Two silver for Ja on final Pan Am Champs day
Jamaica picked up two more medals on yesterday's final day of competition of the 19th Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru, as Petersfield High's Kevin Nedrick and the Boys 4x400m relay team mined silver. The country ended the meet with seven medal - one gold, five silver, and one bronze - falling well short of the 13 medals picked up two years ago in Edmonton, Canada.
Following his bronze medal on Friday's opening day of the competition in the discus event, Nedrick gave the country its only individual medal yesterday with his second-place finish. He had a heave of 20.34m in the Boys Shot Put as Jordan Geist of the United States won the gold medal with a throw of 22.02m. This broke the championship record 20.36m, set in 2009 by fellow American Mason Finley. Geist's teammate, Adrian Piparu, picked up bronze with his third-place mark of 20.26m. Jamaica's Kyle Mitchell was fifth with 18.41m.
WORLD RECORD TIME
Like they did in the 4x100m relay the previous day, it was silver for Jamaica in the Boys 4x400m. The team of Shemar Chambers, Anthony Carpenter, Jauvaney James, and Christopher Taylor (in that running order) finished second in 3:03.77. The United States won the event in a world record time of 3:00.33 to erase their old mark of 3:01.09, done in 2004.
There were several other Jamaicans in action yesterday in individual events. They, however, failed to be among the medals with Nicolee Foster being the best of the lot, finishing fourth in the Girls 400m hurdles finals in 58.16 seconds. The United States' Brandee Johnson took gold in an impressive 56.65 seconds. Canada's Xahria Santiago finished second in 57.01 seconds as Johnson's teammate, Masai Russell, got third in 57.55 seconds.
In the Boys event, Jauvaney James ended fifth in 50.74 seconds. Quincy Hall of the United States won in 49.02 seconds, ahead of Fern·ndez Feliz of Mexico, second in 49.96 seconds. Third went to the United States' Cory Poole in 50.14 seconds.
Lushane Wilson ended sixth in the Boys High jump after clearing the bar at 2.13m. Akeen Colley, the other Jamaican who competed yesterday, failed to finish in the Boys 1500m, where Eric Van Der Els of the United States won in a Championships record of 3:43.16.