Americans Win Youth Olympics Trials

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
  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
  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
 -- Kelly, Adam               16 United States             FOUL
1 reply
  1. Rigoberto Vazquez
    Rigoberto Vazquez says:

    its a shame, Mexico have a 3 girls who throw about 60 meters, and dont send anyone to this event, because FMAA (Mexican Federation of Athletics) put the minimul mark 61.36 mts, the winner only throw about 58 meters previus this event, and make great throw in Miramar, congrats Haley!.


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