Track & Field Preview
Ninety-two athletes, including Olympians, world champions and national champions, have been selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

 The men’s and women’s marathon were the first athletics events of the Games. American athlete Bethany Sachtleben won the silver medal in the women’s marathon, as her teammate Samantha Roecker placed fifth. Augustus Maiyo and Aaron Braun placed fourth and 14th respectively in the men’s marathon.

 Track and field events will continue with the 20-kilometer race walk, held on Aug. 4 at Parque Kennedy, followed by the remaining events from Aug. 6-11 at the Athletics Stadium in the Villa Deportiva Nacional Videna.

 As the third-largest international multisport Games, the Pan American Games provides an excellent opportunity for Team USA’s track and field athletes to test themselves against formidable competition prior to an Olympic Games. Therefore, several high-profile American athletes are slated to make an appearance in Lima.

 Pan American and Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson is featured on the Team USA roster. At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the long jumper posted a distance of 8.38 meters to earn the gold medal, repeating that mark in his first meet of the 2019 outdoor season. He looks to return to the Pan American Games podium in Lima.

Keturah Orji, a three-time outdoor national champion and 2016 Olympian, will be competing in the women’s triple jump. She recently qualified for her second world championships team with her performance at the 2019 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

 This will be the second Pan American appearance for eight-time outdoor national champion Kara Winger, having earned a silver medal in javelin at the Pan American Games Toronto 2015. She looks to take one more step to the top of the podium in Lima.

 Donavan Brazier has been selected to his first Pan American Games team and will compete in the 800-meter. The national indoor and outdoor champion will also be contending in the 800 and 1,500 prior to Lima at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships. 

 In 2015, Team USA achieved its best Pan American Games performance since 1999, collecting 41 medals – 13 golds, 15 silvers and 13 bronzes – in track and field. The U.S. women displayed their prowess in Toronto, winning 23 medals, while Team USA’s men won 18.