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Team USA sets Pan Am Juniors record with 30 golds

EDMONTON -- Team USA shattered the record for most Pan American Junior gold medals by a single nation with 30, winning 10 during the evening session Sunday on the final day of the Championships at Foote Field. The U.S. ended up with 58 total medals, the third-highest tally ever and the most ever when the meet has been held outside the United States.

All four legal throws by John Maurins (Mentor, Ohio) in the men's shot put were good enough for gold as he hit a best of 19.49m/63-11.5 in round four to win. Teammate Dotun Ogundeji (San Diego, California) had only one legal throw but his first round toss of 19.20m/63-0 gave him silver and sealed a 1-2 U.S. finish.

Robert Ford (San Antonio, Texas) and Carlton Orange (Memphis, Tennessee) ran in the middle of the pack for the first lap of the men's 800 final, and coming up to the 600 mark Orange surged ahead and controlled the race the rest of the way to win in 1:48.06. Ford made a push for silver but fell just short as he earned bronze in 1:48.90.

Sprinting to an early lead over the first two hurdles, Anna Cockrell (Waxhaw, North Carolina) was never really challenged in the women's 400mH final as she clocked the second fastest time of her life to win the gold by almost two seconds in 57.10.

Sarah Feeny (Ogden, Utah) went to the front midway through the first lap of the women's 1500 final, with teammate Kate Murphy (Burke, Virginia) lurking in the middle of the pack. Feeny continued to lead at an honest pace through 800 and then started a surge over the next 300 to extend her lead to five meters with a lap to go. Murphy sprinted hard with 350 remaining to assume the lead with 200 left and pulled away down the stretch to win in 4:21.36, while Feeny took bronze in 4:23.21.

Leading by 140 points heading into the final event of the heptathlon, Ashtin Zamzow (Goliad, Texas) ran 2:24.84 in the 800 to score 759 points and total 5,462 for the gold. Missing her lifetime best by only 20 points, Zamzow's only event win came in the javelin. Kaylee Hinton (Wylie, Texas) scored 5,125 in fourth.

Teahna Daniels (Orlando, Florida) stormed around the first curve in the women's 4x100 relay to put Team USA in the lead for good. Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Mikiah Brisco (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) ably handled the middle two legs of the race before 200 champion Deanna Hill (Orlando, Florida) cruised down the final straight to win by more than a half-second in 43.79. It was the 15th win in Pan Am Juniors history for the U.S. women,

In the men's 4x100, Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) got the team off to a super start, stretching the zone with Ryan Clark (College Park, Georgia) to establish a sizable lead. Demek Kemp (Monroe, Georgia) kept the lead on the final curve, but disaster struck as he was unable to complete the handoff with Cravon Gillespie (Pasadena, California) and Team USA failed to finish.

After Jamaica's Thallatio Green took off and gapped the field over the first two laps, Bailey Roth (Colorado Springs, Colorado) turned up the pace and passed Green to establish a 20-meter lead with five laps remaining. Roth extended that margin and settled in to a 40m lead. Tyler Ranke (Rochester, New York) was fourth with three to go and then made a strong move with 800 left to move into silver medal position. Roth easily ran to gold in 9:02.45, with Ranke falling back to third to pick up bronze in 9:16.44.
Heavily favored to take gold in the women's 4x400, Team USA got off to a great start with Zola Golden (LaGrangeville, New York) splitting 54.0 on the lead leg before passing to Olivia Baker (Maplewood, New Jersey). Baker blew the race wide open with her 52.6 carry and after that is was simply a matter of how big the margin of victory would be. Kendall Ellis (Pembroke Pines, Florida) clocked 52.8 on the third carry, and Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) anchored in 52.1 to stop the clock at 3:31.49, the fastest junior time in the world this year and seven seconds ahead of the runners-up. Team USA has now won seven in a row in this event.

A two-team race shaped up between the U.S. and Jamaica in the men's 4x400. Quintaveon Poole (Tennille, Georgia) ran the lead leg and handed off in third after a 48.2 carry. William Allen (Marietta, Georgia) made up ground on the second leg with his 45.9 effort and 400mH champion Norman Grimes (Canyon, Texas) kept the lead with a 46.7 on the third. Anchorman My'Lik Kerley (Taylor, Texas) ran a smart final lap and pulled away from the Jamaicans heading to the line, splitting 46.3 to give Team USA gold in 3:07.07.

