By Steve Lansdale
Just a week after a slew of current and former Texas athletes competed in the Pan American Games, a half a dozen current and future Longhorns will try their luck this weekend at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, against some of the top athletes from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Sprinter Caitland Smith, who will be a sophomore this fall, will run in the 200 meters and is among those in the pool of runners hoping to be part of Team USA’s 4x100-meter relay team. Distance specialist Connor Hendrickson, who will be a redshirt freshman in the upcoming season, will compete in the 10,000 meters. The other four athletes at the Pan Am Junior Championships are incoming freshmen. (continued below...)
(...continued from above) Teahna Daniels, one of the top high school sprinters in the country, will be competing in the 100-meter dash and also is among the pool of Team USA 4x100-meter relay hopefuls, while Zola Golden will take part in the open 400 meters and the 4x400-meter relay. Mariam Abdul-Rashid will run the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay for her home country: Canada.
On the men’s side, Travis Tolliver will compete in the decathlon after finishing second at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Championships in June.
The action can be followed on-line at edmonton2015.ca. A live stream will be available through AthleticsCanada.tv for those with access. Updates also will be available at the meet’s official Twitter handle: @edmnton2015.
2015 Pan American Junior Games — Texas Athletes’ Schedule
All Day (beings 11:30 a.m.): Decathlon Day 1— Travis Tolliver
12:00 p.m.: 100-meter Prelims — Teahna Daniels
1:30 p.m.: 400-meter Prelims — Zola Golden
6:15 p.m.: 400-meter Final — Zola Golden
7:05 p.m.: 100-meter Final — Teahna Daniels
All Day (begins 11:00 a.m.): Decathlon Day 2 — Travis Tolliver
1:20 p.m.: 200-meter Prelims — Caitland Smith
8:30 p.m.: 200-meter Final — Caitland Smith
9:30 p.m.: 10,000-meter Final — Connor Hendrickson
12:00 p.m.: 400-meter Hurdles Prelims — Mariam Abdul-Rashid
12:20 p.m.: 4x100-meter Relay Prelims — Caitland Smith, Teahna Daniels
6:00 p.m.: 400-meter Hurdles Final — Mariam Abdul-Rashid
7:00 p.m.: 4x100-meter Relay Final — Caitland Smith, Teahna Daniels
8:10 p.m.: 4x400-meter Relay Final — Zola Golden, Mariam Abdul-Rashid