Mountain Pointe graduate Travonn White joined Hamilton product Ashlee Moore and Brophy alum Cole Walsh as event champions at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, which concluded Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
In all, six Arizona high school products earned spots on the U.S. national team that will compete in the Junior World Championships, held July 22-27 in Eugene. The U.S. Junior team is comprised of athletes under the age of 20.
Moore, who will attend Oregon in the fall, was the first to punch her ticket by winning the women’s heptathlon at the USATF Junior Outdoor Combined Events championship on June 25-26 in Sacramento. She opened the competition with personal bests in the 100 hurdles (13.80 seconds) and the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches). She found herself in second after the shot put (33-11 ¾), but responded by running a personal best of 24.79 in the 200 to reclaim a lead she held for the rest of the way to a personal best score of 5,418.
Despite having her spot on the team locked up, Moore made the trek to Eugene to compete in the open high jump and 100 hurdles and fared well, placing 3rd in the high jump at 5-8 3/4 and running a new personal best of 13.69 in the prelims of the hurdles and 13.76 in the finals to place 7th. Even though it won’t count as an official high school mark, Moore’s time of 13.69 in the hurdles would rank No. 2 all-time in Arizona.
White, who recently finished his freshman year at Central Arizona College, had just two legal jumps, but both were good enough for a championship in the men’s long jump. White hit a jump of 25-10 ¾ on his third attempt in the prelims (a foul would have ended his day) and then found the board on his sixth and final jump for a 26-4 ½ leap that moved him to No. 2 in the junior world rankings.
Walsh, a redshirt freshman at Oregon who was competing on his home track, hit a big personal best to win the men’s pole vault. He cleared 17-6 ½ to win after having only made 16-10 ½ coming into the competition. Horizon product Grant Sisserson (who attends Cornell) also made the U.S. team with his 3rd place finish in the event, clearing 17-4 ½). Recent Arcadia grad Tim Duckworth (who will attend Kentucky in the fall) was 10th in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-0 3/4. Duckworth was also 6th in the men’s decathlon with a personal best score of 7,160.
The 2013 World Youth champion in the 100 meters, Chandler grad Ky Westbrook, made the U.S. Junior squad in that event by virtue of her 4th place finish. Westbrook ran a season-best 11.43 in the finals after clocking 11.46 in the prelims.
The other Arizona athlete to make the team was Sandra Day O’Connor graduate and Oklahoma sophomore-to-be Hayden McClain, who was second in the triple jump at 51-9 ¼.
Another Arizona athlete just missed making the team, as Brophy’s Bobby Grant ran to a 5th place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.86. Grant had the 3rd-best time going into the finals with his personal-best time of 51.50 in the prelims.