Williams Field graduate Hill places third in long jump at U.S. Juniors
Aaron Hill, who competed at Williams Field and is currently at Grand Canyon University, fell just a 1/2-inch shy of earning a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, placing third on Friday at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
In a tightly-packed competition, Hill had a top jump of 24-7 ¾. The event winner, Devin Field of the Texas Faces Track Club, jumped 24-8 ½ and the runner-up, Terrance Williams of North Texas University, jumped 24-8 ¼.
The top two finishers in each event are picked for the U.S. team, as long as they have met the qualifying standard.
Another East Valley athlete, Chandler High grad and Mesa Community College athlete Lewis Todd, competing for the Arizona Cheetahs Track Club, jumped 22-6 ¼ and did not make the finals.
Another Todd, Chandler senior-to-be Jasmine Todd, did make finals in the U.S. Juniors women’s long jump competition, placing 7th with a jump of 19-7. Arizona State’s Alycia Herring was sixth with a leap of 19-8 ½.
In the junior women’s shot put, Chandler High grad Hannah Carson, was ninth with a throw of 43-6 ½.
Carson and Jasmine Todd will both be back at Hayward again on Saturday as the Chandler High girls compete in the Nike Track Nationals. Carson will also throw the javelin twice on Saturday, first in the USA Outdoor Championships and then the U.S. junior championships.