Americans Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) and Kenneth Brinson (Marist, Atlanta, GA) won at the first qualification meet for the Youth Olympic Games against throwers from across North and Central America. Showalter had only two legal throws, but both were better than her closest competitor, Canadian Chanell Botsis. Her best effort of 63.29 meters (207-08) with the international 3-kilogram implement was also a massive personal best. America was even stronger in the boys competition, taking the top four spots even though favorite Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) fouled out.
The Youth Olympics are for athletes born in 1997 and 1998. The qualification procedures are nothing short of complex. Fifteen boys and fifteen girls will qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games this summer in Nanjing, China. The spots are distributed by area, with North and South America sharing just one spot in both the boys and girls hammer throw. Friday’s event was the first of three qualification meets for these spots. Other meets will also be hosted in Caribbean and South America.
As winners Showalter and Brinson now have to await the results of the other two regional competitions to see who will earn the chance to compete at the Youth Olympics. The team will be named following the third and final trials event. Unfortunately even if they have the top results among all the meets they still might not make the team as the US Olympic Committee has limited the US track team to just 14 athletes at this time.
U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials April 4, 2014 Ansin Sport Complex Miramar, FL 33025 Women Hammer Throw ========================================================================== Name Age Team Finals ========================================================================== Finals 1 Showalter, Haley 16 United States 63.29m 207-08 63.29m 59.65m FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL 2 Botsis, Chanell 16 Canada 58.71m 192-07 58.71m FOUL 53.59m 52.31m FOUL 56.49m 3 Brinson, Kamryn 15 United States 56.32m 184-09 56.32m FOUL FOUL 55.96m FOUL 56.25m 4 Gaitan Barrera, Sabrina 17 Guatemala 55.13m 180-10 55.04m 55.13m FOUL FOUL 55.12m FOUL 5 Rasche, Teagan 17 Canada 53.45m 175-04 51.32m 53.24m FOUL 53.45m FOUL FOUL 6 Cassell, Cyerra 17 Canada 50.20m 164-08 47.68m FOUL 50.20m FOUL FOUL FOUL 7 Reeves, Olivia 15 United States 49.25m 161-07 37.79m 49.25m 40.70m 42.97m 43.11m 43.64m 8 Morris, Leena 17 United States 46.38m 152-02 41.15m 44.02m 41.17m FOUL 44.55m 46.38m 9 Seifert, Olivia 15 United States 43.28m 142-00 41.25m 43.28m FOUL ND ND ND 10 Beauvais, Madeline 16 Canada 42.87m 140-08 39.36m 42.37m 42.87m ND ND ND Men Hammer Throw ========================================================================== Name Age Team Finals ========================================================================== Finals 1 Brinson Jr, Kenneth 16 United States 63.52m 208-05 57.66m 63.52m FOUL FOUL 58.63m FOUL 2 Merkley, Tyler 16 United States 62.54m 205-02 59.56m FOUL 62.54m FOUL FOUL 62.09m 3 Whitener, Charles 17 United States 57.65m 189-02 54.37m 57.65m 53.17m 56.65m FOUL 56.33m 4 Rogers, Isaiah 15 United States 56.35m 184-10 FOUL 49.27m FOUL 50.87m 56.35m 55.03m 5 Gil Jr., Ernesto Josue 16 Mexico 54.81m 179-10 FOUL 48.25m FOUL FOUL 53.01m 54.81m 6 Rolph, Noah 16 Canada 51.56m 169-02 FOUL FOUL 49.16m FOUL 48.77m 51.56m -- Reston, John 16 Canada FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL -- Kelly, Adam 16 United States FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL