Stites Runs Away with 5,000m on day two of USA Junior Championships

Stites Runs Away with 5,000m on day two of USA Junior Championships

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Des Moines, Iowa — Day two of the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium had a little bit of everything, including a near record in the women’s 5,000m and a brother-sister medal-winning multi-event duo.

William & Mary’s Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) was an overwhelming favorite entering the 5K, having moved to fourth on the U.S. junior all-time list with her 15:45.31 at the Mt. SAC Relays in April. Today, she ran away from the field from the gun as she chased a meet record of 16:10.60 set by Caitlin Chock in 2004. Stites rolled through 3,000m in 9:40.99 and needed to run 72.32 or faster on the final lap to break the record, but her 75.5 put her at 16:13.77, 47.61 seconds ahead of runner-up Megan Lacy (Marlton, N.J.) of Stanford.

Wolf Mahler (Belton, Texas) used a lifetime best 4:28.66 in the 1500 to overtake Scott Filip (Roselle, Ga.) and win the decathlon with a PR 7,419 points. Mahler trailed Filip by 35 points after the javelin, but ran a strong final race to win by 151 points over Georgia freshman Devon Williams, with 2012 Junior Olympic champ Filip third with 7,255 points.

Kendell Williams was one of the strongest favorites coming into the championships, and the Marietta (Ga.) Kell High School graduate one-upped her brother as she cruised to a 292-point win in the heptathlon, scoring 5,481 points. Williams, eighth at the World Junior Championships last year, opened the day with the best performance in the long jump, leaping 5.88m/19-3.5, and she added a PR in the javelin. Californian Kendall Gustafson (Pacific Palisades) was second with 5,189 points and four others topped the 5,000-point barrier.

Strong headwinds hampered the sprints and hurdles, but couldn’t stop Florida prep Trayvon Bromell (St. Petersburg) in the men’s 100. Bromell, the only high schooler ever to run under 10-seconds in any conditions, fought a 4.8 headwind to finish in 10.47, .06 ahead of Clemson’s Tevin Hester (Oxford, N.C.) Texas high school champion Cameron Burrell (Houston, Texas), son of former world record holder Leroy Burrell, was third at 10.65.

Illinois freshman Morolake Akinosun (Aurora, Ill.), eighth at the NCAA Championships, was the strongest in the women’s 100m, running 11.64 into a 4.4 wind to beat Texas A&M’s NCAA fifth-placer Jennifer Madu (Murphy, Texas) by .03.

Texas state high school champion Tony Brown (Beaumont), the second-ranked junior in the world this season, clocked 13.69 into a 3.5 wind to win the 110m hurdles, fighting off the challenge of Hampton’s Trey Holloway (Chesapeake, Va.) and Arizona prep Devon Allen. The women’s 100m hurdles gold went to another high schooler, California state champ Sasha Wallace (Castro Valley), who out-leaned Alexis Perry (Durham, N.C.) of North Carolina State to take a 13.84-13.86 (wind -4.2) victory.

Stony Brook’s Christina Melian (Staten Island, N.Y.), the ECAC outdoor champion, outkicked Iowa high schooler Anna Holdiman (Waverly) to win the 3000m in 9:45.06, while Tate Schienbein (Liberty, ind.) of Purdue took the lead on the final lap and outran Penn’s Brendan Smith (Fayetteville, N.Y.) to win the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:17.30.

Thomas Awad (E. Norwich, N.Y.) of Penn sprinted away from Northeastern’s Wesley Gallagher (Pembroke, Mass.) over the final 50 meters of the 5,000m, covering the final lap in 55.57 to finish at 15:00.67, the third-slowest winning time in meet history after the field of 27 ran a very pedestrian early pace.

Tim White (Newhall, Calif.) of the College of the Canyons had two efforts over 16 meters in the men’s triple jump, taking advantage of a legal aiding wind to span 16.18m/53-1 and move to sixth on the 2013 world junior list. Baylor’s Felix Obi, the Big 12 bronze medalist, was second at 15.71m/51-6.5. Oregon prep champion Rachel Proteau (West Albany) won the women’s high jump with a clearance at 1.80m/5-10.75.

Big 12 third-placer Brianna Richardson of Baylor won the women’s triple jump with a 12.84m/42-1.5, and Madu picked up her second silver medal of the day with a best of 12.63m/41-5.25. A fifth-round toss of 19.96/65-6 was enough to capture gold in the men’s shot put for Purdue’s Coy Blair, ahead of Josh Freeman of Southern Illinois, who threw 19.72m/64-8.5.

Alabama redshirt freshman Hayden Reed (Orange, Texas) had only one fair attempt in the discus, but his 62.84m/206-2 in round one was enough to win by almost 15 feet over Reginald Jagers. In the women’s shot put, California state champ Stamatia Scarvelis (Goleta) took the lead in round three and improved to 15.89m/52-1.75 on her final attempt to win over Chase Ealey of Oklahoma State, who threw 15.75m/51-8.25 for second.

National prep leader Daven Murphree (Big Sandy, Texas) cleared 5.10m/16-8.75 on his first attempt to take gold in the men’s pole vault over Louisiana state champion Dylan Duvio (River Ridge), who cleared that height on his second try. NorCal JUCO winner Cara McClain of Modesto JC added the junior women’s hammer throw title to her resume with a 58.21m/190-11 on her fifth attempt to move from sixth to the lead ahead of North Carolina’s Avana Story, who took second at 57.11m/187-4.

With 50 hours of webcasting coverage and nine hours of national television coverage, 2013 marks USATF’s most aggressive national media distribution of a national championship to date. Television coverage starts on Friday, June 21 from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2. View the complete webcast and broadcast schedule here.

For more information on the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a complete schedule of events, full start lists and live results, visit Tickets are still available at or at the Drake Stadium box office.

Katie Branham