Hall won.

But the World Youth Trials just over a week later were Bailey’s time to shine. With stars like Hall and New Balance Indoor 200 champ Ronald Darby in the races, Bailey swept the 400 (46.57) and 200 (PR 21.09) and was the story of the meet.

With a nagging groin injury, however, the rest of the summer didn’t quite go as he’d have liked. He was picked to run the 200 at the World Youth Champs (while Hall won the 400), and was 6th. He won the 400 at USATF JOs, tying his PR at 46.53, but then was 4th in the 200.

Bailey has started 2012 on a new level, though.

“I’m a little kid trying to run grown-man times,” he said. “Like Kirani James, when he ran 46 at 14 (years old).”

Like precocious James, the reigning world champion from Grenada, Bailey has big ambitions.

He’d like to help his teammates at Timberview by doing all he can to win the state championship. The bigger mission, personally, includes taking a shot at making the Olympic Trials field and/or qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

“If I stay healthy, I think I may have a shot at the Olympic Trials,” he said.

Bailey, who has signed with Texas A&M, also plans to run for nationals titles at the New Balance Indoor Nationals where he was fourth (400) and ninth (200) last year.

MORE TO WATCH

MARVIN BRACY, Boone (Orlando, Fla.) 2012
Bracy’s aforementioned 6.08 55 is the only race he has run this winter … he was undefeated in 2011, including huge victories in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York and the U.S. Juniors … when he ran 10.05 at Juniors, the wind was just a slightly illegal 2.2 mps. … the 10.09 came in late July, as he won the Pan Am Juniors title. … after a stellar football season, the Florida State signee made a highlight catch during the Under Armour All-America game. … one of Bracy’s most impressive feats of 2011 may have been at Adidas, when he ran 10.47 into a 3.0 headwind. … his PR in the 200 is 21.24.

STRYMAR LIVINGSTON, Christopher Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.) 2012
Although he has only run 47.78 in the 400, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that Livingston has broken both the indoor USRs at 500 and 600 in the past month, running 1:01.68 and 1:17.58. So he’s either got much better PRs coming in the 400, or perhaps he’s poised to make a big breakthrough in the 800, where he ran 1:52.47 last year. … He was fourth at the NY Federation meet last spring in the 800. … The 500 record was all the more impressive because it came against Glass, who turned in the No. 2 time in history and was almost half a second back.

ARMAN HALL, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 2012
Hall is the reigning World Youth Champs gold medalist in the 400 and ran 46.01 in the finals, which held up as US#1 for 2011 … add his PR of 20.82 in the 200 meters and it is easy to see why he might be poised to be the best track athlete in the nation as a senior. … he was second to Bracy in the Florida 4A 200 meters last year and their potential rematch this spring could be a blockbuster. … Hall is also the reigning NBON champ (46.23) and won the inaugural Brooks PR Invite (47.45) indoors.

ARTIE BURNS, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 2013
Burns, still only a junior, is the nation’s top returning 110-meter hurdler and also one of the 300- and 400-meter hurdlers in the nation. … his PR of 13.63 in the 110 hurdles, set in the Florida 4A finals, broke the national sophomore class record by .02 seconds. … he was also part of a 4x400 relay team that ran 3:10.69, also a US#1 for 2011. … Burns ran 36.60 in the 300 meters at the Golden West Invitational in California, placing second to senior Jonathan Cabral.

LEVONTE WHITFIELD, Jones (Orlando, Fla.) 2013
That’s right, one extended family from Orlando, Florida might have the two fastest 100-meter sprinters in the country this spring … right behind Bracy is his cousin Levonte Whitfield, a junior who placed fourth at the Adidas Dream 100 and third at NBON … His biggest highlight came at the Golden South Classic, where he ran a dazzling 10.31 seconds. … He also has a best of 21.35 in the 200.

RONALD DARBY, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) 2012
Darby, who has not raced this winter, is ranked as the nation’s #2 cornerback and will join Bracy at Florida State … he broke out on the track as a soph, producing a one-day double of 10.55/21.24 at the USATF JOs. … in 2011, Darby won the NBIN 200 in US#1 21.24 … He also competed for the U.S. at the World Youth Champs, taking bronze in the 200 at 21.08 … He was also fourth in the 100 (10.61). …At New Balance Outdoors, he was fourth in the 100 after posting the meet’s fastest time in the prelims (10.41) and also placed fifth in the 200. … He.

KAVAHRA HOLMES, Breaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, La.) 2012
This LSU football signee (WR/CB) and state 400 meters champion in Louisiana could be a factor in national championship races this spring. … He ran 46.07 to win the AAU Junior Olympics last August in New Orleans, good for US#2 in 2011. … Three months earlier, Holmes ran 46.31 to win the Louisiana 4A meet. … He was also part of two state championship relays to help power Breaux Bridge to the team title.

NAJEE GLASS, St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2012
Glass was consistently in the mid-46s last year outdoors, with a PR 46.43 to win the New Jersey Meet of Champs, 46.55 for 2nd at NBON (behind Hall, ahead of Bailey), and 46.67 for 2nd at the World Youth Trials (behind Bailey, ahead of Hall). … He finished second at NBIN by .01 seconds. … He represented the U.S. at the World Youth Champs but did not advance to the final (won by Hall). … So far in 2012, Glass has set new PRs in the 200 (21.48) and 500 (1:02.16). His 500 time is the second-fastest in history.

ERIC FUTCH, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.) 2012
The versatile Futch is a combo sprinter/hurdler who can impact a track meet many different ways … He ran a US#1 400-meters time of 51.67 last year and already this winter he has turned in a US#1 flat 300 time of 33.56. … He won the 300-meter hurdles at the Pennsylvania state meet last spring, clocking US#3 36.43. … At the Delco Championships, Futch ran 21.32 in the 200, 14.24 in the 110 hurdles, 37.47 in the 300 hurdles, and 10.98 in the 100.

