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American men sweep the podium at Pan American Combined Events Challenge


OTTAWA, Canada -- The 2018 Pan American Combined Events Challenge concluded in Ottawa, Canada with American men taking top spots and Chari Hawkins earning silver in the women’s heptathlon. The two-day event showcased multi-event athletes from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, and France, among other nations.

In total, 15 men and 15 women competed in the senior division of the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively. Seven of the male athletes represented the United States, as did five competitors on the women’s side.

Scott Filip (Bloomingdale, Illinois) captured first place in the decathlon scoring 7,643 points. Filip not only won the decathlon as a whole, but he also finished first in the 100m dash with a time of 10.66, the 400m by clocking 49.13, and the long jump with a leap of 7.48m/24-5.4. Filip fared well in other events as well, taking third in the 110m hurdles, pole vault, and shot put.

Team USATF followed Filip’s strong showing with Mitch Modin (Bend, Oregon) placing second and Jack Flood (Blue Point, New York) finishing in third place. Modin earned 7,495 points throughout the 10 events, winning the pole vault with a clearance of 4.55m/14.9. Flood rounded out the top three with 7,376 points at the end of the second day.

As for the women’s team, the highest U.S. placeholder was Chari Hawkins (Rexburg, Idaho) who finished second with a total of 6,004 points. Hawkins was behind only Canadian athlete Georgia Ellenwood, a recent University of Wisconsin graduate who captured the 2018 NCAA heptathlon national title. Hawkins put up a solid effort, winning the 100m hurdles in 13.48, high jump with a leap of 1.81m/5-9.3, and long jump with a mark of 6.03m/19-7.8.

Lindsay Schwartz (Watertown, Wisconsin) was the next highest scoring U.S. competitor. Schwartz solidified a fourth place finish by collecting 5,739 points. Schwartz had the top mark in the 200m with a time of 24.14, a second place finish in shot put with a 12.96m/42-5 toss, and came in third in the 100m hurdles when she clocked 13.77.  

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