Rovelto Leads Team USA to 6 Medals at Pan Am Games

Jeffrey Julmis

Oct. 30, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The track and field portion of the 2011 Pan American Games concluded on Sunday with the marathon, and Kansas State’s Cliff Rovelto guided Team USA to six medals for the men’s team. Rovelto served as the men’s head coach for Team USA and saw the Red, White and Blue bring home one gold, four silvers and one bronze medal.

K-State also had one current and one former Wildcat competing at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. All-American hurdler Jeffrey Julmis ran for Haiti and finished in 13th place with his time of 13.87 seconds in the semifinals. Former All-American distance runner Beverly Ramos finished 12th in the women’s 1,500 meters for her native Puerto Rico clocking in at 4:34.90. Ramos also competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and was officially listed with a did not finish result.

Team USA’s men took gold in the hammer throw with a mark of 79.63 meters (261-03) by Kibwe Johnson for a new Pan Am Games record. Michael Mai also claimed silver in the event for Team USA. Jarred Rome finished second in the discus and Cyrus Hostetler won silver in the javelin to round out the success of Team USA’s throwers. Jeremy Scott took silver in the men’s pole vault and the bronze was won by the 4x100 relay team.

Rovelto and Julmis will return to Manhattan to continue training for the start of the indoor track and field season when the Wildcats host the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon and KSU All-Comers in December. Ramos will also return to Manhattan where she still resides and trains with K-State distance coach Michael Smith.