Two Track and Field Signees Hit High Marks at Pan American Junior Championships

Aug. 3, 2009


Kansas track and field signees Mason Finley and Rebecca Neville had successful showings at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad July 31- August 2.

Finley earned two gold medals for Team USA, as he convincingly won the shot put and discus throw, establishing new Pan American Junior Championship records in both events.

He threw 20.36 meters (66-8 feet) in the shot to finish first among a competitive field, which included 11 finalists from seven different countries. His mark bested the previous Pan American Jr. record which had stood since the 2003 championships.

Finley won the discus final with a mark of 65.34 meters (214-4 feet), a throw more than seven meters further than that of the silver medalist. In addition to the Pan Am Jr. Championship record, Finely holds the US national high school record in the discus, which he set at the High Altitude Challenge in Alamosa, Colo. on April 25 with a 72.12-meter (236-6 feet) throw.

Neville also performed well at the Pan Am Jr. Championships, as she finished sixth overall in the heptathlon, with 4,627 total points. The Merrillville, Ind. native placed in the top five in four of her seven events. She finished second in the long jump, with a leap of 5.64 meters (18-5 feet), third in the 200-meter dash (25.71), fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.62) and fifth in the 800-meter (20:30.12).