TORONTO, Ontario—Tacoma native Marcus Chambers (left/photo by Paul Merca) ran the third leg of Team USA’s 4 x 400 meter relay squad that finished third in the final track race of the Pan Am Games at CIBC Pan Am Athletics Stadium on the campus of York University Saturday night.
After a strong start by Kyle Clemons and James Harris on the first two legs, Chambers, the reigning Pac-12 400 champ who competes for the University of Oregon, took off strongly before fading in the home straight, and giving the baton to veteran Kerron Clement in fourth. Clement got Team USA in medal contention on his leg, finishing third in 3:00.21, behind winner Trinidad & Tobago’s 2:59.60, and Cuba.
However, the Cubans were disqualified after the race for a relay composition violation, moving Team USA to second, and the Bahamas to third in 3:00.34.
In the men’s 5000m finals, Garrett Heath of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts finished fourth in a time of 13:47.17, as Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico won in 13:46.47.
Heath and teammate David Torrence were in the top six as they headed into the final kilometer.
Heath stayed in third, just ahead of Torrence at the bell. Heath moved through on the inside to very briefly take the lead with 200 to go before fading to fourth.
Washington athletes at the Pan Am Games won two individual medals—Kara Winger a silver in the javelin, and Lindsay Flanagan taking bronze in the marathon, in addition to Chambers’ team silver in the relay.