USC Wins 3 More Gold Medals & A Bronze At Pan Am Juniors|
Aug. 2, 2015
Randall Cunningham won the men's high jump gold medal, Deanna Hill won gold with the women's 4x100m relay, Kendall Ellis won gold with the women's 4x400m relay and Robert Ford earned bronze in the men's 800m race during the final day of the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletic Championships in Edmonton, Canada today (Aug. 2). During the three day competition of athletes 19 and under from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean Islands, USC athletes earned five gold medals and two bronze medals.
Cunningham's winning clearance was 7-1.00 (2.16m) which he cleared in his first attempt. Luis Enrique Zayas Fernandez of Cuba cleared the height in his third attempt, but neither competitor cleared the next height of 7-2.25 (2.19m) to give Cunningham the title and gold medal on misses. Cunningham passed up to 6-10.75 (2.10m) and cleared that in his first attempt, before taking two attempts to clear 6-11.75 (2.13m). He then was the only competitor to clear 7-1.00 on his first attempt. Fernandez had four misses up to the final height.
Hill added to her 200m gold by anchoring Team USA to the 4x100m relay title with a time of 43.79. The second place team from Jamaica was over a half-second behind with a time of 44.31. USA's 43.79 time was .09 seconds off the current world junior leading time of 43.70 set by Germany in June.
Kendall Ellis ran the third leg of USA's winning 4x400m relay which clocked 3:31.49 to win the gold medal. That time is the current junior world-leading time, beating the previous best by nearly three seconds. Ellis, who won a bronze medal in the open 400m race on July 31, was credited with a 53.02 split.
Ford took third in a close men's 800m final with a time of 1:48.90 to earn the bronze medal. Carlton Orange, also of the U.S., won the gold medal with a time of 1:48.06 and Robert Heppenstall of Canada took the silver medal with a time of 1:48.70. Ford advanced out of the prelims yesterday with a time of 1:50.42 which was fourth in his heat and seventh overall.