After wrapping up her prep career at Iowa’s Logan Magnolia Senior High School with a dominant performance at the Iowa Class 2A State Track & Field Championships, Alex Gochenour will now turn her attention toward the 2011 USA Junior Outdoor Championships next weekend where she looks to defend her national championship in the heptathlon.

Gochenour was the catalyst for Logan Magnolia’s state championship run in May as she captured four gold medals while scoring 40 points to lead a 71-69 victory over Hudson High School for the state crown.

Gochenour is now preparing to travel Eugene, Ore., next week as she competes in the heptathlon for the first time in 2011 at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships being held June 23-26.