Friday, June 23, 2017

Sunshine state athletes Cross and Leverone are set for a hot national championship 10,000

Most of the news out of Sacramento, California about the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships has been about the extreme heat. It's possible that you may have heard that the junior men's 10,000-meter run has been rescheduled to 8:45 AM PT on Saturday morning, 24 June 2017, to protect the athletes from high temperatures. What you may have missed in all of the hullabaloo about the conditions is that there are two athletes from the state of Florida in that race--Florida State University frosh Steven Cross and University of North Florida frosh Rob Leverone.


A state champ in cross-country, the 1600, and the 3200 during his senior year at Merritt Island, Cross took a redshirt season at FSU during the spring. Although he wasn't competing for the Seminoles he did log a second-place 29:31.22 10,000 at the Penn Relays in April. It was the fastest 10,000 on the track by a Seminole frosh ever. In fact, the last time a Florida State frosh ran under 29:40, that athlete won the Junior National 10,000 title. On the strength of that mark, Cross is the top seed in the junior men's 10,000.


An alumnus of Tampa Plant High School, Rob Leverone went 31:56.00 in the 10,000 for UNF at the Atlantic Sun Conference meet in May. He also owns a 15:01.27 PR in the 5,000 on the track.


"Junior" is an international designation, referring to athletes 19 or younger whose 20th birthday doesn't fall in the current calendar year. To qualify for the race, athletes must have run 32:05 or better during the window from 24 June 2016 to 18 June 2017. Cross is the only entry with a qualifying time under 30:00, and Phil Fishburn of Gonzaga is the only other athlete in the race with a qualifying time under 31:00 (30:35.61). Ten athletes are entered in the 25-lap race.


USATF Junior Outdoor Men's 10,000-Meter Champions, 1972 - 2016
Date Time Athlete Affiliation Location
24 June 2017 Sacramento, CA
24 June 2016 30:46.04 Thomas Pollard Iowa State Clovis, CA
27 June 2015 31:29.15 Cerake Geberkidane Oklahoma State Eugene, OR
6 July 2014 30:54.62 Jonathan Green Georgetown Eugene, OR
21 June 2013 31:14.31 Matt McClintock Purdue U. Des Moines, IA
16 June 2012 30:56.77 Ryan Pickering Oregon Bloomington, IN
24 June 2011 30:25.77 Parker Stinson Oregon Eugene, OR
25 June 2010 30:56.10 Parker Stinson Rogue Running Des Moines, IA
27 June 2009 31:18.13 Parker Stinson unattached Eugene, OR
21 June 2008 30:34.09 Daniel Dunbar Southern Illinois Columbus, OH
22 June 2007 30:51.75 Kenny Klotz Oregon Indianapolis, IN
21 June 2006 31:36.35 Diego Mercado unattached Indianapolis, IN
23 June 2005 30:45.27 Joshua Perrin Eastern Michigan Carson, CA
26 June 2004 31:21.13 James Hower unattached College Station, TX
21 June 2003 29:55.63 Brett Gotcher Stanford Palo Alto, CA
21 June 2002 30:12.77 Dan Glaz Ohio State Palo Alto, CA
16 June 2001 31:46.10 Christopher Emme unattached Richmond, VA
23 June 2000 31:45.48 Andrew Hill Stanford Denton, TX
19 June 1999 31:18.57 Jesse Thomas Stanford Denton, TX
26 June 1998 30:36.15 Justin Young Butler Edwardsville, IL
21 June 1997 31:38.34 Thomas Murley Stanford Edwardsville, IL
28 June 1996 31:14.65 John Hedengren Columbus, OH
23 June 1995 30:57.95 Tim Briggs Portland Walnut, CA
1994 30:33.24 Greg Jimmerson Stanford
26 June 1993 30:40.60 Cruz Gallegos Taft Spokane, WA
1992 32:17.92 Adrian Arnold
1991 30:48.95 Teddy Mitchell Tennessee
1990 30:06.25 Mike Mykytok Florida
1989 31:12.77 Paul Butterfield Tennessee
1988 30:46.09 Michael Levalle
1987 30:45.02 David Schumacher
1986 31:03.51 Neal Gassmann
1985 31:22.49 Phil Schoensee
1984 30:39.34 Anthony Williams Bucknell
1983 30:10.84 Frank Powers
1982 29:44.30 Tom Ansberry Arizona
1981 30:16.32 Keith Brantly Florida
1980 29:55.57 Mike Mansy East Tennessee State
1979 29:37.6 Herb Wills Florida State Bloomington, IN
24 June 1978 30:42.9 Chuck Assuma Southern California Roadrunners Bloomington, IN
1977 30:17.9 Alberto Salazar
1976 29:44.6 George Watts
13 June 1975 29:11.2 Rudy Chapa Knoxville, TN
1974 30:19.5 James Buell Kentucky
1973 28:45.2* Terry Williams Lompoc
1972 30:37.0* Charlie Maguire Penn State
* The 1972 and 1973 races were six miles.

From 1972 to 1979 the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships were conducted by the Amateur
Athletic Union. From 1980 to the present the Championships operated under The Athletics Congress,
which in 1992 was renamed USA Track and Field


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