• David Allison

Congratulations to Youth Nationals' All-Americans!

Updated: Jul 4, 2018

John Ruvo IV - Phoenix Bobcats - National Champion - 100m & 200m

A few Arizona teams went east to compete in the USATF Youth National Meet at the College of Brockport in New York and came back with some awesome results.

Demetrius Warren (8U) from the Arizona Cheetahs was a one-boy wrecking crew as he grabbed All-American honors in three events. Demetrius placed 2nd in the 100m (15.67), 4th in the 200m (32.76) and 4th in the 400m (1:18.10) for a wonderful competition that he surely won't soon forget.

The Phoenix Bobcats had a bit of a larger contingent in New York and had enough talent in the Boys 11-12 group to capture 2nd in the overall team title. Amazingly, that second place team award should really be called a "Duo Trophy" due to the two young men who helped attain it. Frederick LeVinus took 4th place in the 80m hurdles (16.62), 5th in the aero-javelin (26.24m), 2nd in the pentathlon (1365 pts) and was the national champion in the discus (21.09m). Frederick's teammate, Keishawn Smith, got the "team" over the top by placing 6th overall in the long jump (4.00m).

A two-time national champion was crowned for the Phoenix Bobcats last week as well. John Ruvo IV (13-14), took first place in both the 100m (11.26) and 200m (22.76) as he continues his medal-laden season.

The Bobcats had two more national champions. Colby Miltenberger (13-14) won the heptathlon (2757 pts) and Dylan Bonifield (9-10) let that turbo-jav fly as he won convincingly with a throw of 35.01m to earn national champion status. Dylan also placed 3rd in the shot put (6.71m) and 7th in the high jump (1.10m).

Other Bobcats who left their mark in upstate New York were:

  • Quinn Mullen (9-10) as she placed 4th in the girls mini-javelin (19.26m)

  • Mikalah Meeker (11-12) who placed 4th in the girls' discus (19.01m) and 3rd in the shot put (9.36m).

  • Hayden Wolach (9-10) took 5th place in girls' triathlon (643 pts) and 7th in the long jump (3.48m).

James Smith - AZ Flames - National Champion - 400m Hurdles

The AZ Flames had a handful of athletes leaving their marks in multiple events in Brockport. The first being James Smith (17-18), who is having one heck of a season, as he was crowned national champion in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 52.04. Kianna Noyd (9-10) was the other national champion for the Flames as she won the girls' high jump with a leap of 1.15m. Kianna also took 3rd place in the mini-javelin (20.56m) and scored 504 points in the triathlon to capture the 8th place slot.

While the AZ Flames had no other national champions, they had kids who became multiple all-americans. Coco Velasquez (11-12) took 5th in the shot put (8.46), 3rd in the discus (21.91m) and 2nd in the aero-javelin (26.68m) for an amazing few days. Michael Noyd (11-12) placed 8th in the 400m (1:12.61), 6th in the high jump (1.25m) and placed 5th in the boys' pentathlon (1202 points). Yan Vazquez (13-14), showed he is more than just a hurdling specialist, as he took 2nd place in the boys' pentathlon (2570 points), 4th in the high jump (1.55m), 5th in the 200m hurdles (27.04) and 4th in the 100m hurdles (14.61). And Yan's sister, Roselyn (11-12) showed the AZ Flames prowess in the javelin, as she placed 4th place in the aero-javelin (22.39m).

Many of these kids will be competing in this weekend's Region 10 Championship. If you see them, tell them congrats on a great Youth Nationals meet and for representing the state of Arizona so well.

See you in Colorado!

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