BOYS SPRINT/HURDLE TOP RETURNEES

Lists and records from DyeStat TFX and Jack Shepard's High School Track

OUTDOOR EVENTS

Top Returnees from 2011 - Scroll down for indoor

100
National Record: 10.01, Jeff Demps, South Lake (Groveland, Fla.), 2008
2011 Best: 10.28, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 10.28, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 10.31, Levonte Whitfield, Jones (Orlando, Fla.), 2013
3. 10.41, Cameron Burrell, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 2013
3. 10.41, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
5. 10.43, Thomas Tyner, Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.), 2013
6. 10.45, Markesh Woodson, Fountain-Ft. Carson (Fountain, Colo.), 2012
7. 10.47, Kedrick Davis, Berry Academy (Charlotte, N.C.), 2012
8. 10.48, Volvick Vassor, Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.50, Jermy Smith, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.50, Tevin Hester, Granville Central (Stem, N.C.), 2012

Wind-aided/NWI additions
1. 10.05, Bracy
2. 10.34, Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.), 2012
2. 10.34, Burrell
4. 10.35, Tyner
5. 10.37, Smith
5. 10.37, Dante Taylor, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
7. 10.39, Eric Hawkins, Longview (Longview, Texas), 2012
8. 10.42, Abraham Hall, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas), 2012
9. 10.44, Devin Wannamaker, Lower Richland (Hopkins, S.C.), 2012
9. 10.44, Demetris Ates, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.44, Warren Marshall, Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012

200
National Record: 20.13, Roy Martin, Roosevelt (Dallas, Texas), 1985
2011 Best: 20.62, Sean McLean, Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 20.82, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 20.89, Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.), 2012
3. 21.00, Jermaine Authorlee, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas), 2012
4. 21.05, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
5. 21.09, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
5. 21.09, Kahlil Anderson, South Broward (Hollywood, Fla.), 2013
7. 21.10, Eric Hawkins, Longview (Longview, Texas), 2012
8. 21.11, Khalfani Muhammad, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 2013
9. 21.12, Eli Hall-Thompson, Morton Ranch (Katy, Texas), 2013
10. 21.16, Raymond Bozmans, Fort Collins (Fort Collins, Colo.), 2012
10. 21.16, Kendal Williams, Stanton Coll. Prep (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2014

Wind-aided/NWI
1. 20.76, Hall-Thompson
2. 20.91, Authorlee
3. 21.05, Bozmans
4. 21.09, Devin Jenkins, Kapolei (Kapolei, Hawaii), 2012
5. 21.10, Hawkins
6. 21.15, Williams
7. 21.16, James Harrington, Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa), 2012

400
National Record: 44.69, Darrell Robinson, Wilson (Tacoma, Wash.), 1982
2011 Best: 46.01, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 46.01, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 46.07, Kavahra Holmes, Beaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, Fla.), 2012
3. 46.43, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
4. 46.53, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
5. 46.79, Richard Gary, Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), 2012
6. 46.95, Darryl Bush, Woodbury (Woodbury, N.J.), 2012
7. 47.04, Ayrian Evans, Morrow (Morrow, Ga.), 2012
8. 47.05, Marcus Chambers, Foss (Tacoma, Wash.), 2013
9. 47.15, Michael Newton, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
10. 47.18, Drevian Young, Nimitz (Houston, Texas), 2013

Boys 110H
National Record: 13.08, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 13.36, Jonathan Cabral, Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 13.63, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
2. 13.69, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012
3. 13.70, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012
4. 13.73, Drake Johnson, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mi.), 2012
5. 13.79, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
6. 13.80, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
7. 13.90, Devon Allen, Brophy Prep (Ariz.), 2013
8. 13.91, Dondre Echols, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md), 2012
9. 13.93, Chris Caldwell, Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.), 2012
10. 13.99, Isaac Williams, Willingboro (Willingboro, N.J.), 2012

Wind-aided/NWI
1. 13.65, Jones
2. 13.71, Bermea
3. 13.91, Chris Armstrong, East Central (San Antonio, Texas), 2013
4. 13.93, Morel Pitts, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), 2012
5. 13.96, Tequille Jackson, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
6. 13.98, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012

Boys 300H
National Record: 35.02, Reggie Wyatt, La Sierra (Riverside, Calif.), 2009
2011 Best: 35.76, Jonathan Cabral, Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 36.43, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 36.46, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
3. 36.60, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
4. 36.90, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012
5. 37.18, DeMarquis Mims, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2012
6. 37.32, RJ Rilwan, Park (Cottage Grove, Minn.), 2012
7. 37.33, Maurice Dix, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2013
8. 37.36, Christopher Grinley, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.), 2013
9. 37.39, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012
10. 37.44, Jehu Chesson, Ladue Horton Watkins (St. Louis, Mo.), 2012

Boys 400H
National Record: 49.38, Kenneth Ferguson, Mumford (Detroit, Mich.), 2002
2011 Best: 51.67, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 51.67, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 51.89, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
3. 52.10, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
4. 52.21, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012
5. 52.38, Jonathan Russell, Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.), 2012
6. 52.72, George Flaviano, Digital Harbor (Baltimore, Md.), 2013
7. 52.81, Christopher Grinley, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.), 2013
8. 53.16, Michael Smith, Track Phi Track Elite (Stone Mtn., Ga.), 2012
9. 53.20, Kadesh Roberts, Bay Shore (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 2012
10. 53.41, Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong, Dewitt Clinton (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012

INDOOR EVENTS (2012 current lists as of 2/10, with top returnees from 2011 listed below)

55
National Record: 6.08, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2011 Best: 6.24, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 6.08, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 6.31, Chris Lewis, Lakeside (Sibley, La.), 2014
3. 6.34, Leshon Collins, Glasgow (Newark, Del.), 2012
3. 6.34, Jeryl Brazil, Loranger (Loranger, La.), 2013
5. 6.35, Tevin Hester, Granville Central (Stem, N.C.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 6.24, Bracy
2. 6.28, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
3. 6.34, Brazil
4. 6.36, Collins
5. 6.39, Lewis

60
National Record: 6.57, Casey Combest, Owensboro (Owensboro, Ky.), 1999
2011 Best: 6.70, Damiere Byrd, Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 6.79, Taylor Tatum, O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.), 2013
2. 6.82, Cameron Burrell, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 2013
2. 6.82, Leshon Collins, Glasgow (Newark, Del.), 2012
4. 6.83, Marcus Harris, Eaglecrest (Aurora, Colo.), 2013
5. 6.84, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 6.75, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 6.77, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
3. 6.80, Jerimy Strainge, North Broward (Coconut Creek, Fla.), 2013
4. 6.83, Harris
5. 6.85, John Patrone, University (Johnson City, Tenn.), 2012

200
National Record: 20.69, Xavier Carter, Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.), 2004
2011 Best: 21.24, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 20.99, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
2. 21.35, Ahmed Ali, Hastings (Houston, Texas), 2012
3. 21.48, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
4. 21.62, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
5. 21.64, Teyvon Jacobs, Suitland (Forestville, Md.), 2013

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 21.24, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
2. 21.31, Michael Blake, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
3. 21.49, Justin Burke, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
4. 21.53, Wayne Gordon, Sweet Home (Amhearst, N.Y.), 2012
5. 21.60, Jermaine Authorlee, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas), 2012

300
National Record: 33.19, William Reed, Central (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1986
2011 Best: 34.20, Andre Jordan, Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 33.56, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 33.93, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
3. 33.94, Teyvon Jacobs, Suitland (Forestville, Md.), 2013
4. 34.32, Damian Smith, Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
5. 34.56, Da’Quan Smalls, Knightdale (Knightdale, N.C.), 2012
5. 34.56, Justin Burke, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 34.70, Burke
2. 34.71, Jacobs
3. 34.73, Michael Blake, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
4. 34.76, Andy Nicholas, Midwood (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012
5. 34.78, Ismail El-Amin, Wilson Magnet (Rochester, N.Y.), 2012

