Track athletes go international

For Alabama track and field freshman Beth Mallory, a good rookie season got even better at the recent USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Mallory, already an NCAA All-American in the discus, grabbed a spot on the U.S. Junior Pan Am Games in both the discus and the hammer throw. She finished second in both events, earning Verizon All-American honors as well. In the discus, she had a throw of 166 feet and 11 inches while going 178-10 in the hammer.

At the Junior PanAm Games, Mallory will face Alabama teammate Aymara Albury, who had already qualified to represent her native Bahamas in the shot put and discus.

The Junior Pan Am Games, to be held July 18-20 in Barbados, is open to athletes who are 19-years old or younger during the 2003 calendar year.

Freshman Tissilli Rogers also earned Verizon All-American honors when she took seventh in the 100m dash at the U.S. Junior Championships with a time of 11.96.

Mallory and Albury aren't the only Tide track and field athletes who will be competing internationally this summer. Senior Judyth Kitson earned a berth on the Jamaican National Team in the 100m dash after taking fourth with an 11.26 at the recent Jamaican National Championships. She will compete in both the World Championships and the Pan American Games.

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