August 29, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – Second-year Trinity Western sprinter Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) will be coming home from the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships with a little heavier luggage as he returns from Medellin, Colombia with a bronze medal after helping Canada to a third place finish in the 4x400m relay this past weekend.
George ran the opening leg for a Canadian quartet that crossed the finish line in 3:07.61 to capture one of Canada’s 19 medals at the event. The USA earned gold in 3:06.57 and Brazil came in second in 3:06.94.
Individually, George, after qualifying for the 400m final with a time of 48.23 in the semifinal, finished seventh overall in the final with a time of 48.26. Canadian Brandon McBride, who anchored the 4x400m relay team, earned gold with a time of 45.89.
Meanwhile, incoming Spartan Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.), who won the 2000m steeplechase at the Canadian junior championships in July, finished sixth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:13.61. Her time had her just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher and just over a second behind the fourth place finisher. The winner finished in 10:28.94.
The Spartans cross country teams open their season Aug. 31 when they compete in the Lake Padden Relays in Bellingham, Wash.
The track and field teams open their season Jan. 12 at the University of Washington Preview.