BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – On the first day of action at the USA Junior Championships, a trio of Aggies earned a place on the United States squad that will compete in Barcelona, Spain, next month during the IAAF World Junior Championships.
Incoming Aggie Shelbi Vaughan broke the American Junior record in the discus to claim her Barcelona trip as she bettered the competition by over 28 feet.
Silver medal performances were turned in by current Aggie frosh Devin Bogert in the javelin and incoming frosh Jennifer Madu in the 100 meters. The top two finishers who have met the qualifying standards are eligible to make the U.S. team that will compete in Barcelona from July 10-15.
Vaughan, who has signed with Texas A&M volleyball as well as track and field, improved upon her national high school discus record twice while claiming the victory with a meet record effort of 198-9 (60.59).
Vaughan bettered the USA Junior meet record of 198-7 (60.54) set by Seilala Sua of UCLA in 1997.
The competition started with a pair of fouls for Vaughan, who then hit a mark of 181-4 (55.28) to take over the lead and continue onto the next three rounds.
In the fourth round Vaughan improved her lead to career best of 196-11 (60.03) that also earned the 17-year-old an Olympic Trials A standard as well as an Olympic Games B standard.
Following a foul in round five, Vaughan unleashed another personal best in the final round to eclipse the 15-year-old meet record. Runner-up to Vaughan was a 171-2 (52.18) mark by USC’s Alex Collatz.
Last summer Vaughan was a bronze medalist in the discus at the World Youth Championships. This past spring she was a double Texas 5A State champion in the shot put and discus.
Bogert had a best of 219-8 (66.97) in the javelin as he finished second to Sean Keller, who won with a 237-6 (72.41). Finishing behind Bogert were Macauley Garton 216-2 (65.89) and LSU’s Hayes Grissom 210-9 (64.25).
Bogert’s initial season with the Aggies included a Big 12 runner-up performance as well as a 12th place finish in the NCAA Championships. His international experience has included a silver medal in the javelin at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Madu qualified for the 100 final with an 11.52 runner-up finish in the semifinal. Then she finished second in the final with a time of 11.57 behind the winning mark of 11.43 by Dezerea Bryant and just ahead of Shayla Sanders and Kali Davis White, who both ran 11.58 for third and fourth.
Madu, the 2011 World Youth 100m champion, was a four-event winner during the Texas 5A State meet for Plano East as she claimed gold medals in the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump. She will also compete in the triple jump at the USA Junior Championships this weekend.
A&M hurdler Kenneth Minkah was leading the field in the opening heat of the 110 hurdles, but an issue with his hamstring during the race slowed his roll. Minkah completed the race in 16.64, but didn’t make the final.
Qualifying in the 400 hurdles had A&M’s Greg Coleman finishing second in his heat with a 51.30 to reach tomorrow’s final. The top qualifying time was a 51.18 from Eric Futch, who won the heat Coleman competed in.