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Athletics - 25. July 2007.

Junior Olympics kick off in California


The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the largest and most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars got their start by competing in the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

The Championships are a national competition with entry based upon qualifying standards for each event. The Junior Olympics feature the following age divisions: Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Men/Women (17-18). Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels of the 2007 USATF Junior Olympic Program.

USA'S brightest stars headline meet

In the young women's triple jump, Ke'Nyia Richardson brings impressive credentials. She finished sixth in the open/elite event at theAT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Champoinshipsbefore claiming the Junior national title. The California state champ from EOYDC in Oakland has a best of 13.55m/44-5.5 set in winning the Pan American Junior gold in Brazil.

Jacquelyn Coward of Track Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., has the leading times in the young women's 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles at 13.17 and 57.20, and she will be challenged in the short hurdles by World Youth champion Julian Purvis of the EOYDC in Oakland, Calif.

The meet is being webcast at http://usatfyouth.sportnet.com. For more information and complete results, visit www.usatf.org.

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