2015 Pan Am Jrs 8/2 p.m. Report: 10 more U.S. GOLDS equals 30!

by Jim Spier

400m Hurdles Final – Women

The outcome was never in doubt for Anna Cockrell (Providence Day, Charlotte, NC) as she won in 57.10, less than half a second off her personal best established at USA Juniors.  Second was 2015 IC4A Champion Taysia Radoslav (Canada/Cornell) in 59.08, and third was NCAA Division II Champion Tia-Adana Bell (Barbados/St. Augustine’s) in 60.03.

Heptathlon - Javelin

Ashtin Zamzow (Texas A+M), an accomplished javelin thrower, won this competition as expected, throwing 151-05.  Kaylee Hinton (Rockwall, TX) managed 100 feet.  Zamzow’s performance moved her into first place, now with 4,703 points.  Ayesha Champagnie (Jamaica) is now in 2nd (4,563), with prior leader Fiorella Chiappa (Argentina) in 3rd and Kaylee Hinton (Rockwall, TX) in 4th (4,389).

Heptathlon – 800m

Fiorella Chaippa (Argentina) finished second in 2:18.74, good enough to move her into second, scoring 5,313 points.  Zamzow ran 2:24.84, good enough for the overall victory scoring 5,462 points, just 20 points shy of her personal best 9th place finish at the 2015 SEC meet.  Champagnie was third in 5,245, and Kaylee Hinton finished fourth with 5,125 points.


800m Final – Men

The Canadians tried to control the ace, going out in a relatively fast pace.  Carlton Orange (University, Memphis, TN) took over with 300 meters to go and did not relinquish his lead, running 1:48.06 – within .39 off his PR from USA Juniors.  Robert Heppenstall (Canada) was second in 1:48.70 and Robert Ford (USC) was .2 behind Heppenstall for the bronze.


1500m Final – Women

Sarah Feeny (Utah) led for most of the race.  Kate Murphy (Lake Braddock, Burke, VA), the U.S. Junior champ as a high school sophomore, slowly moved up to overtake Feeny with 250 meters to go.  Ariety Guevara (Cuba) started her charge as well, passing Feeny down the homestretch.  It was Murphy at 4:21.36, Guevara at 4:22.79 and Feeny at 4:23.21.


Shot Put – Men

It was another “sweep” for the U.S., with John Maurins (Wake Forest) winning at 63-11.5, and Ayomidotun Ogundeji (UCLA) second at 63-00.  Demar Gayle (Jamaica) was third in 60-10.75.

High Jump – Men

Randall Cunningham (USC) made it a sibling high jump sweep, matching sister Vashti’s win yesterday.   He jumped 7-01, the same height as Cuban Luis Enrique Zayas Ferna, but won based on fewer misses.  Clayton Brown (Jamaica) was third at 6-11.75, and Landon Bartel (Nebraska) tied for 5th at 6-10.75.


3000m Steeplechase - Men

Bailey Roth (Arizona), the heavy favorite, did not disappoint, winning in 9:02.45.  Tyler Ranke (Albany) moved into second with a lap to go, but was passed down the home stretch by Nicolas Antonio Silva (Brazil).  Silva finished second in 9:13.44 with Ranke third in 9:16.44.


Triple Jump – Women

Some great triple jumping, as we expected.  The Brazilians and the Cubans are in a different dimension, with Nubia Aparecida Soares (Brazil) taking the gold with a windy 46-05.5.  Second was Liadagmis Povea Rodriguez of Cuba, jumping a meet-record 46-02.5.  Chinne Okoronkwo (Mountlake Terrace, WA) was third, hitting 42-01.25w [2.1] on her final attempt.  She had a legal jump of 41-05.25 earlier, which initially put her into third.   Chineme Obikudu (Texas-Arlington) was 4th with 41-0.5.


Javelin – Women

One way to deflate your competition is to set a world record on your first throw.  That’s what Yuleimis Aguilar Martinez did, breaking Ukrainian Vira Rebryk’s 2008 world junior record of 206-08 with a stellar 209-05!   She backed it up on her second throw with 207-09, also over the old world record.  She was 10 meters ahead of second place, that being Estefany Chacon (Venezuela) at 176-03.  Third was Eloah Scramin (Brazil) at 175-01.  Gaby Kearney (Roseburg, OR) got a PR 167-06 (US #3) in finishing fourth.  She also had throws of 165-04, 164-07 and 162-09, all over her previous seasonal best.  Kayli Farmer (New Mexico State) was 9th at 141-07.


4x100m – Women

Near perfect handoffs helped the U.S. take the gold.  The team of Teahna Daniels (First Colonial, Orlando, FL), Aleia Hobbs (LSU), Mikiah Brisco (also LSU) and Deanna Hill (USC) won with a time of 43.79, just off Germany’s World Junior-leading time of 43.70.  Jamaica was second in 44.31, and Bahamas was 3rd in 45.96.

4x100m – Men

The U.S. held a 20-meter lead going into the final exchange, but third leg Demek Kemp (South Carolina State) could not connect with Cravon Gillespie (Mt. San Antonio College), and the team did not finish.  Christian Coleman (Tennessee), Ryan Clark (Banneker, College Park, GA) and Kemp gave the U.S. a sizeable lead going into the final exchange.  The winner was Jamaica (40.15), followed by Bahamas (40.32) and Trinidad and Tobago (40.50).

4x400m – Women

The team of Zola Golden (Arlington, La Grangeville, NY, 52.5), Olivia Baker (Stanford, 53.2), Kendall Ellis (USC, 53.2) and Raevyn Rogers (Oregon, 52.0) were never really challenged.  They won in a World Junior-leading time of 3:31.49.  Jamaica was well back in 3:38.77 and Canada was 4th 3:40.00.



4x400m – Men

Another good U.S. win with the team of Quinataveon Poole (Washington County, Sandersville, GA – 47.6), William Allen (Paul Dunbar, Lexington, KY – 46.4), Norman Grimes (Canyon, TX – 46.60) and My’lik Kerley (Stephen F. Austin – 46.28).  They took the world junior lead with a time of 3:07.07.  Jamaica was second (3:08.23) and Canada third (3:09.91).



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