June 22, 2017
Team USA spots on are on the line at this year’s USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, CA, starting today thru Sunday. The junior championships run through Saturday and will decide who makes the team for the Pan American Junior Championships July 21-23 in Trujillo, Peru. Athletes must not turn 20 years-of-age this calendar year and meet a qualifying standard or come close to it to be accepted into nationals. A top-two finish in a junior event will get you on the US team if you’re at least 16 years-old. While other top finishers will be added for the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. So, while he’s hit the qualifying standard, John Burroughs freshman phenom Brandon Miller isn’t eligible to make the Pan Am Junior Team, and hasn’t entered the meet.
The senior championships run through Sunday and the top three finishers in each event will qualify for the IAAF World Championships, held in London August 5-13. The Outdoor World Championships are held every two years, the year before and the year after an Olympic year. The Indoor World Championships are held every other year, and are held in opposing years the outdoor championships are held.
Last year’s US Olympic Trials was a great success for athletes with Missouri ties. Show-Me State raised Deanna Price, Gwen Berry, Brittany Borman, Colleen Quigley, Courtney Frerichs, Michael Rodgers all made the Olympic team, while Kansas City born Mason Finley made it, as well as Jenny Simpson, married to former Liberty High and Truman State runner Jason Simpson. Getting that many back on this year’s team for the World Championships would be a phenomenal feat.
Borman isn’t entered in the meet and competed in Rio with a brace a few months after knee surgery. That was followed up with a second surgery in the fall. One athlete who’s got one of the best chances of all Missouri athletes is Emily Sisson. Sisson is looking to make her first senior US Team, after making several as a junior, including setting the US high school 5k record of 15:47 at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2010. After a disappointing 2016 Olympic Trials where she struggled in the 10k and then scratched out of the 5k, Sisson has been on fire in her second professional season for New Balance. Winning and posting top performances on the road and on the track, even up to the half-marathon distances. Indoors she posted a 15:05 5k, one of the fastest times indoors by an American woman ever. Sisson will run the 10k Thursday night and the 5k Friday night.
Price will look for her third straight global championship (World Championship/Olympics). Price is her first post-collegiate season after winning the 2015 and 2016 hammer throw at Southern Illinois University. Price will look to improve on her 10th place Rio Olympic finish if she can make the team. Gwen Berry finally made a US senior team last year with a runner-up finish in the hammer throw at the Olympic Trials. Berry didn’t make the final in Rio like Price did, but has exploded this year. At the US Indoor Championships in the winter, Berry set the World Record in the weight throw. The event has only been held for a few decades, and is primarily contended in North American, but it still makes her a World Record Holder. This spring, Berry set the American Record in the hammer throw, and made up for previous disappointments at US Championships.
Michael Rodgers, the sprint star at Berkeley High School and Lindenwood and Oklahoma Baptist, has a lot of young talent to compete against if he wants to add another of the many Team USA berths to his resume. Rodgers and his teammates thought they earned a bronze in the 4×100 in Rio last August, but they were disqualified in a questionable call that claimed they baton was passed before the exchange zone from Rodgers to Tyson Gay. Rodgers has two world championships medals in his career, a bronze from the 2013 outdoor 4×100, and another from in the indoor 60-meter dash.
Quigley and Frerichs, the 2015 and 2016 NCAA steeplechase champions, are now teammates in their second and first professional years for the Nike/Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Or. Both made the Olympic team and advanced to the final, taking 8th and 11th. Quigley is looking for her third straight global championships berth and third US Team, while Frerichs is shooting for her second senior US Team to go along with her 2012 World Junior Championships berth.
To be updated. Check back.
2017 USATF Jr and Sr Championships Missouri Qualifiers
Taylor Werner Arkansas Fr Ste. Genevieve HS
1st 3k 9:06.34
Mia Jerman UMKC Fr Ste. Genevieve HS
3k 15th 9:59.67, 5k 14th 17:16.33,
Carlie Queen Summit Christian HS Sr Arkansas signee
High Jump T4 5-11
Chloe Ramsey Helias Catholic Jr
Pole Vault 9th 12-6
Emily Stauffer Mizzou Fr
Shot Put 10th /15.25m
DeeNia McMiller Memphis Fr Winnetonka HS
Shot Put 19th /14.52m
Ariel Okorie Kansas State Fr Waynesville HS/Springfield TC
Heptathlon 1st 5251pts
Anna Heacock Jefferson (Festus) So Jefferson County Jets Track Club
Heptathlon 9th 4311 pts
Alec Haines Oklahoma State Fr Lafayette HS/Wildwood, MO
5k 8:17.72 3k mark
Quincy Hall College of the Sequoias Fr Raytown South HS/Raytown MO
400H 7th 49.39
Chris Nilsen South Dakota Fr Park Hill HS/Kansas City, MO
Pole Vault 1st 5.73m/18-9.5
KC Lightfoot Lee’s Summit HS Jr Lee’s Summit, MO/Just Vault Club
Pole Vault 2nd 5.40m/17-8.5
Chase Pennewell Kansas Fr Monroe City HS/Monroe City, MO
Pole Vault 12th 5.13m/16-10
Ja’Mari Ward Mizzou Fr Cahokia, IL
Long Jump 1st 26-8/8.13m
Justin Hall Texas Tech Fr Blue Springs HS/Blue Springs, MO
Long Jump 2nd 7.81m/28-7.5
Logan Blomquist Southeast Missouri State Fr Pleasant Hill HS/Pleasant Hill, MO
Discus 11th 53.03m/173-11.75
Isaiah Martin Hillsboro HS Jr Jefferson County Jets Track Club
Decathlon 7th 6,560 pts
Eric Roth Jefferson County Jets Track Club
Decathlon 10th 5,598 pts
8 Jr Women in 9 events & 10 Jr Men in 10 events =18 Jr Qualifiers in 19 Events at last check
Ashley Henderson San Diego State Jr Hazelwood Central HS, STL?
