Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jianna Cager: USA's Fastest 8-Year-Old

Jianna Cager can call herself America's fastest 8-year-old.

The St. Paul sprinter swept the Primary Division 100, 200, and 400 meter races at last week's AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.

Since we reported on her 400m victory, HERE, Cager posted the fastest prelim times in both the 100m and 200m and then swept the finals of both events.

Cager won the 100m in 14.41 and the 200m in 30.65. In the 200m prelims, she ran a windy 29.58 and in the semis she ran a wind-legal 29.91.

Cager won the 400m earlier in the week in 1:07.43.

Cager was the only Minnesotan to win events at the meet. The following Gopher State athletes finished in the top-10:

Benjamin Olson, 9, of Coon Rapids, finished 3rd in the Sub-Bantam 1500m in 5:23.49 and 7th in the Sub-Bantam Boys' 800m in 2:40.64.

Matthew Rosen, 13, of Bloomington, finished 3rd in the Sub-Youth Boys' 800m in 2:08.61.

Laquone Robinson, 18, of Brooklyn Park, finished 4th in the Young Men's 110 hurdles in 14.44.

Elise Anderson, 13, of Minneapolis finished 4th in the Sub-Youth Girls' 200m in 25.87 and 6th in the 100m in 12.57.

Calvin Clark, 16, of St. Paul, finished 5th in the Intermediate Boys' 400m in 48.88.

Shane Streich, 12, of Janesville, finished 6th in the Sub-Youth Boys' 1500m in 4:36.19.

Derrick Mora, 16, of Inver Grove Heights, finished 8th in the Intermediate Boy's long jump with 21-4 3/4.

Niara Hill, 12 of Minneapolis, finished 10th in the Sub-Youth Girls' triple jump with 30-7.

Complete meet results are HERE.

Special thanks to USATF-Minnesota youth chair Chris Dallager for assistance with DtB's Junior Olympics coverage.


Grandma Joan said...

Ben Olson, 9, of Coon Rapids was also 3rd in the sub bantam 1500 m with a time of 5:23.

lester said...

I think this 8 year old wonder is a gift to the sport. I truly believe this is one we will all be talking about in the years to come.

Charlie said...

Grandma Joan,

Thanks for the correction ... I fixed the information in the post.

Sorry about the omission.

-- Charlie

Grandma Joan said...

Thanks, Charlie!

Grandma Joan

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Denise said...

You missed a few more. Keylan Jackson Sub Bantam took 8th in the 400m, Paul Akintade, youth took 6th in the long jump & Troy Pollard, young men took 7th in the Triple Jump.