Stellar Group of T&F Collegians To Compete at Pan Am Games
NEW ORLEANS – When the track & field portion of the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto gets underway in earnest next Tuesday, July 21, many of the stars of this past collegiate track & field season will be out in full force.
A combined 71 collegians who competed during the 2015 season will represent 13 different nations in "the world’s third-largest international multi-sport games," as described by the official Pan-Am Games website. Since 1951, the Games have been held every four years during the summer prior to the Olympic Games.
The United States has the largest contingent with 20 athletes making the trip up north, followed by 16 on Team Canada, and eight apiece from the Bahamas and Jamaica.
Dual NCAA Champions Andre De Grasse and Bowerman Trophy finalist Shawn Barber lead the Canadian contingent. De Grasse had a breakthrough NCAA Outdoor Championships with a sweep of the 100- and 200-meter titles, while Barber won the pole vault both indoors and out – the former with a collegiate record height.
The Americans will be represented by a host of NCAA Champions.
Shamier Little of Texas A&M enters as the world-leader and American champion in the 400-meter hurdles, leading a group of American women that includes five NCAA Champions. Also heading to Toronto are long jump champion Quanesha Burks of Alabama, indoor 200-meter champ Kyra Jefferson of Florida, outdoor pole vault champ & Bowerman Trophy Finalist Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin and hammer champ DeAnna Price of Southern Illinois.
For the men, Conor McCullough of Southern California (hammer) and Buffalo’s Jonathan Jones (shot put) won throws titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Jeron Robinson of Texas A&M-Kingsville took the NCAA DII high jump title.
More collegiate champions heading to Toronto include outdoor women’s high jump champ Jeannelle Scheper of South Carolina (St. Lucia), outdoor women’s heptathlon champion Akela Jones of Kansas State (Barbados), outdoor NCAA DII women’s 400-meter hurdles champ Tia-Adana Belle of Saint Augustine’s (Barbados), NJCAA DI men’s shot put & discus champion Eldred Henry of Central Arizona College (British Virgin Islands) and NJCAA DI women’s 400-meter champion Chrisann Gordon of South Plains (Jamaica).
The full list of competitors from all 13 nations can be found below. As more countries announce their rosters, the USTFCCCA will post updated lists. Additions to this list can be submitted to USTFCCCA Director of Communications Kyle Terwillegar at email@example.com.
About the Pan Am Games
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
MEN – 2015 Collegians at Pan Am Games
Listed alphabetically by country, and then last name.
|Bahamas||Latario Collie, Texas A&M||Junior||Triple Jump|
|Bahamas||Johnathan Farquarshon, Abilene Christian||Senior|
|Bahamas||Shavez Hart, Texas A&M||Senior||100 Meters|
|Bahamas||Shavez Hart, Texas A&M||Senior||200 Meters|
|Bahamas||Shavez Hart, Texas A&M||Senior||4×100 Meter Relay|
|Bahamas||Teray Smith, Auburn||Junior|
|Bahamas||Lester Taylor, Fordham||Senior||800 Meters|
|Barbados||Burkheart Ellis, Saint Augustine’s||Junior|
|British Virgin Islands||Eldred Henry, Central Arizona College||Sophomore||Shot Put|
|British Virgin Islands||Eldred Henry, Central Arizona College||Sophomore||Discus Throw|
|Canada||Shawn Barber, Akron||Junior||Pole Vault|
|Canada||Johnathan Cabral, Oregon||Senior||110-Meter Hurdles|
|Canada||Joshua Cunningham, Johnson C. Smith||Junior||400 Meters|
|Canada||Andre De Grasse, Southern California||Junior||100 Meters|
|Canada||Andre De Grasse, Southern California||Junior||200 Meters|
|Canada||Raymond Dykstra, Kentucky||Senior||Javelin Throw|
|Canada||Evan Karakolis, Rice||Junior||Javelin Throw|
|Canada||Brandon McBride, Mississippi State||Junior||800 Meters|
|Canada||Brendon Rodney, LIU-Brooklyn||Senior||200 Meters|
|Grenada||Peyton Hazzard, Virginia||Senior||400 Meters|
|Grenada||Bralon Taplin, Texas A&M||Senior||400 Meters|
|Grenada||Lindon Victor, Texas A&M||Sophomore||Decathlon|
|Jamaica||Jonathan Reid, Florida State||Senior||Triple Jump|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Dan-Neil Telesford, Wiley||Junior|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Steve Waithe, Penn State||Senior||Triple Jump|
|United States||Jacob Blankenship, Tennessee||Junior||Pole Vault|
|United States||Marcus Chambers, Oregon||Sophomore||4×400 Meter Relay|
|United States||Darrell Hill, Penn State||Senior||Shot Put|
|United States||Jonathan Jones, Buffalo||Senior||Shot Put|
|United States||BeeJay Lee, Southern California||Senior||100 Meters|
|United States||BeeJay Lee, Southern California||Senior||200 Meters|
|United States||BeeJay Lee, Southern California||Senior||4×100 Meter Relay|
|United States||Conor McCullough, Southern California||Senior||Hammer Throw|
|United States||Clayton Murphy, Akron||Sophomore||800 Meters|
|United States||Jeron Robinson, Texas A&M-Kingsville||Junior||High Jump|
|United States||Kendal Williams, Florida State||Freshman||4×100 Meter Relay|
WOMEN – 2015 Collegians at Pan Am Games
Listed alphabetically by country, and then last name.
