Three Trojans Shine At Pan American Junior Athletic Championships in Brazil

July 9, 2007

USC Fall 2007 freshman Bryshon Nellum won the men's 400m race to lead three Trojans competing at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships held June 6-8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nellum, the 2007 Gatorade National Boys Track Athlete of the Year, won the 400m race with a time of 45.40 to earn a gold medal. He also had the fastest time in the semi-finals of 45.92. Nellum also helped the USA earn a silver medal in the men's 4x400m relay race, running the anchor leg for the U.S. team which posted a 3:06.15 time, just .45 seconds behind Trinidad's relay team. Nellum attended Long Beach Poly HS in Long Beach, Calif.

Shana Woods, who will be a USC sophomore in 2007, placed second and earned a silver medal in the women's heptathlon competition, finishing with 5,307 points. Woods won the heptathlon 100m HH with a new PR of 13.83 and also won the competition's long jump with a mark of 18-8 1/2. Woods also set a new PR in the high jump with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70m). Woods placed first or second in five of the seven events, but lost to Canada's Brianne Theisen, who finished with 5,413 points. The two-time USA junior heptathlon champion Woods scored 5,521 points to qualify for the competition in June at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships.

Sarah Cocco placed fourth in the women's 800m race with a time of 2:08.45, despite a bout with food poisoning. Cocco, from Fairview HS in Boulder, Colo., will enter USC in the fall.

The trio of Trojans help lead Team USA to a first-place finish with 48 medals, including 24 golds. Canada finished in second place in the team competition with 13 medals, four gold.

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