Twenty-four years after his father represented the United States at an Olympic Games, pole vaulter Deakin Volz will wear a Team USA singlet in another international track and field championship.
Volz, a Virginia Tech freshman, finished second Friday night in the USA Junior Championships at Clovis, Calif. Top two in each event qualify for the under-20 World Junior Championships, set for July 19-24 at Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Volz vaulted his outdoor best of 17 feet, 10 ½ inches. He was a two-time state champion for Bloomington South. He is coached by his father, Dave, a former American record-holder from Indiana University who was fifth in the vault at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Chris Nilsen of Kansas City, Mo., finished first with 18-0 ½. He set a national high school record of 18-4 ¾ last month. Volz twice set a national high school indoor record in 2015, at 17-11 ¼.
Also making the U.S. team was Anna Rohrer, a Notre Dame freshman from Mishawaka, in the women’s 5,000 meters. High schooler Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis, Calif., won in 15:56.84, followed by Rohrer in 15:57.92. Rohrer missed the outdoor college season because of injury.
Elsewhere, Pike’s Lynna Irby finished fifth in the women’s 100 meters in 11.51. Top four are expected to be chosen for the 400-meter relay team.
Candace Hill, a 17-year-old pro from Conyers, Ga., was the champion in 11.24 after running a semifinal in 11.09, fastest under-20 time in the world this year.
Irby has semifinals of the 400 Saturday and the final, if she qualifies, on Sunday. She won a silver medal in last year’s under-17 World Youth Championships at Cali, Colombia.
West Lafayette’s Cooper Williams was fourth in an 800-meter semifinal in 1:50.23 to qualify for Saturday’s final. The IU recruit ran a best time of 1:49.97 on June 11.