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Tim White, Alysia Montano among elite in track and field

White wins junior title, Montano top qualifier in 800m

Posted: June 20, 2013 3:21 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Canyon graduate Alysia Montano leads her senior women's 800-meter heat at the U.S. Championships athletics meet on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Hart High graduate and College of the Canyons athlete Tim White won the Triple Jump event at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The victory clinches a spot at the Pan Am Junior Championships, where White would represent the United States in Medellin, Colombia from Aug. 23-25.

White was one of three athletes with ties to the Santa Clarita Valley competing Friday in either the Junior or Senior U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Canyon graduate and Olympic athlete Alysia Montano was the top qualifier in the women's 800 meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 01.96 seconds.

The Master's College's John Gilbertson competed in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championship, finishing 25th out of 25 competitors in the men's 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:20.23 

White won with a school-record and personal-best jump of 53-feet, 1-inches, besting Baylor’s Felix Obi’s 54-1/2.

“I had a great feeling about the meet today,” College of the Canyons head track and field coach Lindie Kane said in a release. “Tim opened the competition with a huge jump that was a personal best by over a foot. That set the standard for the rest of the field. He competed on a national stage and established himself as an elite jumper. It was exciting to watch a COC student-athlete win a gold medal.”

He becomes the first COC track and field athlete to win a national title at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

The victory comes on the heels of the triple jump state title White won at the California Community College Athletic Association state championship on May 19.

 

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