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Betchart, Poynter Qualify for USATF U-20 Championships in Florida

Betchart, Poynter Qualify for USATF U-20 Championships in Florida

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Nick Betchart and Bobby Poynter, each finishing their true-freshman seasons at Cal Poly, are headed to Miramar, Florida this week to compete in the USATF U-20 (Junior) Championships.

The meet will be hosted in Ansin Sports Complex, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Miami, from Friday through Sunday.

Betchart is entered in the men's shot put final, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST (subject to change) Sunday, with a mark of 55 feet even (reached April 27 at the UC Santa Barbara Dual), good for the fifth seed.

Betchart, who finished only one spot back of the medal stand in his debut at the Big West Finals, nearly posted a mark of 58 feet at conference, reaching the distance before just stepping out of the ring with a foul.

Tanner Duffin of Marietta, Georgia (Throw1Deep Club), comes into the meet as the top seed at 66' 1.75". Otito Ogbonnia from UCLA is seeded second with a throw of 64' 3.25".

Poynter, the Big West 800-meter champion his first year, is entered in the first round at 4:24 p.m. East Coast Time Saturday (start time subject to change), with the final then booked for 5:28 p.m. local Sunday.

Poynter comes in as the seventh seed, with a PR of 1:50.81 from the Bryan Clay Invitational April 19, ranking No. 16 in the NCAA among freshmen, including ninth regionally.

Only four-hundredths of a second away from moving to No. 10 in school history for the 800m, he went on to win his conference title in 1:51.70 at UCSB.

Samuel Van Dorpe of USC comes in as the top seed, with a time of 1:48.88.

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This year's USA Juniors meet also serves as the selection event for the 2019 Pan Am U-20 Championships, slated for San José, Costa Rica from July 19-21. 

Typically per event, the two highest finishers in Miramar will make the Team USA roster for the Pan Am Games. (However, 4x400m relay selection also includes two additional athletes chosen from among all place-winners in Florida.)