Monday, June 27, 2005

Youth Outdoors Champs race into Knoxville

Indianapolis - More than 2,000 of the top youth track & field athletes
in the U.S. will be on hand this week at the 2005 USA Youth Outdoor
Track & Field Championships, June 28 through July 3, at the University
of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The meet is a national competition with entry based upon qualifying
standards for each event. The Youth Outdoor Championships have the same
age divisions as the USATF Junior Olympic program: Bantam (10 and
under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young
Men/Women (17-18). The Youth Outdoor Championships are also scored for
team championships in all age divisions.

The meet also serves as the final tune-up event for the World Youth Team
USA that will travel to Marrakech, Morocco July 13-17 to compete at the
2005 IAAF World Youth Championships. The world youth team will feature
some of the top female and male youth athletes.

The USA Track & Field Youth Athletics National Championships give our
grassroots athletes a tremendous opportunity to compete against some of
the best athletes in their age division, said Andy Martin, USATF
Director of Grass Roots Programs and Planning. This type of meet is an
important step toward shaping the next generation of champions and
helping to maintain our status as the World's #1 Track & Field Team.

Collins, Cross and Knight among top female competitors

Several top athletes are expected to compete in Knoxville. Eboni Collins
was the runner-up in 100m (11.58w) at 2005 Nike Outdoor Nationals
earlier this month. She recently completed her sophomore year in high
school, running the fastest prep time in the nation this year in the
300-meter hurdles (40.80) at the California CIF State Track and Field

Texas High School standout, Brandi Cross, comes to Knoxville after
finishing her first high school state track championships. She won the
400m in a personal best time of 52.46, setting a new Texas high school
state record. Cross recently ran the fourth fastest time in the 400m
(53.46) field at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in a field that featured
fellow world youth team athletes, Sade Williams and Bianca Knight.

Bianca Knight, of Ridgeland High School in Mississippi, joins Collins
and Cross on the world youth team in the 100m and 200m. She ran the
fastest 200m (23.06) time ever by a high school freshman during the 2004
USATF Junior Olympics in Eugene, Ore. In addition to the 200m, she was
also the 2004 USATF Youth Outdoor intermediate girls champion in the
400m (53.22). In 2003, Knight was name the female athlete of the meet at
the USATF Junior Olympics in Miami, Fla.

Men's team shows promise in the field events

Dan Haddock, javelin thrower, holds the Region X Junior Olympic record
for the intermediate boys division at 51.40m/168-7. He had a runner-up
finish at the 2004 Junior Olympics with a throw of 52.09m/170-11.

After breaking his own national sophomore record of 219 feet in the
hammer throw, Walter Henning, also surpassed the NY State Varsity record
by tossing the 12-pound hammer 68.49m/224-8.5. He has the 13th farthest
throw in U.S. high school history.

Scot Roth won his second straight state pole vault title, breaking the
oldest field event standard, at the California CIF Track & Field
Championships with a height of 5.20m/17-1.

For more information on the 2004 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field
Championships, including results and complete coverage of this year's
event, visit the USATF website at