Thirteen reigning U.S. champions will join NCAA champions and 2000 and 2004 Olympians to lead the team of 48 men and 46 women during track competition July 22-29 in the João Havelange Sports Complex.
American Record-holder and 2003 Pan Am gold medalist Kim Kreiner (javelin) returns to defend her title as the veteran leader on a women's team that also features 2007 U.S. javelin champion Dana Pounds.
Current U.S. champions abound, with 2007 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion Alysia Johnson in the 800 meters, Teresa Vaill in the 20 km race walk, Hyleas Fountain in the heptathlon, Shani Marks in the triple jump, Kristin Heaston in the shot put, Suzy Powell in the discus and Brittany Riley in the hammer throw.
The women's sprint crew will be lead by 2000 Olympian Miki Barber in the 100m and 2006 NACAC 4x100m gold medalist Shareese Woods in the 200m. 2007 U.S. third-place finisher Mary Wineberg and 2004 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist and 2005 NCAA champion Monique Henderson will compete in the 400m.
The 400m hurdles should be a strong event for the United States, with two-time NCAA champion and two-time U.S. runner-up Sheena Johnson teaming with 2007 NCAA champion and 2006 World Junior silver medalist Nicole Leach. The women's 100m hurdles will see Damu Cherry and Jenny Adams, ranked #3 and #9 in the world for 2006 by Track & Field News.
In the distance events, 2003 Pan Am silver medalist Mary Jane Harrelson returns in the 1,500m and will be joined by 2006 U.S. runner-up Lindsay Gallo. 2006 U.S. champion Lisa Galaviz will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Connie Price-Smith will serve as the head coach for the U.S. women's squad, with Julie McKinney as head manager.
Team USA Roster - 2007 Pan American Games
(As of June 29 - Subject to change)
Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.)
Mikele Barber (Montclair, N.J.)
Shareese Woods (Fort Lee, Va.)
Latonia Wilson (Amite, La.)
Mary Wineberg (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Monique Henderson (San Diego, Calif.)
Alysia Johnson (Canyon County, Calif.)
Morgan Uceny (Plymouth, Ind.)
Mary Jane Harrelson (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Lindsay Gallo (Freehold, N.J.)
Lisa Galaviz (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Desiraye Osburn (Kechi, Kan.)
Catherine Ferrell (Eugene, Ore.)
Mandi Zemba (Menominee, Mich.)
Alicia Craig (Gilette, Wy.)
Emily McCabe (Queensbury, N.Y.)
20K Race Walk
Teresa Vaill (Pine Plains, N.Y.)
Jolene Moore (Northbrook, Ill.)
Damu Cherry (Winter Garden, Fla.)
Jenny Adams (Tromball, Texas)
Sheena Johnson (Stafford, Va.)
Nicole Leach (West Philadelphia, Pa.)
Emily Mortensen (Alamosa, Colo.)
Christine Lundy (Bangor, Maine)
Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas)
Alexis Weatherspoon (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Monique Hennegan (Stockbridge, Ga.)
Moushaumi Robinson (Columbus, Ohio)
Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Inika McPherson (Port Arthur, Texas)
Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero, Calif.)
Brianna Glenn (Culver City, Calif.)
Shameka Marshall (Milpmh, N.J.)
Shani Marks (Apple Valley, Minn.)
Yvette Lewis (Newport News, Va.)
Kristin Heaston (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Jillian Camarena (Woodland, Calif.)
Suzy Powell (Modesto, Calif.)
Summer Pierson (Glendale, Calif.)
Brittany Riley (Flossmoor, Ill.)
Kristal Yush (Groton, Conn.)
Dana Pounds (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Kim Kreiner (Mogadore, Ohio)
Hyleas Fountain (Enola, Pa.)
Virginia Johnson (State College, Pa.)
photos Janos Schmidt