On the first day of the USA Junior Championships, Texas high school athletes either punched their tickets or put themselves in good positions to make the team.
ADRIAN PIPERI of The Woodlands was in charge of the shot put competition until the next to last throw. JORDAN GEIST the top thrower in the nation was trailing Piperi all day until that fifth throw. Geist popped a big throw overtaking the lead from Piperi. Geist finished in first with Piperi second as the two shot put studs qualified for Peru.
In the men's 110H, Houston Langham Creek's ERIC EDWARDS was all about business. Edwards had the second best time from the prelims and in the finals, he saved his best race of the season for the right time. Edwards ran his way straight on Team USA and a U.S. #1 and PR of 13.32.
In the women's 100m, SHA'CARRI RICHARDSON of Dallas Carter ran her way into the relay pool. With her wind legal 11.48, Richardson was able to place fourth in the finals.
In the women's 400m prelims, two former Texans finished with the top two times.