Canada records best finish in over thirty years at U20 Pan American Championships

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Finishing with a total of 22 medals over three days of competition, the team recorded the best Canadian finish at a U20 Pan American Championships since 1984.

Leading Canada on Day 3 in Trujillo, Peru was Camryn Rogers of Richmond, B.C. Rogers broke her own national record twice during the series and won gold with her best of 63.42m. Chanell Botsis of Coquitlam, B.C., placed fourth.

Lucia Stafford of Toronto and Laura Parkinson of London, Ont., kept the medal momentum rolling in the women’s 1500-metre final. Stafford won in 4:21.70 followed by Parkinson in 4:25.02 for Canadian gold-silver medal finish. Not be outdone, Kyle Madden of Cambridge, Ont., broke Mike Wood’s twelve year-old U20 Pan American record in the 1500-metres. Madden crossed the line in 3:44.19 to win silver.

Xahria Santiago of Ajax, Ont., earned a silver medal in the women’s 400-metre hurdle finals. A little later in the afternoon, Santiago joined up with Victoria Tachinski of Winnipeg, Man., Ashlan Best of Guelph, Ont., and Kyra Constantine of Brampton, Ont. in the women’s 4x400-metre relay. The foursome clocked a time of 3:33.19 to win silver.

A blazing 800-metres in the heptathlon, catapulted Dallyssa Huggins of Markham, Ont., from a distant fourth place to a bronze medal finish. In the final event, Huggins clocked a time of 2:10.83, a whole 15 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Her effort paid off as she secured gold by a total of eight points.

Championship Medal Summary

Gold (6) - Victoria Tachinski, 800-metres; Jean-Simon Desgagnés, 3000-metre steeplechase; Laura Dickinson, 5000-metres; Ashlan Best, 200-metres; Camryn Rogers, hammer throw; Lucia Stafford, 1500-metres

Silver (9) - Anastasios Eliopoulos, 110m hurdles;  Taryn O’Neill, 3000-metres; Thomas Fafard, 5000-metres; Jazz Shukla, 800-metres; Marco Arop, 800-metres; Laura Parkinson, 1500-metres; Kyle Madden, 1500-metres; Xahria Santiago, 400-metre hurdles; 4x400-metre relay, Xahria Santiago, Victoria Tachinski, Ashlan Best, Kyra Constantine

Bronze (7) - Rachel Hyink, pole vault; Kyra Constantine, 400-metres; Sevanne Ghazarian, 3000-metres; Gabby Rains, discus throw; Mikella Lefebvre-Oatis, high jump; 4x100-metre relay, Shyvonne Roxborough, Ashlan Best, Eunice Boating, Keira Galloway; Dallyssa Huggins, heptathlon

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