Two incoming tracksters to represent Team USA

Incoming Iowa track and field recruits Kayla Beattie and Gabe Hull will represent the U.S. in the 2011 Pan American Junior Games next month, according to a release.

The multi-sport tournament is held every four years in the year before the summer Olympics, and will take place in Miramar, Fla., from July 22-24.

Both Beattie and Hull qualified for the games by performing well at the USA Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships last weekend.

Beattie, from Woodstock, Ill., finished first in the 5,000 meters, and crossed the finish line 28 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. She finished 0.1 seconds out of first place in the 3,000 meters, and her 9:16.39 time in the event would be an Iowa school record.

Hull won the discus event at the USAs with a throw of 59.34 meters. The Bloomington, Ind., native’s toss would rank as the fourth-best throw in Hawkeye history.

Both Beattie and Hull will join the Black and Gold in the fall.

Iowa assistant coach Scott Cappos will serve as a Team USA assistant at the games.

by Seth Roberts


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