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Young stars to compete at USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships

Written by USATF.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 1,300 athletes will compete for national honors this weekend at the USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships in Prince George’s County, Md.

Athletes qualified through one of five youth zone championships by placing in the top six of their event. Results from the zone championships can be viewed here.

The championships are hosted by the Potomac Valley Association and will be held at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex.

Athletes to watch include:

Zoe Gilbertson is the top entrant in the 13-14 girls 55m hurdles and enters the high jump with the second-best mark of the field. Gilbertson is a two-time USA Youth Indoor champion after winning both the hurdles and high jump last year. Her brother Max Gilbertson is also the reigning champion in the high jump and will be competing in the boys 15-16 age-group.

In the girls 17-18 age-group Lana Amsterdam is the the top entrant in four events. Amsterdam is scheduled to compete in the 55m hurdles, 55m, long jump and triple jump.

Claire Graves is one of the top contenders in the girls 15-16 age-group distance events. Graves has the fastest entered time in the 3,000m and 1,500m and the fourth fastest time in the 800m.

Madison Daniel is the top entrant in the boys 15-16 age-group 3,000m and 1,500m.

In the boys 15-16 age-group Marcus Krah is a favorite to win both in the field events and on the track. Krah has the top entry marks in the triple jump, long jump and 55m hurdles.

Aaron Robinson could run away from the field in the boys 13-14 age-group 400m and 800m. In the 400m, he boasts the best time of the field (55.69) by nearly two seconds, and in the 800m (2:16.98) he has run nearly four seconds faster than the rest of his age-group.

Dylan Carter enters the boys 11-12 age-group shot put as a clear favorite after winning the Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Baltimore last summer. Carter owns the outdoor national record for the 9-10 age-group. Carter is entered with a mark of 13.98m/45-10.5, nearly four meters farther than his closest competitor.

More information on the 2013 USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships can be found at