Sisson, Gochenour Score Big Wins At USA Junior Champs

USATF Press Release
June 25, 2010

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DES MOINES - Emily Sisson upset four-time national champion Jordan Hasay to win the women's 3,000m while Iowa's own Alex Gochenour won the heptathlon on Day 2 of the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The USA Junior Championships will serve as the selection meet for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, July 19-25, in Moncton, Canada. The top two finishers in each event will compete in Moncton, provided that they have met the qualifying standard.

Sisson over Hasay in women's 3,000m

The women's 3,000m was a battle between Olympic Trials 1,500m finalist Jordan Hasay and 2010 World XC team member Emily Sisson. With three laps to go, Hasay moved into the lead with Sisson hot on her heels. With 200m to go, Sisson took the lead from Hasay before Hasay came back even with her with 70m to go. Sisson finally took the lead for good 25m from the finish, going on to win in 9:18.73 to Hasay's 9:18.92.

Surprise! Local favorite Gochenour wins heptathlon

Local favorite Alex Gochenour, competing for the Cornhusker Flyers, went into the last event of the heptathlon needing to beat leader Ashley Smith by roughly 14 seconds over 800m. Smith completed her 800 in 2:35.62. And Gochenour? She finished in 2:19.14, securing the national title with 5,300 points. Smith finished as the runner-up with 5,270 and Whitney Fountain, who won the 800m in 2:17.39, was third with 5,179.

Wise holds on to win Dec

Leading the competition from start to finish, Neamen Wise edged out Kevin Lazas, 7,300 points to 7,291, to win the men's decathlon. Heading into the final event, the 1,500m, Wise needed to stay within four seconds of Lazas to maintain his lead and win the national title. Lazas ran the 1,500m in 4:44.69 and Wise finished in 4:48.67. Earlier in the day, Wise had won the 110m hurdles in 14.50 while Lazas won the pole vault in 4.50m/14-9 and the javelin with 55.78m/183-0. 2010 Youth Olympic Games team member Gunnar Nixon finished third with 7,137.

Around the field

Nick Vena's first heave of the evening (19.95m/65-5.5) was enough to win the men's shot put, but it was his second throw of 20.14m/66-1 that guaranteed the win for the rising high school senior from Morristown, N.J. Texas freshman Hayden Baillio was the runner-up with a best effort of 19.89m/65-3.25.

Andrew Evans won the men's discus with a toss of 59.10m/193-11, while Andrew Rose was the runner-up with 57.51m/188-8.

Soon-to-be Tennessee freshman Justin Hunter won the men's long jump with a leap of 7.89m/25-10.75 while 2009 World Youth team member Carlton Lavong was the runner-up with 7.50m/24-7.25. Southern University's Micah Mcculloch took third with 7.17m/23-6.25. David Smith won the men's high jump with a best clearance of 2.23m/7-3.75 while Maalik Reynolds was the runner-up at 2.20m/7-2.5.

Kansas' Andrea Geubelle soared into the lead in the women's long jump with 6.20m/20-4.25 on her first attempt and held that lead through four rounds. On her fifth attempt, Stanford's Karynn Dunn leapt 6.21m/20-4.5 to edge out Guebelle and walk away with the win. Guebelle finished second and Jen Clayton was third with 6.04m/19-9.75.

With two fouls under her belt, Illinois State freshman Brittany Smith (left) was in a must-mark situation if she wanted to move on to the final in the women's shot put. On her third attempt, Smith heaved the ball 15.41m/50-6.75. It was a mark that would stand as the farthest throw of the day and win Smith the national title. Rachel Roberts first throw of the day of 15.08m/49-5.75 landed her in second place while TCU's Kelsey Samuels was third with 14.96m/49-1.

Kyle Ballew won the men's pole vault, while Mark Thomas finished as the runner-up. Each cleared identical heights of 5.10m/16-8.75, but Ballew achieved the mark on his first attempt while Thomas needed two.

After first throwing a foul, Shelby Ashe took the lead in the women's hammer throw on her second attempt with a mark of 56.24m/184-6 and never looked back. Increasing her lead on her third throw with 60.55m/198-8, Ashe's fourth throw of the day of 60.76m/199-4 was her best effort of the day and secured her the win. USC's Lauren Chambers was the runner-up with 57.54m/188-9.

Men's 3,000m steeplechase

High Point University's Dakota Peachee (right) sat between second and fourth place for the first 2,600m of the men's 3,000m steeplechase before moving into the lead on the final lap. Peachee was passed by Virginia Tech's Jared Berman on the backstretch before his closing kick with 100m to go propelled him back into the lead, where he would stay for the remainder of the race. Peachee won in 9:03.43 to runner-up Berman's 9:04.76.

Women's 100m hurdles

Texas A&M frosh Donique' Flemings , the 2010 NCAA Outdoor champion, won the women's 100m hurdles in 13.33 seconds, which matches her career best from earlier this season. Flemings posted the top time in the prelims with a wind-aided 13.44 (+2.1mps). Penn State's Evonne Britton was second in 13.37, while TCU's Larissa Matthew placed third in 13.44.

Men's 110m hurdles

Arkansas freshman Caleb Cross (leading, left) punched his ticket to the World Junior Championships , winning the men's 110m hurdles in a personal-best 13.64. He finished sixth in the prelims earlier in the day with a then-personal best of 13.91. Johnathan Cabral was the runner-up in 13.70.


Men's and women's 100s

LSU's Takeia Pinckney dashed to the win in the women's 100m, stopping the clock at 11.30. Pinckney had qualifed for the final with the fastest time of the morning round at 11.38. 2009 World Youth 100 and 200m bronze medalist Ashton Purvis was the runner-up in 11.39 while Clemson's Stormy Kendrick was third in 11.40. Ole Miss freshman Michael Granger won the men's 100m in 10.30, just ahead of TCU's Charles Silmon who finished as the runner-up in 10.33. Georgia's Eric Harris was third in 10.48.


Men's 5,000m

Trevor Dunbar (left in front of Colley), a University of Portland freshman, took the lead with nine laps to go in the junior men's 5,000m and opened the gap all the way to the finish, winning in 14:34.63. N.C. State's Andrew Colley was the runner-up in 14:37.28.

800m 1st rounds

Penn State's Casimir Loxsom had the fastest men's 800m qualifier on the day, winning heat 3 in 1:48.79. Nicholas Kaiser won heat 2 in 1:50.13 while 2010 NCAA Outdoor runner-up Robby Andrews of Virginia won heat 1 in 1:51.41. On the women's side, Shore AC's Ajee Wilson, who won heat 2 in women's 800m qualifying, had the fastest time of the day, crossing the line in 2:07.16. Arkansas' Stephanie Brown won heat 2 in 2:08.46 and Laura Roesler won heat 1 in 2:08.85.



USA Outdoor Championships network television coverage begins Friday night!

The 2010 USA Outdoor Championships will be televised on the following dates (All times Eastern):

June 25 - 8:00 - 10 p.m. on ESPN

June 26 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on ESPNJune 26 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on NBC

June 27 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on ESPN

June 27 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on NBC

USA Track & Field, in conjunction with RunnerSpace, is providing real-time coverage of all events not broadcast on television. Highlighted competitions in the webcast include Thursday's men's and women's 10,000m as well as extensive field event coverage. Webcasts will also include the voices of elite athletes as guest commentators. The webcasts will be found on the USATF 2010 Championships page in addition to an already posted video clip from USATF CEO Doug Logan on the partnership at:

Tickets for the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships may be purchased by dialing 515-271-3647 or by visiting:

For more information on the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships and the USATF Visa Championship Series, visit:




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