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Pan Am Games

Postby Tvarish » Thu Jul 10, 2003 7:40 pm

Have they announced who will be competing in the Pan Am Games and, if so, where can I find it? Thanks
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Re: Pan Am Games

Postby gh » Fri Jul 11, 2003 8:25 am

Unless I missed it (anything's possible) they haven't released the team yet. But just a few minutes ago we did get a USATF release on the Jr. Pan-Am team. Enjoy!




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 11, 2003



Team USA named for Junior Pan American Games

INDIANAPOLIS - Eighty-eight track and field athletes will
represent Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships in
Bridgetown, Barbados July 18-20.

Athletes qualified for Team USA at the 2003 USA Junior Outdoor
Championships, a part of the Verizon Youth Series in Stanford, Calif.
All other selections on Team USA were at the discretion of USATF and its
committees. Junior athletes are age 19 or under during the 2003
calendar year.

Team USA will be led at Pan Am Juniors by Kenneth Ferguson
and Shalonda Solomon, the Verizon Outstanding Athletes of the Meet from
the USA Junior Championships. The 2002 World Junior Championships
silver medalist in the 400m hurdles, Ferguson won the 110m hurdles
(13.60) and 400m hurdles (50.70) in Stanford. The University of South
Carolina sophomore-to-be ran a school and personal record of 48.79 in
the 400m hurdles to earn his first SEC title on May 18 in Knoxville,
Tenn.

Solomon, from Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High School, won the
USA Junior 100m (11.40) and 200m (23.37) titles. Her 51.4 anchor lap in
the sprint medley in April helped Long Beach Poly to a time of 1:38.73,
taking more than three seconds off the previous national high school
record.

Ashton Collins of the University of Texas will lead a strong
U.S. sprint corps after winning the men's 400m in 45.64 seconds over
Baylor University's Jeremy Wariner (46.41) at the Junior Outdoor
Championships. Collins' brother, Aaron won the men's 200m title in
21.06, with Carlos Moore of Mt. San Antonio College winning the 100m
title in 10.38 seconds.

The men's and women's pole vault competitions will feature
two recent record-breakers. Two-time U.S. junior pole vault champion,
Tommy Skipper (Sandy, Ore.), broke the national high school record in
the pole vault June 15 at the Golden West Invitational, jumping 18 feet,
3 inches, to beat the previous record of 18-2.25 by Eric Eshbach of
Orangefield, Texas, in 1999. The University of California-bound Kira
Costa set a women's record of 13 feet, 8.5 inches, also at the Golden
West meet. Costa broke the U.S. high school mark of 13-8 set two years
ago at the California state meet in Sacramento by Shayla Ballentine of
Morro Bay, Calif. But Julene Bailey is the junior national champion
clearing 4.13m/13-6.5 on June 21 to defeat Costa, who placed second at
3.95m/12-11.5.

The women's throws will be strong as well. National high
school record holder Michelle Carter added a 2003 U.S. junior title to
her resume winning the women's shot put with a throw of 16.05m/52-8 at
Stanford. Carter set a new high school girls' shot put mark with a toss
of 16.73 meters/54 feet, 10.75 inches in May at the Texas State high
school championships. Carter will be joined by 2003 Junior Outdoor
Championships hammer throw champion Kristen Michalski of Syracuse
University who tossed 57.26m/187-10. Amarachi Ukabam of Ohio State will
compete in the women's discus after posting a big victory in Stanford
with a throw of 56.21m/184-5.

For more information on the 2003 USA Track & Field Youth
Athletics National Championships and the Verizon Youth Series, including
results and complete coverage of this year's event, visit the USATF
website at www.usatf.org.

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Re: Pan Am Games

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:22 am

I do not know the criteria that the selectors will use to put de pan am games team together, but I would like to see Justin Gatlin in there.
After not being able to get a slot in the team that is going to Paris, I think a Double gold medal run in the Pan Am would help him to get more experience in international competition.
It worked well for Bernard who brought home the gold medal in the 100 in 99.
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