Sunday, August 2, 2009

Joe Abbott from WSU earns bronze medal at Pan Am Juniors...

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago--Washington State sophomore-to-be Joe Abbott (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the finals of the men's 800 meter run on the final day of the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Cuba's Raidel Acea Morales won the event in 1:48.09, followed by Gavyn Nero of the host country, who ran 1:48.90, and then Abbott, the reigning US junior champion out of Reno, Nevada, who ran 1:48.99.

Another Washington State University sophomore-to-be, Courtney Kirkwood from Othello, finished seventh in the women's javelin, with a best toss of 41.64 meters (136-7).

Colombia's Maria Lucelly Murillo won the event with a throw of 51.76 meters (169-10).

Earlier on Sunday, the University of Washington's Angus Taylor from Richmond, British Columbia, failed to place in the men's hammer throw, as the Canadian fouled on all three of his preliminary round attempts.

Complete results from the Pan Am Junior Championships can be accessed here.

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