Pan-American Games Full Of Aggies

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A contingent of current, future and past Aggies will take part in the upcoming Pan-American Games, which are being staged in Brazil during the month of July.

The Pan-American Junior Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from July 6-8, will feature three current Aggies in Khrystal Carter, Ashika Charan and Zuheir Sharif as well as incoming freshman Jessica Beard competing for Team USA. The Aggie foursome will be part of a U.S. squad that numbers 70 athletes.

Charan contests two events, the long jump and triple jump, during the Pan-Am Juniors while Carter will compete in the 200 and Sharif is in the triple jump. Beard, a two-time U.S. Junior champion in the 400, will run her open event and is part of the 4 x 400 squad as well.

Former student Bashir Ramzy will participate in the long jump for Team USA along with Brian Johnson during the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will be held July 22-29. The men’s squad, headed by Kansas coach Stanley Redwine, will feature five champions from the recently held USA Championships.

After finishing seventh at the US meet, Ramzy placed second to Jamaica’s James Beckford in Cork, Ireland, this past weekend with a windy mark of 26-3 ¾ (8.02).

Jamaican Championships

Texas A&M’s Simone Facey lowered her career best and the Aggie school record to 11.16 seconds while placing fourth in the 100 meters at the Jamaican Championships held in Kingston from June 22-24. The national meet served as the trials for the World Championships and Facey will be part of the Jamaica 4 x 100 relay pool in Osaka, Japan later this summer.

Veronica Campbell claimed the 100-meter title in a world-leading time of 10.89 seconds. Auburn’s Kerron Stewart, the NCAA 200 champion, ran 11.03 for runner-up honors as she equaled her personal best.

Facey was one of three athletes to record a career best in the final as she was sandwiched between PRs run by Sherri-Ann Brooks (11.05) in third place and an 11.31 recorded by Shelly-Ann Fraser in fifth place. During the prelims Facey was a heat winner with a clocking of 11.45.

In the 100 hurdles Texas A&M’s Tresha Henry ran the second-fastest time of her career in posting a 13.48 for seventh place in the final. Henry advanced to the final with a 13.85 in the prelims.

Clora Williams finished seventh in the 400 meters, running a 53.04 in the final. During the prelims Williams placed third with a 53.15. Her sister, Novlene, won the Jamaican 400 title with a mark of 50.06. Clora will represent Jamaica in the NACAC Championships, held July 13-15 in El Salvador, San Salvador.

In the Jamaican Junior Championships, Texas A&M incoming frosh Julian Reid won the triple jump with a career best mark of 51-11 ¼ (15.83) and was runner-up in the long jump with a personal best of 24-5 ¾ (7.46). He will represent Jamaica in both events during the Pan-American Junior Championships, which will take place July 6-8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Career Best for Regis

Texas A&M’s Yasmine Regis improved her personal best in the triple jump to 43-4 ½ (13.22) during the UK Athletics Jump Fest held in Birmingham, England, on June 30. Regis placed fourth in the competition with a wind-aided mark of 43-9 ¾ (13.35).

With her mark Regis moves up on the Aggie all-time performer list to the No. 3 position behind Detrich Clariett (44-11 ½) and Ashley McCarty (43-5 ¼). Regis is also No. 4 on the A&M all-time performance list.

European Cup

In the European Cup Super League, held in Munich, Germany, during the weekend of June 23-24, former student Tyrone Edgar ran the opening leg of Great Britain’s winning 4 x 100 relay. The British crew won with a time of 38.30 seconds, which equaled the world leading time for 2007, ahead of a 38.40 posted by France in the runner-up spot.