|Bahamas||Tayla Carter, Western Carolina||Junior|
|Bahamas||Devynne Charlton, Purdue||Sophomore||100-Meter Hurdles|
|Bahamas||Carmiesha Cox, Purdue||Sophomore|
|Bahamas||Tamara Myers, Arkansas||Senior|
|Barbados||Tia-Adana Belle, Saint Augustine’s||Sophomore|
|Barbados||Sonia Gaskin, Kansas State||Junior||800 Meters|
|Barbados||Akela Jones, Kansas State||Junior||High Jump|
|Canada||Kendra Clarke, Johnson C. Smith||Sophomore||200 Meters|
|Canada||Kendra Clarke, Johnson C. Smith||Sophomore||400 Meters|
|Canada||Shaina Harrison, Syracuse||Junior||4×100 Meter Relay|
|Canada||Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Tulsa||Senior||400 Meters|
|Canada||Taylor Sharpe, George Mason||Freshman||400 Meters|
|Canada||Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State||Junior||3000-Meter Steeplechase|
|Canada||Alyx Treasure, Kansas State||Senior||High Jump|
|Canada||Sage Watson, Florida State||Sophomore||400-Meter Hurdles|
|Canada||Jellisa Westney, Michigan State||Senior||4×100 Meter Relay|
|Haiti||Jessica Gelibert, Coastal Carolina||Junior||100-Meter Hurdles|
|Haiti||Jessica Gelibert, Coastal Carolina||Junior||400-Meter Hurdles|
|Jamaica||Devene Brown, Central Michigan||Junior||Discus Throw|
|Jamaica||Samantha Elliott, Clemson||Senior|
|Jamaica||Chrisann Gordon, South Plains||Sophomore|
|Jamaica||Daina Levy, Kansas||Junior||Hammer Throw|
|Jamaica||Chanice Porter, Georgia||Sophomore||Long Jump|
|Jamaica||Danniel Thomas, Kent State||Junior||Shot Put|
|Jamaica||Kimberly Williamson, Kansas State||Junior||High Jump|
|Puerto Rico||Grace Claxton, Albany||Junior||4×400 Meter Relay|
|Puerto Rico||Pariis Garcia, St. John’s (N.Y.)||Junior||4×400 Meter Relay|
|Puerto Rico||Alethia Marrero, Indiana State||Sophomore||800 Meters|
|Puerto Rico||Alethia Marrero, Indiana State||Sophomore||4×400 Meter Relay|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||Shenel Crooke, Morgan State||Sophomore||100 Meters|
|St. Lucia||Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina||Senior||High Jump|
|Suriname||Sunayna Wahi, Adams State||Junior||100 Meters|
|Suriname||Sunayna Wahi, Adams State||Junior||200 Meters|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Deandra Daniel, Coppin State||Junior||High Jump|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Sparkle McKnight, Arkansas||Senior|
|United States||Morolake Akinosun, Texas||Junior||100 Meters|
|United States||Morolake Akinosun, Texas||Junior||4×100 Meter Relay|
|United States||Kendall Baisden, Texas||Sophomore||400 Meters|
|United States||Quanesha Burks, Alabama||Sophomore||Long Jump|
|United States||Kelsey Card, Wisconsin||Junior||Discus Throw|
|United States||Hannah Carson, Texas Tech||Junior||Javelin Throw|
|United States||Kyra Jefferson, Florida||Sophomore||200 Meters|
|United States||Kyra Jefferson, Florida||Sophomore||4×400 Meter Relay|
|United States||Kyra Jefferson, Florida||Sophomore||4×100 Meter Relay|
|United States||Shamier Little, Texas A&M||Sophomore||400-Meter Hurdles|
|United States||Shamier Little, Texas A&M||Sophomore||4×400 Meter Relay|
|United States||Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin||Junior||Pole Vault|
|United States||DeAnna Price, Southern Illinois||Junior||Hammer Throw|
|United States||Sha’Keela Saunders, Kentucky||Sophomore||Long Jump|
|United States||Shakima Wimbley, Miami (Fla.)||Sophomore||400 Meters|
|United States||Shakima Wimbley, Miami (Fla.)||Sophomore||4×400 Meter Relay|