Hughes, Walker & Boyd Earn Gold At Pan Am Championships
Aug. 6, 2009
Port of Spain, Trinidad -- Trojans Joey Hughes, Duane Walker and Alitta Boyd won gold medals and helped lead the USA team to victory with a total of 56 medals at the Pan American Junior Championships held at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad from July 31-Aug. 2. USC had six athletes competing as representatives for the U.S. at the Pan Am Championships and they combined to earn six medals.
Walker ran the second leg and Hughes the third for USA's winning 4x400m relay team which finished with a time of 3:03.25. That time was more than four seconds faster than the second place team. Hughes also ran in the open 400m race and placed fourth with a time of 47.29. Hughes had the second-fastest qualifying time of 46.75.
Boyd, who will begin her USC career this season, won the women's long jump with a mark of 19-11 1/4 (6.08m) into a -1.9 wind. She also placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 42-5 1/2 (12.94m).
Dalilah Muhammad won the silver medal in the women's 400m IH with a time of 58.42, .60 seconds behind the winner Nikita Tracey of Jamaica. Muhammad won her preliminary heat and had the second-fastest qualifying time (59.42) behind Tracey.
Reggie Wyatt who will begin his USC career this season captured the bronze medal in the men's 400m IH with a time of 50.61. Wyatt won his preliminary heat and had the second fastest qualifying time of 50.68.
Blake Shaw ran in the men's 1500m race and placed eighth with a time of 4:00.27. He qualified for the U.S. team with a time of 3:49.49 to take second at the U.S. Junior Championships.