Thursday, June 14, 2018

USATF Junior Championships begin Friday in Bloomington, Indiana...

The USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships get underway Friday at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

With the IAAF World Under-20 championships being contested July 10-15th in Tampere, Finland, this year’s meet, which is usually run in conjunction with the senior championships, is being held separately in order to give enough time for selected athletes to get their paperwork in order, if they haven’t done so already.

The University of Washington will send a small group of athletes to Bloomington, including sprinters Kevin Liu in the 200 and Evan Mafilas in the 400; 800 meter runner Devan Kirk, who was sixth in the 800 at the Pac-12 championships (above/photo by Paul Merca); triple jumper Jaylen Taylor; and, discus thrower Elijah Mason.

Kalama native Kaelyn Carlson-Shipley, who was seventh at the Pac-12 championships for the University of Arizona, is entered in the women’s javelin.

Incoming Husky freshman Cass Elliott from West Seattle HS is entered in the 400 hurdles, as is his teammate Chloe Cunliffe in the women’s pole vault (she’s the younger sister of sprinter Hannah Cunliffe). Lexi Ellis from Curtis HS, who will attend Oregon this fall, is entered in the women’s triple jump.

The home page for the USATF Junior Championships is available here, which includes the links to the time schedule and live results. ($) will offer live streaming coverage of the meet.

With Friday the last day to qualify for next week’s USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, several local athletes are running at the Stumptown Twilight at Portland’s Lewis & Clark College.

Among those entered in the meet are Hannah Fields and Savannah Colón of the Brooks Beasts, along with Justine Fedronic, and former Husky Eleanor Fulton in the women’s 800; and, Washington redshirt Izzi Batt-Doyle in the women’s 1500.

Washington state high school 3200m champion James Mwaura, who is Gonzaga’s highest profile recruit since Pat Tyson took over the program, is entered in the men’s 5000, where he’ll run against a field that includes 2016 Olympian and former Emerald Ridge HS standout Hassan Mead, along with Western Washington alum Jordan Welling, and Gonzaga alum Nick Roche.

The start lists for the Stumptown Twilight are available here.

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