USA finished top in both genders with the same 1,440 points’ total,
followed by Canada and Guatemala in the men’s, and Canada and
Mexico in the women’s. There were other countries who could reflect on
with satisfaction, as for the first time in the seven-year history of the
competition men’s teams from Nicaragua, St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago
finished with medals.
The women’s competition had a more even spread of golds than the
men’s, with Mexico’s Bibi Candelas and Mayra Garcia, Puerto Rico’s
Yarleen Santiago and Yamileska Yantin and USA’s Summer Ross each
collecting two. For Ross, who like Candelas also picked up a silver,
the golds came at the very end as she finished the year on a high.
After reuniting with Emily Day (with whom Ross was a world university
champion in 2011) to win in Trinidad & Tobago, the American repeated
the feat in Aruba alongside Tealle Hunkus.
Juan Virgen of Mexico and Sergio Gonzalez
of Cuba go face to face
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