GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Temple University
will be well represented at the 2011 Pan American Games which commences today with the opening ceremony. Current Temple assistant track coach Shameka Marshall
is one of two long jumpers competing for the USA women's track team. TU's women's rowing coach Jason Read ('03), who carried the American Flag at the opening ceremony, will be joined by Owl alums Marcus McElhenney (03') and Joe Spencer (05') on the men's rowing team.
Marshall was a seventh place finisher in the long jump at the 2010 Indoor USA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. and also a fourth place finisher at the 2010 Outdoor USA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where she landed 22'1".
Prior to her arrival at Temple, Marshall was a two-time All-American and the 2006 ECAC Outstanding Athlete in Indoor and Outdoor Track while competing Rutgers. She was also the NCAA national runner-up in the long jump in 2006.
The women's long jump final is scheduled for October 26th in Guadalajara.
The three Temple rowers will all be part of the USA men's 8 with coxswain while Read
and Spencer will also be part of the men's 4 without coxswain. Rowing competition is
scheduled to begin Saturday on Lake Zapotlan in Guzman City, Mexico. Racing kicks off
at 9 a.m. local time (8 am ET).
“This is historic for USA Rowing, as well as for Temple,” said Read. “Momentum is
building like a freight train (for the game). We are all excited to get started.”
The Pan American Games is a prestigious event that takes place every four years in the
year preceding the Olympic Games. This year's event, which will run from October 14-
30, will feature competition in over 30 sports. The Games are expected to see more than
6,000 athletes from 42 nations.
To watch the games, go to www.espn3.com