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Alyssa Wilson improves shot put high school national record on first day of Pan American Junior Championships


TRUJILLO, Peru -- Team USATF’s U20 competitors shined on the first day of Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru, highlighted by Alyssa Wilson’s high school national record in the women’s shot put.

Wilson (Jackson, New Jersey) won gold and added to her own record with a dazzling 17.70m/58-1 third throw. Wilson previously broke the standing mark earlier this year at 17.40m/57-1.25.

The first gold for Team USATF came from Josh Hernandez (El Paso, Texas) in the men’s hammer throw with a best of 72.55m/238-0. Fellow teammate Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, New York) placed fourth with 66.84m/219-3 .

In the women’s 100m hurdles final, Americans Tia Jones (Marietta, Georgia) and Tara Davis (Agoura, California) went 1-2 in 13.01 and 13.05 (+0.4 m/s). Jones, who holds the current U.S. high school record, narrowly beat Davis in a tight race that saw all competitors finish within one second of each other. Davis went on to win the women’s long jump in 6.51m/21-4 (+2.4 m/s).

Team USATF swept the top two positions in women’s pole vault with Rachel Baxter (Orange, California) and Carson Dingler (Bolingbroke, Georgia). Baxter surpassed the competition with a best throw of 4.41m/14-5.5, followed by Dingler with 4.20m/13-9.25.

17-year-old Eric Jr. Edwards (Houston, Texas) held off Canada’s Ansatasios Eliopoulos to take gold in the men’s 110m hurdles, 13.33-13.36 (-0.6 m/s). As in the women’s 100m hurdles final, all eight competitors finished within one second of each other. Joseph Anderson (Rancho Cucamonga, California) rounded out the top three in 13.43.

Taylor Werner (Bloomsdale, Missouri) won the women’s 3000m in 9:16.12, and Ja’Mari Ward (Centreville, Illinois) took home gold in the men’s long jump with a jump of 7.77m/25-6 (+3.2 m/s).

In an extremely close final men’s 100m final, Tarrik Jr. Brock (Winnetka, California) prevailed to win 10.45 to second place’s 10.46 (-0.4 m/s). The remaining sprinters, including Maxwell Willis (Highland Village, Texas), finished within .35 seconds.  

Click here for the complete schedule and results. The event will also be webcast here live, once the competition begins.

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