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Medal tally for Team USA reaches 17 on Day One of NACAC U-23 Championships


SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR -- Led by seven golds Friday, Team USA won 17 medals on the first day of action at the 2016 North American Central American Caribbean U-23 Championships at Estadio Nacional Jorge "El Mágico" Gonzalez in San Salvador.

University of Georgia’s Kendal Williams stormed to gold in the men’s 100m, easily winning in 10.23 despite a headwind of -0.9. Williams is set to continue his medal haul this weekend with an appearance in the men’s 4x100m up on Saturday.

Team USA started the day with a 1-2 finish in the women’s hammer throw, as Becky Famurewa and Monique Griffiths won gold and silver, respectively, courtesy of a 61.03m/200-3 toss by Famurewa on her final toss of the day. Griffiths led for most of the competition, taking the lead on her second throw of 60.21m/197-6 before relinquishing the gold to her compatriot, Famurewa.

The U.S. swept the top two spots in the both the women’s and men’s discus throw as well, as 2016 Olympian Shelbi Vaughan shattered the meet record with her toss of 57.20m/187-8. The previous record was set by USA’s Anna Jelmini in 2010 (56.70m). The silver medalist on the women’s side was Tera Novy, who had a best throw of 55.70m/182-9. On the men’s side, Brian Williams and Sam Mattis finished 1-2 with best marks of 58.00m/190-3 and 57.40m/188-4, respectively.

Henry Wynne and Thomas Awad both made the podium for the red, white and blue in the men’s 1500m, finishing with gold and bronze medals in 3:51.81 and 3:54.51, respectively. In the women’s 1500m, Mary Cain won silver in the women’s 1500m, finishing just behind Canada’s Jenna Westaway in 4:16.86. Cain is just coming off an appearance in the U.S. Olympic Trials 1500m final.

Devin King won the men’s pole vault after a battle with Jorge Luna of Mexico. The duo each cleared the same final height of 5.10m/16-8.75 but King had fewer misses to win the jumpoff.

In the 10,000m, Erik Peterson and Ian La Mere finished 1-2 to sweep the top two podium spots, with the compatriots crossing in 30:28.74 and 30:33.68, respectively.

Shayla Sanders won silver for Team USA in the women’s 100m, crossing in 11.52 for a photo finish with Sashalee Forbes of Jamaica. Forbes just edged Sanders for gold in 11.51.

Team USA took home two medals in the men’s long jump, as Jonathan Addison and KeAndre Bates secured silver and bronze with their leaps of 7.80m/25-7.25 and 7.77m/25-6 Friday.

Loretta Blaut medaled in the women’s high jump Friday, clearing 1.81m/5-11.25 to finish just behind Akela Jones of Barbados, who set a meet record with her mark of 1.91m/6-3.25.

The 2016 NACAC U-23 Championships continue on Saturday, July 16 and conclude on Sunday, July 17 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Fans can follow along with the action using #NACAC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The full Team USA roster can be found here and live results can be found here.

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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