TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The XVIII Pan American Games got underway in Lima, Peru on July 26, but the action is just getting started for a host of current and former Florida State track & field athletes.
Rising FSU senior and 2019 NCAA runner-up Shanice Love will get things going Tuesday at Estadio Nacional del Peru when she competes in the women’s discus. One of 13 entrants, Love will represent Jamaica in the competition set to begin at 6:25 p.m. (ET).
It’s been a banner season for the ACC Outdoor Women’s Field Performer of the Year, who has seven discus victories in 10 events since the March start of the college season. Love, who earned her spot in the field as the silver medalist at Jamaica’s National Championships, is coming off a gold medal performance at the NACAC Games in Queretaro, Mexico last month.
Ranked No. 2 in FSU history, just three centimeters off fellow Jamaican Kellion Knibb’s school record, Love owns a lifetime-best of 62.69 meters (205-8).
She is one of three athletes with FSU ties representing Jamaica in the competition, which brings athletes in an Olympic format from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, representing 41 countries.
Among the former Noles in action, two-time Olympian Kemar Hyman (Cayman Islands) is scheduled for action in the 100-meter dash semifinals Tuesday at 3:35 p.m., with the finals set for Wednesday.
Wednesday’s slate also includes the men’s 400-meter dash semifinals, with Alonzo Russell representing the Bahamas at 3:40 p.m. and chasing a spot in Thursday’s finals. Russell, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, will also competes on the Bahamas’ 4×400 relay in Friday’s semifinal.
Andre Ewers, a two-time ACC Championships Track MVP and five-time All-American, will compete as a professional for the first time in Thursday’s 200-meter dash semifinals (3:30 p.m.) and on Jamaica’s 4×100 relay (6:25) in the semifinals. Ewers was third at Jamaica’s National Championship meet in the 200 and recently signed with Puma.
Kimberly Williams, a two-time Olympian and four-time NCAA triple jump champion for the Noles, will represent Jamaica in her specialty event Friday at 5:50 p.m.
Much of the action will be streamed live on ESPN3.