June 28, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa track and field recruits Kayla Beattie and Gabe Hull will compete for the United States in the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Fla., July 22-24.
Beattie, a native of Woodstock, Ill., automatically qualified for the Pan Am games following a first place finish in the 5,000-meters and a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meters at the USA Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships.
Beattie blew away the field in the 5,000 meters, finishing 28 seconds ahead of the runner-up with a time of 16:29.92. She just missed a dual championship, finishing 0.1 seconds behind first place in the 3,000 meters. Her 9:16.39 performance in the 3,000 meters was good for second place and what would be an Iowa school record. Beattie will join the Hawkeyes this fall.
Hull won the discus event at the USA Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships with a mark of 194-8 (59.34m). That mark would rank No. 4 on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. Hull, a native of Bloomington, Ind., will join the Hawkeyes this fall.
The Pan American Games is a multi-sport event between competitors from select nations, held every four years in the year before the summer Olympic Games. Karessa Farley and Kimberly Stanford were the last Hawkeyes to compete in the Pan Am Junior Championships. Both student-athletes competed in the 2007 Championships in São Paulo, Brazil. Iowa assistant coach Scott Cappos will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA.