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USATF, 9/5/2017, NEW YORK -- The greatest Olympian of the 20th Century, Carl Lewis, will be honored by USA Track & Field with the Legend Award as part of USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on Thursday, November 2 at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.
 
A 2001 inductee in the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame, Lewis has been named both “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee.
“More than 20 years after his retirement, Carl Lewis still stands as one of the greatest legends in all of sport,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “His athletic accomplishments made history, and his advocacy for the professionalism of track & field made him a cultural trailblazer.”
 
Now in its third year, USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala is a red-carpet event held at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The Gala includes the induction of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017, along with current USATF stars, legendary athletes, business executives and celebrities from sports and entertainment on hand for an opening reception, dinner and after party. Guests walk the red carpet in black tie attire and sneakers, giving the night a USATF twist on athletic elegance and excellence. View photos from 2016 here.
 
The National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced early fall.
 
20th Century G.O.A.T.
Lewis' achievements are unprecedented in track and field: He is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals, the other being Finland’s Paavo Nurmi. Similarly, he is one of two to win four golds in the same event, tying with Al Oerter. He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at World Outdoor Championships throughout his athletic career.
 
Lewis’ career on the track will forever be defined by his four gold medal performance at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los 
Published in Athletes
Flint, MICHIGAN -- The largest field in the history of the USATF Masters 1 Mile National Championships - over 130 athletes - took off Friday evening under sunny skies, upper 60’s temperatures and little humidity. 
 
The Age-Grading contests, emblematic of the top relative performances across all age groups, had some terrific results, with Masters track legend and world record holder, Sabra Harvey, 68, topping the list at 105.63%. Her 6:07 at age 68 gave Harvey her second age-grade score over 100% at a national championship road race this year. Second was Jeannie Rice, 69, with a 6:39 for 98.79% and in 3rd Susan ‘Lynn’ Cooke, 58, with a 6:03 for 91.68%. Kevin Castille’s 4:24 at age 45, topped the Men’s list with 92.67%, followed by Nat Larson, 55, with a 4:49 for 91.75% and in 3rd, Dave Bussard, 57, with a 5:01 for 89.60%.
Published in Roads
INDIANAPOLIS, 8/16/2017 - British Athletics and USA Track & Field (USATF) today announced that two of the strongest nations in global track & field will go head-to-head in a new format, one-day competition next year.
 
Entitled ‘The Meet’ and hosted by British Athletics, the event will be staged July 21, 2018 at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, site of the wildly successful 2017 IAAF World Championships. 
 
It will feature a new, fast-paced format designed to appeal to new audiences at one of the most celebrated athletics stadiums in the world.


 
Many of the stars of USA Track & Field and British Athletics are expected to take part in the event, which will be uniquely designed to entertain audiences at London’s iconic track and field stadium.


 
A blend of running, jumping, hurdles and relay events will ensure an exciting competition lasting two hours. The British Athletics team and Team USATF athletes will score points for their respective countries in nine events in a compact, fan-friendly program.


 
“USATF is thrilled to collaborate and innovate with British Athletes on ‘The Meet,’” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings excitement, attention and focus to our sport. ‘The Meet’ will bring track and field back to the future by reviving dual-meet team competition in a way that caters to modern fans.
Published in Track & Field
8/13/17—LONDON -- Katie Burnett (El Cajon, California), Susan Randall (Beavercreek, Ohio) and Erin Taylor-Talcott (Portland, Oregon) made history Sunday morning as part of the first field of competitors for the women’s 50 km race walk at the IAAF World Championships. Burnett took five minutes off her American 50 km record to finish in 4:21:51 Sunday, breaking her own 35 km (3:00:43) and 40 km (3:27:10) pending American records along the way.
 
Over the first 2 km, Portugal’s Inês Henriques and China’s Hang Yin separated themselves from the group, leaving the remaining five walkers battling for bronze. Burnett split the first 2 km in 10:28 for fifth, with Taylor-Talcott and Randall following in 10:34 and 10:54. By 4 km, Burnett made up ground, moving from fifth to third by 5 km to walk shoulder to shoulder with Nair Da Rosa of Brazil and Shuqing Yang of China. 
 
Taylor-Talcott was disqualified with three bent knee violations just after the 8 km split, while Randall dropped off the pace of the chase pack. The trio of Da Rosa, Yang and Burnett stayed 1:25 behind the leaders as Henriques and Yin continued to push the pace, hitting 10 km in 51:45. 
Published in Track & Field
USATF (8/11/2017, London)—Team USATF made a splash by having its biggest distance-running medal haul in generations at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. But nothing, it seems, prepared the track world for the stunning 1-2 finish in the women’s steeplechase by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs Friday night at the IAAF World Championships in London.
 
