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Young talent to shine at Pan Am Juniors in Edmonton

7/30/2015
 
TORONTO -- Team USA will feature 87 young athletes, competing at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, from July 31-Aug. 2. 
 
Highlighting the roster are seven World Junior medalists, four World Youth medalists and three athletes who are participating in their second international event of the year, coming off of World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
 
Siblings Randall and Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) take on the high jump after both finished top in the event at USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene in June. The elder, Randall, cleared 2.20m/7-2.5, while sister Vashti made her highest clearance at 1.84m/6-0.5.
 
World Junior medalists include Teahna Daniels, who ran the 100 meters in 11.24 at the qualifying event and pole vault silver medalist Desiree Freier, who competed for Team USA last summer in Eugene, Oregon. Freier cleared an American Junior record 4.45m/14-7.25 for second place at the World Junior Championships and was second at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships this year. Olivia Baker (South Orange, New Jersey), last year’s world junior bronze medalist in the 400m, is in the pool for the 4x400m relay.
 
Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina), a World Juniors silver medalist in shot put, had a stellar freshman year at Southern Illinois University, where she became an NCAA indoor and outdoor champion. She won the USATF Juniors and was eighth in the senior meet.
 
Dior Hall (Denver, Colorado) of USC set a World Junior record of 12.74 in the 100m hurdles to finish third at the NCAA Championships in June, and was a silver medalist at the World Juniors in 2014.
 
World Juniors decathlon sixth-placer Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tennessee) will also compete at the event after a fourth-place NCAA finish as a freshman at Stanford. Captain of the World Juniors team in Eugene, Kenny Selmon (Mableton, Georgia) became an ACC runner-up and NCAA semifinalist this year as a freshman at North Carolina.
 
Following a short stop in the U.S. after competing at World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, medalists Sophia Rivera (Brentwood, Missouri) and Norman Grimes (Canyon, Texas) along with teammate Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, Rhode Island) head to Edmonton. Rivera won silver in shot put and Grimes won gold in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. 
 
At the USATF Juniors, John Maurins (Mentor, Ohio) of Wake Forest shattered the American Junior record in the shot put with a throw of 21.90m/71-10.25. Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) won the NCAA 800m title with a 1:59.71 and was the 2013 World Youth bronze medalist.
 
In the 10 km race walk, Anali Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois) and Katie Michta (Nesconset, New York) will don the red, white and blue.
 
Fans can join the conversation by following USATF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and using the hashtag  #PanAmJrs.
 
Click here for the complete schedule and results. The event will also be webcast here live, once the competition begins.
 
