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Aggie trio claims three medals at NACAC U23 Championships in Canada

August 10, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

KAMLOOPS, BC, Canada – Competition at the NACAC under-23 Championships resulted in three medals for a trio of Texas A&M track and field athletes this weekend at Hillside Stadium located on the campus of Thompson Rivers University. Bralon Taplin and Chase Wolfle each secured a silver medal, respectively, in the 400m and pole vault while Ashton Purvis was a bronze medalist in the 200m.

The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association event included entrants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago.

In the 400m final American Brycen Spratling of Pittsburg won the race in 45.18 seconds while Taplin, representing Grenada, held off American Vernon Norwood of LSU for the silver medal, 45.52 to 45.56.  During the NCAA 400m final back in June Norwood finished third with Spratling fourth.

Taplin led the qualifying round of the 400m on Friday with a 45.64, just ahead of Norwood’s 45.65. Spratling won the other heat in 46.37.

Wolfle cleared 17-0.75 (5.20) as runner-up in the pole vault to USA teammate Jacob Blankenship of Tennessee, who won the event with a clearance of 18-0.5 (5.50). Blankenship finished third at the NCAA Outdoor meet in June while Wolfle tied for fifth.

A time of 23.86 placed Purvis third in the women’s 200 final. Her USA teammate Cierra White of Texas Tech won the race in 23.05 (0.2 wind) while Allison Peter from the US Virgin Islands posted a 23.47 as the runner-up. Finishing fourth with a 23.97 was Canada’s Whitney Rowe.

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