6/26-Day Two for PA @ USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

West Catholic teammates Nicole Leach and Latavia Thomas won individual titles at the USATF Junior National Championships in College Station, Texas. Their performances headlined a great meet by PA athletes. Leach won in a world\'s qualifying time of 58.48. 2nd was former William Penn star, and Clemson frosh Christina Smith, in 59.53. Thomas held off Maryland (high school) freshman Devon Williams, going 2:08.11. BYU frosh Julie Cameron, who transferred from Upper St. Clair during her senior year, was 5th in 2:12.17. Justin Clickett, Pitt (Union City) was2nd in the 6kg Shot Put with a throw of 63-07. Andrew Rademacher, Hickory, tied for 2nd in the Pole Vault, clearing 16-00.75. And Williamsport\'s Ruby Radocaj wasted no time in making up for two sub 150\' meets, and posted a 150-07 throw on her very first effort of the competition. The mark held up for 2nd place. In other Saturday action, former Norristown star Michael Whitehead of Michigan, took 3rd in the Triple Jump, going 50-02.00. Villanova\'s Drew Eckman (Oxford) was 7th in the 400 in 48.14. Juanita Broaddus, now at Barton CC, was 8th in the 100 finals in 11.57 (11.54 trials). And former Bethel Park runner Thadeus Meyers, who runs at St. Joseph\'s, took 4th in the 5000 in 15:10.67.

The lightning delay from Friday proved to have little impact on three PA athletes in events that had been scheduled for Friday night, including Andrew Rademacher, Rachel Papin and Michael Kenny. Racemacher found himself back in 16\'+ territory, getting a tie for 2nd in the Pole Vault by clearing 16-00.75. He cleared three straight heights on the first jumps (4.65-4.80-4.90), before missing three at 5.00. Former St. Hubert\'s star Rachel Papin, now a LaSalle freshman, was 5th in the 5,000 meters, going 18:13.44. And at double that distance, Hatboro-Horsham\'s Michael Kenny was 6th in 32:30.07, while LaSalle freshman Joe Dare (Souderton), was 9th in 33:14.57.