Track and Field

Former CDO runner Jaide Stepter strikes Gold at the Pan American Games

(L to R) Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, US’ Jaide Stepter and Cuba’s Roxana Calderon compete in the Athletics Women’s 400m Semifinal 2/2 during the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima on August 7, 2019. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Canyon del Oro standout Jaide Stepter (2012) captured gold at the XVIII Pan American Games held in Lima this past week. The former Arizona Gatorade Runner of the Year was part of Team USA’s 4×400 Gold Medal run along with Lynna Irby (Georgia), Anna Cockrell (USC) and Courtney Okolo (Texas).

Stepter brought home six state championship running for the Dorados before winning numerous Pac-12 titles for USC. Stepter also earned Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 2016.

The USA relay team won with a time of 3:26.46 while Canada (3:27.01) took second and Jamaica (3:27.61) took third. Former University of Arizona champion Sage Watson was part of the Canadian relay team.

Former Rio Rico and current Wildcat Carlos Villarreal won the 1500 meter race for Mexico at the Pan American games and former Tucson High and current Arizona diver Delaney Schnell earned bronze in 10 meter Synchronized diving along with Amelia Magana (Indiana).

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