2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games

Day Three Recap: 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games

Day Three Recap: 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games

An age group record fell and some of the biggest names in AAU track were in action today in Des Moines.

Jul 31, 2018 by Kevin Sully

Brandon Miller, Cha'iel Johnson, Tyrese Cooper, Athing Mu--many of the top names in age-group track and field were in action today at the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games. All advanced with strong showings in their events, setting up some very interesting finals where fast times are inevitable. 

Here are some of the highlights of the third day of competition in Des Moines. 

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With the aforementioned big names, there were plenty to choose from. But the star of the show today was Tavares Duckett II of Grand Prairie, Texas.  The 12-year-old broke the AAU national record age group record, running 11.67 in the opening heats of the 100m. The mark took .04 seconds off the old record and he still has two more rounds to run.

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Athing Mu got the crowd fired up with her first round 800m of 2:10.60. Along with Brandon Miller's 1:52, Cha'iel Johnson's 2:14 and Krianne McBride's 2:16, it was a fast day for 800m running. 

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In the final jump of his high school career, Darius Scott knew he'd landed a big one. 

"Wooo, that was nice," Scott remembers thinking before he even saw the measurement. When the distance came up, Scott was overwhelmed with emotion. The mark of 50-06.25 was a personal best by over 1.5 feet, the perfect end to the Cornell-bound jumpers career.