Juriad Hughes Jr. and Aleah Miller to Compete at USA U20s


Two Minnesota track & field athletes will compete at the USATF U20 Outdoor National Championships next week in recent Irondale graduate Juriad Hughes Jr. and NDSU freshman Aleah Miller

A qualifying spot on the U.S. junior team is on the line and a ticket to the Pan American U20 Championships can be earned with a top two placement at the meet next week in Eugene, Oregon. 

Juriad Hughes Jr. will compete at U20s in the long jump, an event he went undefeated in this season, setting a new state record with a jump of 24' 11" and winning the Nike Outdoor Nationals title with a jump of 24' 8.75". 

Hughe's Jr. will compete against a field which includes University of Miami commit Ashton Torns, Arizona state champion Brennen McHenry, All-Americans Chris Preddie & Gregory Foster Jr., and more. 

Men's Long Jump Field

Ashton TornsAustin Westlake25-3.00qualifieddeclared
Brennen McHenryUnattached24-10.25qualifieddeclared
Gregory Foster Jr.Princeton University7.97mqualifieddeclared
JC StevensonUniversity of Southern California7.95mqualifieddeclared
Elias Ajamu ReedSan Jose State University7.93mqualifieddeclared
Chris PreddieTexas State University-San Marcos7.87mqualifieddeclared
Jedidiah UdunnaUniversity of Texas, Pan American7.80mqualifieddeclared
Sir Jonathan SimsUniversity of Arizona7.55mqualifieddeclared
Juriad Hughes Jr.Track Minnesota Elite7.54mqualifieddeclared
Jared HarrellEast Carolina University7.49mqualifieddeclared
Alexander SmithIndiana University, Bloomington7.49mqualifieddeclared
Amare HallKent State University7.41mqualifieddeclared
Luke JelderksGrand Valley State University7.41mqualifieddeclared
Aaron Davis IIUnattached7.33mqualifieddeclared
Grant HaskinsUniversity of Colorado, Colorado Springs7.32mqualifieddeclared
Daimon Dedmon Jr.Unattached23-7.00accepteddeclared

The high schoolers in the field include Brennen McHenry, Juriad Hughes Jr, Ashton Torns, and Daimon Dedmon Jr. 


The other Minnesotan competing at the U20 Championships is current North Dakota State University freshman Aleah Miller. Miller a 2022 graduate of Alexandria will compete in the 1500m field. 

As a freshman for NDSU this season, she won a Summit League indoor title in the distance medley relay and placed fifth in the mile at the conference meet. Miller qualified for the USATF U20 Championships by clocking 4:31.44 in the 1500m in April.

Miller will compete against a field that includes national steeplechase record holder Angelina Napoleon, multi-time national champion Ellie Shea, and Virginia state champion Reese Dalton. 

Women's 1,500m

Ellie SheaEmerging Elites4:14.24qualifieddeclared
Sophia GorriaranRhode Island Track Club4:20.21qualifieddeclared
Cameron McConnellOklahoma State University4:25.74qualifieddeclared
Audrey AllmanVanderbilt University4:27.11qualifieddeclared
Ella CohenUnattached4:27.47qualifieddeclared
Angelina NapoleonAllegany-Limestone4:28.72qualifieddeclared
Reese DaltonFormula TC4:30.11qualifieddeclared
Kelly Ann SutterfieldCollege of William and Mary4:30.95qualifieddeclared
Aleah MillerNorth Dakota State University4:31.44qualifieddeclared
Morgan NygrenUtah State University4:33.01accepteddeclared
Charlize-Trinity McKenzieP23 Family Racing4:35.95accepteddeclared
Tanise Thornton-FillyawGoucher College4:51.11accepteddeclared