Larry and Stewart Shine for USA At Pan-American Junior Championships
Aug. 1, 2005
USC sophomore Lionel Larry helped lead the USA men's 4x400 team to the gold medal and fellow Trojan sophomore Talia Stewart finished fifth in the women's 100m hurdles, while representing the USA at the Pan-American Junior Athletic Championships from July 28-31 in Windsor, Ontario, Can. The United States collected 57 medals, including 22 golds to win the competition. Canada finished second with 18 medals.
Larry ran the initial leg for the 4x400m relay team and immediately gave Team USA a lead they would not relinquish. The relay team finished with an impressive time of 3:05.34, more than three seconds faster than the Jamaican relay team, which placed second.
In his freshman season for the Trojans, Larry had USC's fastest time in the 400m, with a career-best 45.78. Larry also participated in the Trojans' 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams and was part of USC's season-best efforts on both squads. The 4x100m team of Phillip Francis, Wes Felix, Larry and Marvin Anderson posted a Trojan season-best time of 38.89 and he ran the first leg on the 4x400m relay team, along with Felix, Jeff Garrison and Anderson, that posted the Trojans' best time of 3:05:31.
Stewart ran a time of 13.76 in the finals of the women's hurdles to finish fifth, just behind fellow American Kira Robinson. Stewart ran a time of 13.82 in the semi-finals, tied for the third fastest on the day, to qualify for the finals. Stewart's best time in the 100m hurdles during her freshman year at USC was 14.00, but has a personal-best time of 13.33 while prepping at James Logan high in Richmond, Calif.
The Pan-Am Junior Athletic Championships is a world-class track and field meet held every two years, featuring some of the world's best up and coming athletes ages 19-and-under. This year's field included over 600 athletes from 45 different countries.