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Athletics: Triple jumpers lead the action Sunday at USA Junior Champs

EUGENE, Ore. -Triple jump action including Will Claye's meet record and Alitta Boyd's second win of the competition highlighted action at the track Sunday, on the final day of competition, at the 2009 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

American Junior record holder and 2009 NCAA champion Will Claye, who was the runner-up in yesterday's long jump competition, won the men's triple jump with a meet record hop, skip and jump of 17.14 meters /56 feet 3 inches. His mark, while wind-aided, was just four centimeters short of his American junior record. Yesterday's women's long jump champion Alitta Boyd continued her winning streak with a national title in the triple jump. Her farthest mark of the competition was 13.31m/43-8.

2008 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Jordan Hasay won her third-consecutive junior women's 1,500m title over 2009 NCAA finalist Morgane Gay of Virginia, 4 minutes 18.99 seconds to 4:20.81, respectively. California state 1,600m champion Mac Fleet won the 1,500m on the men's side in 3:47.44 and Blake Shaw was the runner-up in 3:49.49.

2007 World Youth champion Dalilah Muhammad won the women's 400m hurdles in 57.32 while 2008 USATF Junior Olympic champion Turquoise Thompson was second in 57.93. 2007 World Youth silver medalist Reggie Wyatt held off 2007 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year William Wynne to win the men's 400m hurdles in 50.02 while Wynne finished second in 50.56.

2007 World Youth sprint medley relay gold medalist Ryann Krais of UCLA dominated the competition in the women's heptathlon, winning with 5,344 points. She had individual event wins in the 100mH (13.97), high jump (1.69m/5-6.5) and long jump (5.77m/18-11.25). Recent Merrillville (Ind.) High School graduate Rebecca Neville, younger sister to 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Neville, was the runner-up with 4,879 points.

Florida's Alishea Usery won the women's 400m in 53.91 over Baylor's Diamond Richardson who finished as the runner-up in 54.13. Mississippi standout Tavaris Tate won the men's 400m in 46.04. In the women's 800m, 2006 USA junior champion Chanelle Price won her second national title, crossing the line in 2:06.79 and 2008 Olympic Trials semi-finalist Laura Roesler took second in 2:07.41. Washington State's Joe Abbott won on the men's side, finishing his 800m in 1:51.54.

Syracuse's Natalie Busby edged out Missouri state champion Alyssa Allison in the women's steeplechase, running 10:55.25 to Allison's 10:55.1. Sean Soderman of Appalachian State cruised to victory in the men's steeplechase in 9:05.82. Elizabeth Hynes outdistanced the field in the women's 3,000m, winning in 9:51.0h and Oklahoma State's Colby Lowe won the men's 5,000m in 14:31.27. Miami Valley Track Club's Allison Chin won the women's 10,000m race walk in 56:02.21. Hometown favorite Sam Crouser of Gresham High School won the men's javelin with a throw of 67.18m/220-05.

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