GREENSBORO, N.C. - Timara Chapman (Raleigh, N.C.) and Bobby Hart (Manchester, N.J.) won the girls’ and boys’ 13-14 pentathlon, respectively, in impressive displays of endurance to kick off the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
The Junior Olympic program is a series of meets progressing from preliminary, association, regional and national meets. Athletes compete in two-year age groups ranging from eight and under to 18-years-old.
The free, live online broadcast of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships lives on USATF.tv. The broadcast beings with the opening ceremony on July 23 at 7 p.m. and runs through July 28. Coverage of the first two days will be available on-demand at USATF.tv. USATF.tv is the home for original programming and on-demand videos of all the 2013 USATF Championships Series, youth and masters events.
With a 100m remaining in the 800m race of the girls’ 13-14 pentathlon, Chapman summoned all her remaining strength to win the final event of the pentathlon in 2:32.62. The come-from-behind victory gave Chapman a total of 3,100 points enough to win the pentathlon. The 800m was her only individual win, while she finished second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.79.
Hart edged out a six-point victory in the boys’ 13-14 pentathlon with a total of 2,905 points. Hart’s best finish in any individual event was second in the long jump, posting a mark of 5.62m/18-05.25. Hart will also compete in the long jump and triple jump later this week.
Another standout performance came in the 9-10 boys’ 1500m race walk, Christopher Renn (Fair Lawn, N.J.) dominated the field in an impressive display. Renn crossed the line in 9:14.09, one minute and 18 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
Monday’s Junior Olympic National Champions
Haley Showalter (Lakewood, Colo.),15-16 Girls’ Hammer, 50.54m/165-10
Charles Whitener (Dallas, Ga.),15-16 Boys’ Hammer, 55.46m/181-11
Avana Story (College Park, Ga.),17-18 Women’s Hammer, 53.92m/176-11
Timara Chapman (Raleigh, N.C.),13-14 Girls’ Pentathlon, 3,100 points
Bobby Hart (Manchester, N.J.) ,13-14 Boys’ Pentathlon, 2,905 points
Grace Endy (Westfield, N.J.), 9-10 Girls’ 1500m Race Walk, 9:04,16
Christopher Renn (Fair Lawn, N.J.), 9-10 Boys’ 1500m Race Walk, 9:14.09
Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio), 11-12 Girls’ 1500m Race Walk, 7:24.86
Evan Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.), 11-12 Boys’ 1500m Race Walk, 8:38.95
Kirra Facer (Murrieta, Calif.), 13-14 Girls’ 3,000m Race Walk,16:45.71
Jonathan Aguilar (Alamo, Texas), 13-14 Boys’ 3,000m Race Walk, 15:40.72
Competition resumes Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. with the 15-16 boys’ decathlon 100m hurdles and runs through Sunday. For more information and live results of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.