400
National Record: 45.92, Elzie Coleman, Newburgh Free Acad. (Newburgh, N.Y.) 2004
2011 Best: 47.45, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 47.05, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
2. 47.90, Richard Gary, Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), 2012
3. 48.14, Isaiah Duke, Edmond Memorial (Edmond, Okla.), 2012
4. 48.30, Eric Nathanial, Parkview Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.), 2013
5. 48.31, Demarquis Mims, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 47.45, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 47.54, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
3. 47.67, Michael Newton, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
4. 47.93, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
5. 47.98, Bailey

500
National Record: 1:01.68, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2011 Best: 1:02.22, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
**
2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 1:01.68, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2. 1:02.16, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
3. 1:03.71, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
4. 1:04.44, Michael Cherry, Oscar F. Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), 2013
5. 1:04.46, Steven Gayle, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
**-Not accepted for record purposes due to video revealing running outside lane.

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 1:02.22, Glass
2. 1:02.88, Livingston
3. 1:04.23, Zavon Watkins, Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.), 2012
4. 1:04.64, Page
5. 1:05.02, Kenneth Williams, Woodrow Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.), 2012

600
National Record: 1:17.58, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2011 Best: 1:17.64, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 1:17.58, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2. 1:19.20, Zavon Watkins, Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.), 2012
3. 1:19.58, Haneef Hardy, Swenson Arts & Tech. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2012
4. 1:19.97, Giancarlo Sainato, Colonie Central (Albany, N.Y.), 2012
5. 1:20.47, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 1:17.64, Livingston
2. 1:19.47, Robert Rhodes, Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012
3. 1:20.47, Andre Rolim, Somerville (Somerville, Mass.), 2013
4. 1:20.90, Sainato
5. 1:22.06, Jair Cruikshank, Nashoba Reg. (Bolton, Mass.), 2012

55H
National Record: 7.05, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 7.16, Demetrius Lindo, Coolidge (Washington, D.C.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 7.17, Dondre Echols, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
2. 7.25, Trey Holloway, Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.), 2012
3. 7.28, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
4. 7.33, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012
5. 7.37, Kenneth Walker, John F. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 7.46, Walker
2. 7.47, Mark Jones, Hackensack (Hackensack, N.J.), 2013
3. 7.50, Echols
4. 7.51, Holloway
5. 7.53, Michael Smith, Salem (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
5. 7.53, Ben Bowers, Conant (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), 2012

60H
National Record: 7.60, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 7.71, Demetrius Lindo, Coolidge (Washington, D.C.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 7.87, Chris Williams, Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.), 2012
2. 7.91, Devin Field, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2013
3. 7.94, Drake Johnson, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mi.), 2012
4. 7.96, Bryce Grace, Adams (Dallas, Texas), 2012
4. 7.96, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 7.82, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
2. 7.87, Williams
3. 7.92, Kenneth Walker, John F. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.), 2012
4. 7.93, Robertson
5. 7.94, Johnson
5. 7.94, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012
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Alabama
Andrew Harris (distance) - Alabama
Kevin Shannon (throws) - Alabama
Quincy Smith (sprints) - Alabama
Jonathan Stiegler (jumps) - Alabama
Lacey Dent (sprints) - Alabama
Joy Maneice-Marbury (sprints) - Alabama
Analisa Patrick (distance) - Alabama

Arizona
Trae Armstrong (football/sprints) – Idaho
Jasmine Todd (sprints/jumps) - Oregon
Bacall Sterling (hurdles/sprints) - Sacramento State
Ashley Weber (throws) - Arizona State

Arkansas
Sydney Conley (jumps) - Alabama

California
Trinity Wilson (hurdles) - UCLA
Cami Chapus (distance) – Stanford
Amy Weissenbach (mid-distance) – Stanford
C.J. Albertson (distance) – Arizona State
Carrie Verdon (distance) – Colorado
Darren Fahy (distance) – Georgetown
Dylan Blankenbaker (distance) – Oklahoma
Kevin Mihalik (distance) – Air Force
Savannah Comacho (mid-distance) – Oklahoma State
Allison Sturges (distance) – Duke
Cameron Miller (distance) – Stanford
Kevin Bishop (distance) – Stanford
Cody Crampton (high jump) – UCLA
Rebecca Mehra (distance) – Stanford
Deon Pinder (jumps) – Oklahoma
Lyndsey Mull (distance) – UCLA
Blake Selig (sprints/jumps) – UCLA
Julian Todd-Borden (hurdles) – Drake
Ashlyn Dadkhah (mid-distance) – California
Shea Taylor (jumps and hurdles) – BYU
Kendal Nielsen (jumps) – Cal Poly
Rachel Bush (distance) - Cal Poly
Justin Unno (distance) - UCLA
Annie Grove (distance) - South Carolina
Erika Reddish (distance) - BYU
Adriana Olivas (distance) - Arizona State
Klyvens Delaunay (jumps) - Arkansas
Danica Wyson (distance) - BYU
Ashton Padberg (distance) - San Diego
Steve Michaelson (throws) - Wake Forest
Rashard Clark (sprints) - Arizona State
Alex Conner (distance) - Yale
Melanie Joerger (distance) - Loyola Marymount

Colorado
Sierra Williams (sprints) - Florida State
Kirk Webb (mid-distance) - Penn
Karina Ernst (distance) - Syracuse

Connecticut
Connor Rog (distance) – Virginia
Matt Klein (distance) - Dartmouth
Clark Shurtleff (distance) - Penn

Delaware
Julie Macedo (distance) – Florida
Haley Pierce (distance) – Georgetown
Sam Parsons (mid-distance) - N.C. State

Florida
Marvin Bracy (football/sprints) – Florida State
Robin Reynolds (sprints) – Florida
Arman Hall (sprints) – Florida
Shayla Sanders (sprints) – Florida
DerRenae Freeman (jumps) – Florida State
Kyri Tabor (sprints) - Alabama
Dwight Davis (sprints) - Alabama
Carly Thomas (distance) - Florida State
Katelyn Greenleaf (distance) - Alabama
Randy Johnson (sprints) - Miami

Georgia
Cameron Thornton (mid-distance) – Texas A&M
Jonathan Jones (football/hurdles) – Auburn
Reed Hancock (jumps) - Alabama
Caroline Kissel (distance) - Georgia Tech
Sarah Howard (throws) - North Carolina
Avana Story (throws) - North Carolina
Devon Williams (multi) - Georgia

