Jeffries and Ward Prepare for USATF Junior Outdoor Championships
Jordan Ward will compete in the high jump

July 3, 2014

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Jordan Ward and Allison Jeffries will compete in the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on July 5-6. The meet will take place at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

The USATF Junior Outdoor Championships accepts entries from competitors who are 14-19 years of age. In addition, each applicant has to use a qualifying mark or time from within the last year. The competing athletes will be a combination of collegiate underclassmen and athletes who will compete attached with their high school or club team.

The top athletes from this weekend’s meet will represent the American team on July 22-27 in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. The occasion will mark the first time that the event has ever been held in the United States.

Allison Jeffries
Jeffries will compete in the pole vault and enters the event as the 14th-ranked competitor in the field of 18 pole vaulters. She had a tremendous indoor and outdoor season that saw her set school records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault.

In the indoor season, the freshman set the pole vault school record at the MW Championships when she cleared 13-2.25 (4.02m) and placed fourth. She placed first in three out the six meets she competed in during the indoor season, and never placed out of the top four.

The Eagle, Idaho native carried her momentum into the outdoor season and took first place in the pole vault in the first five meets of the year. She broke the outdoor school record in the second meet of the season, and proceeded to re-set the school record in each of the next two meets that she competed in. The outdoor pole vault record now stands at 12-10.25 (3.92m). She capped off her first year as a collegiate with a fifth-place finish at the MW Championships.

Jordan Ward 
Ward, a high jump specialist, enters the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships after coming off an outdoor season where she placed second at the MW Championships and qualified for the West Preliminaries. She earned All-MW honors at the MW Championships with her best jump of the year, 5-9.25 (1.76m).

At the West Preliminaries, the freshman from Rathdrum, Idaho finished 22nd with a 5-7.75 (1.72m) and recorded the third-best finish for any freshman at the event. Combining her indoor and outdoor seasons, Ward finished in third place or better in eight out the 11 events she competed in over the course of the year.

Ward will enter this weekend as the 12th-ranked high jumper in a 15-competitor field.

Below are the two Broncos’ events, rounds, start times and season bests
(All times are PACIFIC)

Allison Jeffries
July 6 (Sun) – Pole Vault, Final – 3:30 p.m. (13-2.25 / 4.02m)

Jordan Ward
July 5 (Sat) – High Jump, Final – 5:15 p.m. (5-9.25 / 1.76m)

A live webcast of select events will be available on USATF.TV on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free for the entire meet.

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