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Spotlight: Shelbi Vaughan leads female prep athletes into BarcelonaJun 28, 2012 Shelbi Vaughan called it "an unbelievable experience."
The recent Mansfield Legacy (Texas) graduate just finished fourth in the women's discus at the U.S. Olympic team trials in Eugene, Ore. behind three legendary athletes in her event.
The Texas A&M signee will have one more chance to compete for Legacy July 10-15 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Vaughan will represent her country after setting a national high school record of 198 feet, 9 inches to win in the USA Junior National Track and Field Championships June 15 at Indiana University.
Though Vaughan didn't quite reach her dream of making the Olympic team - her best was 195-9 at the trials - she said it was a time she'll never forget. She finished behind Stephanie Brown Trafton (213-10), Aretha Thurmond (204-2) and Suzy Powell-Roos (197-6).
Vaughan needed an Olympic A standard throw of 203-5 to make the team.
“I’m 17 years old and came in here competing with older throwers," she told reporters. "Just being able to have this experience is great.”
Here are a group of other female prep stars who will join Vaughan in Barcelona. All the marks and places (the top two advanced) are from junior nationals at Indiana.
* Incoming Bronxville (N.Y.) junior Mary Cain won in the 1,500 meters, leading start-to-finish in a time of 4 minutes, 14.74 seconds for the No. 2 time ever by a 10th grader. She broke the meet record of 4:16.98 set by Jordan Hasay of Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) but just missed Hasay's national record of 4:14.50 set at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials.
* Gresham (Ore.) junior javelin thrower Haley Crouser won with a toss of 166-7. Crouser also has a shot to make the Olympic team. She'll compete in the trials on Friday.
* George Washington (Denver) incoming junior Dior Hall made it in the 100 hurdles after finishing second behind collegian Morgan Snow of the University of Texas, 13.26 to 13.45.
* Jennifer Madu of Plano East (Texas) not only made it in the women's triple jump (42-9¾) but she also qualified in the 100.
* Also in the 1,500, Hannah Meier of Grosse Pointe South (Mich.) qualified after going 4:18.44.
* Brianna Nerud of North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.) in the steeplechase. She won in 10 minutes, 23.87 seconds.
* Tori Owers of Athens Academy (Ga.) advanced in the shot put, going 50-4¾ on her final attempt.
* Robin Reynolds, a recent Jackson (Miami) graduate, won the long jump at 20-5¾.
* Shayla Sanders of Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) starred in the 100 meters. She finished second in 11.57 seconds.
* Sydney White of East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.) made the team in the pole vault after going 13-3½.
* Kendell Williams, an incoming senior from Kell (Marietta, Ga.), will compete in the heptathlon. She set a junior class record of 5,481 points, which is No. 4 all time in prep history.
* Reigning World Youth champion Ajee Wilson of Neptune (N.J.) returns to defend her title in the 800 after winning in 2:04.86. Also qualifying in the 800 is Danielle Aragon of Billings (Mont.) who has a time of 2:05.06.