Idaho
Emily Nist (distance) – Syracuse
Rebecca Lassere (distance) - Seattle

Illinois
Malachy Schrobilgen (distance) – Wisconsin
Morolake Akinosun (sprints) – Illinois
Trevor Holm (distance) - Western Illinois
Danielle DeVito (distance) - Bradley
Lindsey Rakosnik (distance) - Illinois
Sydni Meunier (mid-distance) - Notre Dame
Jacob Bender (sprints) - Nebraska
Chelsea Blaase (mid-distance) - Tennessee
Zeke Elkins (mid-distance) - Drake
Ali Olson (distance) - Northern Illinois
Ellen Renk (jumps) - Northern Illinois
Olivia Herzog (throws) - Northern Illinois
Leah Raffety (distance) - Northern Illinois
Mallory Abel (distance) - Northwestern
Jacquelyn Thate (distance) - Murray State
Ben Bowers (mid-distance) - Penn
Rebecca Stearns (mid-distance) - Loyola Chicago
Will Crocker (distance) - Missouri
Leland Later (distance) - California
Tom Schutt (throws) - Ohio State
Dan Vitale (hurdles) - Northwestern
Jaylaan Slaughter (hurdles/sprints) - Northern Illinois
Lauren Lindholm (distance) - Illinois-Chicago
Carl Heinz (jumps) - Duke

Indiana
Mary Davis (distances) - Miami (Ohio)
Maggie Bell (sprints) - Indiana
Meredith Jackson (mid-distance) - Baylor

Iowa
James Harrington (sprints) – Alabama
Hannah Savage (mid-distance) - Northern Illinois
Taylor Twedt (jumps/multi) - Wisconsin
Tyler Donels (hurdles/jumps) - Missouri

Louisiana
Kavahra Holmes (football/sprints) – Louisiana State
Kelci Lyons (mid-distance) - Columbia

Maine
Abbey Leonardi (distance) – Oregon
Matt McClintock (distance) - Purdue

Maryland
Champ Page (sprints) - Ohio State
Ronald Darby (football/sprints) - Florida State
Justin Ahalt (distance) - Alabama

Massachusetts
Jennifer Esposito (sprints/hurdles) - Elon

Michigan
Tyrus Conley (throws) - Tulsa
Zachary Kughn (distance) - Montana State

Minnesota
Thomas Anderson (throws) - Arizona State
Brandon Clark (distance) - Penn
Riley Macon (distance) - Minnesota
Mark Harries (distance) - North Dakota

Mississippi
Justin Fondren (HJ) - Alabama
Conner Foxworth (jumps) - Alabama
Asia Cooper (sprints) - Ole Miss

Missouri
Dorial Green-Beckham (sprints/jumps) - Missouri
Brittany Kallenberger (sprints/jumps) - Central Missouri

Nebraska
Morgan Woitzel (mid distance) - Nebraska

New Hampshire
Hillary Holmes (hurdles/jumps) - Cornell

New Jersey
Ajee Wilson (mid-distance) – Florida State
Tim Ball (distance) – Notre Dame
Caroline Kellner (distance) – Cornell
Holly Bischof (distance) – Duke
Blake Udland (distance) – Duke
Najee Glass (sprints) – Florida
Myasia Jacobs (sprints) – Georgia
Samuel Mattis (discus) – Penn
Alicia Osley (sprints) - Northern Illinois
Darrell Bush (sprints) - LSU
Elly Wardle (jumps/multi) - Lehigh
Greg Caldwell (hurdles) - Princeton
Jermaine Collier (hurdles) - South Carolina
George Kelly (distance) - Michigan
Stephen Lewandowski (distance) - Clemson
Theresa Picciallo (throws) - Penn
Everett Price (mid-distance) - Princeton

New York
Samantha Nadel (distance) – Georgetown
Brianna Nerud (distance) – Syracuse
Katie Sischo (distance) – Providence
Kelsey Margey (distance) – Villanova
Alexis Panisse (distance) – Tennessee
Zavon Watkins (mid-distance) - Penn State
Lauren Fontana (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Olicia Williams (sprints) - Baylor
Giancarlo Sainato (mid-distance) - Georgetown
Thomas Awad, (distance) - Penn
Brendan Smith (distance) - Penn
Valencia Hannon (sprints) - Clemson
Daniel Lennon (distance) - Syracuse
Patrizio Grandinali (distance) - High Point
Cody Israel (sprints/jumps) - Lehigh
Heather Martin (distance) - Georgetown
Christie Rutledge (distance) - Dartmouth

North Carolina
Samantha George (distance) – N.C. State
Thomas Graham (distance) – Stanford
Craig Engels (distance) - N.C. State
Tevin Hester (sprints) - Clemson
Gabrielle Gray (sprints) - South Carolina
Anna Gelbach (sprints) - North Carolina-Charlotte
Alexis Perry (hurdles/jumps) - N.C. State
Hezekiah Ward (hurdles) - North Carolina-Wilmington
Francesca Evans (sprints/jumps) - North Carolina A&T

Ohio
Destinee Gause (sprints) – Florida
Donovan Robertson (hurdles) – Ohio State
Maddie Morrow (high jump) – Duke
Coy Blair (throws) - Purdue
Taylor Hatfield (distance) - Alabama
Jacob Blankenship (pole vault) - Tennessee
Stephen Lyons (throws) - Eastern Michigan

Oklahoma
Isaiah Duke (sprints) - Baylor

Oregon
Megan Fristoe (distance) - Oregon
Sara Fristoe (distance) - Oregon State
Ashley Maton (distance) - Oregon
Kira Kelly (distance) - Oregon State
Jefferson Jarvis (throws) - BYU

Pennsylvania
Angel Piccirillo (distance) – Villanova
Tori Gerlach (distance) – Penn State
Drew Magaha (distance) – Penn
Thomas Pitt (HJ) - Penn
Imani Brown (jumps) - Alabama
Kyle Felpel (throws) - Alabama
Chris Williams (hurdles) - Washington
Kyle Long (throws) - Arizona State
Margo Malone (distance) - Syracuse
Ned Willig (mid-distance) - Brown
Meredith Speakman (distance) - Syracuse

South Carolina
Chris Brown (football/jumps) – Notre Dame

South Dakota
Tony Smoragiewicz (distance) – Michigan
Kari Heck (sprints/jumps) - Nebraska

Tennessee
Rebecca Stover (distance) - Alabama
Emily Yarnell (sprints) - Tennessee
Emily Davis (sprints) - Belmont
Will Templeton (distance) - Liberty

