Hall wins, Manson second at USA U20 Championships in Florida

Colorado results & photos

Over the weekend six (6) members of USATF Colorado competed in the USA U20 Championships in Miramar, Florida.
The top two finishers in each event earned coveted spots on Team USA for next month's Pan American U20 Championships in Costa Rica.  Heading to Costa Rica to represent Team USA will be Anna Hall (Greenwood Village) and Max Manson (Superior).
Hall, the defending champion in the women's Heptathlon, came in as the #1 seed and her performance held to form as she defeated Timara Chapman of North Carolina St. by 263 points to claim her second straight title.  Her final score was 5646 points.  She had the best performances in five of the seven events.  Her performance is the fourth best in U.S. history for a high schooler, trailing only the three performances she turned in last year.  She will represent Team USA for the second year in a row.  Last year she finished ninth  at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.  Hall will matriculate to the University of Georgia in the fall.
At last year's championships in Indiana Max Manson finished fourth missing a Team USA birth to the World U20 Championships by two spots.  He came into this weekend's competition as the #3 seed behind favorite Branson Ellis, a freshman at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, and Nathan Stone, a high schooler from Indiana.  Ellis came into the competition with a seed mark of 18-4.75 while Stone and Manson had near-identical season bests of 17-6 and 17-5.50; the #3 and #3 high school marks in the U.S. this year.  Three other entries were all within 5 inches of Manson's seed.  Stone was a last minute scratch due to a stress fracture but Manson still had to contend with Ellis and the three other 17' plus vaulters.  As expected Ellis was the dominate force and waited until 5.25m to enter the competition.  By this height Manson was the only other athlete left in the competition as the remaining competitors were all eliminated following the bar being at 5.00m (16-04¾).  This meant that Manson had secured his first international team spot in his career.  At 5.25m Ellis cleared on his first attempt and Manson was eliminated.  The end result was Ellis winning the competition with a clearance of 5.25m (17-02¾) and Manson placing second at 5.15m (16-10¾).
"Going in, I knew that because of the stacked field, everyone on the list had a chance of making the team," offered Manson following the meet. "I was super happy that everything went well and couldn’t be more excited to represent my country in Costa Rica next month!"
Manson will matriculate to Stanford University in the fall.
Just missing a Team USA spot was University of Colorado freshman Jeremy Cody.  Cody tied for second in the High Jump with Charles McBride II of North Carolina at 2.08m (6-09¾) but came up just short in a jump off that determined who would earn the last spot on Team USA for the Pan American Championships.
Finishing fourth in the women's 800m was recent Fairview High grad Marlena Preigh of Boulder.  Her time in the final was 2:08.60.  In the qualifying round she ran a career best of 2:06.31 to advance to the finals.  Her previous best was 2:06.70 from last week's Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle.  She also cracked into the Colorado high school top 10 list as she became the #7 performer all-time; trailing only Wendy Koenig, Jordyn Colte, Elise Cranny, Sarah Cocco, Taylor James, and Tara Mendozza.  Preigh will return to Seattle in the fall when she enrolls at the University of Washington.
Lilly Williams of Centennial, a rising senior at Grandview High School, finished 12th in the 400m and 17th in the 800m.  Williams is a two-time 2019 Colorado state champion in the 400m.
Sadio Fenner (Colorado Springs / Univ. of Nebraska) finished ninth in the men's 3000m steeplechase.

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