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By Lorraine Williams,

USATF youth athlete of the year Jordan Hasay Jordan Hasay of Arroyo Grande, California  was recently named  USATF Youth Athlete of the Year.  You may remember her from the Olympic Trials. She was the youngest athlete in the 1500m and broke the National record setting a new time of 4:14.50. Hasay said of this honor:

“I am honored to be recognized by USA Track & Field with this award….. “I am thankful for everything that USATF does for the sport of running in our country and inspired by its outstanding dedication to its members. I’d also like to thank my family, coach, and community who always provide continued support to me. “

In  July of this year Jordan placed a strong 4th place finish, the best finish ever by an American woman in this event at the World Junior Games.

Jorday Hasay “Jordan is a shining star for Team USA and for the USATF youth program,” said USATF Youth Athletics Committee Chair Lionel Leach, noting that Hasay has long been a fixture at USATF’s Youth and Junior Olympic events. “We are proud that she got her start in the USATF youth programs and will eagerly be watching her progress as she moves on to the collegiate and professional levels.”

For more on Jordan see:
1.    Foot Locker West Regionals Jordan Hasay Does It AGAIN!
2.    Happy 4th Of July
3.    Fantasy Track Team “Ground Speed” 2012 London
4.    Day 2 July 29th,2008 AAU Junior Olympic Games

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Track and field Olympic hopefuls Amy Acuff (high jump) and Suzy Powell (discus) talk about training, competing in China, and representing the United States of America in this news interview.

The Olympic Trials for Track and Field will be held in July in Eugene, Oregon.

High jumper, Amy Acuff, is trying to qualify for her third Olympic games at the age of 32 (she turns 33 this summer). Discus thrower, Suzy Powell who is turning 32, was the highest Olympic qualifier in 1996.

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Run Jump Throw Track and Field CanadaAthletics Canada is the national governing body of Track and Field in Canada.

Their Run Jump Throw program is a fundamentals program that teaches boys and girls the technical skill progressions for athletic events. The primary goal is physical fitness, health and physical development for children 6-12 years of age in Canada.

It is also a foundation program that all youths can benefit from with the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing, and designed to increase transferable physical skill abilities to other sports including soccer, football, and basketball.

In short, any sport that involves speed, strength, and agility.

The program provides individual assessment for participants and is a terrific tool for physical education, special education or adaptive physical education programs. Moreover, it is a great after school or Saturday morning program in which parents can participate as volunteer officials.

Every province has their own Provincial branches. More information can be found at Athletics Canada.

A 4:42 min video (352x 240) is presented here by the Alberta branch of the Run Jump Throw program :

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The Run Jump Throw program – Click To Play

Thank you to Jimson Lee of for this guest post.

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