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Team USA earns 19 medals with two meet records at NACAC U-23s

KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- The second day of NACAC U-23 Championships at Hillside Stadium on the campus of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., Canada, saw Team USA achieve similar success with two additional meet records, 11 golds, five silvers and three bronzes contributing to an overall, two-day tally of 44 medals.
The men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams ended the day on an exciting note as Americans won gold in both races.

The women’s team of Cierra White (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Texas Tech, Katie Wise (Morgantown, Indiana) of Indiana State, Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Florida) of the University of Florida and Octavious Freeman (Lake Wales, Florida) finished with a time of 43.89 before the men’s team of Remontay McClain(Victorville, California) of Azusa Pacific, Aaron Ernest (New Orleans, Louisiana), of LSU, Christopher Royster (Conyers, Georgia) of the University of South Carolina and Diondre Batson (Sacramento, California) of the University of Alabama finished for first in 38.47.
In the women’s  3,000m steeplechase, Rachel Johnson (Plano, Texas) of Baylor ran her way to a gold medal and a NACAC U-23 meet record of 9:46.79. Johnson initiated an aggressive pace from the first three laps with two Canadian competitors close on her heels. The gap increased as the race progressed, and Johnson finished almost nine seconds ahead of her closest international competitor. American Courtney Frerichs (Nixa, Missouri) of Missouri-Kansas City finished fourth with a time of 10:10.51.
Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) of Arkansas also set a meet record in women’s pole vault, clearing 4.40m/14-5.25 to defeat her closest opposition by almost two feet.
Michael Shuey (Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania) of Penn State had a breakout performance in men’s javelin, throwing 76.02m/249-5 to break school record and to win the gold. His best throw up to this point was 72.69m/238-6.
Taylor Ellis-Watson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Arkansas broke stagger early in the women’s 400 meters, when she took the lead on the back straightaway before heading into the final curve with Allison Peter from the U.S. Virgin Islands gaining. Ellis-Watson pushed hard on final stretch to finish in second place with a time of 52.05. Fellow American Brianna Nelson (Greenville, South Carolina) of the University of Texas was third in 52.95.
Pittsburgh Panther Brycen Spratling (Webster, New York) also broke stagger early in the men's 400m, commanding his place in the front as he entered the third turn. Spratling's stride was untouchable as he finished in 45.18 for the gold medal. Vernon Norwood of LSU  finished in 45.56 for a close third place and the bronze medal.
Thrower Kelsey Card (Plainville, Illinois) of the University of Wisconsin ended the meet with two of a kind after winning gold in discus on Day One and topping the podium again on Day Two with a shot put toss of 17.32m/56-10. Iowa States's Christina Hillman (Dover, Delaware) earned silver with a throw of 17.25m/56-7.25.
Tori Franklin (Westmont, Illinois) of Michigan State won gold in women’s triple jump with her wind legal leap of 13.42m/44-0.5. Team USA’s Ellie Ewere’s jump of 12.80m/42-0 won bronze in the event.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Vincent Wyatt (Atlanta, Georgia) of Radford University set a PR, crossing in a windy 13.55 (2.1) to improve by .05 seconds and earn the silver medal. U.S. teammate Freddie Crittenden (Utica, Michigan) of Syracuse finished in fourth with his time of 13.89.
Approaching Day Two in heptathlon, Team USA’s Brittany Howell (Wyncote, Pennsylvania) of Penn State with 3,362 points and Quintunya Chapman (Hinesville, Georgia) of the University of Georgia with 3,358 were in first and second place. Chapman won bronze at the conclusion of all events today with 5,332 points. Howell ended the day in fifth with 5,219.
In decathlon, Soloman Ijah (Murieta, California) of Eastern Michigan University sits in second place after the opening five events with his score of 2,826 points. Ijah placed first in shot put with a throw of 14.07m/46- 2 and was second in the 100m, 400m, and high jump. Kale Wolken (Tecumseh, Nebraska) of Doane College ended the day with 2,145 points.
The competition continues Sunday at 8 a.m. PST with decathlon 100mH. Click here for complete results.
Note: Some results were not available at the time of this release.
Team USA’s Medal Count
Gold (11)
Brycen Spratling, men’s 400m, (45.18)
*Rachel Johnson, women’s 3,000m steeplechase (9:46.79)  Meet Record
Fawn Miller, women’s javelin
*Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault (4.40m/14-5.25) Meet Record
Michael Shuey, men’s javelin (72.69m/238-6)
Kelsey Card, women’s shot put (17.32m/56-10)
Tori Franklin, women’s triple jump (13.42m/44-0.5)
LeTristan Pledger, women’s 100mH (13.04w)
Margo Malone, women’s 10,000m
Women’s 4x100m relay team (43.89)   
Cierra White, Katie Wise, Ebony Eutsey, Octavious Freeman 

Men’s 4x100m relay team (38.47)
Remontay McClain, Aaron Ernest, Christopher Royster, Diondre Batson
Silver (5)
Taylor Ellis-Watson, women’s 400m (52.05)
Vincent Wyatt , men’s 110mH (13.55w)
Christina Hillman, women’s shot put (17.25m/56-7.25)
Hannah Carson, women’s javelin
Christopher Bendtsen, men’s 5,000m (15:17.80)
Bronze (3)
Briana Nelson, women’s 400m (52.95)
Vernon Norwood, men’s 400m (45.56)
Ellie Ewere, women’s triple jump (12.80m/42-0)


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