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Friday, June 21, 2013

Shemonia Makes Team USA for Jr. Pan American Games


Drake Stadium | Des Moines, IA
June 19-23, 2013
Scott City, Missouri native Brandon Shemonia competed in the USA Junior Championships in Des Moines, IA on June 20th with an opportunity to earn a place on Team USA's Junior National team.
Shemonia, who currently attends and competes for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinios had previously qualified for the Junior National 10,000m race based on his 5th place finish in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference meet.  He ran a PR of 30:37 for the distance at that meet.  His 10K time was well under the Junior World qualifying standard of 31:00 and the USTAF Jr National meet qualifying time of 32:45. 

10,000 Meter field takes the track.

The field of 21 competitors lined up on the blue track at beautiful Drake Stadium for the 9:00 pm start on Friday night June 20th. The day had been very warm and the temperature at race time was a nasty 87 degrees. 8 of the 21 competitors in the field had previously achieved the Junior World standard of 31:00. This time would prove to be valuable as the race progressed.

Underway at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Shemonia was the second fastest qualifier of 8 competitors with qualifying Jr World 10,000 meter track times and he tucked behind Matt McClintock of Purdue University as the race began.  McClintock's strong, consistent quarter splits enabled him to begin separating himself from the lead group of 5 as they neared the 3.5 mile mark of the race.  Lennon from Syracuse University, Shemonia, McCabe from UCLA and Norris from Akron University followed but began losing ground as the lead pack all moved through the 4 mile mark of the race with a sub-5 min mile split.

Shemonia and Purdue's Matt McClintock prepare to move on Akron's Trevor Norris
with sixteen laps remaining.

Syracuse University's Daniel Lennon and Shemonia solidify their positions
in the final laps.

McClintock would slowly pull away from both Lennon and Shemonia for the win with a very good time of 31:14 when factoring in the hot, humid race conditions.  Lennon finished second in the race wih a time of 31:35 followed by Shemonia in 32:15, Norris in 32:27, McCabe in 32:27 and Schneider of the University of Missouri in the 6th position with a finishing time of 32:46.

Shemonia's mile splits during the race were as follows:  5:06/5:09/5:08... through the 5K mark at 16:04/mile 4 = 4:58/5:21/5:19/ and last quarter mile in 1:13. 

His 5K splits during the race were 16:04/16:11. 

Shemonia will next compete in Medellin, Colombia in August as a representative of team USA's 19-under track and field contingent.  Brandon is looking forward to competing and is humbled by the opportunity given to him.   Shemonia would also like to thank his collegiate XC and track coach Matt Sparks for his expertise as he continues his running career.

Shemonia is the son of Toni and Kevin Hammes of Scott City, Missouri and the late Tom Shemonia.

Team USA's Brandon Shemonia

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