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    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

    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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    • #3
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      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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