Brittany Riley Set to Compete at 2005 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships




    July 26, 2005

    By Shalae Schulte
    www.siusalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University track and field athlete Brittany Riley will represent Team USA at the 2005 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships July 28-31 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Along with Riley, SIU's throws coach John Smith has been appointed the throws coach for the women's team.

    Riley, a freshman from Flossmoor, Ill., won the women's hammer throw at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in late June to qualify for the Pan American games. She threw 192 feet, one inch, winning by 15 feet. The effort was a career-best and a new SIU record. The top two performances at the Junior Championships in each event earned a spot on the Junior Team USA roster.

    In her first season as a Saluki, Riley earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer, while qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional and USA Junior Championships in the hammer.

    The women's hammer throw will open the final day of competition Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with Riley ranked second heading into the Championships.

    For more information on the Pan American games visit www.usatf.org or www.panamswindsor.ca.

     

     

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