Ludlow, Johnson, Volz Lead Indiana Athletes at USA Championships in Oregon

6/25/2015
 

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The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for open (elite) and junior (ages 20 & under) athletes  begin today on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and will run through Sunday.  Thirteen (13) open athletes and five (5) junior athletes from Indiana are entered in the championships.  

Athletes competing in the open championships are vying for spots on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships to be held in late August in Beijing. The top three athletes in each event will qualify for the team.  Athletes in the junior championships are contending for Team USA selection for the  Pan American Junior Athletics Championships July 31-August 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The top 2 finishers in each event will be eligible for selection to the team.
 
Molly Ludlow of Indianapolis is entered as the highest seed of the Indiana athletes with the #3 entry mark in the 800m with a time of 1:59.30.  She is one of only four women entered with a time under 2:00.00.
 
Felisha Johnson of Terre Haute finished second in the shot put at last year’s championships and comes in with the #4 seed this year.   At last year’s championship she threw 19.18m (62-11.25) which ended up as the 2nd best throw by a U.S. woman in 2014.  
 
Other leading entries from Indiana include Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Hammer Throw) of West Lafayette, Frezer Legesse (1500m) of Bloomington, and Cory Martin (Shot Put) of Bloomington.  All three are entered as the #8 seed in their respective events.

The compete list of  Indiana athletes scheduled to compete in the open championships is listed below (listed by order of events).

Place

Athlete

Event

 

City

Affiliation

Event Time

Thursday

 

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

Hammer Throw

 

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue

3:55 PM

 

Katie Wise

100m

 

Morgantown, IN

Indiana St.

5:35 PM

 

Felisha Johnson

Shot Put

 

Terre Haute, IN

Nike

6:25 PM

 

Molly Ludlow

800m

 

Indianapolis, IN

Saucony

3:40 PM

 

Chris Giesting

400m

 

Batesville, IN

Notre Dame

4:45 PM

 

Kind Butler

400m

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

4:45 PM

 

Patrick Freeney

400m

 

South Bend, IN

 

4:45 PM

 

Frezer Legesse

1500m

 

Bloomington, IN

Under Armour

6:45 PM

Friday

 

Geoffery Davis

High Jump

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

5:40 PM

 

Morgan Uceny

1500m

 

Plymouth, IN

adidas

5:55 PM

 

Kind Butler

400m

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

7:53 PM

 

Patrick Freeney

400m

 

South Bend, IN

 

7:53 PM

 

Molly Ludlow

800m

 

Indianapolis, IN

Saucony

8:27 PM

Saturday

 

Adarius Washington

110m Hurdles

 

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana St.

11:40 AM

 

Katie Wise

200m

 

Morgantown, IN

Indiana St.

12:30 PM

Sunday

 

Elizabeth Evans

High Jump

 

Bicknell, IN

 

12:05 PM

 

Cory Martin

Shot Put

 

Bloomington, IN

 

12:20 PM

 

In the junior championships, the top Indiana entry is Deakin Volz of Bloomington who is the #2 seed in the Pole Vault.  Volz, the 2015 Indiana High School champion, set the national high school indoor record earlier this year clearing 5.47m (17' 11¼”).  The top three seeds in the event come in with vaults that are just .03 meters (just over 1 inch) apart.  With only two spots available for the Pan American team the competition should be fierce.

The compete list of  Indiana athletes scheduled to compete in the junior championships is listed below (listed by order of events).

Place

Athlete

Event

City

Affiliation

Event TIme #

Thursday

 

Adriana Brown

Discus Throw

Indianapolis, IN

Kentucky

12:30 PM

Friday

 

Lorenzo Wells

100m

Portage, IN

Central Mich.

11:20 AM

 

Grant Stamm

110m Hurdles

Linton, IN

Indiana St.

12:45 PM

 

Ayiana Gaines

400m

South Bend, IN

Western Mich.

2:05 PM

 

Adriana Brown

Shot Put 

Indianapolis, IN

Kentucky

2:45 PM

Saturday

 

Lorenzo Wells

200m

Portage, IN

Central Mich.

3:22 PM

 

Deakin Volz

Pole Vault

Bloomington, IN

 

4:05 PM


 


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