(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Four U.S. players will look to improve their senior elite rankings this weekend when they compete at the Benito Juarez Championships in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Of the four, Daniel Gomez (College Station, Texas / Texas A&M University) is the only athlete to have previously medalled at the D-Level Point Tournament. In fact, it was Gomez's bronze medal in 2007 that earned him a trip to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo in the 60kg division.
Jessica Irons (Yorkville, Ill. / Yorkville Judo) is a highly ranked junior at 52kg, but will be fighting up to 57kg for the first time in Mexico.
Former junior Chris Round (North Andover, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE) will be making his first trip to the Mexican tournament where he will fight in the 90kg division.
After losing in the bronze medal match in 2007, former World Military Championships Team member Robert Turnquest (Honolulu, Hawaii / Kamehameha Judo) will be returning to Mexico with the goal of making a trip to the podium in the 81kg division.
Competition schedule is as follows:
Friday, October 31
Men's 81kg, 90kg, 100kg and +100kg
Women's 63kg, 70kg, 78kg and +78kg
Saturday, November 1
Men's 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg and Open
Women's 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg and Open