The number one and two ranked high school girls swept the first two spots at the Pan American Junior Championships on Friday with LSU freshman Karen Henning taking the final spot on the podium. After some rain delays, high School record holder Shelby Ashe (St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA) struggled through the first few rounds and found herself in just third place entering the finals. However, she took the lead on her fourth attempt and then improved to 59.25m (194-05) on her last attempt to secure gold. Daina Levy (Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw, GA), Ashe’s training partner and teammate with the Throw1Deep throwing club, took second place for Jamaica with a throw of 55.79m (183-00). Henning’s best was 54.18m (177-09). The Pan American Championships showcases up to two junior (under-20) throwers per country from the Carribean, North America, Central America, and South America. The meet will run through Sunday, when the junior men’s final will take place.
2011 Pan American Jr. Championships - 7/22/2011 to 7/24/2011 Ansin Sports Complex Miramar, Florida Women Hammer Throw ========================================================================== Name Age Team Finals ========================================================================== 1 Ashe, Shelby 18 United State 59.25m 194-05 53.06m FOUL FOUL 57.86m FOUL 59.25m 2 Levy, Adaira 18 Jamaica 55.79m 183-00 49.13m 49.52m 55.79m FOUL 54.71m FOUL 3 Henning, Karen 19 United State 54.18m 177-09 FOUL 53.74m FOUL 48.33m FOUL 54.18m 4 Gomez, Daniela 17 Argentina 52.33m 171-08 FOUL 48.60m FOUL 50.89m 49.73m 52.33m 5 Marcelino, Mariana 19 Brazil 51.77m 169-10 FOUL FOUL 51.77m FOUL 50.94m FOUL 6 Kennedy, Samantha 18 Canada 51.65m 169-05 47.03m 49.02m 51.65m FOUL 49.72m FOUL 7 Franke-Kuhn, Joanna 19 Canada 50.02m 164-01 FOUL FOUL 50.02m FOUL 49.79m 49.97m 8 Ibarra Herrera Jr., Yara 18 Mexico 47.56m 156-00 47.54m 46.03m 47.12m 45.61m 47.56m FOUL 9 Avila, Constanza 16 Chile 47.43m 155-07 46.60m FOUL 47.43m 10 Vasquez Univazo, Ana Mar 16 Peru 44.22m 145-01 FOUL 44.22m 42.19m -- Enriquez Prado, Eudelia 18 Peru FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL