, USA The sweltering heat did not dampen the competition Wednesday (21) as qualifiers for the World Junior Championships to be held in Beijing, China, later this summer highlighted the first day of the US Junior Championships.
The Championships take place from 21 to 25 June at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. The top two finishers in each event will compete at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China (15-20 August), provided that they have met the qualifying standard.
Throws lead the day
Three-time US Youth champion Adam Montague, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, won the junior men's Javelin Throw with a huge last round 67.88m. The runner-up was Christopher Hill with 62.58m and Randy Fauntleroy of Northwestern State was third with 62.04m.
Mantague and fifth place finisher Matthe Maloney (60.99m), a freshman at the University of Oregon, have already thrown the qualifying mark for Beijing.
The junior men's Discus Throw was won by national champion Bo Taylor with a toss of 58.55m and for the second time in two weeks, nationals runner-up Nick Robinson finished second to Taylor with a throw of 57.43m. 2005 Washington State champion Korion Morris was third with 56.63m. Taylor and Robinson have both qualified for Beijing.
Nationals Hammer Throw champion Emily Bernhardt beat the competition with her winning throw of 52.49m. University of Oregon freshman Megan Maloney placed second with a mark of 51.87m and Georgia Tech freshman Kimery Hern was third with a heave of 51.67m.
Multi's take charge
Methacton High School (Penn.) sophomore Ryann Krais, who finished third at the nationals in the 400m Hurdles, is leading the way in the women's Heptathlon with 3263 points at the end of day one. 2004 Junior Olympic Heptathlon and 100m Hurdles champion Shana Woods is hot on her heels in second place with 3226 points.
At the conclusion of the first five events, St. Mark's High School senior Shawn Schmidt tops the leader board in the junior men's Decathlon with 3866 points. Wake Forest freshman Brent LaRue is sitting in second with 3809 points.
Going the distance
2004 Cross Country Championships runner-up Andrew Bumbalough, a freshman at Georgetown, won the junior men's 5000m crossing the line in 14:46.01. Bumbalough's teammate and fellow freshman Levi Miller was the runner-up in 14:47.35. Missouri freshman Garett Jeffries was third in 14:51.14. Bumbalough has qualified for the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Georgetown freshman Natasha LaBeaud distanced herself from the field in the junior women's 5000m winning in 17:12.63, 24.8 seconds ahead of runner-up Spring Valley High School senior Kate Niehaus' 17:37.43. Spring Westfield High School junior Nichole Jones was third in 18:13.85.
October 2005 Track & Field News high school runner of the month Diego Mercado won the crown in the junior men's 10,000m in 31:36.35. University of Florida freshman Jeremy Criscione took second in 31:40.67. UCLA freshman Jake Schmitt and Adams State freshman Brian Medigovich, who placed sixth and tenth respectively, have previously hit the qualifying standards and are eligible to compete at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships.