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Athletics: Field events and running prelims highlight the third day of the 2009 USA Youth Champs

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The 2009 USA Youth Track & Field Championships completed day three of competition Thursday at Rynearson Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University with field events and running prelims highlighting the day.

The first final of the day saw Alfredo Santana run 15 minutes 05.37 seconds to capture the Young Men's 5,000m. In the Intermediate Boys' 3,000, Connor Smock (Cedar Rapids Track Club) led wire to wire, clocking a time of 9:14.96 for the win.

Off the track, Taylor Heim (Cornhusker Flyers) dominated the Midget Girls' javelin throw, winning with a toss of 31.76 meters/ 104 feet 2 inches. Heim's throw was nearly ten feet further than second place.

In other field event action, the Intermediate Boys' shot put was won by Barry Kimbrough (North Shore Breeze) with a throw of 14.21m/46-7.5, and Kira Larson (Team NoDak) cleared one more bar than Shaina Burns (unattached) to win the Youth Girls' high jump in 1.65m/ 5-5.

Youth Boy's Discus champion, Aaron Zedalla (unattached), edged out second place by five inches with a throw of 46.73m/153-4. Zedalla entered the meet with the second ranked throw, but had a stellar performance today to win. Jennifer Madu (Texan MVP Track & Field), claimed top honors in the Intermediate Girls' triple jump with a leap of 11.75m/38-6.25.

Running preliminaries in the 800 and 200 saw sterling performances from Kendall Baisden (Motor City Track Club), who romped to the fastest time in the prelims of the Youth Girls' 200m with a wind-aided 24.63 to lead qualifiers for the final on Saturday. The Youth Girls' 800m prelim was dominated by Raevyn Rogers (The Wings Track Club Inc) who ran an outstanding time of 2:14.30 minutes to qualify her for the final on Saturday.

Robins Reynolds (Miami Northwest Express Track Club) was the top qualifier for the 200m finals in the Intermediate Girls' with a time of 24.09 seconds. Reynolds won the 2008 Youth division in the 100m, 200, 400m, and 800m. Expect to see her not only in the 200m, but also the 100m and 400m as competition continues.

Track Phi Track turned in a superb 3:24.32 to lead all qualifiers in the Intermediate Boys 4x400m prelims, and the Jaguar TC topped the Youth Girls' qualifiers with a 4:00.98. In the Young Men's division, the Fort Wayne Express had the best qualifying time at 3:19.76.

For more information and complete results on the 2009 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit:

Athlete Quotes:

Intermediate Boys' 3,000m champion, Connor Smock
"I wasn't planning on leading the whole race but the two fastest guys didn't come so I did. It was a PR so I'm happy with that."

Youth Boys' Discus champion, Aaron Zedella
"I am surprised that I won. I have been struggling over the last few weeks, having a hard time throwing over 120 feet, but I am happy with how I threw today (153-4)"

Intermediate Girls' shot put champion, Avione Allgood
"I expected to win, but I am not happy with how I threw. I am going to practice harder before regionals and listen to what the coaches tell me so I can throw further."

Intermediate Girls' triple jump champion, Jennifer Madu
"I like the triple jump because it has three phases and you can pick up what you left behind if mess up one of the phases."

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
For more information on USATF, visit

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