Aug 26, 2013
MEDELLIN, Columbia - Three Boilermakers earned a trip to the podium at the 2013 Pan-American Junior Championships over the weekend. Matthew McClintock won a gold medal, Coy Blair picked up a silver while Vanessa McLeod earned a bronze.
McClintock, competing for the USA, broke away from the lead group in the final lap of the men’s 10,000-meter run on Saturday. He finished with a first place time of 31:12.39 which was 8.38 seconds faster than Jupiter Carera Casas of Mexico who picked up the silver medal. McClintock qualified by winning the US Junior National Championship in June with a time of 31:14.31. McClintock adds the gold medal to long list of accomplishments since becoming a Boilermaker, including a spot on the Junior U.S. National Cross Country Team and Big Ten Cross Country Freshman of the Year, among several others.
Blair picked up the silver medal in the men’s 6.0k shot put. The U.S. junior national champion threw 19.96m (64-07.25) with his third throw and that was the best of his series. Joshua Freeman picked up the gold medal giving the U.S. the 1-2 finish with a throw of 20.20m (66-03.25) which came on his fourth toss. Nelson Henrique Fernandes of Brazil finished third with a throw of 19.35m (63-05.75).
McLeod, competing for Canada, finished third in the women’s 800m run after running a solid race. The rising sophomore finished in 2:09.74 which guaranteed her a spot on the podium by .63 of a second. McLeod was .89 of a second behind Olicia Williams of the United States who finished second with a time of 2:08.85. Jenna Westaway of Canada won the gold medal in the event. She finished with a time of 2:06.94. Westaway finished second behind McLeod, who won with a Purdue record time of 2:04.89, at the Canadian Junior Championships in July with a time of 2:06.28.
Tate Schienbein also competed in the championships over the weekend. The rising sophomore won the 3,000-meter steeplechase junior national championship for the U.S. in June with a time of 9:17.30. Over the weekend, though, Schienbein was affected by flu-like symptoms that nearly forced him to withdraw. The U.S. junior national champion battled through and ran a time of 10:00.60 to finish 10th overall. Yuber Echeverry of Columbia won the race with a time of 9:16.37. Antoine Thibeault of Canada finished second after finishing in 9:17.09. The third place time was 9:25.57 by Nelson Andres Blanco of Columbia.
McClintock and Schienbein will join the Purdue cross country team as it is just about to begin its season. Blair and McLeod return to campus and will be prepare for the track season which begins in January.