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Polsgrove, Todd to Compete in USATF Junior Championships

June 22, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Michael Todd (left) and Kylie Polsgrove (right) will compete at this weekend's USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, Calif.

Michael Todd (left) and Kylie Polsgrove (right) will compete at this weekend's USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, Calif.

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Liberty freshmen Kylie Polsgrove (heptathlon) and Michael Todd (men's 800) will both compete in this weekend's 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. The meet will be contested Friday through Sunday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

Polsgrove will begin competition in the heptathlon Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, with day two getting started Sunday at 6:45 p.m. Todd's preliminary heats of the 800 are set for Friday at 8:20 p.m. The final will be run Saturday at 10:10 p.m.

How to Follow Kylie and Michael
Live video streaming of the competition will be available on USATF.TV with a paid subscription. The broadcast will begin with each day's first scheduled running event.

Live results are also expected to be available.

Weather Report
The weather is supposed to be hot and sunny in Clovis, a suburb of Fresno. The forecasted high temperature on Friday is 97 degrees, before it climbs to 102 on Saturday and 106 on Sunday.

About the Facility
Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School features a newly renovated track & field facility with seating for approximately 10,000 spectators. The facility previously hosted the Mountain West Conference Championships and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships this season.

Event Information
The 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships are open to U.S. citizens who are at least 14 years old on the date of competition but who will not turn 20 during 2016. Most of the meet's entrants are high school seniors and college freshmen.

The top two finishers in each event who have met the qualifying standards will be invited to represent Team USA for the 2016 IAAF U20 World Championships, set for July 19-24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The qualifying standard for the heptathlon is 5,300 points, while the standard for the men's 800 is 1:49.50.

Event Capsules (Organized Chronologically)
Men's 800
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at 8:20 p.m. Eastern, Final – Saturday at 10:10 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Michael Todd (Fr., Eagle River, Alaska)

How He Got Here: Todd burst onto the scene during his first season as a Flame. The Alaska native was named Big South Men's Freshman of the Year indoors, after winning the men's 800 title in a meet-record time of 1:52.43. The first Liberty freshman ever to capture the Big South men's indoor 800 championship, Todd also helped the Flames win the 4 x 400 relay and place second in the distance medley relay.

Todd wrapped up his indoor campaign by anchoring Liberty to third place in the IC4A 4 x 800 relay final. The Flames' time of 7:30.50 ranks No. 2 in program history.

Outdoors, Todd won the men's 800 at the Big South Triangular in a personal-best time of 1:51.11, punching his ticket to the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. One month later, Todd placed second in both the men's 800 and 4 x 400 relay at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Todd ranks No. 4 on Liberty's all-time list for the indoor men's 800 (1:52.43) and No. 7 for the outdoor men's 800 (1:51.11).

Field Breakdown: The field was expected to feature Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier, who recently captured the NCAA title in a collegiate-record time of 1:43.55. However, the 19-year-old Brazier has since turned professional and will likely focus on the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Arkansas freshman Carlton Orange is back to defend his 800-meter title from the 2015 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. He clocked a time of 1:46.99 this season and placed sixth in the 800 at the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Houston freshman Brian Bell is another runner to watch. He captured the American Conference outdoor men's 800 championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the event.

Brandon McGorty, a junior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Va., headlines the high school entrants. He posted a time of 1:48.58 this year and swept the Virginia 5A/6A 800 and 1,600-meter championships.

Women's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day one begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, day two begins Sunday at 6:45 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Kylie Polsgrove (Fr., Newland, N.C.)

How She Got Here: Polsgrove kept busy at her first Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing fourth in the pentathlon, seventh in the high jump and eighth in the 60 hurdles. She then scored a career-best 3,427 points for eighth place in the ECAC pentathlon competition.

The North Carolina native's most impressive meet of the year came at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she earned Big South Women's Freshman of the Year honors. Aided by a career-best 5-7 high jump clearance, Polsgrove placed third in the heptathlon with a personal-best 4,875 points. That made her one of three Lady Flames to break the previous meet record. Polsgrove also came in fourth in the Big South women's high jump and seventh in the 100 hurdles.

Polsgrove will be competing in California for the second time this season, after making her heptathlon debut at the Mt. SAC Relays Multi Events. She scored 4,734 points in the competition, which took place April 13-14 in Azusa, Calif.

Field Breakdown: Defending USATF Junior Outdoor heptathlon champion Kaylee Hinton is back in 2016. She was the Big 12 heptathlon runner-up as a freshman at Texas Tech and is seeded first at 5,348 points.

The No. 2 seed is USC freshman Lyndsey Lopes, who will get to compete in her hometown of Clovis this weekend. Lopes finished fifth in the Pac-12 heptathlon competition with a career-best score of 5,277.

Ariel Okorie of Waynesville High School in Missouri tops the list of high schoolers who will compete this weekend. She owns a personal-best score of 4,966 and will enroll at Kansas State this fall.