It's Go Time: Talley Goes For Gold At Pan Am Games

DENTON, Texas (7/31/09) – After over one month of training the time has finally come for freshman sprinter Keyth Talley to represent the United States at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletic Championships from Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Talley, who won the 200-meter dash at the Junior USA Championships, will take aim at becoming a world champion beginning Saturday at 4:20 p.m. He will be competing in the 200-meter dash and is one of six sprinters in the 4X100 Relay Pool. If he were to participate in the 4X100-relay, that would take place Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Whether or not he will be part of the relay is up to head coach Skip Stolley.

This past season Talley garnered plenty of attention after being named the Sun Belt Conference Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year. He was an indoor all-conference performer in the 200-meter dash and was one of the anchors on the 4X400 relay team that captured first place and beat out favorite Western Kentucky. During the indoor season he also broke the school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.74.

The Manor High School graduate carried that momentum into the outdoor season where he stepped up his game to an even higher level.

In total, Talley set 14 individual regional marks and was a part of eight regional marks on the men’s 4X100 relay team. He finished second at the SBC Championships in both the 200-meter dash and was part of the 4X100 relay team that finished second at conference and advanced all the way to the NCAA Championships.

From there he competed individually at the National Junior Championship and capped off an amazing run by winning the 200-meter dash to become the first North Texas athlete in school history to become a junior national champion.

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