NC Preps & College Freshmen Headed to USATF Junior Nationals

Remember this guy? Cummings graduate Isaiah Moore will be competing against high schoolers and other college freshmen for a spot on Team USA at the Pan Am Juniors later this summer.

A solid contingent of North Carolina athletes are headed to Eugene, Oregon this week for the USATF Junior National Championship. The definition of "junior" in international competition is "under 20," so the event is open to many college freshmen. In fact, it is mainly the Class of 2014 that makes up North Carolina's representation at Hayward Field, with the meet starting Thursday and progressing through Saturday.

There is no World Juniors competition this year, but the top performers at USATF Juniors could be selected to represent Team USA at the Pan-American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada at the end of July. Here are the former high-school stars from our state that are entered:

  • Isaiah Moore (Cummings/South Carolina): 110 Hurdles
  • Hana Ratcliffe (DSA/Appalachian State): 3000 Steeplechase
  • Kimani Hoffman (Knightdale/Appalachian State): Long Jump, Triple Jump
  • Colin Minor (South Brunswick/Dartmouth): Shot Put, Hammer Throw
  • Quashawn Cunningham (Mallard Creek/NC State): 100 Dash
  • James House (Cary/High Point University): 100 Dash
  • Ryan Hastings (Porter Ridge/Appalachian State): 800 Run
  • Ian Milder (Mount Tabor/NC State): 1500 Run
  • Jacklyn Howell (Southeast Raleigh/Kentucky): 100 Hurdles

In addition, three current high school athletes are entered into the meet:

  • Anna Cockrell (Providence Day): 100 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
  • Blair Ramsey (Grimsley): 1500 Run, 3000 Run
  • Caroline Yarbrough (Page): 3000 Run, 5000 Run