T & F Stars Of Tomorrow To Compete At Junior Nationals This Weekend In Richmond, Va.

June 13, 2001

The future track and field stars of Team USA will compete at the 2001 U.S.Junior National Championships, June 16-17 at Virginia CommonwealthUniversity in Richmond, Va. Part of the Verizon Youth Series, this meetwill serve as the selection competition for two U.S. Junior teams that willcompete internationally this summer.

In order to qualify to compete at the Junior National Championships, anathlete must meet certain performance standards and be between the ages of14-19 in the calendar year of 2001.

UCLA will send nine athletes to the 2001 USA Junior Meet, includingfive men and four women.

UCLA Men

  • freshman Anthony Golston in the 110m hurdles (Golston redshirted thisseason).
  • freshman Trevor Jones in the 400m hurdles (Jones redshirted this season,at this event last year, Jones placed fifth (52.33).
  • freshman Pat Luke, with a personal-best 16-2 3/4 in the pole vault.
  • freshman Jon Rankin, with a personal-best 3:49.09 in the 1500m.
  • freshman Denye Versher, with a personal-best 47.24 in the 400m (Versher placed sixth at the Pac-10 in the 400m).

    UCLA Women

  • freshman Jessica Cosby, a redshirt this spring (Cosby earnedAll-American honors last winter at the NCAA Indoor, placing fifth (53-5) in the shotput and helping the Bruin women win their second consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship, at this meet lastyear, she placed second (50-3 1/2) in the shot put).
  • freshman Sheena Johnson, with a personal-best 56.02 in the 400m hurdles (named the Pac-10 Women's Newcomer of the Year, Johnson won the conference 400m hurdle crown and earned NCAA Outdoor All-American honors on the Bruin women's 4 X 400m relay (second leg, 3:36.09, fifth-place. She's the two-time defending U. S. Junior 400m hurdle champion).
  • freshman Nicole Gaskins, with season-bests of 24.56 (200m) and 55.01(400, at the Pac-10 meet, Gaskins was seventh in this event).
  • freshman Sani Roseby, season-bests of 11.67 (100m), 24.16 (200m) and personal-best 13.40 (100m hurdles). At the Pac-10, Roseby was fourth in the 100m.

    T & F Stars of Tomorrow
    Leading the field of competitors are three defending champions: JeffChakouian of Seekonk, Mass., in the men's shot put, Josh McCaughey of W.Kingston, R.I., in the men's hammer, and Laura Gerraughty of Nashua, N.H.,in the women's shot put.

    NCAA sprint champion Justin Gatlin of Tennessee will compete in the 100,200 and 110m hurdles. UCLA's Cosby and Kate Johnston, both members of TeamUSA at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, will competein the hammer throw, with Cosby also throwing the shot put.Many top prep U.S. athletes are scheduled to compete, includingMassachusetts pole vaulter Samantha Shepard and Texas prep star YchlindriaSpears, who is entered in three events, the long and triple jumps and the200m. Mississippi sprinter Janice Davis is expected to compete in the 100and 200 meters.

    After the 2001 U. S. Junior Meet
    The top two highest place finishers in each event at the JuniorChampionships will be eligible for the selection pool for competitions inEurope and Argentina. The selection of teams will be at the sole discretionof USATF and its committees. The firstmeet, a dual meet with Great Britain, is scheduled for August 18 atStoke-on-Trent, England. Following that meet, the national champions inselected events will have the opportunity for an additional competition inEdinburgh, Scotland on August 25. The final international competition forTeam USA junior athletes will be the 2001 Junior Pan American Games, heldthis year in Sante Fe, Argentina, October 18-20. Due to the time of theyear that this meet is being held, USATF will take a limited team,consisting primarily of jumpers, throwers and racewalkers.

    U. S. Junior Program
    The U.S. Junior program has contributed greatly in the development of manyof America's finest track and field athletes. Past junior champions includeall-time greats Carl Lewis, UCLA's Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marion Jones, LynnJennings, Mike Conley and Renaldo Nehemiah, among many others.For more information on the 2001 U.S. Junior Championships and the VerizonYouth Series, including results and a complete list of the athletes enteredin the event, visit the USATF Web site at www.usatf.org.

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