The Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships kicked off on Friday in Edmonton. The first day of action featured the women’s Hammer throw and Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) leading the competition from start to finish for the win. Despite her firm grip on the lead, she was challenged up until the end. America’s Lena Giger, a freshman at Stanford University, came within two feet of Showalter with a personal best of 57.99 meters on her last attempt. This toss earned her silver over Colombia’s Myra Gaviria Maldonado. Sabrina Gaitan (Sprayberry, Marietta, Ga), representing Guatemala, was just inches off her season’s best and placed fourth. The meet continues throughout the weekend with the men’s hammer taking place Sunday morning.
2015 Panamerican Junior Track & Field Championships - 7/31/2015 Foote Field, Edmonton, AB Event 39 Women Hammer Junior =============================================================== Top 8 to Final WJR Leader: ^ 70.39m 5/23/2015 Reka GYURATZ, HUN JR World Rec: $ 73.24m 6/24/2005 Wenxiu ZHANG, CHN Meet Record: # 64.80m 2005 Arasay TONDIKE, CUB Name Year Team Finals =============================================================== 1 Haley Showalter 97 United States 58.45m 58.45m 58.19m 56.89m FOUL 57.06m FOUL 2 Lena Giger 96 United States 57.99m FOUL FOUL 54.33m FOUL 57.95m 57.99m 3 Mayra Gaviria Maldonado 97 Colombia 57.78m 55.19m FOUL FOUL 57.78m 56.18m 54.16m 4 Sabrina Denise Gaitán Ba 97 Guatemala 56.35m 53.12m FOUL 53.28m 55.58m 53.41m 56.35m 5 MARIA VICTORIA VILLA CAR 97 Mexico 55.72m 54.53m 54.20m 52.32m 55.72m 54.28m 49.46m 6 Yenni Elizabeth Mina Qui 97 Ecuador 55.36m FOUL 55.36m FOUL 51.65m 52.71m 54.24m 7 Danna Marcela Restrepo R 96 Colombia 54.39m FOUL FOUL 54.39m FOUL 53.96m 53.32m 8 Ana Lays Bayer 98 Brazil 53.79m FOUL 50.75m 52.71m 53.79m 52.13m FOUL 9 Natasha Akbarizadeh 96 Canada 51.70m 50.87m 51.70m 51.56m 10 Freshlian Luna 97 Puerto Rico 48.29m FOUL 48.29m FOUL 11 Tynelle Gumbs 96 British VI 39.60m FOUL 39.60m FOUL -- Cyerra Cassell 97 Canada FOUL