Texas
Daniel Vertiz (distance) – Texas
Craig Nowak (distance) – Oklahoma State
Cali Roper (distance) – Rice
Jessie Johnson (pole vault) – Auburn
Reese Watson (pole vault) - Texas
Aldrich Bailey (sprints) - Texas A&M
Shelbi Vaughan (volleyball/discus) – Texas A&M
Hector Hernandez (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Laura Craig (distance) - Texas A&M
India Daniels (sprints) - Texas A&M
LaKesha Jelks (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Jennifer Madu (sprints/jumps) - Texas A&M
Sierra Patrick (HJ) - Texas A&M
Brittany Wooten (pole vault) - Texas A&M
Samantha Turner (throws) - Jacksonville
Jordan Chavez (distance) - Richmond
Taije Jordan (hurdles) - Baylor
Brianna Richardson (jumps) - Baylor
Richard Gary (sprints) - Baylor
Felix Obi (jumps) - Baylor
Alex Reece (sprints) - Baylor
Chris McElroy (mid-distance) - Baylor
Kristin Smithey (throws) - Baylor
Jonathan Wells (sprints) - Wichita State
Jermaine Authorlee (sprints) - Alabama
Hayden Reed (throws) - Alabama
Susie Kemper (distance) - Alabama
Chance Griffin (jumps) - Columbia
Kierra Hamilton (sprints) - Kansas State
Shelby Poncik (pole vault) - Texas Tech

Virginia
Ahmed Bile (distance) – Georgetown
Megan Moye (distance) – N.C. State
Shaquera Leach (sprints) - Virginia Tech
Harrison Scharf (sprints) - Penn
Nick Wolfe (distance) - Alabama
Kimberly Ficenec (distance) - Alabama
Hannah Brown (mid-distance) - Stanford
Joel Coleman (sprints) - Virginia Tech

Washington
Maddie Meyers (distance) – Washington
Anthony Lee (distance) - Vanderbilt
Andrew Matthews (sprints) - Kansas
Aaron Castle (throws) - Arizona
Jacob Smith (distance) - Portland

Wisconsin
Molly Seidel (distance) – Notre Dame
Joshua Dixon (jumps) – Arkansas
Olivia Pratt (distance) - Butler
Andrew Faris (distance) - Alabama
Ali Olson (distance) - Northern Illinois
Taylor Vinhal (distance) - Northern Illinois

6.08! Bracy crushes 55 USR at J. Carnes; Sanders rips 2 girls US#1s

January, 29, 2012
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Marvin BracyJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSMarvin Bracy (shown here at last summer's USATF Jrs) is the headliner in the boys field of the 100 meters at the Texas Relays.
Coverage of Jimmy Carnes Youth Invite
Sun., Jan. 29 - Gainesville FL

LINKS: Full HS Results | DyeStat Elites
Meet Site | Timing Site (includes youth results)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • B-55: Boone FL sr Marvin Bracy crushed the USR with a 6.08. The old mark was 6.14, set by D'Angelo Cherry GA at NSIC in 2008. Strong soph mark of 6.48 for Stanton College Prep FL's Kendal Williams.
  • G-55/200: Boyd Anderson FL sr Shayla Sanders rocketed to US#1s of 6.85 and 23.89. Teammate Kali Davis-White had great times in 2nd in each race of US#3 6.96 and #9 24.67.
  • B-200/400: World Youth 400 champ and St. Thomas Aquinas FL sr Arman Hall rolled to US#4 21.62 and #11 48.81. Both are the best this year on a flat, regulation track. Again, a great mark by Kendal Williams in 2nd at 21.87.
  • B-55H: Boyd Anderson FL sr Bruce Barclay ran US#9 7.45.
  • G-3000: 3-time Foot Locker finalist and Presbyterian Day GA jr Grace Tinkey won with US#10 10:04.19.
  • G-LJ: Top outdoor returnee and West Orange FL sr DerRenae Freeman started her season with a US#15 18-10.25

2012 Preview - Girls Jumps: Versatility a virtue for Forbes and other top leapers

January, 27, 2012
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Carla ForbesDoug Austin/ESPNHSCarla Forbes, holder of New Balance titles in both the LJ and TJ and the nation's #1 outdoor returnee in the latter, has started fast with a US#1 40-10 TJ.
Scroll down for More to Watch, and Top Indoor and Outdoor Returnees
Previous Previews: Boys Jumps | Next: Boys Sprints

After competing for the U.S. in France last summer and attending an elite triple jumping clinic in the Bahamas, Carla Forbes is bringing a new perspective to her budding track and field career.

The Newton North (Newtonville, Mass.) junior is already one of the top high school jumpers in the nation, based on a sophomore season in which she went 42-1.50 in the triple jump (at the World Youth Trials). Forbes has also gone 19-5.5 in the long jump and demonstrated versatility in sprint events as well. She made a big impact from the start at Newton North, winning the triple jump at Nike Indoor Nationals as a freshman in 2010, the long jump at New Balance Indoor Nationals in 2011, and several state titles indoors and out.

“Her work ethic is second to none,” Newton North coach Joe Tranchita said. “Sometimes you have to chase her out of practice. She’s a coach’s dream.”

The above-mentioned versatility of Forbes is a common theme among 2012’s top returning girls jumpers. You can’t be much more versatile than Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior Kendell Williams, who is probably best known as a heptathlete, but has 6-0 high jump hops and has long-jumped 19-8.75. When it comes to combining both horizontal jumps and the high jump, Monroe (Albany, Ga.) senior Mimieux Land may be the country’s best. And, like Forbes, Plano East (Plano, Texas) senior Jennifer Madu and Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.) senior Jasmine Todd are devastating in combining sprints and both horizontal jumps.

Project Triple Jump a boon to Forbes

With all of the competition this year will bring, getting off to a great start doesn’t hurt and that’s what Forbes has done. A little more than a week after taking part in the Project Triple Jump clinic, sponsored by NSSF, she broke her indoor PR in the triple jump, going a US#1 40-10.

“I like the challenge of the triple jump,” she said. “It’s a challenging event (to master) and it’s a lot of work. The reward when you get there is definitely great.”

Forbes pours herself into her work. She not only accepted the invitation to be part of Project Triple Jump, she also wrote blog posts to give the outside world a sense for what was going on.

In the Bahamas, she had the opportunity to see new training techniques and listen to renowned Bahamian coach Peter Pratt.

“It’s definitely raising expectations, just to be able to say you’ve worked with (Coach Pratt),” Forbes said. “I definitely think there’s a higher expectation because you’ve put yourself on the radar. It’s an extra thing to push you.”

She added that her trip to the Bahamas served to reinforce that she was doing many of the right things in training. “Some of what they taught was an emphasis on things I was already doing.”

But Forbes also came back home with a clearer idea about how to approach competition. “The big thing that helped me down there were lessons on centering and taking control of each jump,” she said. “I’m definitely learning that, how to focus on myself and not to have a cloudy mind.”

And she also has a better understanding of where she is in relation to the top athletes in the country, if not the world.

“Being stuck up north sometimes you get a one-dimensional view,” Forbes said. “When you go to something like (World Youth Games or Project Triple Jump) you get the overall view of what people can really do. It definitely broadens my view of track.”

MORE TO WATCH

KENDELL WILLIAMS, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
Even if she wasn’t a top national-class hurdler and heptathlete, Williams deserves mention here just for her jumping … with her current US#1 5-10.75 HJ, she has already exceeded her 2011 indoor best of 5-9.25 from the NBIN pentathlon … was extremely consistent in HJ outdoors last year, with 6-0 best that makes her top US returnee … her overall LJ PR came indoors last winter at Kentucky Invite; her 19-8.75 there makes her top indoor returnee (went 19-7.5 outdoors) … often gets her best LJ and HJ marks in multis.

MADDIE MORROW, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2012
Last year, Morrow divided New Balance nationals HJ titles with now-graduated Ohio rival Taylor Burke, taking 2nd at NBIN and 1st at NBON … her current US#2 of 5-10 gives her more than a dozen clearances over that mark in her career … was knocking at door of 6 feet last year both indoors and outdoors as she hit 5-11 marks to win indoor state and in taking 2nd at outdoor state (behind Burke’s US#1) … has committed to Duke.

RACHAL PROTEAU, West Albany (Albany, Ore.), 2013
Proteau had a stunning late-season surge last spring as a sophomore to move into the national HJ elite … by late May her PR was just 5-7, which she leapt to win 5A state … went up to 5-9 in taking BorderDuel, but it was her unlooked-for US#5 5-10.75 for 2nd at USATF Juniors that really opened eyes … she earned Pan-Am Junior ticket, where she was 5th … came back at end of July for USATF JOs Intermediate Girls title … is #3 returnee outdoors.

DerRENAE FREEMAN, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.), 2012
Freeman made her mark at end of Fla. outdoor season as she went 19-10. 5 (nwi) in LJ at region meet, then a legal then-US#1 20-0.75 to win 4A state … wound up the season US#3 and is top returnee … later won Golden South (19-4, nwi), but had disappointing World Youth Trials (6th) … came back in the summer for AAU Club Nats title … improved almost a foot during junior season from 19-1 PR as soph … also a 12.08/24.60 sprinter (both nwi).

JASMINE TODD, Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), 2012
Has been a major jumping/sprinting force for national powerhouse Chandler her entire career … #2 returnee in TJ outdoors with her 41-5 (+1.3w) from Chandler Rotary last spring and #5 LJ returnee with 19-8.75 best … won both at D1 state, AZ Meet of Champs and LJ at Nike Track Nationals … tripled the 60, LJ and TJ at Great Southwest Indoor last year … LJ PR came in 2010 state meet with 19-11; she also won GSW outdoor LJ that year (19-9w).

JENNIFER MADU, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
Like Kendell Williams, Madu will get extensive mention in sprints/hurdles, as well as here … in TJ, she was 2nd at World Youth Trials with US#6 41-3 (#3 returnee) to make Team USA in 2 events (also 100, where she’d win gold) … was US#1 in TJ in 2010 with 42-0.75 to win Great Southwest … LJ PRs are 19-4nwi and 19-2 legal … TJ win and LJ 2nd were part of quadruple attempt at 5A state last year … strong start to indoor already, including US#5 39-6.75 at Arkansas.

MIMIEUX LAND, Monroe (Albany, Ga.), 2012
Land is an impressive do-it-all jumper with (legal) PRs of 5-8.75 HJ, 19-6.25 LJ (#8 returnee) and 40-4 TJ (#7 returnee); no one else combines the three quite so well … won Golden West with TJ PR last spring … has won all 3 events at 3A state two years running … at World Youth Trials, she was 2nd in HJ and LJ, but not named to Team USA … won Golden South HJ and TJ, and 3rd in LJ … also took USATF JOs (YW) in HJ … has committed to Florida.

JESSIE JOHNSON, Argyle (Argyle, Texas), 2012
Johnson had her best jump early last spring, a 13-3 in March that would stand up for US#6 for the year and makes her the top returnee for 2012 … in early January this year, she matched her 2nd best meet ever at 13-0 to own the current US#1 … won her second straight 3A state title last spring with 12-9 … she has committed to Auburn.

SYDNEY WHITE, East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.), 2012
With her US#7 13-1.25 PR, White placed 8th at the World Youth Championships last summer and is the #2 US returnee … has gotten off strong in 2012 already with 12-8 victory at the Reno PV Summit … great consistency in big meets last year, including runner-up finishes behind Morgan LeLeux at both NBIN and NBON … her 12-10.25 indoor PR at NBIN made her US#6 and she is #2 returnee there, as well, this time behind Megan Clark … her 12-3.5 soph best in 2010 earned her USATF JOs title in Intermediate Girls.

DANIELLE WILLIAMS, Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.), 2012
Not too many athletes become TJ specialists in HS, but Williams is about as close to that as you can get … does some sprinting and long jumping, but TJ by far her best event … very fast start to 2012 with 40-10 PR at Colo. School of Mines Open to tie US#1, one of 3 meets over 40 already for her … 40-4.25 outdoor PR at 5A state last year, but lost by an inch … won Great Southwest with 39-10 leap … 2nd at USATF JOs (Young Women) with 39-8.5 … 2nd at Simplot last winter at 38-8.5.

MEGAN CLARK, Columbus (Columbus, Ga.), 2012
After an outstanding 2011 at James O’Neill HS in NY, Clark is now in Georgia after a move dictated by family military obligations … her US#4 13-0 PR indoors at Eastern States in 2011 makes her #1 returnee and she has a 12-4 best (7th PV Summit) so far this winter … her best outdoors last spring was 12-8 at the Ahern Classic and she’s #7 returnee there … she was also 3rd at WY Trials and 7th at NBON in spring, after a 4th at NBIN … took state titles both indoors and out in 2011.

NATION'S TOP RETURNEES
OUTDOOR EVENTS
- Scroll down for indoor lists

High Jump
National Record: 6-4, Amy Acuff, Calallen (Corpus Christi, Texas), 1993, and Toni
Young, Del City (Del City, Okla.), 2009
2011 Best: 6-1.25, Taylor Burke, Medina (Medina, Ohio), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 6-0, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
2. 5-11, Maddie Morrow, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2012
3. 5-10.75, Rachel Proteau, West Albany (Albany, Ore.), 2013
4. 5-10, Taylor Twedt, Westfork (Sheffield, Iowa), 2012
4. 5-10, Kiara Wright, Clear Lake (Houston, Texas), 2012
4. 5-10, Emily Godwin, Buckhann Upshur (Buckhannon, W.Va.), 2013
4. 5-10, Sara Henry, Somerset (Somerset, Wis.), 2012
4. 5-10, Audrey Ketcham, Wenatchee (Wenatchee, Wash.), 2012
4. 5-10, Ashlee Moore, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 2014
4. 5-10, Julisa Tindall, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 2013