100-9th 11.01, 200- has not declared yet
Jenny Simpson New Balance, U of Colorado, wife of former Liberty HS & Truman State runner Jason Simpson
Emily Sisson New Balance, U of Providence/Wisconsin, Parkway Central HS, Chesterfield, MO
5k 3rd 15:02.10, 10k 4th 31.32.53
Karissa Schweizer Mizzou Jr Dowling Catholic HS, Urbandale, Iowa
5k 10th 15:19.14
Courtney Frerichs Nike/Bowerman Track Club, New Mexico/UMKC, Nixa HS, Nixa, MO
Steeplechase 2nd -9:19.09
Colleen Quigley Nike/Bowerman Track Club, Florida State, Nerinx Hall HS, St. Louis, MO
Steeplechase 4th -9:20.00
Jessica (Jackson) Kamilos Saucony, Arkansas, Neosho High School, Neosho, MO
Molly Josephs Walk USA, Missouri Baptist ’16, Long Island, New York
20k Race Walk
Gabi Jacobs Mizzou RS So ?, Illinois,
Discus 12th -191?/58.23m
Gwen Berry Nike/New York Athletic Club, Southern Illinois, McCluer HS, St. Louis?
Hammer Throw 1st-76.77m
Deanna Price New York Athletic Club, Southern Illinois, Troy HS, ???, MO
Hammer Throw 2nd 74.91m/
Heavin Warner Central Missouri ’16,
Hammer Throw 7th 68.86m
Lindsay Lettow ABEO/Santa Barbara Track Club, Central Missouri ’12?, Des Moines Christian HS, Urbandale, Iowa
Michael Rodgers Unattached, Lindenwood/Oklahoma Baptist, Berkeley HS, Florissant, MO
Terrel Cotton Unattached, Lincoln University, Warrensburg HS, Warrensburg, MO
200 29th -20.50
Charles Jones Texas Tech Jr, Cardinal Ritter ’14, St. Louis?, MO
Aaron Mallet Iowa Sr, McCluer North HS, Florissant, MO
110H 8th -13.44
Alfred Larry Unattached, Missisissippi State ’16, Jr College ‘, Jennings HS, ?, MO
Chris Davis Unattached, Missouri ’12?, ?
Austin Corley Wichita State Fr, Adrian HS ’16, Adrian, MO
Caleb Hoover Asics Furman Elite, NAU ’16, College Heights Christian ’11, Joplin, MO
Jordan Mann Unattached, Providence ’16, Brown ’15, MICDS ’11, ?, MO
Bryce Miller Unattached, UMKC RS Jr, ?, Wisconsin,
Nick Christie, San Diego Pole Vault Club, Missouri Baptist ’15, San Diego, CA
20k RW 3rd 1:27.24.
Chris Nilsen South Dakota Fr, Park Hill HS ’16, Kansas City, MO
Pole Vault 3rd-5.73m/18-9.5?
Matt Ludwig Akron Sophomore, Mizzou Fr in 2016, ?, Ohio,
Pole Vault T4 5.70m/
LaDerrick Ward Mizzou volunteer assistant, SIUE ’15?, Cahokia, Il.
Long Jump 18th-7.93m
Tony Carodine Unattached, Mizzou ’16, Colorado Springs ?, Co,
Triple Jump 16th-16.26m/
Mason Finley Unattached, Born in Kansas City, Grew up in Colorado, went to KU & Wyoming,
Kurtis Brondyke Central Missouri asst coach, Central College (Ia). ’15?,
Decathlon 8th-7795 pts
Tim Wunderlich former Central Missouri asst coach, Shore Athletic Club
Decathlon 16th – 7528 pts
13 Women in 14 events and 18 Men in 18 events at last check
32 Seniors in 33 events at last check
Total =48 individuals in 51 events at last check
Jr Meet Info:
Jr Live Results: http://results.usatf.org/2017JrOutdoors/
Sr Meet Info:
Sr Live Results: http://results.usatf.org/2017Outdoors/
NBC / NBCSN Broadcast Schedule (subject to change)
|Friday||10:30pm – 12:30am ET||NBCSN|
|Saturday||4:00pm – 6:00pm ET||NBC|
|Sunday||4:00pm – 6:00pm ET||NBC|
It appears that the USA Juniors Webcast can only be seen on USATF.tv with a RunnerSpace.com+ subscription, while the USA Seniors webcast can only be seen with an NBC Sports Gold Subscription: