Northern Arizona University long distance runner Tyler Day will be competing in the Men's 5k Final at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday with a start time of approximately 6:45 p.m.
The 2019 Pan American Games, officially the XVIII Pan American Games and commonly known as the Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games, is a multi-sport event governed by the PanAm Sports Organization, being held in Lima from July 26 to Aug. 11 with preliminary rounds in certain events having begun on July 24. The Men's 5k Final will be held at the Estadio Nacional del Peru.
After a long and convoluted selection process, it is official that Day will be one of two male athletes to represent the United States in the 5k final. Initially, Day was told he would be racing in the Pan American Games. However, after just a few days, the offer was retracted due to a selection process that flipped between which times would qualify for the event. Late in July Day was called yet again and told that the Games would revert back to the initial selection process, allowing him to make the trip south of the border to Peru.
"This was a crazy process," Day said. "I am honored to represent Team USA and my school on the international level. The switching between which times could or could not qualify was confusing, but ultimately it is something I'm looking forward to and I can't wait to compete."
This past spring Day raced in the men's 5k at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round. In early May he set a PR in the 5k with a time of 13:25.06, which was the top time in the country throughout the 2019 outdoor season.
The race will feature 14 runners from 10 countries. Josef Tessema will be the other American to lace it up in Lima.
The Northern Arizona men's tennis team has officially signed Sebastian Mermersky.
Mermersky comes from Washington, D.C. with multiple championships under his belt as a junior tennis player with an ITF world ranking of 220. He started as a full time tennis academy student at Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), in College Park, Maryland from 2012-14 followed by Centercourt, in Morristown, New Jersey from 2014-15. Mermersky will be transferring from Liberty University, where he played for one semester during the fall of 2017.
From 2012-16, Mermersky was in both the top 10 national player ranking and a Blue Chip recipient. He ranked first in every age group (10, 12, 14, 16 and 18) and at 15 he was the mid-Atlantic sectional champion in both the 16 and 18 age groups. Nationally, he made the semifinals of the USTA Winter Championship twice – once in the 14s and once in the 16s age group – and has a gold ball and two bronze balls in doubles from finishing third in the 12, 14 and 16 age group. Mermersky has played in 9 finals with a total of 7 titles on all surfaces, with 6 in doubles and 1 in singles.
The Lumberjacks are coming off a record-breaking season with 22 victories on the season, with a 19-match winning streak. After being undefeated in conference, they won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team was also awarded Big Sky Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year.