Texans Make Their Marks On USA Junior Championships

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. 

JAEVIN REED, TAPPS star from Plano Prestonwood and now a Texas A&M Aggie won Heat 2 with a 51.71. In Heat 3, former Houston Wheatley stand out TAKYERA ROBERSON, now of Alabama finished with the second fastest time of 52.02. These two young 400m studs will put it all on the line in the 400m finals, on Saturday evening.

Houston Lamar star and UIL 6A 300H state record holder MILAN YOUNG earned her spot in the 400H finals. Young won Heat 2 with the second fastest preliminary time of 59.70. Young competed in the 100H, but just missed making the finals. All of her marbles will be in the 400H, with hopes of qualifying for the USA Pan American Junior team.