EUGENE, Ore. - National high school record-holder Curtis Beach dominated the junior men's decathlon Friday at the 2009 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Duke-bound Beach finished the two-day, ten-event competition with 7,599 points, the best score ever by an American using the junior implements. In the final event of the competition, Beach pulled away from the pack to win the 1,500m in a world junior decathlon best 4:07.85. Florida's Gray Horn held on for second with 7,114 points and Neamen Wise was third with 6,854.
2008 World Junior silver medalist Conor McCullough is finally out of the reigning world junior champions shadow. McCullough won the men's hammer throw with a meet-record heave of 75.30 meters/247 feet. His nearest competitor, runner-up Justin Welch, was over nine meters back with a best mark of 66.04m/216-8.
American junior record-holder Natalie Willer of Nebraska added a meet record to her resume in the women's pole vault with her winning clearance of 4.25 meters/13 feet 11.25 inches. Shade Weygandt was second at the same height.
The fastest qualifier out of the first rounds at 11.17 (+6.0mps), three-time Nike Outdoor National champion Chalonda Goodman decimated the field in the women's 100m final, crossing the finish line in a windy 11.19 (+2.8mps). Hometown favorite Amber Purvis, a freshman at the University of Oregon, was the runner-up in 11.42. SEC freshman of the year Marcus Rowland, who took third at the 2009 NCAA Championships, won the men's 100m in 10.02 (+2.4mps). Mississippi State freshman Dangelo Cherry, who had the fastest times out of the morning rounds at 10.02 (+2.8mps), took second in 10.07.
2007 World Youth champion Wayne Davis set the meet record in the men's 110-meter hurdles in winning his first-round heat in 13.31 seconds, with the wind at a just-allowable +2.0mps. Davis came back four hours later to win the final in 13.16 (+3.8mps), the second-fastest junior time ever under any conditions. 2008 World Junior silver medalist Booker Nunley was second in 13.36.
Arizona State's Jordan Clarke won the men's shot put with a meet record heave of 20.46m/67-1.5. Reigning Nike Outdoor National shot put champion Mason Finley took the runner-up position with his throw of 20.15m/66-1.5. On the women's side, Anastasia Jelmini won her first national junior title, after last year's fourth-place finish, with a throw of 16.15m/53-0. Iowa State's Laishema Hampton was second with 15.32m/50-3.25 and teammate Danielle Frere was third with 15.06m/49-5.
Also at the track, Villanova's Shericka Ward won the women's 100m hurdles in 13.47 (+2.6mps). Mississippi high school state champion Ricky Robertson won the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.18m/7-1.25. Twentynine Palms High School junior Casey Kraychir stole the show in the women's hammer throw, winning the competition with a heave of 57.22m/187-9 and Elizabeth Rohl took runner-up honors with 56.05m/183-11.
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