While there individual performances may have left them wanting more on the track, both Matt Bedard and Erinn Stenman-Fahey each left the Pan American Junior Championships at Foote Field in Edmonton Sunday night with a bronze medal around their neck and the Canadian flag draped around their shoulders.
Bedard was an 11th place finisher in the men’s 400m hurdles on Saturday before taking the stick on the second leg off Canada’s 4x400m relay team Sunday night to help them to their 3 minute 9.91 second clocking. The event was the first international team selection for Bedard.
For Stenman-Fahey, Sunday’s medal in the 4x400m relay was redemption for the future Iowa State Cyclone after she missed out on individual bronze with a fourth place finish in Saturday night’s 800m final. After moving into the top four with 300m to go in the 800m final, Erinn was unable to out kick Canadian teammate Evelyn Guay, crossing the line in 2 minutes 9.42 seconds, less than a second off the podium.
While he didn’t earn a medal, high jumper Steve Nkusi had the best competition of his life en route to equaling his personal best with a 2.10m clearance. Nkusi cleared each of his five heights on his first attempt before failing to clear what would have been a lifetime best 2.13m. For his efforts, Steve finished in fifth place in his first international competition.