Anderson sets meet record on Day 2 at 2008 USA Junior Champs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A nearly two-hour rain delay did not deter competition as Jeshua Anderson set a meet record in winning the men's 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the 2008 USA Junior Track & Field Championships.

The Championships take place June 20-22 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University. The top two finishers in each event will compete in Poland, provided that they have met the qualifying standard.

In the men's 400m hurdles, 2007 World Youth champion William Wynne (Kennesaw, Ga.) shot out of the blocks and into the lead but was passed on the final straightaway by 2007 Pan Am Junior champion Johnny Dutch (Clayton, N.C.) and eventual winner and 2008 NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson (Mission Hills, Calif.). Anderson crossed the line in 49.28 to break the 24 year-old meet record of 49.45 set in 1984 by Belfred Clark. Dutch was second in 49.74 and Wynne third in 50.42.

Oregon state champion Elijah Greer (Lake Oswego, Ore.) sat in the pack for the first 600m of the men's 800m final before taking off with 200 to go and out-kicking the field to take the win in 1:47.68, the second fastest time by an American junior so far this year and just of 12-time National champion Mark Everett's 19-year-old meet record of 1:47.55. Minnesota state champion Zachary Mellon (Buffalo, Minn.) took second in 1:48.64 and 2008 MEAC champion Donte Holmes (Hyattsville, Md.) was third in 1:48.66.

Miami's Takecia Jameson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) dominated the women's 400m hurdles and finished over two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, winning the race in 58.66. California state champion Kori Carter (Claremont, Fla.) was the runner-up in 1:00.69.

It was a close finish in the women's 800 as the top three competitors finished within one second of each other. Cydney Ross (St. Louis, Mo.) won the race, crossing the finish line in 2:07.12 just ahead of 2007 National Scholastic Indoor champion Sarah McCurdy (Bay Shore, N.Y.) who was the runner-up in 2:07.75. Camilla Dencer (Northridge, Calif.) took third in 2:07.88.

Shanay Briscoe (Houston, Texas) won the women's high jump, tying the stadium record with her clearance of 1.80m/5-10.75. 2008 Texas state champion Brigetta Barrett (Duncansville, Texas) was second with 1.77m/5-9.75 and Florida state champion Maya Pressley (Coconut Creek, Fla.) was third at the same height.

2007 Nike Outdoor National champion Shakia Forbes (Bethel, Va.) edged out 2007 Pan Am Junior champion Jamesha Youngblood (Hercules, Calif.) to win the women's long jump, leaping 6.35m/20-10 to Youngblood's 6.34m/20-9.75. California state runner-up Karynn Dunn took third with 6.25m/20-6.25.

Princeton's Eric Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) won the men's shot put with a heave of 19.06m/62-6.5 and was closely followed by 2007 Junior Olympic champion Daniel Block (Hanover Park, Ill.) who was the runner-up with 18.93m/62-1.25.

2007 Nike Indoor National champion Austin Davis (Durham, N.C.), now at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, won the men's triple jump on his second attempt with a hop, skip and jump of 16.06m/52-8.25. 2007 World Youth champion Christian Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) took second with his second attempt mark of 16.05m/52-8.

BYU's Chase Dalton made a second-day charge to win the decathlon with 7,202 points. Over the course of two days, Dalton won the shot put (13.94m/45-9), discus (45.01m/147-8) and javelin (60.31m/197-10). Weston Leutz (Bismarck, N.D.) was second with 7,123 points.

Also on the track, two-time Florida state champion Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.), now a freshman at Florida State, surged over the final two hurdles to take the win in the women's 100m hurdles in 13.60. Vashti Thomas (San Jose, Calif.), who was fifth at last year's meet, was the runner-up in 13.62 and Ohio State's Letecia Wright (Baltimore, Md.) was third in 13.70.

A 15-time state champion while in high school, Arkansas' Catherine White (Roanoke, Va.) won the women's 10,000m in 16:32.03 and Princeton's Ashley Higginson took the runner-up position in 16:33.83. Southern Illinois' Daniel Dunbar (O'Fallon, Ill.) won the men's 10,000m in 30:34.09 and Donald Cabral (Glastonbury, Conn.) was the runner-up in 30:50.28.

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ATHLETE QUOTES


Eric Plummer, men's shot put winner

I was nervous. I've been waiting for this day for a year and a half. You always hope for this day to come. I didn't really realize it until last night. I'm happy its over.

Last year we missed this championship with a (Princeton) team trip. To get here and make the world team it is unbelievable, it's amazing.

Shakia Forbes, women's long jump winner

The wind was pretty decent today. Usually I don't get a good wind, but today was different, it was good.

I felt good the past two times that I've competed here. This is my last year, so it feels good to compete well.

It feels great to represent my country. It gives me a great sense of pride.

Cydney Ross, women's 800m winner

Besides the weather, it was a really good day. I had started my warmup, so then I took a nap and just waited. I missed getting into my warmup a little, but it worked out.

I ran my PR so I feel pretty good. It's just really cool to compete at this level, it's just really exciting.

Jeshua Anderson, Men's 400 hurdles winner


This race was kind of hard, since I had a couple days off following the NCAA meet. I just wanted to finish in the top two here and make that trip to Poland.

It's a blessing and I thank God that I made it. I wasn't able to go last year, since I missed my flight. Just to make it this year is a good thing for me.

I have the Olympic Trials next week, so hopefully I'll do good enough there and try to make the Olympic team.

I ran this meet to get some more work in. There were a couple of things I messed up on during my NCAA race. I knew I would have great competition out here, so I wanted to fix some mistakes here and at the Olympic Trials.

Teona Rodgers, womens 100H winner

In my prelims I felt really good. I've never competed in the rain so I went on the track and was extra careful. I knew I needed to go out and run and do it for Florida State.

I didn't get a chance to go around in high school and travel so now I get the chance to experience it. Its great.

Austin Davis, men's TJ winner

I feel good, I feel really blessed. I feel blessed to make the team.

Catherine White, Women's 5,000 meters winner

I have pretty good leg speed, so I kept that in the back of my mind with the pack grouped up with three laps to go. I knew I could sit back and let it go, or give it all I have and leave it out there. So I thought why not win it.

I'm pretty excited, it should be a fun trip. It's always cool to represent your country, so I'm real excited.

The delay was a plus in terms of weather conditions. It was a couple of hours later, with the sun already down and the rain cleared everything off. Plus there was no wind. So we were pretty lucky and fortunate to have such good race conditions.

Shanay Briscoe, women's HJ winner

I was ready two hours before but with the rain and everything, I just tried to stay up. I was good whenever I came out.

I didn't jump my best, but I did okay

I'm excited about making the team. I've never been to Poland so it'll be great.

Daniel Dunbar, men's 10,000 winner

Obviously I'm pleased. My coach and I talked before the race and my goal was just to go to Poland.