Dietz, Laine Find Success Internationally at Pan American Games

Dietz, Laine Find Success Internationally at Pan American Games

Laine posted a season-best for Haiti in the triple jump (Photo).

TORONTO, Ontario – On a weekend where Pan American competitions were spread across Canada, freshman Erin Dietz and Samyr Laine '06 recorded terrific performances that led to impressive results.

Dietz crossed the finish line first in the 3,000 meters at the 2015 Panamerican Junior Track & Field Championships with a time of 9:37.51. Competing for the United States in Edmonton, Alberta, Dietz's mark was four seconds faster than runner-up Mirelle Martens, and was a tenth of a second away from setting a new personal best.

"Representing the USA in international competition is a tremendous honor, and winning a gold medal is that much more fantastic.  We are all proud of Erin's accomplishments and can't wait for her to arrive to campus in less than a month," said The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky. 

"And while it may be a few years since Samyr was setting records as an undergraduate in Cambridge, it is inspiring to see him continuing to compete at such a high level.  It is great to see Harvard Track and Field, past and future performing so well on such a big stage."

Laine, competing for Haiti in Toronto, Ontario, finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2015 Pan Am Games with a mark of 53 feet, 10.75 inches (16.43 meters). The mark was a season best for Laine, who donned Crimson from 2003-06 and was an Olympian in 2012. Laine was the top finisher from Haiti in the event.