JACKSONVILLE -- Thousands of young athletes from across the country will be descending on Jacksonville, Florida for the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week, July 27-August 2. Athletes ranging from 7 to 18 will be competing in the full range of events at Hodges Stadium and 1,080 track clubs will also be represented.
TORONTO -- Kendall Baisden and Shakima Wimbley went 1-2 in the women’s 400 meters and Clayton Murphy and Ryan Martin went 1-3 in the 800m as Team USA picked up eight more medals, three of them gold, Thursday night at the Pan American Games at CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium. The U.S. remains atop the medals table with 25, already surpassing the 17 medals won in 2011 and the 24 earned in 2007.
The 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track and Field teams are coordinated by Fred Baer, the founder of Track and Field Writers of America. Girls selections are made by Mike Kennedy, the high school editor of Track and Field News.
The pressure on high school athletes today is intense. Many of these teenagers face increased competition to earn a spot on the team and try to live up to the expectations of their parents and coaches.
Jamaica struck gold at the World University Games (WUG) in Gwanju, South Korea yesterday.
The big winner was national 100-metre hurdles champion Danielle Williams who won the event in 12.78 seconds ahead of Russia's Nina Marozova (12.83) and Australia's Michelle Jenneke (12.94).
Greatness won't come overnight
“In the world of track and field I think it helps to commit and know you are in it for the long haul. To me that is a key to being great. That mindset has allowed me never to get too down if I miss a whole season through a horrible injury, because I know it is just a season and I am in the sport for the long haul."
Mo Farah is set to contest the 3000m on the first day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London later this month. The double Olympic, world and European champion says his training is going well and that racing that distance at the Diamond League meeting on July 24 will be “the best possible preparation” ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing where he will hope to successfully defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Sandi Morris faces the first un-American Fourth of July of her life.
The South Carolina native and now graduated University of Arkansas All-American pole vaulter debuts internationally today at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris.
"She has never jumped in Europe," Arkansas women's pole vault coach Bryan Compton said. "I think maybe she jumped in the Pan-Am games but never in Europe.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The best youth athletes in the country travel to Lisle, Illinois, this week for USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships. The week-long event, hosted June 30-July 5 at Laughlin Track on the campus of Benedictine University, will begin with World Youth Trials June 30 and July 1.
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