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Sean Keller heads All-USA boys track and field team

Keller heads All-USA boys track and field team


11:55 PM, Jul. 19, 2012 EDT


USA TODAY's 2012 All-USA Boys Track and Field team features No. 2 all-time javelin thrower Sean Keller of Heritage (Vancouver, Wash) and Eric Futch of Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.) -- America's only high school boys individual gold medalist at this month's IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Futch won the 400 meter hurdles in 50.24 seconds at the 1992 Olympic Stadium -- and another gold on the USA's 4 x 400 meter relay team.

Arman Hall of St. Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earned silver in the 400 meters in 45.39, just ahead of season leader Aldrich Bailey of Timberview (Arlington, Texas). Both took double gold while sparking a USA world relay sweep. Tryeek Hill of Coffee County (Douglas, Ga.) posted the No. 2 all-time high school 200 meter time this season, 20.14, and then took bronze in the event at World Juniors -- plus a gold on the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Keller had his best throw of 253 feet during the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying round in Eugene and placed eighth in the finals. Billy Stanley of South Park, Pa. threw 246 feet, 9 inches this season to rank No. 3 all-time.

Shawn Barber of Kingwood (Kingwood Park, Texas) pole vaulted 18-2 1/2 competing for Canada at the World Junior meet, just a half inch off the high school record. Although Barber cleared the winning height, he received the bronze medal based on more misses.

Running indoors, Edward Cheserek of St. Benedicts Prep (Newark, N.J.) posted the fastest times of the year at 1,500 meters (3:45.2, No. 2 all-time); 3,000 meters (8:13.88), and two miles (8:43.16, No. 5 all-time).

Only one high school athlete has ever sprinted the 100 meters faster under any conditions than 3-time All-USA selection Marvin Bracy of Boone (Orlando, Fla.) - who ran a wind-aided 10.05 last year and 10.06 this season. Leg injuries kept the reigning Pan Am junior champion out of post-season meets this year.

No boys national records were broken this season.

 

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