6/23-Whiting wins US Junior Shot Put title, Leach advances, Backel in contention on Day 1 @ JR Champ

Using a heavier Shot, Ryan Whiting erased the only 2nd place of his senior season at the USATF Junior T&F Championships in California, with a throw of 64-09.25. He actually won on his first throw of the finals, and improved on the next-to-last and last throws. He now joins the USA Pan-Am team that will compete in Canada in late July.

1 Ryan Whiting Unattached 19.74m 64-09.25
17.41m 18.32m FOUL 18.97m 19.02m 19.74m

Quote courtesy of USATF: Junior Men\'s Shot Put: Ryan Whiting, Unattached, Winner (19.74m/649.25)
\"I thought I did pretty good. Everything ran smoothly, except for having the wait in the staging area. I was just trying to get one good throw so I didn\'t have to worry about the other throwers. And after my sixth throw, only two guys were left. I wasn\'t too worried. It\'ll be fun to see what other countries have to offer.\"

Nicole Leach left nothing to chance, winning her heat of the 400 Hurdles in 58.13.

1 Nicole Leach Unattached 58.13Q

After four events, Amy Backel, the Northern grad, took 14th place in the 100 Hurdles with a time of 16.57 -2.2 for 646 points, tied for 7th in the High Jump, clearing 5-01.75, won the Shot Put with a throw of 40-06.75, and finished 14th in the 200, going 27.88.

14 Amy Backel Unattached 16.57 -2.2 1 646

7 Amy Backel Unattached 1.57m 5-01.75 701
1.33 1.36 1.39 1.42 1.45 1.48 1.51 1.54 1.57 1.60

1 Amy Backel Unattached 12.36m 40-06.75 685 12.36m 12.07m FOUL

14 Amy Backel Unattached 27.88 -0.6 3 640

Quaker Valley grad, Manhattan frosh Jasmine Rogers did not advance in the Junior 100 Hurdles.
12 Jasmine Rogers Manhattan College 14.92 -1.7 2


Kane grad Amy Rudolph made the US team with a 3rd place 15:18.92 in the 5000, while Haverford Twp grad Shayne Culpepper took 4th.
3 Amy Rudolph adidas 15:18.92
4 Shayne Culpepper Nike 15:23.31

Cardinal O\'Hara grad Sean Duffy of American University made it through the first round of the Open 1500, running 3:41.38.