June 15, 2016 -- Mike Morrison, who leads Emerald Youth's performance training program, was selected to compete for Team USA in the Pan American Combined Events Cup, June 17-19. (Go Mike!!)
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OTTAWA, Canada -- This weekend marks the fourth annual commencement of the Pan American Combined Events Cup, taking place June 17-19 in Ottawa, Canada. The Pan Am Cup is a fixture of the IAAF World Combined Event Challenge, bringing together elite heptathletes and decathletes of the Western Hemisphere.
Among the American athletes competing in this year’s Pan Am Cup, Allison Reaser, Kiani Profit, and Quintunya Chapman will represent the United States in the heptathlon, while Tim Ehrhardt, Scott Filip, and Michael Morrison will compete in the decathlon.
Morrison, a former standout at the University of California, captured the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championship title with a Cal school record of 8,118 points. Morrison has since trained his way back to the decathlon. Meanwhile in the Heptathlon, Chapman, a former University of Georgia standout, set her collegiate best heptathlon score of 6,147 at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chapman placed third in the event, and is registered to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in July.
The Pan Am Combined Events Cup is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. with the decathlon. The Heptathlon is scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 p.m.
Contributed by Andy Eisch, USATF Communications intern