Awad Wins Bronze at Pan-Am Junior Games

Day One Results

Day Two Results

Medellin, COLOMBIA - Rising sophomore Thomas Awad earned bronze in the 5,000 meters on Friday night at the Pan-American Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia. His Team USA and Penn teammate Brendan Smith finished sixth in the steeplechase on Saturday.

Awad, who won the USA Junior championship in the 5,000 meters and is already third all-time at Penn in the event with a career-best mark of 14:04.24, finished third behind a runner from Mexico and another from Brazil. The East Norwich, N.Y., product earned a medal by just a few strides. He was two seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher and clocked out at 14:55.53.

A native of Fayetteville, N.Y., Smith was the top American in the steeplechase. He finished sixth overall with a finish of 9:35.70 in the high altitude of Colombia's second-largest city. Smith, who was a second at the USA Junior Championships, is eighth on Penn's all-time top 10 list in the event (9:00.58).

The last Penn athlete to medal at the Pan-Am Junior Championships was high jumper Maalik Reynolds, who won the gold medal as a freshman in 2011 with a height of 2.22 meters (7 feet, 3 1/4 inches) in Miramar, Fla.

Meanwhile, Awad and Smith's teammates in Philadelphia officially started the 2013 cross country season on Saturday with their first practice. The first meet of the season - the Big 5 Invitational - is set for Sept. 13 at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia.