By Curtis Anderson / TrackTown USA
EUGENE, Ore. – America’s finest junior track and field athletes are coming to TrackTown USA on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field.
There is no admission charge for the meet.
Fans will be treated to an exciting glimpse of the future as our nation’s best athletes under the age of 20 – including high school standouts and collegiate freshmen – compete for a chance to compete in the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
The top two finishers in each event will represent Team USA at the World Juniors, July 22-27, at Hayward Field, the first time this event has ever been held on U.S. soil.
The USA junior meet features middle distance runner Mary Cain, of the Nike Oregon Project, who became the youngest American athlete ever to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last summer. The 18-year-old from Bronxville High School in New York was also named the 2013 IAAF Rising Star of the Year.
Cain, who is coached by Alberto Salazar, is entered in the 3,000 meters.
The meet also includes four NCAA champions, five University of Oregon freshmen, and five signees to the UO track and field program.
Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell headlines the reigning NCAA champions after winning the 100 meters in a World junior record time of 9.97 seconds at Hayward Field last month. The other NCAA champions are Texas A&M’s Shamier Little in the 400-meter hurdles, Georgia’s Kendell Williams in the heptathlon and Texas’s Kendall Baisden in the 4x400-meter relay.
Williams will compete in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. meet, while Baisden is entered in the open 400 meters.
The Oregon connection features five freshmen: Cullen Prena (shot put, discus, hammer throw); Alec Smith (800m); Chris Mulverhill (3,000m steeplechase); Cole Walsh (pole vault); and Maggie Schmaedick (5,000m).
The UO recruits are Ariana Washington (100m, 200m); Ashlee Moore (100 hurdles, high jump); Raevyn Rogers (800m); Nate Moore (long jump, triple jump) and Jhet Janis (javelin). Moore won the U.S. junior heptathlon title in Sacramento last week.
For more information go to www.usatf.org.