Itos Aikhionbare, who will be a junior at UC Irvine next fall, finished third in the shot put at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

Aikhionbare, who recently completed her sophomore season at UCI, had a mark of 51 feet at Drake Stadium, more than a foot shy of the winner, Stamatia Scarvelis.

The top four finishers in each event are eligible to be considered for selection to the USA team for the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 23-25..

Charles Jock, a three-time All-American and 2012 NCAA champion in the 800 while competing for UCI, qualified for Sunday's final in the men's 800 at the USA Championships.

Jock posted a time of one minute, 48.40 seconds in the first round Thursday to earn one of the 16 spots in the final.

Aikhionbare will compete in the discus throw Saturday at 10:45 a.m. PDT.

Megan Benson, a freshman at UCI in 2013, did not advance from the first round of the 100-meter hurdles Thursday.

Kaulyn Lee-McNeill, who will be a sophomore at UCI in the fall, competes in the first round of the 400 hurdles Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Charles Jock, a three-time All-American and 2012 NCAA champion in the 800 meters while competing for the UCI men's program, qualified for Sunday's final in the 800 at the USA Championships.

He had time of 1:48.40 in the first round Thursday to earn one of the 16 spots in the final.

— From staff reports

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CdM's Hodson on path to make U.S. youth national volleyball team

Corona del Mar High junior-to-be outside hitter Hayley Hodson is getting closer to securing a spot on the U.S. girls' youth national volleyball team for the second straight year.

Hodson made the second cut during a three-day tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the team was reduced from 26 players to 16 on Sunday.

Hodson and the remaining players will take part in a third tryout at the American Sports Centers complex in Anaheim from July 8-21. The roster will be reduced to 12 players and those players will represent the U.S. at the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U-18 World Championships in Thailand between July 25 and Aug. 4.

The U.S. qualified for the tournament by winning the 2012 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship in Mexico in August. Hodson is one seven players from the 2012 U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team.

Last season at CdM, Hodson led the Sea Kings to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. Hodson earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA, second-team All-Orange County, Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team and first-team All-Pacific Coast League accolades after she finished with 453 kills.

— From staff reports

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