MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Team USA added to their medal tally on the last day of track & field at the Pan American Sports Festival at Jesus “Palillo” Martinez Stadium. The U.S. team earned a total of nine medal over the weekend, including two golds Saturday.
Nick Ross (Oceanside, California) got things started off strong in the men’s high jump, edging Jamal Wilson from the Bahamas for the win Saturday. Both Ross and Wilson cleared 2.26m/7-5 but the American won the jump-off to take gold in the event. Ross, just 23 and a seven-time All-American at Arizona, was one of the youngest competitors in the men’s high jump.
The throws continued to be a stellar discipline for Team USA in Mexico City, as Jordan Clarke (Anchorage, Alaska) nabbed the top podium spot in the men’s shot put, registering a mark of 20.57m/67-6 on his final attempt of the day. Clarke had already taken the lead in the event on his third throw and improved his mark again before his final toss of the day.
Olympians Craig Kinsley (Fairfield, Connecticut) and Sean Furey (Methuen, Massachusetts) each medaled in the men’s javelin, with Kinsley taking silver with his throw of 78.76m/258-5 and Furey earning bronze with his mark of 77.23m/253-4. Kinsley notched his best throw of the day on his second attempt of the preliminary round, while Furey utilized his fifth throw of the day Saturday to earn his podium spot.
Team USA at the Pan American Sports Festival - Track & Field
Gwen Berry - women’s hammer throw
Jordan Clarke - men’s shot put
Nick Ross - men’s high jump
Craig Kinsley - men’s javelin
Jared Schuurmans - men’s discus
Tynita Butts - women’s high jump
Sean Furey - men’s javelin
Brittany Smith - women’s hammer throw
Brittany Smith - women’s shot put