Chinne Okoronkwo (Lynnwood, Washington) had a slightly-windy 12.83m/42-1.25 on her final attempt to win bronze in the women's triple jump and finish one spot ahead of teammate Chineme Obikudu (Dallas, Texas), who had a best of 12.51m/41-0.5 in round four.

The final event of the meet produced a World Junior record in the women's javelin for Cuba's Yulenmis Aguilar, who had a massive 63.86m/209-6 throw in the first round. Gabrielle Kearney (Roseburg, Oregon) set a lifetime best with her 51.07m/167-6 in round four to take fourth.

Team USA Medals at Pan Am Juniors (58)

Gold (30)
Men's 4x400 - Poole, Allen, Grimes, Kerley (3:07.07)
Women's 4x400 - Golden, Baker, Ellis, Rogers (3:31.49)
Randall Cunningham, high jump (2.16m/7-1)
Bailey Roth, 3000 steeplechase (9:02.45)
Women's 4x100 - Daniels, Hobbs, Brisco, Hill (43.79)
John Maurins, shot put (19.49m/63-11.5)
Kate Murphy, 1500 (4:21.36)
Carlton Orange, 800 (1:48.06)
Ashtin Zamzow, heptathlon (5,462 points)
Anna Cockrell, 400m hurdles (57.10)
Connor Hendrickson, 10,000 (30:46.66)
Vashti Cunningham, high jump (1.96m/6-5, American Junior Record/=World Youth Best/meet record)
Christopher Mirabelli, javelin (72.63m/238-3)
Rachael Reddy, 5000 (16:23.35, meet record)
Noah Lyles, 200 (20.27)
Deanna Hill, 200 (23.18)
Norman Grimes, 400m hurdles (50.10)
Harrison Williams, decathlon (8,037 - American Junior Record)
Misana Viltz, 110m hurdles (13.30)
Raevyn Rogers, 800 (2:04.62)
Blake Haney, 1500 (3:56.49)
Josie Natrasevschi, discus (52.60m/172-7)
Samiyah Samuels, long jump (6.23m/20-5.25)
Dior Hall, 100m hurdles (13.20)
Paulo Benavides, pole vault (5.40m/17-8.5)
Matthew Maton, 5000 (14:20.58)
Erin Dietz, 3000 (9:37.51)
Raven Saunders, shot put (18.27m/59-11.25, meet record)
Payton Otterdahl, discus (57.96m/190-2)
Haley Showalter, hammer (58.45m/191-9)

Silver (14)
Dotun Ogundeji, shot put (19.20m/63-0)
Kenny Selmon, 400m hurdles (50.29)
Travis Toliver, decathlon (7,346)
Hannah Christen, 3000 steeplechase (10:24.32)
Brandon Pollard, 1500 (3:56.51)
Lloydricia Cameron, discus (51.98m/170-6)
Courtney Corrin, long jump (6.13m/20-1.5)
Audie Wyatt, pole vault (5.35m/17-6.5)
Cerake Geberkidane, 5000 (14:28.45)
Noah Lyles, 100 (10.18)
Aleia Hobbs, 100 (11.50)
My'Lik Kerley, 400 (46.33)
Lena Giger, hammer (57.99m/190-3)
Sara Kathryn Stevens, pole vault (4.00m/13-1.5)

Bronze (14)
Chinne Okoronkwo, triple jump (12.83mw/42-1.25w)
Tyler Ranke, 3000 steeplechase (9:16.44)
Sarah Feeny, 1500 (4:23.21)
Robert Ford, 800 (1:48.90)
Chase Weaverling, 10,000 (30:53.13)
Curtis Thompson, javelin (71.11m/233-3)
Caroline Alcorta, 5000 (16:48.48)
Ryan Clark, 200 (20.62)
Alexandra Harris, 3000 steeplechase (10:31.79)
KeAndre Bates, long jump (7.54m/24-9)
Sophia Rivera, shot put (15.34m/50-4)
Christian Coleman, 100 (10.32)
Teahna Daniels, 100 (11.54)
Kendall Ellis, 400 (52.81)

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