Long Jump
National Record: 22-3, Kathy McMillan, Hoke County (Raeford, N.C.), 1976
2011 Best: 20-4.25, Jenna Prandini, Clovis (Clovis, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 20-0.75, DerRenae Freeman, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.), 2012
2. 19-11, Robin Reynolds, Jackson (Miami, Fla.), 2012
3. 19-10.75, Ashlie Curenton, Silverado (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 2012
4. 19-10.25, Kyla Walker, White Station (Memphis, Tenn.), 2012
5. 19-8.75, Jasmine Todd, Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), 2012
6. 19-7.5, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
7. 19-6.5, Clariwin Dameus, Santaluces (Lantana, Fla.), 2012
8. 19-6.25, Aliyah Harmon, Rich Central (Olympia Fields, Ill.), 2013
8. 19-6.25, Mimieux Land, Monroe (Albany, Ga.), 2012
10. 19-6, Alexis Faulknor, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.), 2012

Wind-aided/NWI additions
1. 20-0.5, Kira Moreland, Los Osos (Ontario, Calif.), 2012
2. 19-10.75, Anna Robinson, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), 2013
3. 19-9.5, Chyna Ries, Washington (Denver, Colo.), 2014
4. 19-9, Chantavia Johnson, Molina (Dallas, Texas), 2012
5. 19-6.25, Sidney Conley, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, Ark.), 2012

Triple Jump
National Record: 44-11.75, Brittany Daniels, West (Tracy, Calif.), 2004
2011 Best: 43-2.5, Ciarra Brewer, James Logan (Union City, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 42-1.5, Carla Forbes, Newton North (Newtonville, Ma.), 2013
2. 41-5, Jasmine Todd, Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), 2012
3. 41-3, Jennifer Madu, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
4. 40-6, Cydney Leath, Mt. Pleasant (San Jose, Calif.), 2012
5. 40-4.25, Danielle Williams, Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.), 2012
5. 40-4.25, Rachel Toliver, St. Mary’s Acad. (Berkeley, Calif.), 2013
7. 40-4, Mimieux Land, Monroe (Albany, Ga.), 2012
8. 40-3.5, Brianna Richardson, Rockwell-Heath (Heath, Texas), 2012
9. 40-3.25, Jessica Caldwell, McDonogh (Owings Mill, Md.), 2012
10. 39-11.5, Molly Gribbin, South Burlington (S. Burlington, Vt.), 2012

Wind-aided/NWI additions
1. 41-3.5, Melodee Riley, Riverhead (Riverhead, N.Y.), 2012
2. 41-2.75, Richardson
3. 40-9.5, Gribbin
4. 40-8.75, Sasha Wallace, Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.), 2013
5. 40-5, Imani Wright, Liberty-Eylau (Texarkana, Texas), 2013
6. 40-4.5, Adefunke Sonaike, Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.), 2012
7. 40-3.25, Simone Charley, Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.), 2013
8. 40-2.25, Nataliyah Friar, E.E. Holt (Wentzville, Mo.), 2013
9. 40-0.75, Alyssa Kelly, Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kan.), 2012
10. 40-0.5, Ashley Ivey, Washington County (Sandersville, Ga.), 2012

Pole Vault
National Record: 14-2.75, Morgann Leleux, Catholic (New Iberia, La.), 2011
2011 Best: 14-2.75, Morgann Leleux, Catholic (New Iberia, La.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 13-3, Jessie Johnson, Argyle (Argyle, Texas), 2012
2. 13-1.25, Sydney White, East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.), 2012
3. 13-0, McKenzie Johnson, Clairemont (San Diego, Calif.), 2012
4. 12-9.75, Victoria Rische, Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.), 2012
5. 12-9, Alyssa Applebee, Seneca (Seneca, Ill.), 2012
5. 12-9, Cimran Virdi, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, Calif.), 2012
7. 12-8, Megan Clark, Columbus (Columbus, Ga.), 2012
8. 12-7.5, Hannah Acton, Bloomington South (Bloomington, Ind.), 2012
9. 12-7.25, Katie Rancourt, East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.), 2012
10. 12-7, Alex Flucke, Ashwaubenon (Green Bay, Wis.), 2013
10. 12-7, Chanel Krause, St. Paul Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.), 2013

NATION'S TOP RETURNEES (and current leaders)
INDOOR EVENTS


High Jump
National Record: 6-3, Lisa Berhagen, Wood River (Hailey, Id.), 1984
2011 Best: 5-11, Maddie Morrow, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2012

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 5-11, Maddie Morrow, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2012
2. 5-9.25, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
3. 5-8, Taylor Morgan, Upper Dublin (Ft. Washington, Pa.), 2012
3. 5-8, Lexy Boschee, Glacier (Glacier, Mont.), 2012
7 tied at 5-7
**Current 2012 Leaders
1. 5-10.75, Williams
2. 5-10, Morrow

Long Jump
National Record: 21-7.5, Carol Lewis, Willingboro (Willingboro, N.J.), 1981
2011 Best: 20-1, Keilah Tyson, Western Branch (Chesapeake, Va.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 19-8.75, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
2. 19-5.5, Carla Forbes, Newton North (Newtonville, Ma.), 2013
3. 19-2.5, Jordan Matthews, Abington (Abington, Pa.), 2012
3. 19-2.5, Sarah Bowens, Suffern (Suffern, N.Y.), 2012
5. 19-2, Shannen Rose-Forde, Dominion Christian (Marietta, Ga.), 2012
**Current 2012 Leader
1. 20-0.25, Shakeela Saunders, Nansemond River (Suffolk, Va.), 2012

Triple Jump
National Record: 44-6.75, Ke'Nyia Richardson, Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.), 2007
2011 Best: 42-3.5, Ciarra Brewer, James Logan (Union City, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 40-8, Jessica Caldwell, McDonogh (Owings Mill, Md.), 2012
2. 40-5.25, Sasha Wallace, Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.), 2013
3. 39-10.5, Jennifer Madu, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
4. 39-8.5, Jasmine Todd, Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), 2012
5. 39-7.25, Brianna Richardson, Rockwell-Heath (Heath, Texas), 2012
5. 39-7.25, Iana Amsterdam, Newark Tech (Newark, N.J.), 2013
**Current 2012 Leaders
1. 40-10, Carla Forbes, Newton North (Newtonville, Ma.), 2013
1. 40-10, Danielle Williams, Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.), 2012

Pole Vault
National Record: 14-2.5, Tori Anthony, Castilleja (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2007
2011 Best: 13-8.25, Morgann Leleux, Catholic (New Iberia, La.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 13-0, Megan Clark, Columbus (Columbus, Ga.), 2012
2. 12-10.25, Sydney White, East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.), 2012
3. 12-7, Jessie Johnson, Argyle (Argyle, Texas), 2012
3. 12-7, Larisa Debich, Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.), 2012
4. 12-6, Sydney Clute, Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 2012
**Current 2012 Leaders
1. 13-0, Johnson

High School Track/XC Stories of the Year

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Lukas Verzbicas and Edward CheserekJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSLukas Verzbicas and Edward Cheserek, shown here after the epic NBIN 2-mile where they went 8:40.70 and 8:42.66, between them grabbed headlines all year long.
From the fast distance runs by Lukas Verzbicas and shot put USRs by Ryan Crouser in February to the sizzling battle between Edward Cheserek and Futsum Zeinasellasie at Foot Locker in December, 2011 was definitely a year to remember. Here are DyeStat's Top Stories:

Lukas Verzbicas: Distance Dominator

After beginning the 2010-11 school year with an unprecedented Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker XC double, Carl Sandburg (Orland Park, Ill.) senior Lukas Verzbicas achieved something even greater when he became the first to triple in the 5,000 meters, two-mile and mile in an indoor or outdoor prep championship at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.

