Twenty one runners lined up to run the Young Women’s 3000 meter race at the USA Junior Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday, July 31st in Sacramento. Aubree Worden of Nebraska, Kinsey Gomez of Idaho, Kiara McCue of Georgia, Margaret Flatley of Wisconsin and Priscilla Timmons of Washington were seeded one through five prior to the race. The runners started in a double waterfall. Sara Taylor took the early lead after rounding the first corner. She was followed closely by Kinsey Gomez and Aubree Worden. At 600 meters Kinsey Gomez took over the lead with Sara Taylor running behind. Aubree Worden closed the gap and was running 2nd to start the third lap. Gomez and Worden crossed the line at 3:17 and 3:19. They dueled down the far side with Kinsey Gomez retaining the lead. As they rounded the corner Aubree Worden surged forward and took the lead. They crossed the line in 4:42 and 4:43 to finish lap 4. Priscilla Timmons and Margaret Flatley were busy moving up behind the leaders. After 4 laps Flatley was in third and Timmons was in fourth. Gomez and Worden continued their duel down the back stretch with Worden out front and Gomez close behind. After rounding the turn Gomez surged ahead and took back the lead. They crossed the line to end lap five in 6:06 and 6:07. The race was still close at the end of lap six with Gomez ahead at 7:30 and Worden close behind in 7:32. Gomez put on a surge to stretch her lead in the seventh lap. At the line she had increased the gap to 8 seconds. Flatley and Timmons were holding 3rd and 4th positions firmly. The race ended with Gomez winning in 10:12, Worden running 10:18, Flatley closing ran a 10:21 and Timmons finished well with a 10:29. McCue and Taylor finished fifth and sixth.
Kinsey Gomez also represented Idaho in the 1500 meter final the following day. She was the only 3000 meter runner to make the 1500 final. After running in fifth for the first 2 ½ laps she surged ahead to finish second with a personal best time of 4:38. Katherine Delaney won the 1500 meter Young Women’s race with a time of 4:36.