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Blog From 2015 Pan Am Games - Tip Off On The Court and Track

The 2015 Pan Am Games
July 24, 2015 The 17th Pan American Games began on July 10 in Toronto. Seton Hall sent three representatives to the games, including mens basketball's Angel Delgado competing for the Dominican Republic and legendary head coach John Moon coaching the United States Track & Field Team. Part of Moon's staff in Toronto is Seton Hall Senior Associate Athletic Director Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, who will be keeping a blog for SHUPirates.com throughout the games.

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Tip off on the Court and Track

Tuesday marked the first day of events on the track. After almost a week of prep time, it all comes down to this. Both track and men's basketball kick off into high gear.

Angel hit the court in his debut in a sold-out arena to help his Dominican Republic team take on the home team of Canada in men’s basketball. Despite a victory for the home team, Angel played a solid 27 minutes and scored 15 points. First thing Wednesday (July 22) morning, Angel took to the hardwood again where the Dominican Republic beat Mexico by a score of 95-70. Coach Willard was able to get up here and watch him play which was great. On Thursday (July 23), the Dominican Republic fell to Argentina, 89-70, but still advanced to the semi-final round to play Brazil on Friday (July 24) afternoon.

In the first morning session on the track, the U.S. Took home a medal in each event. In the women’s 5000-meter run, Kellyn Taylor took home a bronze as did both of our men's pole vaulters, Jake Blankenship and Mark Hollis, in a tie for the bronze!

In an exciting women's javelin, Kara Winger moved into second place on her penultimate throw. Then going into the final round with only herself and Canadian Elizabeth Gleadle remaining, Kara launched one to take the lead. As Gleadle entered the runway, the crowd erupted and helped propel her on her last throw to take the gold with Kara finishing with the silver.

In the evening session, the U.S. Won their first gold and silver combo in the 100-meter hurdles and we closed the evening with a bronze and two more silvers.

On Wednesday, I had village duty all day making sure our athletes get to the track on time. I got a run in between sessions and saw a nice sunny beach. Our medal count continued to grow as we saw the U.S. bring back gold in the men's long jump, women's 400 hurdles, and men's hammer in addition to three silvers and two bronze.

Thursday dawned with some cool crisp air and we were ready to head back to the track. After checking everyone through, I headed out to the track for the evening session. I was treated to quite a show as our men stormed to a one-two finish in the half-mile and our women did the same in the 400. Three other bronze medals were captured as well as an exciting silver by Desi Linden in the women's 10,000-meter, which came down to the last 200-meter sprint.

Friday and Saturday will finish up the action on the track combined with the men's marathon and 50k race-walk this weekend, which will conclude the athletics portion of the games. Sunday evening will close the games with the Closing Ceremonies at Rogers Stadium.