Outstanding Performances at Pan American Junior Championships

by Joy Kamani
Women's 400m Hurdles

Not an especially good day for the Americans as Katrina Seymour of the Bahamas, the Carifta Games silver medallist, ran an outstanding race winning in 57.87. Favorite Danielle Dowie (Jamaica), the U. of Texas freshman, was second in 58.55. Tia Gamble (De Soto, TX) was 5th in 60.36 and Angelica Weaver (California; Rancho Cucamonga, CA) was 8th in 62.09.

Men's Shot Put

It was a more than five feet win for Jamaican Ashinia Miller, improving on his Jamaican junior record, throwing 65-6.25, a PR and 8th longest by a junior this year. Kyle Mc Kelvey (Beresford, SD) was second (60-4) and Caleb Whitener (Georgia; East Paulding, Dallas, GA) was third in 60-00.25.

Men's High Jump

A great battle between Maalik Reynolds (Pennsylvania; Westminster, Atlanta, GA) and Ryan Ingraham (Bahamas), the Bahamian junior record holder and Carifta Games silver medallist, with both jumping 7-3.25 and Reynolds winning on fewer misses. Brandon Baskerville (Coppin State; Weequahic, Newark, NJ) was third in 7-0.5.

Women's 1500m

The pace fell right into Cory Mc Gee's hands. Mc Gee, from the U of Florida and Pass Christian, MS, was in the 5 woman pack for 2 ½ laps as they ran splits of 79, 76 and 70. Mc Gee split from the group with one lap remaining winning in 4:35.46, more than 20 seconds off her personal best. Brooke Handler (Rochester, Rochester Hills, MI) followed Mc Gee when Mc Gee broke from the group, but was run down by Lindsey Butterworth of Canada, the 2011 NAIA 1500m 4th placer from Simon Fraser U, who took second to Handler's third.

Women's 4x100m

A botched pass between Jenna Prandini (Clovis, CA) and Keilah Tyson (Western Branch, Chesapeake, VA), legs 1 and 2, put the US out of the running. Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas, anchoring and getting the baton in second place, ran down Jamaica for the win, 45.04 (#4 World junior) to 45.37.

Men's 4x100m

Some decent "stick passing" saw the US take over the World Junior lead with a winning time of 39.43. It was Sean Mc Lean (Word of God, Raleigh, NC), Marvin Bracy (Boone, Orlando, FL), Keenan Brock (Auburn; Carver, Birmingham, AL) and Oliver Bradwell (Barton County CC; East, Wichita, KS). Canada was second in 39.97, the fifth fastest time in the world this year.

Women's Javelin

The U.S. took one-two as the medals were determined after the first round. Avione Allgood (Legacy, North Las Vegas, NV), the US and Junior record holder, added the Pan American championship to her yearly "take", winning in 174-1. Fawn De Loma Miller (Florida, Lakeview, Stoneboro, PA) was second in 155-1.

Men's 3000m Steeplechase

Fernando Roman, the 2009 Caribbean Scholastic Invitational 2000m Steeplechase champion, broke away from the pack halfway through the race and looked like a sure winner. But, with a lap to go, Edward Owens (Packer Collegiate, Brooklyn, NY) began his charge, halving his separation to about 10 meters and closing. As both appeared the final water jump, Roman cleared and Owens went down, eliminating any chance for a win. Roman got a PR of 8:59.52, with Owens at 9:07.11. Max Darrah (Georgetown; Dennis-Yarmouth, South Yarmouth, MA), the early leader, was 5th in 9:33.25.

Men's 800m

This was a totally controlled race by Immanuel Hutchinson (San Jacinto, CA) who sat behind Wesley Vazquez of Puerto Rico through 600m, with 53.1 at 400m and about 1:19 at 600m. Hutchinson held off a charge of Vazquez down the home stretch to win in 1:49.83.

Women's 4x400m

A very nice win for the US women, with Ebony Eutsey (Florida; Southridge, Miami, FL 54.8), Phyllis Francis (Oregon; Cardozo, Queens, NY 54.2), Briana Nelson (Texas; JL Mann, Greenville, SC 53.5) and Diamond Dixon (Kansas; Westside, Houston, TX 52.2) running 3:34.71, the third fastest in the world for a junior team.

Men's 4x400m

The men did not have run especially fast and still won, running 3:08.20. It was Clayton Gravesande (South Carolina; Franklin, Somerset, NJ), William Henry (Arizona State; Trotwood-Madison, Trotwood, OH), Davelle Sanders (Mt. San Antonio College; Eleanor Roosevelt, Corona, CA) and Josh Mance (USC; Don Lugo, Chino, CA) who manned the winning team.

Men's 10000m Racewalk

Won by Eider Arevato of Columbia (41:29.81), with American Trevor Barron (Pittsburgh, PA) about 10 seconds back in 41:39.16. Tyler Sorenson (Acalanes, Lafayette, CA) was 5th in 44:38.17.

Men's Hammer

Alec Faldermeyer (UCLA; Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) capped off a great college freshman year with a winning throw of 239-2, just two feet off his personal best. Faldermeyer is the 7th ranked junior hammer thrower in the world. Greg Skipper (Oregon City, OR) was fourth with 207-6.

Women's Heptathlon

Tamara Souza, an impressive looking multieventer from Brazil, won handily with 5477 points with Janieve Russell of Jamaica second with 5352. Deanna Latham (Wisconsin; Triton Regional, Byfield, MA) was third with a PR of 5277. Allison Reaser (San Diego State; El Segundo, CA), the USATF Junior champ was a bit off, finishing fourth in 5162.

Men's 5000m

Jake Hurysz (North Carolina; Eastern Alamance, Mebane, NC) won relatively easily, winning in 14:55.92.

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