June 14, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
The best of the best track & field athletes between the ages of 14 and 19 will be in Bloomington, Indiana on the campus of Indiana University from Friday to Sunday for the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet will be held at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, host of five Big Ten Championships and the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Western Carolina’s own Travis Alfaro (10,000m) and Abraham Faison (110mH & 400mH) will compete for a spot to represent the United States.
This meet will serve as a qualifier for this year's IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain from July 10th to July 15th.
Alfaro, a Lincolnton, N.C.-native, led the Catamounts in distance events this season, topping the charts in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. Alfaro picked up a win in the 5000m in his last competition on May 12 at the Clemson Tiger Qualifier with his time of 16:08.65. He earned a top-ten finish in the SoCon Championships (7th) in the 10,000m run with his time of 32:11.12.
Abraham Faison ran for the Catamounts in the hurdle events – both the 110mH and the 400mH – while also competed in the long jump and triple jump. The Saxapahaw, N.C.-native earned a third place finish in the SoCon Championships in the 110mH (14.58) while also picking up a pair of fifth place finishes in the 400mH (55.70) and the long jump (6.81m).
Travis Alfaro competes in the 10,000-meter run at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday while Faison competes at 4:05 p.m. Friday (110mH) and again at 5:40 p.m. Friday (400mH).
“This is a great opportunity for these two young men to get the opportunity to line up against the best that the USA has to offer and to be able to compete for a spot on this year’s USA Junior National Team that will represent the USA later on this summer at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain,” said track & field head coach Danny Williamson.
Live results can be found at the USA Track & Field website (http://usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2012/USA-Junior-Outdoor-Track---Field-Championships.aspx) with full recaps found at CatamountSports.com.