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Friday, August 18, 2006

The Other Major International Action

The Zurich Weltklasse meet is about to start over on WCSN, but there's another big meet going on this weekend -- the World Junior Championships.

Ohio's two representatives, state record holders Jessica Beard of Euclid and Emily Pendleton of Elmore, were not quite up to their usual standards. Beard ran fifth in the 400 meters in a time of 52.51, the first defeat she's suffered at the distance this year. Pendleton was ninth in her discus qualifying group with a best mark of 152' 6" and did not advance to the final. Both had extremely long high school seasons made even longer by these championships, so being a bit off their best is almost unavoidable.

Both are high school juniors, so there's more to come!

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