Battle of the Western Hemisphere

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Canada is going to become a hot-bed of athletics activity, as the country will be hosting the Pan-American Games in Toronto and the Pan-American Junior Games in Edmonton later this month.  The Pan-American Games is the third largest athletics competition, rivaling only the Olympics and the Asian Games, as 41 countries within the Western Hemisphere send their athletes to participate in the competition.  Some of these athletes will be HepsNation members.

Team USA will have the largest HepsNation contingent in the senior competition, as six athletes – lead by 2015 USA Champ Sean Furey – will be representing the red-white-and-blue.  Joining Furey will be Liz Costello in the women’s 10km, Sarah Cummings in the women’s marathon, Ashley Higginson in the women’s steeplechase, Kyle Merber in the men’s 1500m, and Conor McCullough in the men’s hammer throw.

Other Ivies will be representing other Caribbean nations – Jamaica will feature Damon McLean (triple jump) and Nicky Grant (hammer throw) in their iconic yellow and green, while Samyr Laine (triple jump) will proudly be wearing the red and blue colors of Haiti.

We do know of some juniors to will be competing in Edmonton.  Cornell’s Taysia Radoslav will continue to race in red and white (with a bit more black) this summer as she will represent Team Canada in the junior women 400m hurdles.  She won the Canadian junior title this past weekend in 59.51 (editor’s note – if Radoslav ran in the senior final, she would have finished 6th with that time).

UPDATE (7/16/15) – Team USA announced their junior roster, which includes USATF Junior Champ Josie Natrasevschi (Brown) in the discus and rising Ivy freshmen Erin Dietz (Harvard) in the 3,000m and Adam Kelly (Princeton) in the hammer throw.  Joining Radoslav on Team Canada is Dartmouth’s Allison Frantz – she competed in the open high jump at the Canadian Junior Nationals, but she will be heading to Edmonton to represent Team Canada in the heptathlon.

The track and field portions for the senior competition will take place on July 21st to 25th, while the junior competition is set for July 31st to August 2nd.

photo from Toronto 2015 Pan Am’s Facebook page

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