Stevens, Whiting Combine to Win Three Gold Medals at PanAm Meet

Aug. 1, 2005

WINDSOR, Canada - The XIII PanAmerican Junior Athletic Championships came to a close Sunday (July 31) with one current and one future member of the Arizona State University track and field program capturing gold medals for Team USA. The competition, which features some of the up-and-coming junior athletes from North, Central and South America, was conducted at the St. Denis Centre on the University of Windsor campus.

On the women's side of competition, current Sun Devil student-athlete Sarah Stevens collected gold in the shot put as she recorded a mark of 16.10m on her sixth and final throw of the meet. Stevens' title, however, was won on her first attempt with a mark of 15.76m. In fact, each of her five measured throws (she had one foul) would have won the competition as runner-up Melissa Faubus (USA) took silver with a toss of 15.35m. Stevens' throws in order were 15.76m, 15.90m, 15.51m, 15.88m, FOUL and 16.10m.

Ryan Whiting, an incoming freshman and winner of the 2005 National Gatorade Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year, also had a stellar meet as he won two events and added a meet record at the same time. In his first event of the weekend, Whiting entered the shot put and secured gold with a toss of 19.75m. Fellow American Nathan Englin took silver with a toss of 19.61m as both representatives of Team USA easily defeated the rest of the field as the third-place finisher recorded a mark of 18.21m.

Whiting also competed in the discus and shattered the meet record en route to securing his second crown of the meet. His throw of 61.40m easily outdistanced the event's runner-up at 57.87m while also topping the meet record of 58.76m that was set in the 2003 meet by Brazil's Donca Gustavo.

In its 13th year, the Junior PanAmerican games are held every other year and began in 1980.

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