Track & Field: Regis Jesuit grad Holland grabs gold with relay in Colombia

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MEDILLIN, Colombia | Regis Jesuit High School grad Ana Holland hasn’t slowed since high school, as she claimed relay gold Sunday at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships.

Holland — a May graduate of Regis Jesuit who is now at the University of Virginia — and her U.S. teammates ran a time of 43.97 seconds in the finals on the track at the Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium to place first.

Ana Holland, a graduate of Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School, won a gold medal with the U.S. women's 4x100 meter relay team at the Pan Am Junior Championships track meet Aug. 25, 2013, in Medellin, Colombia. (Aurora Sentinel file photo)
Ana Holland, a graduate of Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School, won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s 4×100 meter relay team at the Pan Am Junior Championships track meet Aug. 25, 2013, in Medellin, Colombia. (Aurora Sentinel file photo)

Morolake Akinosun (University of Illinois), Jennifer Madu (Texas A&M) and Alexis Faulknor (Central Florida University) ran the first three legs of the winning relay, then handed off to Holland, who finished the U.S. team’s victory by more than two seconds over runner-up Canada.

On Saturday, Holland — who won three state championships at her final Class 5A state meet in May — ran a time of 23.61 seconds in the semifinals of the 200 meter dash, coming in behind only Omhunique Browne of St. Kitts & Nevis.

The Pan Am meet included 600 athletes from 47 countries between the ages of 16 and 19.

The gold in the 4×100 relay was part of a 17-medal performance for the U.S. women in the meet — seven golds, nine silvers and a bronze.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel