Three With Ties to ASU Track & Field Claim 4 Medals at Junior Pan-Am

Aug. 3, 2009

TEMPE – Three student-athletes with ties to the Arizona State University track and field program recently represented their nations at the 2009 Pan-American Junior Championships in Athletics and walked away with four medals at the meet held July 31-August 2 at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The meet featured representatives from nations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The three Sun Devils that competed in the meet included incoming freshman Anna Jelmini and redshirt freshman Jordan Clarke, both for Team USA, and incoming freshman Christable Nettey, who competed for Team Canada. Jelmini and Nettey both competed in a pair of events with Jelmini winning gold in the women’s shot put and silver in the women’s discus while Nettey took silver in the women’s long jump and ran on the 4x100m relay. Clarke took part in the men’s shot put and earned the silver medal.

Jelmini, a product of Shafter High School in Bakersfield, Calif., and the owner of the high school national record in the discus, opened the weekend in Trinidad with her gold in the shot put as she took the title with a toss of 16.37m. She was in fifth-place through the first three throws before her toss in the fifth round put her on top for good and moved her past the silver medalist, Julie Labonte (Canada), who threw 16.29m. One day later, Jelmini was back in the circle for the discus where her toss of 54.91m in the second round was not enough to overtake the winning mark of 55.28m recorded by Andressa Morais (Brazil).

Clarke, a graduate from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, that redshirted his first season with the Sun Devils in 2009, hit a mark of 19.97m on his fifth throw of the shot put competition, but had to settle for the silver as fellow Team USA competitor Mason Finley took home the gold with a toss of 20.36m. Clarke’s mark actually broke the meet record of 19.95m (Garrett Johnson, USA, 2003), but was not enough to take the gold from Finley.

Nettey, who like Jelmini will be coming to Tempe for her first year as a Sun Devil later this month after graduating from Johnston Heights Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia, nearly won the gold in the long jump, but settled for the silver medal with her leap of 6.05m in the fifth round of competition. Team USA’s Alitta Boyd won the gold by three centimeters as her winning mark measured 6.08m. Nettey also stepped on the track later in the meet as the second leg of the 4x100m relay, but the team did not place as a disqualification was called.

The Sun Devil program has found success at the Junior Pan-American Championships in each of the past three meets as seven individuals have been selected to represent their nation and went on to collect eight total medals. In the 2005 meet in Windsor, Canada, two Sun Devils representing Team USA came home with three gold medals as Ryan Whiting won the men’s shot put and discus competitions while Sarah Stevens won the women’s shot put title. Two years later in Sao Paulo, Brazil, two Sun Devils were selected to Team USA, including Justin Kremer, who did not compete in the 4x400m relay, and Kauren Tarver, who took bronze in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

2009 Pan-American Junior Championships
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Anna Jelmini - Team USA
Shot Put - Gold - 16.37m
Discus - Silver - 54.91m

Jordan Clarke - Team USA
Shot Put - Silver - 19.97m

Christabel Nettey - Team Canada
Long Jump - Silver - 6.05m
4x100m Relay - DQ

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