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Crouser picks up third win at 2008 USA Youth Champs

06/27/2008 - 19:51

June 24, 2008 from USATF press release (CHARLOTTE, NC) - Ryan Crouser (Team Oregon USA) collected his third individual title Firday at the 2008 USA Youth Track & Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Finals in the field events secured the majority of the day, along with preliminaries being run in all age divisions in the 100 meter, 400m and 4x100m relay, along with youth, intermediate, and young 1,500m preliminaries.

Crouser's third win came in the intermediate boys shot put with a winning throw of 17.48 meters/57 feet 4.25 inches. Crouser's first two wins came yesterday in the intermediate boys' javelin and discus throws.

In the intermediate girls pole vault, Cameron Overstreet (Aim High Pole Vault Club) cleared 3.21m/10-6.25 to seize the individual title.

Warren Marshall (Carolina Elite Track and Field Club) tossed the 300-gram implement 50.63m/166-01, to secure first place in the javelin

In the youth girls high jump, Catherine Claywell soared over 1.60m/5-3, to obtain the individual title.

Natalie Baird (Loudoun Track and Field Club) won the young women's discus throw with a toss of 45.49m/149-3.

In the bantam boys' high jump, Austin Lietz (Valley United Striders) soared over 1.25m/4-1.25 to capture first place.

Sarah Stanley (South Park Track Club) threw the 300-gram implement 28.44m/93-04 to finish first in the midget girls' javelin throw.

In the midget boys' high jump, Vincent Calhoun (Long Beach Sprinters) cleared 1.55m/5-1 to secure the individual title.

Bryce Lamb (Arizona Cheetahs Track Club) claimed the individual title in the young mens long jump, with a leap of 7.29m/23-11.

For more information from the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including complete results, visit

Athlete Quotes:

Intermediate Boys shot put champion, Ryan Crouser (Team Oregon USA)

"I threw pretty good considering the last meet I scratched five throws and had a 43-footer. My PR is 60. I threw around 56, so I'm happy to get back up from 43, but I'm still a little disappointed, because I've been throwing a little bit better in practice.

"(One his first two wins) I got a PR in the discus and I was close to a PR in the javelin. Having traveled all the way from Oregon, with the heat I'm not used to, because were about 70 degrees, I think that was pretty good."

Intermediate Girls pole vault champion Cameron Overstreet (Aim High Pole Vault)

"I felt very good, I was kind of in a slump for a little while, and this boosted by confidence back up. I went to a camp a couple days ago and we just got back, that helped me a lot. I felt really confident on the runway, and had pretty consistent jumps."

2008 USA Youth Champs hit midway point

June 27, 2008 from USATF press release (CHARLOTTE, NC) The 2008 USA Youth Track & Field Championships hit the midway point in the six day competition at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Terence Lee (Juventus) captured the individual title in the young men's 5,000 meter run, finishing in 16 minutes 3.04 seconds, just ahead of runner-up Steven Stoot (Peak Distance) who clocked 16:03.19.

In the intermediate boys' 5,000m run, Lukas Verzbicas captured the win with a personal best time of 8:49.37. Parker Bowles (Jenks America TC) continued his success from the first day of competition, finishing second in 9:00.76.

Jacinda Evans (Durham Striders) leaped 5.96m/19-6.75 in the young women's long jump to capture first place.

In the midget boys' javelin throw, Aaron Ramirez threw the spear 44.00m/144-04 to claim the individual title.

Ryan Crouser (Team Oregon USA) won both the intermediate boys' discus and javelin throw, heaving the 1.6kg discus 54.94m/180-03 and throwing the javelin 55.19m/181-01.

In the bantam girls' shot put, Khayla Dawson (Charlotte Flights TFC) tossed the 6 pound implement 7.99m/26-2.75.

Olivia Hudson hopped, skipped, and jumped her way to a first place finish in the intermediate girls' triple jump with a distance of 11.43m/37-6.

For more information from the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including complete results, visit

Athlete Quotes:

Young men's 5000m champion, Terence Lee

It went ok, it was pretty slow, I just wanted to win the race, I wasn't really looking for time.

Intermediate boys' 3000m champion, Lukas Verzbicas

It was a great race; it was a fast race for me because that's my best time ever. First time I've run under 9 minutes, it was awesome. I was pacing the first two kilometers and had just one left I moved to front and never gave up the lead.

Intermediate girls' triple jump champion, Olivia Hudson

I think I did pretty good overall, I mostly had to work on getting my phases right, I just started this a couple months ago, and it was good for one of my first times this year. It wasn't my personal best but it was pretty consistent.



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