July 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Coy Blair is one of the top junior throwers in the world based on results during the 2013 calendar year. Blair has the world’s best 16-pound junior shot put distance for combined indoor and outdoor seasons, the second-best mark in the world for the outdoor event, and is fourth in the world in the junior 6-kilogram shot put.
Blair, a rising sophomore, had the world’s best outdoor junior mark in the 16-pound shot put with a distance of 18.33m (60-01.75) which he threw at the B1G Outdoor Championships on May 12 where he placed fifth. That mark held on as the world’s best outdoor junior mark this year for exactly one month from May 12 until June 12 when Mesud Pezer of Bosnia and Herzegovina threw a distance of 18.45m (60-06.50).
Blair’s USA Junior National Championship winning throw in the 6kg shot put is also a top-five mark in the world. Blair threw 19.96m (65-05.75) on June 20 to win the junior national championship. The Strongsville, Ohio, native is just one foot, 11 inches shy of the world lead held by Jacko Gill of New Zealand. Blair will next have an opportunity to compete for the world lead at the end of August at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Columbia as he represents Team USA.
The USA’s best junior shot putter also had an outstanding indoor season. Blair finished the indoor season with the No. 1 16lb shot put throw in the world for the junior ranks this year. Blair threw 18.58m (60-11.50) at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational on Feb. 16. That mark is the best 16lb shot put throw for juniors in the world this year for combined indoor and outdoor seasons.
Vanessa McLeod, another rising sophomore, is also among the world’s best in the junior ranks. The Toronto, Ontario, native has the 40th-best outdoor junior time in the 800m run this year. She posted a Purdue-record time of 2:06.08 at the NCAA East Regionals on May 23.
McLeod’s indoor school-record in the 800m is also one of the world’s best times for juniors. Her gold medal time of 2:05.21 at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 23 is the fourth-best indoor time for junior women in the world this year. That time is also a Canadian junior record.
Matthew McClintock boasts a top-five world junior time this year in a distance event. He has the fourth-best 3,000-meter indoor time with a mark of 8:07.06 which he ran at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 22. His time is the fastest of runners not from the distance-running powerhouse continent of Africa. McClintock also has the world’s 28th-best junior time this year in the outdoor 10k and the 35th-best junior time in the outdoor 5k.