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Ole’ Miss freshman Tedreauna Britt secured two USATF medals Saturday as she first won the women’s discus throw in a new PR 54.01m/177-02. After clinching one spot on Team USATF at 2019 Pan American Junior Championships, Britt continued to pursue national recognition and catapulted a new PR in the women’s shot put at 15.56m/51-00.75 to earn silver behind champion Patience Marshall of Campbell University (16.05m/52-08), who set a school record of her own.
Brandee Presley triumphed in the women’s 100m final to earn Ole’ Miss its third national title of the weekend. Presley broke the school record in her impressive journey to gold in 11.19 (2.0+).
In the men’s 100m, recent high school graduate Matthew Boling demonstrated his talents in a first round win in 10.13 (2.4+). Boling earned bronze in men’s long jump in between races (7.71m/25-03.5) and then came back to the track to win the 100m national title in 10.15 (2.3+).
Phillip Austin III of Arizona took first in men’s long jump at 7.74m/25-04.25.
The men’s 110m hurdles was one to remember, as the top three finishers hit all-time Junior times in the final. Both champion Tai Brown of Kentucky and second place’s Eric Edwards Jr. of Oregon dipped under the meet record to finish in an epically tight 13.21 (13.204-13.209) and ranked the no. 3 all-time U.S. Junior. Third place finisher Jamar Marshall Jr. earned the no. 6 all-time U.S. junior ranking in 13.22.
University of Pennsylvania's Mark Minichello released the second-best Junior mark in the men’s javelin at 77.15m/253-01, followed by Tzuriel Pedigo of LSU with the third-best mark at 76.14m/249-10. Both athletes broke the previous U20 meet record.
Grant Gardner followed in the footsteps of 2018 men’s 5,000m winner winner Drew Bosely by winning before entering college. Gardner ran a smart race to hold onto the lead against steep competition from Pittsburgh freshman Nick Wolk. Gardner won in 14:32.75, followed by Wolk in 14:26.54 and Wisconsin freshman Zachary Snider in 15:28.46.
The women’s 3,000m went back-and-forth for some time until Marli Starliper created a sizable distance between herself and her fellow competitors. Unstoppable, Starliper finished in 9:29.39, ahead of University of Pennsylvania athlete Ariana Gardizy in 9:41.50.
Mayyi Muhama of University of Pennsylvania crushed the women’s hammer throw competition with a triumphant 65.66m/215-05. Her throw ranks as a UPenn program record and the second-best in Ivy League history.
The women’s pole vault field was no match for Nastassja Campbell, as she swiftly grabbed the title at 4.10m/13-05.25. The Towson freshman went 1-2 with teammate Hayley Horvaft (4.10m/13-05.25).
Villanova’s Lydia Olivere won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 10:33.08. Alex Slenning of Washington triumphed in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, winning in 9:04.57.
Women’s indoor pentathlon high school record holder Anna Hall leads the heptathlon standings after Day 1 with 3625 points. Hakim McMMorris goes into Day 2 decathlon competition atop the standings with 3606 points.
Click here for full results from Saturday at 2019 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships. Day 3 continues Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. EST with 10,000m race walk for both men and women. Click here for a schedule and here for the live webcast.
Ashley Mitchell, USATF Marketing & Communications