Field finals wrap up day four at the USATF Junior Olympics in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California — It was another day of strong field performances on day four of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, highlighted by a repeat champion and the closest finish in the meet so far.

Michael Pinkney (Eclipse Track Club/USATF New York) avenged his close shot put loss to Rory McCloyen (Greenville Track Club/USATF Southern) in today’s men’s 17-18 discus throw, winning the event with a 61.79m/202-08 heave to add a second national title to his existing hammer crown. Pinkney and McCloyen were clear standouts, with Pinkney besting McLoyen’s 57.37m/188-02 toss by four meters.

Mary Taylor (Dave Bethany TC/USATF Gulf) prevailed in a nailbiter of a girls 13-14 triple jump final, where the top three finishers were separated by a mere centimeter, topped by a tie for the silver medal. Taylor, Zenobia Witt (Alpha and Omega Athletics/USATF Colorado) and Milena Sciullo (Swift Arrow Track Club/USATF USATF Three Rivers) entered the final two attempts as the only three competitors to clear 11m, but took it to another level when all three jumped over 11.30m consecutively in the fifth round. Taylor’s mark of 11.32m/37-02 narrowly gave her the gold position over Witt and Scillio’s shared mark of 11.31m/37-01, setting the podium of an unforgettable final.

The excitement continued with the boys 15-16 triple jump, champion Brandon Cheeks II (CTG Development/USATF San Diego-Imperial) won comfortably with his 8.84m/22-05 jump in the sixth round, but the second through fourth finishers were separated by only two centimeters. Gerald Martin (West Coast Speed/USATF San Diego-Imperial) leapt 6.72m/22-01 in both the fourth and fifth round to narrowly take silver, with Jackson Norris (Track Houston Youth Track Club/USATF Gulf) and Tommy Schreiner (Team NoDak Youth/USATF Dakotas) taking third and fourth in 6.71m/22.00 and 6.70m/21-11.

Day Four Winners

Long Jump: Boys 15-16 Division

Brandon Cheeks – CTG Development – 6.84m

Long Jump: Women 17-18 Division

Sophia Beckmon – The Inner Circle Track Club – 5.91m

High Jump: Boys 9-10 Division

Jace Coleman – Northwest Flyers Track Club – 1.35m

High Jump: Boys 13-14 Division

Jalen Lott – North Texas Jackrabbits – 1.75m

Discus Throw: Women 17-18 Division

Kyeese Hollands – Albina Roadrunners – 44.09

Discus Throw: Men 17-18 Division

Michael Pinkney – Eclipse – 61.79m

Shot Put: Boys 8 & Under Division

Giovanni Davis – Covina Shooting Stars – 8.04m

Shot Put: Boys 11-12 Division

DuQuay Buckhannon II – Afterburners Track – 14.32m

Shot Put: Boys 15-16 Division

Isaac Ackerman – Boys and Girls of Midland – 16.07m

Javelin Throw: Girls 9-10 Division

Oona Atofau – Palmdale Bullets – 27.09m

Javelin Throw: Girls 11-12 Division

Elle Coco – Mt. Pleasant Track Club – 38.14m

Pole Vault: Girls 15-16 Division

Jathiyah Muhammad – Mission Valley Track & Field – 4.05m

Triple Jump: Girls 13-14 Division

Mary Taylor – Dave Bethany TC – 11.32m

Triple Jump: Girls 15-16 Division

Sydnee Burr – Track Houston Youth Track Club – 11.91m

A full list of results can be found here. Watch all the action live on USATF.TV+.

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