Pan American Junior Championships - Team USA roster
 
Last Name First Name Hometown Event
Alcorta Caroline Springfield, VA 5000 Meters
Allen William Marietta, GA 4x400m
Baker Olivia Maplewood, NJ 4x400m
Bartel Landon Ashland, MO High Jump
Bates KeAndre El Paso, Texas Long Jump
Benavides Paulo El Paso, Texas Pole Vault
Brisco Mikiah Baton Rouge, LA 4x100m
Cameron Lloydricia Miami, FL Discus Throw
Christen Hannah Burke, VA 3000m SC
Cisneros Anali Elgin, IL 10km RW
Clark Ryan College Park, GA 200 Meters, 4x100m
Cockrell Anna Waxhaw, NC 400m Hurdles, 4x400m
Colantonio Robert Barrington, RI Hammer Throw
Coleman Christian Atlanta, GA 100 Meters, 4x100m
Collier Reonna Piedmont Hills, CA 400m Hurdles, 4x400m
Corrin Courtney Playa Vista, CA Long Jump
Cunningham Randall Las Vegas, NV High Jump
Cunningham Vashti Las Vegas, NV High Jump
Daniels Teahna Orlando, FL 100 Meters, 4x100m
Dietz Erin Bedford, MA 3000 Meters
Ellis Kendall Pembroke Pines, FL 400 Meters, 4x400m
Farmer Kayli Aztec, NM Javelin
Feeny Sarah Ogden, UT 1500 Meters
Florent Alexandria Los Angeles, CA High Jump
Ford Robert San Antonio, Texas 800 Meters
Freier Desiree Ft. Worth, TX Pole Vault
Gaines Ayiana South Bend, IN 4x400m
Geberkidane Cerake Denver, CO 5000 Meters
Giger Lena Highland, IL Hammer Throw
Gillespie Cravon Pasadena, CA 4x100m
Golden Zola LaGrangeville, NY 400 Meters, 4x400m
Grimes Norman Canyon, TX 400m Hurdles, 4x400m
Hall Dior Denver, CO 100m Hurdles
Haney Blake Bakersfield, CA 1500 Meters
Harris Alexandra Stony Point, NY 3000m SC
Haught Cameron Hickory, NC 10km RW
Henderickson Connor Southlake, TX 10,000 Meters
Hill DeAnna Orlando, FL 200 Meters, 4x100m
Hinton Kaylee Wylie, TX Heptathlon
Hobbs Aleia New Orleans, LA 100 Meters, 4x100m
Howell Jacklyn Raleigh, NC 100m Hurdles
Jackson Hanna Sulphur, LA 4x100m
Kearney Gabrielle Roseburg, OR Javelin
Kelly Adam Barrington, RI Hammer Throw
Kemp Demek Moroe, GA 4x100m
Kerley Mylik Taylor, TX 400 Meters, 4x400m
Lamb Cordell Miami Gardens, FL 400 Meters, 4x400m
Lyles Noah Gainesville, FL 100 Meters, 200 Meters, 4x100m
Maton Matthew Bend, OR 5000 Meters
Maurins John Mentor, OH Shot Put
Michta Katie Nesconset, NY 10km RW
Mirabelli Christopher Lumberton, NJ Javelin
Moore Nathaniel Fremont, CA Long Jump, Triple Jump
Morris Marquis Pittsburg, CA 110m Hurdles
Murphy Kate Burke, VA 1500 Meters
Natrasevschi Josephine Fort Collins, CO Discus Throw
Obikudu Chineme Dallas, Texas Triple Jump
Ogundeji Ayomidotun San Diego, CA Shot Put
Okoronkwo Chinne Lynnwood, WA Triple Jump
Orange Carlton Memphis, TN 800 Meters
Otterdahl Payton Rosemount, MN Discus Throw
Peters Anthony Davenport, IA 10km RW
Pollard Brandon Sisters, OR 1500 Meters
Poole Quintaveon Tennille, GA 4x400m
Powell Leon Kennedale, TX 4x100m
Ranke Tyler Rochester, NY 3000m SC
Reddy Rachel Mountain Brook, AL 5000 Meters
Rivera Sophia Brentwood, MO Shot Put
Rogers Raevyn Houston, TX 800 Meters
Roth Bailey Colorado Springs, CO 3000m SC
Samuels Samiyah Houston, TX Long Jump
Saunders Raven Charleston, SC Shot Put
Selmon Kenny Mableton, GA 400m Hurdles, 4x400m
Showalter Haley Denver, CO Hammer Throw
Smith Caitland Pelham, AL 200 Meters, 4x100m
Stauber Ruby Plymouth, MN 800 Meters
Stevens Sara Kathryn New Braunfels, TX Pole Vault
Thompson Curtis Florence, NJ Javelin
Toliver Travis Houston, TX Decathlon
Tuufuli Reno Las Vegas, NV Discus Throw
Viltz Misana Long Beach, CA 110m Hurdles
Warren John Prince George, VA Triple Jump
Weaverling Chase Darnestown, MD 10,000 Meters
Whitman Jill St. Louis, MO 3000 Meters
Williams Harrison Memphis, TN Decathlon
Wyatt Audie Huntsville, TX Pole Vault
Zamzow Ashtin Goliad, TX Heptathlon



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