*MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA *-- Overcoming storms rolling in over the mountains and torrential downpours, Team USA produced lightning strikes all over the Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium Sunday to win (7)seven golds and 17 medals on the final day of the 17th Pan American Junior Championships.
The gold rush started with the women's 4x100m relay, as Morolake Akinosun, Jennifer Madu, Alexis Faulknor and Ana Holland teamed up to clock 43.97 and win by more than two seconds. Akinosun made up the stagger on the runner outside her before handing off to Madu, who stretched the lead down the backstretch. Faulknor, the long jump gold medalist, increased the lead on the curve and had a good handoff to Holland, who stormed home to victory.
Crisp passes and a sizzling first leg set up the U.S. men for gold, with a quartet of Tevin Hester,Cameron Burrell, Riak Reese and Trayvon Bromell recording a 39.17 that beat Jamaica by more than half a second. It was the second fastest time in Pan Am Juniors history, missing the meet record by only .11.
Featuring the gold and silver medalists from the open 400, the U.S. women were runaway winners in the 4x400. Robin Reynolds (54.1), Kendall Baisden (53.5), Olicia Williams (54.9) and Courtney Okolo (54.0) combined for a 3:36.48 that was five seconds faster than runners-up Canada.