Verzbicas set a prep record in the 5,000 meters (14:06.78) Thursday, then ran the second fastest two-mile in history (8:40.70) and kicked to a 4:10.67 mile victory on Sunday. In outdoor track, he only competed twice but made history each time. He lowered the prep two-mile record to 8:29.46 at the Prefontaine Classic, then ripped a 3:59.71 to win the Adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile in New York, becoming the fifth prep to break 4:00.

Verzbicas signed with Oregon, but he spent less than two months with the Ducks this fall, leaving to pursue of his dream of making the Olympics in the triathlon.

Fayetteville-Manlius Girls’ Cross Country Perseveres

While gunning for its sixth straight Nike Cross Nationals title this fall, the Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) girls’ cross country team lost two of its five top returning runners to injury, including 2010 NXN runner-up Christie Rutledge. And head coach Bill Aris was dealing with the passing of his father.

But the team stayed strong and rallied behind junior Jillian Fanning, who finished fourth individually at NXN, to hold off a challenge from powerful in-state rival Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) and triumph once again at Portland Meadows. The squad also finished No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Throws Titan Ryan Crouser Sets Two USRs Despite Injury

Despite injury issues that caused him to miss more than a month of action outdoors and relegated him to throwing from a standing position to win a state meet shot/discus double, Sam Barlow (Gresham, Ore.) senior Ryan Crouser still had an epic 2011 that included three national records. Foremost were an earth-shaking 77-2.75 indoor shot put USR at the Simplot Games in February and a 237-6 outdoor discus USR at an open meet in Oregon in July (also part of the best shot/discus double ever).

Four Multi-events U.S. Records For Gunnar Nixon

Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) senior Gunnar Nixon set out in 2011 to surpass every track and field multis event available to him and by the end of June had done so in style, earning the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. In March, he hammered home the final stretch of the event-ending 1000 meters to take the pentathlon record by a single point. Between April and June, he eclipsed marks set by Curtis Beach in 2009 in all three decathlons available to preps – with open/collegiate hurdles, shot put and discus (7,524 pts. at Arcadia Invite in April), with high school hurdles, shot put and discus (8,035 points at Great Southwest Classic in June), and with “Junior” hurdles, shot put and discus (7,748 points at the USATF Juniors, also in June).

Ed Cheserek: 7 Course Records In 7 Races, Then National Title

St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.) junior Ed Cheserek was expected to be the top cross-country runner in the country in 2011 and didn’t disappoint. He set course records in his first seven races, through the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, topping superlative standards at nationally renowned venues like Van Cortlandt Park and Sunken Meadow in New York, and Holmdel Park in New Jersey. At the Foot Locker Finals in San Diego, he held off a great challenge from North Central (Indianapolis) senior Futsum Zeinasellassie – a fast friend and fierce rival, who was also unbeaten – to capture the title by less than a second in 14:52.

Six Golds for Team USA at World Youth Champs in France

Team USA’s high school stars earned six gold medals and 16 total medals at the IAAF World Youth Championships (athletes under-18), a week-long event in Lille, France. Golds were captured by Neptune (N.J.) junior Ajee Wilson in the 800 (2:02.64), Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) junior Nnenya Hailey in the 400 hurdles (57.93), St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) junior Arman Hall in the 400 (46.01), St. Mary’s (Berkeley, Calif.) junior Trinity Wilson in the 100 hurdles (13.11 seconds), Plano East (Plano, Texas) junior Jennifer Madu in the 100 dash (11.57), and the Team USA boys medley relay (World Youth record 1:49.47).

Chapus, Weissenbach Form Stunning Distance Duo in California

Juniors Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus became arguably the greatest girls distance duo ever at any high school with their spring/summer individual and collective performances. Weissenbach’s efforts were topped by a state-meet winning 2:02.04 800, #3 in prep history and best-ever in a high-school only race, which was a huge reason why she won the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Chapus became the nation’s top miler (4:42.71), as well as #1 at 1500 meters (4:17.12) and #2 at 1600 meters (4:40.88). Together, they were bookends on the distance medley relay team that destroyed the US record at New Balance Outdoor Nationals by nine seconds with an 11:22.23 clocking.

Aisling Cuffe’s Titles, Records Earn DyeStat Athlete of the Year

Cornwall Central (Cornwall, N.Y.) senior Aisling Cuffe added to her dominant Foot Locker Finals triumph in late 2010 (which earned her the Gatorade Cross-Country Athlete of the Year award) with indoor and outdoor track national championship performances that ultimately earned her DyeStat’s AOY award. She captured the New Balance Indoor Nationals 2M in March with 9:56.85, 2nd-fastest in prep history, then blasted a 9:54.22 national record for the same distance at New Balance Outdoor Nationals

Girls Year of the Javelin

Every now and then, a single event in track and field witnesses a confluence of outstanding performers in a single year that are so good that they collectively deserve recognition. In the girls javelin in 2011, Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.) junior Avione Allgood took down the national record with a heave of 176-8, and was one of four to better 173 feet as she and Chander (Chandler, Ariz.) senior Hannah Carson, Othello (Othello, Wash.) senior Christine Kirkwood, and Gresham (Gresham, Ore.) soph Haley Crouser finished the year 1-5-6-7 on the all-time list.

Morgann LeLeux Vaults to 5 national titles, USR


Generally, the more tests a top-ranked national athlete undertakes, the greater the chance of picking up one or more defeats becomes. But during a year where she also struggled mightily with Epstein-Barr Virus, pole vaulting Catholic (New Iberia, La.) senior Morgann LeLeux was everywhere and suffered nary a loss. She claimed both the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor national titles, the USATF Junior crown, and the Junior Olympic championships under both the AAU and USATF banners. The third of those also qualified her for the Pan American Juniors, in which she was also victorious. And if that wasn’t enough, she broke the US outdoor record with a 14-2.75 at her region meet in April.

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