DES MOINES, IA. (WLFI) - A pair of Boilermakers won USATF Junior National Championships on Thursday afternoon. Coy Blair and Tate Schienbein won the shot put and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, and earned spots on the US Junior National team that will compete in the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships in August.
Blair stated off the afternoon for Purdue competitors with the shot put. In the junior championships, the shot put is 14 pounds instead of 16 pounds like in collegiate competition. Blair was in second place until his fifth throw where he recorded a mark of 19.96m (65-06). That was his best and gave him the first place finish. He beat the second place finisher, Josh Freeman of Southern Illinois, by 9.5 inches.
Schienbein was next and earned his junior national title in the 3000m steeplechase. He ran the second-best race of his career with a time of 9:17.30 to win by nearly three seconds over Brendan Smith of Penn. Schienbein's career-best is 9:07.62 which he ran at the Big Ten Championships.
Cierra Brown also competed on Thursday. The freshman took fourth place in the junior championships in the triple jump. Brown recorded a mark of 11.96m (39-03). That mark was two feet, two and a quarter inches shy of qualifying for the US Junior National team.
Blair and Schienbein will compete for Team USA at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championship in Medellin, Columbia from Aug. 23-25.
Blair and Matthew McClintock will wrap up the USATF Junior Championships for Purdue on Friday. Blair will compete in the hammer throw at 1 p.m. CT while McClintock is in the 10k at 9 p.m.
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