Maurins Earns Gold at Pan American Junior Games
John Maurins claimed gold in the men's shot put
Aug. 3, 2015

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By Josh Gresh, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

EDMONTON, Canada -- Rising sophomore John Maurins and incoming freshmen Robert Heppenstal and Alexandria Florent competed at the 2015 Pan American Junior Games July 31-August 2 at Foote Field. Maurins led the way taking gold in the junior men's shot put event, while Heppenstall took silver in the men's 800m and Florent competed in the women's high jump.

Maurins, a native of Mentor, Ohio, represented the United States and finished first in the junior men's shot put with a distance of 19.49m to claim the gold medal. Maurins set the American Junior Record in the shot put to qualify for the Pan American Junior Games at the U.S. Junior National Championship with a distance of 21.90m (71-10.25). He became the first American with a distance of over 70 feet in the junior shot put (6kg) and moved to No. 5 on the all-time World Junior performers list. His mark is now the furthest throw ever by an athlete from Panamerica and no one has thrown farther from North, South, or Central America with the 6k shot put at the junior level.

"John did a great job of representing himself, the United States of America, & Wake Forest Track & Field at the Pan Am Junior Championships", said throws coach Zeb Sion. I couldn't be more proud of him for winning his first international competition. This is a great accomplishment and an impressive way to end a phenomenal freshman year."



The 2015 First Team All-ACC honoree capped off a spectacular first season with the Demon Deacons as he earned All-ACC honors in indoor and outdoor in the shot put and his top distance of 18.73m is second in Wake Forest history.

Representing Canada at the 2015 games, Heppenstall took silver in the junior men's 800 with a second place finish on Sunday. Heppenstall recorded a time of 1:48.70 and had the fastest split time of 52.85 in the final to earn the silver medal, finishing just 64 hundredths of a second behind the winner Carlton Orange of the United States. He qualified for the finals on Saturday finishing third in the prelims with a time of 1:50.09 and recorded a split time of 54.32.

Florent represented the United States on the women's side and finished tied for fifth in the high jump. The Santa Clarita, California native was able record a height of 1.70m, but wasn't able to clear the next bar height of 1.75m.

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