Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pan Am Games track & field competition begins Sunday...

GUADALAJARA, Mexico--The final major track and field competition for Team USA gets underway, as the Pan Am Games begins Sunday with finals in the men's and women's 20k walk, and the women's marathon.

Daegu world championships competitors Jarred Rome, Michael Mai, and Aretha Thurmond are the three athletes with Washington ties who are competing in the Mexican city this week, as Rainier Beach HS alums Ginnie Crawford (100 hurdles) and Michael Berry (400, 4 x 400 relay) have elected not to compete, after being announced by USA Track & Field in its release last month.

Rome, the Marysville-Pilchuck HS grad, competes on Monday in the discus finals, while Mai, who was based at Joint Base Lewis McChord, throws the hammer on Wednesday.

Thurmond, a two-time discus champion at the Pan Am Games in 1999 and 2003, will throw on Friday, where she'll face Cuban rival Yarelis Barrios.

With the Pan Am Games so late in the calendar, after the world championships and the Samsung Diamond League series, many of the top athletes who are eligible to compete in this meet have opted to shut it down, and either rest or slowly start their buildups to the 2012 season, with the top-flight Americans and Jamaicans the most prominent no-shows.

The IAAF preview of the Pan Am Games is available here.

Television and internet coverage of the Pan Am Games is available via

The start lists for the Pan Am Games are available here. The time schedule is available here.


Hannah Mittelstaedt and Kelton Sears were the top finishers for Seattle University Saturday at the Beaver Classic in Corvallis, Oregon.

Mittelstaedt finished sixth over the 6k course in 22:31, and Sears was 25th in the men's 8k race in 26:10.

The top seven Seattle U male and female runners are scheduled to compete in the Great West Conference Championships next Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Ray Richards Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D.

The SeattleU release and results link to the Beaver Classic is available here.

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