TORONTO— Three former Barton Community College track stars earned medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto this past week.
Leevan Sands, Alonso Edward and Simone Facey all brought home medals with Sands earning a silver medal and Edward and Facey binging home a bronze.
For Sands it was a roller coaster week. The former Olympic medal winner arrived in Toronto only to be told he was not on the Bahamas’ team for the competition even though he had hit the qualifying mark earlier in the month in the triple jump.
He was told just one jumper from the Bahamas would be allowed to jump. But after some consultation with the Pan Am organizers and the Bahamian national team, Sands was allowed to jump Friday.
He made the most of it.
Sands earned a spot in the finals with a leap of 55-1 on his second attempt to put him third overall. In the final Sands busted out his best jump since his injury at the 2012 Olympics with a leap of 55-9.
That jump moved the former Cougar past Ernesto Reve of Cuba and into the second spot. He failed to surpass the leader on his final jump and took the runner-up spot.
Cuba’s Pedro Pichardo won the meet with a leap of 57-6.5.
In the men’s 200m Edward ended in a photographic finish for the silver medal but came up just shy and came home with the bronze.
The Panamanian breezed through his first round, winning the second heat with a time of 20.39. He also won his semifinal heat with a 20.09, edging Skyers Roberto who also posted a 20.39.
In the finals Andre De Grasse of Canada won the event with a 19.88 as Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica and Edwards both finished with a 19.90. Dwyer won the photo finish for the silver.
It was the best 200m of the season for Edward.
Facey had a similar effort in the women’s 200m, coming up an eyelash shy of the silver for Jamaica.
Facey won her first round heat in the 200m with a time of 22.95, coasting to the win. She finished second in the semifinals with a 22.64, losing to Angela Tenorio of Ecuador.
In the finals Facey wasn’t able to match her semifinal time and came in third with a time of 22.74. Kaylin Whitney of the United States won the event with a 22.65 followed by US teammate Kyra Jefferson with a 22.72.
Another former Cougar, Laverne Jones, running for the Virgin Island advanced to the semifinals of the 100m. Jones finished fourth in her first round heat with a time of 11.14. In the semifinals she took last in her heat with an 11.33.
Sherone Simpson of Jamaica won the event with a 10.95 followed by Tenorio with a 10.99. Barbara Pierre of the US was third with an 11.01.