PALO ALTO, Calif. (6/21/02) Ryan Lancon (Hurst, Tex.), a freshman on the North Texas track and field team, jumped 16-2.75 in the pole vault event to claim third place at the 2002 USA Track and Field Junior National Championships on Friday.
The meet features athletes from across the nation who are between the ages of 14 and 19 and meet the qualifying marks for each event. Lancon, who won the pole vault event at the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a height of 15-11.75, posted a height of 16-0 at the North Texas Quad to qualify for the USATF Junior National Championships.
“Winning his event at the Sun Belt Conference Championships and placing third here shows what a great year Ryan has had,” said North Texas track and field coach Rick Watkins. “I think his performance here really indicates where he stands among the nations top young athletes.”
Tommy Skipper won the event with a jump of 17-06.50. Despite posting the same height as Lancon, Matthew Weirich finished second virtue of clearing the height in fewer attempts.
The two highest finishers in each event at the junior nationals who have met the World qualifying standard will advance to compete at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, July 16-21. Lancon will be listed as the first alternate for the meet in the pole vault event.