Final Medal count for Team USA Track & Field:
Gold – 1
Silver – 1
Bronze – 4
On July 27, 2017, Shellane McKitty had her 2nd career sub 60 seconds with 59.64 for 8th in the Women’s 400m Finals. Delvin Furlough amazed people with another 49 seconds’ performance. However, this did not earn him a medal, finishing 7th.
MaKenzie Hageman finished 11th place in the Women’s Long Jump. She advanced to the Women’s 200m Finals.
Taylor Koss, Gareth Ashton and Nick Jones tried to move into the Men’s 200m Finals, however only Taylor Koss made it.
In the Men’s Discus Throw Finals, the competition was tough and Alex Weis managed to jump into 5th place with a best toss of 47.32m (157′ 3 1/2″). Teammate Jacob Hockman threw 45.59m (149′ 7″).
On July 28, 2017, Team USA Track & Field Team bounced back with the addition of a bronze medal won by Taylor Koss. Taylor fought against strong winds during the Men’s 200m Finals. He clocked 22.71 for the right to stand on the podium.
MaKenzie Hageman was up against a very good field of 200m runners and finished in 7th with a time of 27.74.
Team USA performed well in the Semi Finals for Women’s 4 x 100m, Men’s 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m teams which all advanced to the Finals. The Women’s 4 x 400m event did not have a Semi Final.
On July 29, 2017, Team USA Track & Field Team concluded the 23rd Deaflympics Samsun on a disappointing note as all of the relay teams were not able to place in the medal standings.
To start the last day of competition, Ryan Guidan ran the 42km marathon under a strong Samsun sun and passed the finish line in 8th place, with a time of 2:49. Elizabeth Barbiers (GA) ended her event in 6th place with a time of 3:35 and made an unofficial new Deaf American record. Kudos to those marathoners.
Back to the field, Carly Timpson jumped on the silver medal podium with a feat of 1.72m (5′ 7 3/4″).
With several people out either sick or limited choices and injuries, there was room for error in the relay events. The USA relay teams did not fare well.
The Women’s 4 x 100m team started slowly and picked up quickly. But fell short finishing in 4th place with a time of 48.93. 4th USA all time best ever time! Congratulations to MaKenzie Hageman, Janna VanderMeulen, Shellane McKitty and Jaida Scott.
In the Men’s 4 x 100m, Nick Jones started very fast and the relay team was leading until during the second exchange Delvin Furlough was unable to hand over the baton to Taylor Koss as he pulled his hamstring. Anchor Dwayne Esper never saw the baton. The relay team was not able to finish the event.
Thewomen gave it their all in the last Deaflympics event for Women’s 4 x 400m relay. Jaida Scott, Janna VanderMeulen, Nicola Stein and Shellane McKitty set the USA’s 7th all time best time with 4:04.56 and placed in 4th. USA Men’s 4 x 400m team tried to grab a medal to no avail, finishing in 4th place with a time of 3:19.
This closed the 2017 Deaflympics Athletics events. Until 2021!