2023 Pan Am U20 Day 2 Morning Session highlights

by Jim Spier

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico - The 21st  Annual Pan American U20 Track and FIeld Championships are being held at the Jose A. Figueroa Freire Stadium from Friday August 4- Sunday, August 6.

Full results will be posted here  with live stream available for all sessions found here.

Below is the recap of the Day 2 morning session. Photos by Joy Kamani.

10000m Racewalk – Men

Nicaragua, Colombia and Mexico took 1-2-3, with Nicaragua’s Gabriel Alvarado Davila the victor in 43:04.46.  All three were under 43:45.00.  Americans Ryan Allen (VILLANOVA; Kingsway, Woowich Township, NJ), the 2022 Nike Outdoor Nationals 3000m Racewalk Champion, and Clayton Stoil (Langley, Mc Lean VA), second in the 2022 Nike Outdoor Nationals 3000m Racewalk and 2023 Nike Outdoor Nationals 3000m Racewalk Champion, were 6th (50:01.52) and 7th (52:13.00) respectively.

110m Hurdles Prelims – Men

Blaise Atkinson (NORTH CAROLINA; Lake Norman Charter, Huntersville, NC), 5th in the 2019 New Balance Nationals Outdoor  Freshman 400m, led the qualifiers at 13.49 (1.2).  Nathaniel Rayan (Scotch-Plains-Fanwood, Scotch Plains, NJ), the 2023 Nike Indoor Nationals 60m Hurdles runner up, was the 4th overall qualifier in 13.75 (1.4).  Also qualifying were Miles Ganjean (HAITI; Evanston Township, IL) the 2023 Illinois state champion, and Keon Rude (CANADA), the 2023 Simplot Games 60m Hurdles champ.

100m Hurdles Prelims – Women

Aaliyah McCormick (OREGON; Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA), the US U20 leader and Pac 12 Runner up,  and Myla Green (Bullis, Potomac, MD) led the qualifiers with 13.23 (1.0) and 13.48 (0.6) respectively.  Also qualifying was Sofia Swindell (US VIRGIN ISLANDS; The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ), 2nd in the 2023 Eastern States Champs, and Krysthina Vlahovic (CANADA; UTAH STATE U), 6th in the Mountain West conference.

Discus Final – Women

Three of the top U20 athletes in the world competed here.  Julia Tunks (Canada), Abigail Martin (Jamaica) and Maddie Fey  (USA) were to battle for the medals.  The winner was Julia Tunks, the Canadian U20 AND U18 recordholder (193-11) who threw 186-11.  Abigail Martin, with a best of 183-3, came close to her personal best, throwing 182-0.  Maddie Fey (Midlothian, TX) , the 2023 Nike Outdoor Nationals champion, struggled until the final throw where she unleashed a toss of 172-10 for the bronze.  Julia Tunks is the daughter of three-time Canadian Olympian Jason Tunks.  He also still holds the Canadian record in the discus (222-07).  Julia is the third ranked U20 athlete in the World, and number 1 in the U18 category.  Maddie Fey is ranked #2 in the world in U18.  Julia’s sister, Jenna, 14 years old, is ranked 4th in the world in the U16 category (144-00).  We’re guessing there is not a lot of marathon or hurdles talk around the Tunks’ dinner table each night.

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