Nov. 1, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Stefany Cruz represented her country of Guatemala favorably at the XVI Pan-American Games, placing ninth overall in the triple jump event the Telmex Athletics Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
"Stefany has worked very hard to prepare for this championship and I'm proud of her effort," said head coach Eric Peterson. "She is a young and talented jumper and I'm confident that this experience will benefit her in the future. We are looking forward to Stefany producing outstanding results for our team both during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons."
Cruz narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the triple jump, which goes to the top eight marks in the prelims, and finished ninth overall in the 15 competitor field. She was the second youngest competitor in the field at 20 years old and posted a pair of jumps that cleared 12.80 meters.
Her opening jump of 12.83-meters placed her eighth overall and she fouled on her second attempt, staying in eighth. In her third attempt of the event, Cruz jumped 12.86-meters and had looked to lock up a spot in the finals. However, in the final jump of the prelims, Aydee Yesenia Villareal of Mexico posted a mark of 12.93-meters to claim the eighth spot in the finals.
Cruz ends her summer of competition with a nice resume of credentials. The redshirt-freshman holds the Guatemalan national triple jump record, participated in her first Pan-American games and will look to add to those accomplishments when she competes for the first time in the Olive and Blue.
The Green Wave will open their indoor track and field campaign on December 8, 2011 at the UAB Invitational.