Two 49ers set to compete at USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Junior national meet serves as qualifier for IAAF World Junior Championships
June 13, 2012
The top American junior athletes, including the best high school standouts and the most promising college freshmen, will face off at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University. This meet serves as a qualifier for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 10-15.
Fraser is entered in the shot put and discus, while Martinez will run the 1500m this weekend.
"I believe in supporting the USA Track & Field Junior program for the opportunity it provides to the elite junior-aged athletes that compete for our university," 49er head coach Andy Sythe said. "For the athletes we send to this championship, we look for them to use this event as a platform to further emerge on the national scale. We also view the opportunity that our men and women have to qualify for the World Junior Championships and represent our country as one of the great honors an athlete can achieve in sport."
Both Fraser and Martinez recently wrapped up their first year of collegiate competition at Long Beach State. Fraser earned All-Big West honors in the discus as he finished second behind teammate Jacob Weintraub with a season-best 172-03 at the conference championships. Fraser also scored in the shot put with a season-best 55-10.50 at the Big West meet. The Lake Forest, Calif., native went on to compete in the discus at the NCAA West Preliminaries.
Fraser enters the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships ranked 13th in the shot put and 17th in the discus. He exceeded the qualifying standards in the shot put by 2 feet, 10 inches, and in the discus by 8 feet, 2 inches.
Martinez, who hails from Westminster, Calif., advanced to the 1500m finals at the Big West Championships after running a season-best 4:33.92 in the prelims. Her top mark was 23 seconds better than the qualifying standard and ranks her 13th among the declared athletes at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Coach Sythe has long supported the USA Junior Championships by sending his elite athletes to this meet every year since he took the helm at Long Beach State in 1990. LBSU is among the few universities that have consistently funded its athletes to the junior national meet.
Former 49ers that qualified through the USA Junior Track & Field Championships to represent the United States in international competition include Marylou Badillo (1997) and Amaris Buchanan (1999). Badillo went on to place second in the pole vault at the Junior Pan American Games in Cuba, while Buchanan competed in the 100m and 200m at the Junior Pan American Games in Florida. Buchanan was also a member of the 4x100 team that won the Junior Pan Am title and broke the World Record for the IAAF Junior 4x100m relay.
USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships
June 15-17, 2012
Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex
Friday, June 15
Women's 1500m (First Round) - 3:20 p.m. (PT) - Catherine Martinez
Saturday, June 16
Men's Shot Put - 12:00 p.m. (PT) - Jacob Fraser
Sunday, June 17
Men's Discus - 11:30 a.m. (PT) - Jacob Fraser
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