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7/21-8/4 WKNDS: Berry PA PV rec|Bumpas 800|U.Stars/Mt.Airy set JO NRs|Leach 3rd 400H|Lavongs bros... Aug 2, 2007

Highlighting the week... At the AAU Junior Olympic Games at the University of Tennessee on Day Eight, Yardley 12-year-old Sara Sargent was 2nd in the Sub-Youth 3000 in 10:14.45, which broke the existing national AAU record that had been set by Haverford Township's Sophia Meehan last year. Philadelphia's Chante Moore took 3rd in the Youth 400 finals, and anchored Mt. Airy to a 2nd in the 4x100, and ran on the 2nd place 4x400. Mt. Airy's Intermediate Girls were 2nd in the 4x400 final. And the Mt. Airy 4x400 of Khaliff Featherstone, Bernard Goodwin, Elliott Rhodes and Austin Perron won the Young Men's 4x400. On Day Seven, the Mt. Airy Track Club set a national Young Men's AAU record with a 7:40.90 4x800 behind Khaliff Featherstone, Bernard Goodwin, Elliott Rhodes and Austin Perron. Also in the 4x800, the Mt. Airy girls won the Midget Girls, while Cambria Youth Association won the Youth Girls. Rising Crestwood junior Mandissa Marshall was 5th in the Intermediate Girls pole vault. On Day Six, Hatboro-Horsham's Joe Berry set a PA all-time best in the pole vault, clearing 16-06, bettering the 2003 16-04.50 by Hickory's Andrew Rademacher. Derek Hynes was 4th. Sophia Meehan, Narberth took 3rd in the YG 1500. Chester's Shaniel Chambers was 4th in the YW 1500. Methacton's Wesley Lavong won the IB shot put. On Day Five. Gwynedd Mercy's Taylor Bumpas won the IG 800. Methacton's Carlton Lavong was 2nd in the IB long jump. And Elliot Rhodes, Germantown Academy, was 3rd in the YM 800. On Day Four, Methacton's Carlton Lavong took 3rd in the IB triple jump. Coatesville's Kaleena Gray took 5th in the YW discus. Saudiah Lawrence was 5th in the IG triple jump. Shanae Bailey, Swenson, advanced to the finals of the IG 200.  On Day Three, Germantown Academy's Elliott Rhodes advanced to the finals of the Young Men's 800. Also advancing to their 800 finals were Gwynedd Mercy's Taylor Bumpas in the Intermediate Girls, and Chester's Shaniel Chambers in the Young Women. In the 100, Swenson's Shanae Bailey advanced to the semis of the IG race.  During the first two days of the Multis, Germantown Academy's Alex Holcombe captured 5th place in the Young Men's Decathlon with 6529 points. On Day Two (Wed 7/25) at the USATF Junior Olympics at Mt. SAC, California, the United Stars Track Club of Philadelphia set a junior olympic record for Young Women in the 4x800. With Syeeda Gee and Benita Taylor (both of Engineering & Science), along with Council Rock South's Ije Iheoma and Easton's Chanelle Price, the squad ran 8:50.72, breaking the 2001 record which also had been held by the United Stars. On Day Three, Harold Lamour of Juventus TC, took 2nd in the Intermediate Boys 3000. In the prelims of the Young Women's 4x400, the United Stars posted the fastest qualifier. On Day Four, Iheoma advanced to the finals of the YW 400, and Gee moved on to the finals of the YW 1500. On Day Five, Jamar Jones, Juventus, was 4th in the YM 800. On the final day, Iheoma captured 4th in the 400 finals, and joined with Jacqueline Dim, Benita Taylor and Chanelle Price to help the United Stars take 2nd in the 4x400. Gee took 6th in the Young Women's 1500. And North Allegheny's Sean Gil was 8th in the Young Men's pole vault. At the 7/20-22 Russell Blunt East Coast Inv. at Duke University, Methacton's Lavong brothers had an incredible meet, winning three events and taking 2nd between them in the Intermediate Boys group. On the first day, Carlton captured triple jump. On Day Two, he took 2nd in the long jump. Older brother Wesley won two events, capturing the discus and the shot put. West Catholic's Jermaine Lowery had a strong meet as well, winning the Young Men's 400 hurdles and taking 4th in the 400. On Day Four at the Pan-American Games in Brazil, UCLA sophomore and West Catholic grad Nicole Leach captured the bronze medal in the 400 hurdles, running 54.97. USA teammate Sheena Johnson won the gold in 54.64. Leach had advanced to Wednesday's finals on Monday, winning her heat in the 2nd fast qualifying time of 55.77. Heptathlete Hyleas Fountain, a graduate of Central Dauphin East, was a DNF after two completed events. Catch Live Results and the Webcast of USATF Junior Olympics USAATF JO LIVE RESULTS    USATF JO MEET WEBCAST And Live Results and the Webcast of the AAU Junior Olympics AAU JO LIVE RESULTS         AAU JO MEET WEBCAST 

AAU & USATF National Junior Olympics underway this week Jul 24, 2007

  The AAU National Junior Olympic Games & USATF National Junior Olympic Championships are beginning to get underway this week with Virginian preps competing in both events with the AAU in Tennessee (July 28-August 4) and USATF in California (July 23-July 29). For the first time ever, both events are having live webcasts of the meets. The USATF webcast can be found here: http://usatfyouth.sportnet.com/ and the AAU webcast can be found here: http://www.aaujrogames.org/trackfield_playon.php  Several Virginians will be in contention to become AAU Junior Olympics national champions or at least All-Americans in their respective events. Dejor Simmons of Deep Creek (pictured above by John Herzog), the Eastern Region 100 meter champion as a freshmen this past spring, is the top seed for the intermediate boys in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Meanwhile, Landstown rising junior Marlena Wesh has the second best seed time in the 100 and 200 meter dash among intermediate girls.  AAU Junior Olympics Performance Lists: Boys - Girls  USATF National Junior Olympics Championships Live Results AAU National Junior Olympics Games Live ResultsLIVE WEBCASTS: USATF - AAU   

AAU & USATF Nationals Start this Week Jul 25, 2007

Both the AAU National Junior Olympics and USATF National Junior Olympics being held this week in TN (AAU) and CA (USATF) and will be broadcast live via webcasts throughout the week.

AAU JO Nats: Varnell 1500 champion, Copeland HJ runner-up, Griffin TJ 3rd Aug 3, 2007

Hannah Varnell (pictured left by John Herzog), a rising junior at Gloucester High School, claimed the national title in the intermediate girls' division of the 1500 meter run at the AAU National Junior Olympic Games in Tennessee. Varnell, who clocked a personal best for 800 meters by four seconds in a time of 2:14.94 in Tuesday's preliminaries, came back to continue her great week in Knoxville on Thursday with a national championship in a 1500 meter time of 4:45.16, which would convert to a 12 second improvement on her actual 1600 meter best of 5:18.  Varnell had finished seventh in the 800 meter finals on Wednesday. Read more on performances by Virginia's high school athletes so far in Knoxville. MileSplit Network's Results Page Live Results Live Webcast 

TN has 4 National Champions and a Runner-up in the Multi-events Jul 29, 2007

Gabrielle Gioia the D-II state champion from Harpeth Hall, Benjamin Davies the D-II state champion from Brentwood Academy, Molefi Maat and Marjorie Butler are all AAU National Champions in their respected multi-events.  Michael Ayers the AAA state champion from Ravenwood was the AAU National Runner-up. 

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