Here Are The AAU Records That Could Go Down This Year

There are 286 AAU National Records, and with the level of competition rising every year it would be a safe bet to say a few of those might go down at the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games, which starts this weekend in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and runs through next Saturday. Here are some of the records we think could go down, and who could take them.


​10 Year Old Boy's 400m and 800m
​Current Records: 58.91, Tyler Mapson Jr., 2013 & 2:18.52, Brandon Miller, 2012
The Challenger: Jonathan Simms

Simms achieved national notoriety last year by breaking the 8-year-old 400m and 800m records with his 59.41 and 2:19.43 clockings. Carrying that success on to the 10-year-old division will be tough, especially in the 800m where Brandon Miller holds his youngest AAU record. Breaking Miller's 2:18 record would certainly bode well for Simms, as Miller would later go on to run several age-group records five years down the line now as a 15-year-old. 

​Watch Simms run his 400m National Record:​​

17-18 Year Old Boy's 200m and 400m

Current Records:
​20.58, J-Mee Samuels, 2004 & 45.45, Aldrich Bailey, 2012
The Challenger: ​Tyrese Cooper

Tyrese Cooper doesn't even need to improve to break a record at the AAU Junior Olympic Games this year. Last year, Cooper shocked the world by splitting a 45.2 400m at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games. That mark was not only a boy's 15-16 record, but it also would have broken the current standing boy's 17-18 record of 45.45. Cooper hasn't improved upon that mark since then, but he's been close and a PR by any amount will also amount to a record for him. He also has a very good shot at the 20.58 200m record -- his 2016 mark in that event was just four-hundredths of a second off in 20.62.

​Watch Cooper split his 45.2 at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games:

​9 Year Old Boy's Javelin
Current Record: 27.69m, Charles Isom-McCall, 2015
The Challenger: Jackson Cantwell

Cantwell is already the 8-year-old boy's record holder in the javelin. Now a year older and wiser, he'll only need to add less than three meters to his 2016 AAU best of 27.69m to claim Isom-McCall's record.

15-16 Year Old Boy's 800m and 1500m
Current Records: 1:51.53, Terrell Jackson, 2014 & 3:59.2h, Jim Jennings, 1980
​The Challenger: ​Brandon Miller

Being bumped up from the single-age bracket of 14 to his first double-age bracket of 15-16 would be tough for most athletes, but Brandon Miller is one of the most prepared AAU athletes in history. Miller has already decimated the 15-16 year old record with his 1:51.23 from last year's AAU Junior Olympic Games, and he'll only need to chop three seconds from his 14-year-old 1500m mark to claim the longstanding 1500m record of 3:59.2 as well.

Watch the trailer for the PRODIGY: Brandon Miller FloFilm:

​14 Year Old Girl's 100m and 200m
Current Records: 11.66, Alicia Burnett, 2016 & 23.1h, Njeri McGee, 1985
The Challenger: Tamari Davis

Alicia Burnett may have her own records in sight at this year's AAU Junior Olympic Games, but a rising star in Tamari Davis is poised to take one of her older records down next week. Davis is a proven veteran at the 100m and 200m distances, and she'll be looking to improve upon her 11.97 / 24.37 marks from last year.

​Watch Tamari Davis dominate the age 13 running the 100m:

15-16 Year Old Girl's Shot Put
Current Record: 13.55m, Nia Lyles, 2016
The Challenger: Nia Lyles

Yes, you read that right: Nia Lyles is both the challenger and the current record holder to her own girl's shot put record, which she set at last year's AAU Junior Olympic Games at age 15. Though a year older, she will still belong to the 15-16 Year Old Girl's category, so a PR by any amount will also amount to a new AAU National Record for her next week, assuming nobody else jumps into the mix. Lyles is the only defending national national record holder who will return to the same age group category this year.

15-16 Year Old Girl's 100m and 200m
Current Records: 11.51, Myasia Jacobs, 2010 & 23.42, Kendall Baisden, 2010
The Challenger: ​Alicia Burnett​

Alicia Burnett has already built up a legacy for herself at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, breaking the 14-year-old girl's 100m record by running 11.66 at last year's edition. She'll have to chop more than a tenth of a second off her PR to claim the tougher 15-16 year old division record, but she has never been more prepared to do so.

​Watch the AAU Junior Olympic Games profile with Alicia Burnett:

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