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14th Pan American Junior Championships

Sao Paulo, Brazil

July 6-8, 2007

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Day 3 - Final Day Golden for Richardson, Knight, Dutch (again), Centrowitz - Cali women maintain jump domination as Ke'Nyia Richardson adds to her #2 all-time prep mark at 44-05.50 in TJ.  Johnny Dutch NC completes hurdle sweep with 400H triumph, Matt Centrowitz MD turns tables on future teammate AJ Acosta, Bianca Knight wins her 2nd international title ... but USA 4x400s settle for split and Tori Anthony suffers rare defeat - Day 3 Page

Day 2 - Golds for preps Henning, Nellum, Youngblood, Bryant - Walter Henning NY 229-03 HT, Bryshon Nellum 45.40 400, Jamesha Youngblood US#1 21-00 LJ, Luke Bryant 195-00 DT (jr. weight) top the medal stand for preps. US 4x1s also sweep. Tough loss for Jessica Beard OH in epic women's 400 - Day 2 Page -

Day 1 - Preps Pendleton, Dutch among 7 US Gold Medal winners - Emily Pendleton OH 161-00 DT and Johnny Dutch NC 13.46 110H. Other victories by collegians Lynne Layne 100, Nicole Blood 3k, Scott Roth PV, Nick Robinson DT, Kristi Castlin 100H - Day 1 Page -


Preview by SteveU

Thanks to Mirko Jalava and his world lists for contributing to this preview. You can find them at http://www.tilastopaja.org

Men’s Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

100/200/400 – The sprints have a great tradition in this meet, which has been contested every two years since 1980 (except when it went to odd years after 1986 to 1989). Past champions and medalists include Carl Lewis, Robson da Silva, Joe DeLoach, Calvin Smith (Sr.), Mike Marsh, Obadele Thompson, Ja’Warren Hooker, Dwight Thomas, and Usain Bolt, among others.

This year’s 100 features Jamaican sensation Yohan Blake (10.11) and American Rynell Parson, the TX soph who hit 10.23 at USATF but hadn’t “qualified’ for the World Youth meet. Collegian Arthur Wims (10.24. 2nd at USATF) and Trinidad’s Keston Bledman (10.14/10.05w) are other major medal contenders. The US hasn’t won 100 gold here since 1997.

The 200 is missing World Leader Bryshon Nellum CA (20.43), who is just in the 400, but Wims (20.61 best) could battle Panama’s Alonson Edwards (20.62) or Jamaica’s Ramone McKenzie (20.58) and Blake (20.62).

In the one-lapper, if you’re not Bryshon Nellum, forget about it. His 45.38, which is #2 globally behind non-participant LaJerald Betters, is the only sub-46 in the meet based on this year’s times.

Update - Rynell Parson was a late scratch and Shane Crawford IN is running in his place in the 100.

Relays – The US has won all but two of the golds in meet history in the 4x100. Wims and Crawford give them a good chance again, but watch for Jamaica. The US has also won 10 of the 13 4x400 golds, and Nellum and Robert Simmons should keep the dominance going.

Hurdles – With that stunning 13.15w at USATF, Brandon Ames WY is suddenly the favorite in the 110H, but Ryan Brathwaite BAR (13.42) and Keiron Stewart JAM (13.49) are the legal world leaders. Johnny Dutch NC (13.36w) is also another obvious medal contender. The USA (8) and Cuba (4) have taken all but one of the golds in this meet.

With USATF 400H winner William Wynne in the World Youth meet, runner-up Johnny Dutch has the 2nd best time (50.07) among eligibles, but if Omar Cisnero CUB (49.57) competes, he will be the fave. American collegian Jason Perez has a good shot, too, at a medal. The US has won 5 of the last 6 golds.

USA Medal forecast: Nellums is a heavy fave for gold. Wims and Crawford could at least get 2 medals between them, as should Dutch and Ames. US hopes for gold in both relays, but it won’t be easy.

Men’s Distances

800 – The USA has five wins here, but none of the last three. Entries are not available, but Jamaal James TRI appears to be the leading eligible athlete (1:47.00). Cory Primm CA would stand 2nd if he was competing, but he’s not. Collegian Jonathan Moore (1:50.21) is still a medal contender, depending on the pace. More often than not, a 1:50 is enough to win.

1500 – Oregon fr AJ Acosta (3:42.40) is 10th on the World Jr. list, but first among eligible athletes in this meet – only Ethiopians and Kenyans are ahead of him globally. Matt Centrowitz is obviously right there, too, given his 4:03 mile PR. Americans have won six times here, but not since 1999. The meet record is just 3:45.72, set by Mike Woods CAN in 2005.

3k ST – If Ryan McDermott NY can hit is 9:08 PR, he will be in the medal hunt. The top eligible is Cuba’s Osmany Calzado (8:56.87), but no one else has beaten Ryan’s time.

5000/10000 – For former champs in the 5k, how about Arturo Barrios MEX in the first edition of the 5k in the meet and Galen Rupp four years ago. Two years ago, it took just 14:55.17 for Daniel Nunn USA to win. The USA also has 3 of the last 4 10k champs.

This time around, the USA has Elliott Heath MN and Kenny Klotz OR, both who have strong kicks. Klotz’s PR 14:07.78 5k is best among eligible athletes, even though just #22 in the world. He’s also the 10k leader (#14 overall) at 29:50.26. The 10k has been run 9 times here, just twice under 30:00. The weather won’t actually be that bad for distance running, with daily highs expected in the upper 70s.

10k Walk – The USA will be hard-pressed to medal. Top eligible is Mauricio Arteaga ECU at 42:35.

USA Medal Forecast – Team USA should score 2 medals in the 1500, one in the 3k ST, and at least two in the 5k/10k.

Men’s Field

Jumps – The USA hasn’t won since 1999 in the PV, but that should change with DyeStat alums Scott Roth and Jordan Scott, the top two eligibles in the world (#2 and #5 overall in world). The HJ is a different story, with the US having the top 3 eligible jumpers, but unfortunately none will be here. So Jamaal Wilson BAH, the Golden South champ, is the favorite at 7-03.

In the long jump, Cuba has 26-01.50 stud Oslay Vilches, who is #3 in the world. Sadly, super prep soph Marquise Goodwin TX will be neither here or at World Youth. In the TJ, world leader Yordanis Duranona could extend Cuba’s winning streak in the event to four meets, but US collegian Zuheir Sharif is a good medal threat.

Throws – The situation in the throws looks very good, led by (who else?) Walter Henning NY. He leads the world in the 6 kg. jr. hammer, and all those anywhere near him are Eastern Europeans. Collegian Nick Robinson is the top eligible for the jr. weight shot, with Michael Putman FL behind him. The USA has won five shot titles in a row.

The discus should also be in good hands for the USA with Luke Bryant KS having the top mark with 193-03 at USATF. The jav finds collegian Chris Hill 2nd only to Victor Fatecha PAR among eligibles.

Deca – Cuban Yordanis Garcia and American Nick Adcock should be the top two seeds here.

USA Medal Forecast – Americans should score multiple medals in the PV and throws. No US entry in the throws, PV, or multis should leave without one.

Women’s Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

100/200/400 – The sprints will be fun, as always. Bianca Knight’s victory in the USATF 200 (22.93w) bodes well; if she’s still on top of her game, she has a great chance to win. So does collegian Lynne Layne, the USATF 100 winner at 11.31. But both could be battling Jamaican star Samantha Henry (11.21/22.84), so we’ll see.

The 400 could be terrific, with Jessica Beard OH (51.63) going for her first international title against Jamaican Bobbygaye Wilkins and some top Cubans. The last two titles have gone to USA heroes Stephanie Smith and Natasha Hastings. No one has ever broken 52 in this meet.

Relays – Hard to predict, but the USA should be right in the hunt. They’ve won two straight at both 4x100 and 4x400. Knight, Layne, and Beard will all be tough to beat. Jamaica and Cuba will always be there.

Hurdles – With VA Tech stars (and world jr. 1-2) Kristi Castlin and Queen Harrison, the USA is equipped to perhaps destroy the meet records (13.38) in the 100H here and should completely dominate, though both ladies have had a long year. World Jr. 400H leader Harrison is also in that event, and, with USATF runner-up Ryann Krais PA going for World Youth, it’s Jacquelyn Coward with her. Coward could have Janiel Bellille TRI and Elaine Paixao BRA to fight with for the silver.

USA Medal Forecast – There will definitely be some medals, but which color and how many is the question. For the preps, look for Knight in the 200 for at least silver, and Beard in the 400 for gold or silver; for the collegians, the sure bets are the hurdlers. There will be relay medals, as long as we hold on to the baton.

Women’s Distances

800 – Chanelle Price PA, #2 in the world, is in the World Youths, so collegian Latavia Thomas (2:03.89) and prep Sarah Cocco CO (2:05.70) will battle for medals. Their toughest rivals will likely be Caitlin Bailey CAN (2:05.18) and Juana Mendex CUB (2:05.48). The USA took 1-2 with Becca Noble and Heidi Magill two years ago.

1500/3k/5k/3k ST - Sarah Bowman and Erin Bedell went 1-2 in 2005, but this time our 1-2 are running at World Youth (Jordan Hasay) or resting (Danielle Tauro). Still, collegian Jessica Pixler (4:19.81) is in a good position to go for the win. While she’s 19th overall on the world junior list, U. of Oregon freshman Nicole Blood is the top seed in the 3k and is in great shape to win a title.

Blood was 2nd in the 5k in 2005; now Nebraska prep Emily Sisson, just a freshman last year, is in a position to contend. Yurislaidis Fuentes of Cuba has the top time of 16:36.23 among eligibles. Kauren Tarver CA has one of the best 3k steeple times among eligibles, but Danelle Woods’ (6:38.47 2k ST) is likely to win the gold for CAN, if she’s here.

USA Medal Forecast – A bit harder to figure, but look for Thomas and Blood to have the best chances.

Women’s Field

Jumps – Team USA members won the first four golds in the PV before 2005 and Tori Anthony CA should return the Americans to the top of the podium. She’s #4 in the world and top seed here, with Canadian Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier likely her toughest challenger. Lesyanis Mayor of Cuba at 6-00.50 is the top HJ eligible; Patience Coleman NC would need to return to top form to contend.

As great at Ke’Nyia Richardson CA is, she will likely face a tough battle in the brutal triple jump. Cuban Dailenis Alcantara is the world leader at a sick 46-07.50 and her teammate Yanisleidis Hodelin is at 44-06.25. Ke’Nyia has done 44-04 legal and 45-04 windy, so she is definitely in the hunt. Jamaican Francine Simpson is the top LJ eligible at 21-04.25, but American Jamesha Youngblood CA is seeded 2nd.

Throws – Emily Pendleton OH is #4 in the world in the DT and a strong favorite here. Team USA has 7 straight wins here and only the US and Cuba have ever won gold in this event. The US string of 6 straight shot titles could be in jeopardy. Cuban Liana Osorio is the top eligible, with Nneka Ugochukwu of the US 2nd, but a few feet back.

The Cubans have the top three hammer throwers, and should dominate there. Yanet Cruz CUB is the top seed and #2 in the world in the javelin.

Hept – USC freshman Shana Woods is #7 in the world and leads entrants here; look for her to run away with the gold.

USA Medal Forecast – Woods, Pendleton and Anthony are all great bets for gold, with Youngblood and Richardson right in the hunt, too.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 6, 2007
9:00 a.m. 100m men decathlon
9:30 100m Hurdles women semifinal
9:45 Long Jump men decathlon
9:50 110m Hurdles men semifinal
10:15 100m men 1st round
11:00 Shot Put men decathlon
1:45 p.m. 100m Hurdles women final
1:50 Discus Throw women final
1:55 High Jump men decathlon
2:00 110m Hurdles men final
2:05 Pole Vault men final
2:15 100m women semifinal
2:20 Long Jump men final
2:30 400m women semifinal
2:45 400m men semifinal
3:00 Shot Put men final
3:05 800m women semifinal
3:30 800m men semifinal
3:45 400m men decathlon
3:50 Javelin Throw men final
4:00 3000m women final
4:15 5000m men final
4:35 100m women final
Saturday, July 7, 2007
8:45 a.m. 10,000m Race Walk women final
10:00 110m Hurdles men decathlon
10:15 100m Hurdles women heptathlon
10:45 Discus Throw men decathlon
11:00 High Jump women heptathlon
11:15 400m Hurdles women semifinal
11:30 400m Hurdles men semifinal
12:00 p.m. Pole Vault men decathlon
12:30 Hammer Throw men final
3:00 Long Jump women final
3:00 Discus Throw men final
3:05 Shot Put women heptathlon
3:10 100m men semifinal
3:30 400m women final
3:45 400m men final
3:45 High Jump men final
4:00 200m women heptathlon
4:20 3000m Steeplechase women final
4:30 Javelin Throw men decathlon
5:00 Shot Put women final
4:40 100m men final
4:55 800m women final
5:10 800m men final
5:25 10,000m men final
Sunday, July 8, 2007
8:30 a.m. Hammer Throw women final
8:40 Long Jump women heptathlon
8:45 200m women semifinal
9:05 200m men semifinal
9:25 400m Hurdles women final
9:30 High Jump women final
9:30 Pole Vault women final
9:45 400m Hurdles men final
10:00 10,000m Race Walk men final
10:00 Javelin Throw women final
10:10 Triple Jump women final
10:20 Javelin Throw women heptathlon
11:00 800m women heptathlon
11:20 200m women final
11:35 200m men final
11:50 1500m women final
12:05 p.m. 1500m men final
12:00 Triple Jump men final
12:20 3000m Steeplechase men final
12:40 4x100m Relay women final
12:55 4x100m Relay men final
1:05 5000m women final
1:30 4x400m Relay women final
1:45 4x400m Relay men final