With the win, Coburn set a championship record and American record and became the first American since Hall of Famer Horace Ashenfelter in 1952 to win a steeplechase gold in a global championship. It also marks the first time in history Americans have gone 1-2 in an Olympic or World Championships steeplechase. Equally stunning was a more than 15-second personal best for Frerichs, whose time broke the previous championship and American records.
 
Combined with a 1-3 finish by Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta in the women’s long jump, it was Team USATF’s women at center stage at Queen Elizabeth Park Olympic Stadium, earning four medals on the night to bring the American medal count to 23 after eight days of competition.
Published in Track & Field
Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:58

Weekly Roundup form USATF (July 31, 2017)

 
TEAM USATF WOMEN REIGN VICTORIOUS AT 2017 THORPE CUP
Dusseldorf, Germany-- Team USATF women reigned as the 2017 Thorpe Cup champion, an international track and field competition between USA and Germany in which male and female athletes compete in multi-events.
 
Seven women competed in the heptathlon, taking home the victory win over Team Deutschland for the second consecutive year. Team USATF totaled 17, 461 points compared to Germany’s 16,281. 
 
Team USATF swept the top five spots as Alex Gochenour (Missouri Valley, Iowa) won with a score of 5,898 points, followed by Allison Reaser (El Segundo, California) with 5,782 and Chari Hawkins (Rexburg, Idaho) in third with 5,781.
 
On the men’s side, Team USATF fell short of the prize, totaling 37,321 points in the decathlon to Germany’s 38,642. 
 
Top finishers for Team USATF were Scott Filip (Bloomingdale, Illinois), with a fourth place finish at 7,632 points, followed by Kurtis Brondyke (Clinton, Iowa) in fifth with 7,595, Daniel Golubovic (Los Angeles, California) in seventh with 7,432, Gabriel Moore (Freeport, Florida) in eighth with 7,370 and Tim Wunderlich (Westminster, Maryland) in tenth with 7,292 points. 
 
 
THREE TEAM, TWO INDIVIDUAL MEDALS HIGHLIGHT WORLD MOUNT RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Premana, Italy -- To say Team USATF had an amazing day on the rugged trails of Premana, Italy at the 33rd World Running Championships would be an understatement, as they finished the day earning a total of five medals. 
 
The day started with a bronze medal for USA’s Talon Hull, representing the junior men, who cranked out a time of 28:01 on the challenging 6.5-kilometer course, which boasted over 1800 vertical feet of climbing. For the junior women, Lauren Gregory added a second bronze to the medal collection with a time of 33:33, while also leading her squad to a silver medal. 
 
On the 13 kilometer course, the senior women took home team gold, with Allie McLaughlin (Nashville, Tennessee) finishing fifth with a time of 1:06:06, followed by Addie Bracy (Longmont, Colorado) in eighth with a time of 1:07:46, Kasie Enman (Huntington, Vermont) in 13th with a time of 1:09:11 and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Common, Vermont) in 23rd with a time of 1:12:14.
 
Team USATF’s final medal came from the senior men with a bronze-medal podium finish. First across the line was Joseph Gray (Lakewood, Washington) with a fourth-place finish timed in 55:35. Patrick Smyth (Santa Fe, New Mexico) finished in eighth place with a time of 57:19, followed by Brett Hales (Layton, Utah) in 22nd with a time of 59:30, and Andy Wacker (Boulder, Colorado) in 30th place with a time of 1:00:52. 
 
For more information, check out the full event recap, final results and race day photos. 
 
Contributed by Nancy Hobbs, USATF MUT Chair
 
 
 
MARIA MICHTA-COFFEY HIGHLIGHTS USATF NATIONAL RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Manalapan, NJ -- Some of the nation’s elite race walkers competed in the annual 10k USATF National Race Walking Championship, a 25 lap event, held at Manalapan High School on Sunday.
 
Highlighting the event was Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) of Walk USA who dominated competition, crossing the finish line in 45:31.40, a full ten minutes ahead of second-place. The men’s victory came from Anthony J. Gruttadauro (Brockport, New York) of Shore AC who finished in 45:27.34. 
 
Shore AC swept the team competition for the men, while Walk USA took home team gold for the women. 
Published in Track & Field
TRUJILLO, Peru -- Team USATF’s brightest young stars are set to compete at the 2017 Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru. The three-day meet kicks off Friday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 23.
Published in Track & Field