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Godsey '06 takes fifth place in hammer at Pan Am Games




GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Bates College graduate Keelin Godsey '06, one of at least three Bates alumni competing at the 16th Pan-American Games, took fifth place in the women's hammer throw on Monday at Telmex Athletics Stadium in Zapopan, Mexico.
Godsey heaved the third-best throw of his career, at 67.84 meters (222 feet, 7 inches), on his first effort of the day. Godsey's effort traveled 73 centimeters beyond sixth-place Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina. Yipsi Moreno of Cuba coasted to the gold medal at 75.62 meters, followed by Sultana Frizell of Canada, bronze medalist Amber Campbell of the U.S. (69.93) and Arasay Thondike of Cuba (68.88). Godsey was a 16-time All-American and a two-time NCAA champion while at Bates.

Other Bates alumni at the Pan Am Games include:

Ricky Weisskopf '08, playing squash for El Salvador, competed in four singles matches and a doubles match. Weisskopf fell 3-2 to Graham Bassett of the United States in the Men's Singles Round of 32, and went on to face the likes of Mexico's Arturo Salazar and Paraguay's Esteban Casarino. Weisskopf, who recently competed on the Pro Squash Tour at the Bobcat Classic in Lewiston, was a four-time CSA All-America selection at Bates.

Kaitlyn McElroy '08, a former member of the Bates women's Nordic skiing and cross country teams, is a member of the U.S. canoeing and kayaking team at the Pan Am Games. She will compete in the women's two-person 500-meter kayak race with teammate Margaret Hogan this Friday at the Rowing and Canoeing Course in Ciudad Guzman. McElroy competed in the 2006 NCAA Skiing Championships for Bates.

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Are you aware of any other Bates alumni competing at the Pan Am Games? If so, please let Sports Information Director Andy Walter know at twalter@bates.edu.