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Team USATF excels at 2019 Pan American U20 Championships, set three U20 world records


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Team USATF rose above the competition at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. The team set three pending U20 world records and won 50 medals, 21 gold. 


The team of Arian Smith, Justin Ofotan, Marcellus Moore and Matthew Boling ran 38.62 to win the men’s 4x100m relay. The group set a new U20 world record, surpassing the previous record set by Team USATF in 2018.


The women followed the precedent of the men and set a new world record of their own in the 4x400m relay. Pan American 400m silver medalist, Alexis Holmes was the lead off leg, followed by Kimberly Harris and Ziyah Holman. Pan American 400m gold medalist Kayla Davis anchored the women to a time of 3:24.04, beating the record set be Team USATF in 2004.


Boling returned to run the second leg on the men’s 4x400m relay. He was joined by Frederick Lewis, Matthew Moorer and Pan American 400m gold medalist, Justin Robinson. Robinson anchored the team to a world record of 2:29.30. The previous record was set by Team USATF in 2017 with a time of 3:00.33. 


Boling made history of his own at the Games with his gold medal efforts in the 100m and 200m with new personal bests of 10.11 and 20.31. He became the first man in 20 years to win both events at the championships. The University of Georgia sprinter also became the first athlete to ever win four gold medals in a single Pan-American championship. 


Lanae-Tava Thomas and Jayda Eckford led the competition in the women’s 200m. Thomas took home the title in 22.80, while Eckford grabbed silver running 23.04.


In the men’s pole vault, Branson Ellis jumped for gold. He cleared 5.35m/17-6.5 for a dominant win over the field. Max Mason held on to third place with a clearance of 5.15m/16-10.75.


Team USATF swept the gold in the men’s and women’s hurdles. Jasmine Jones was just shy of her personal best, winning the gold in 13.20. Eric Edwards Jr. and Tai Brown went 1-2 in the men’s 110m hurdles. Edwards won the gold with 13.11 and Brown followed, crossing the finish line in 13.36. 


Tzuriel Pedigo won the men’s javelin on his final attempt of the competition. Pedigo threw a new personal best of 76.95m/252-2 to claim the Pan American title. 


Toyota USATF Indoor champion Athing Mu took home the title in the women’s 800m. Mu led the race from start to finish, crossing the finish line in 2:05.50. Fellow Team USATF member, Morgan Foster placed third in the event with a 2:07.96.


Team USATF came away with two additional medals in the women’s high jump. Sanaa Barnes won gold with a clearance of 1.83m/6-0 and Shelby Tyler placed third, clearing 1.78m/5-10. 

In the men’s 10,000m, Daniel Kilrea and Nicholas Yanek dominated over the field. Kilrea captured the gold, running 30:49.45. In a close finish for second, Yanek held on for the silver medal with a time of 31:06.06.

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Denise Spann

USATF Communications Intern

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