MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Team USA turned in a solid day of competition Friday on the opening day of the Pan American Sports Festival at Jesus “Palillo” Martinez Stadium. The U.S. team earned five medals Friday, including gold in the women’s hammer.
Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) took home the gold in the women’s hammer throw, turning in a season’s best 72.04m/236-4 on her last throw of the first flight. Berry’s countrywoman Brittany Smith (Oak Park, Illinois) captured bronze, utilizing a toss of 69.50m/228-0 on her first throw of the finals to solidify her place on the medal podium.
Smith also garnered bronze in the women’s shot put, registering a mark of 17.60m/57-9 on her fifth throw of the competition to nab her second medal of the day.
Jared Schuurmans (Norfolk, Nebraska) earned silver in the men’s discus, tossing 59.90m/196-6 on his second throw of the competition.
Tynita Butts (Alexandria, Virginia) also made the medal podium for Team USA Friday, taking home high jump bronze courtesy of a jump-off. Butts and four fellow competitors all cleared 1.80m/5-10.75 but with the least number of missed attempts, Butts was named the bronze medalist and earned her spot upon the stand.
The Pan American Sports Festival continues with the final day of track & field competition on Saturday. USATF will have a full recap of the day’s events after the meet’s conclusion.