June 20, 2008 from USATF press release (INDIANAPOLIS) - More than 2,000 of the top youth track and field athletes in the nation will be on hand at the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 24-29, at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte in Charlotte, NC.
June 19, 2008 - from USATF press release INDANAPOLIS - Track and field's next generation of elite athletes will meet on June 20-22 at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Athletes will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July.
June 18, 2008. From USATF press release. USA Track & Field will heighten anti-doping education initiatives at its three youth national championships in 2008 and will begin in-competition drug testing at the 2009 championship events. The programs are a partnership with the U.S.
LSU won the women's team crown for the first time since 2003 and Florida State repeated as men's champions at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. The women's championship all came down to the final event between LSU and Arizona State.
June 14-2007 From USATF press release. Arizona State senior, Jacquelyn Johnson, has been named the nation's top female collegiate track and field athlete for 2008, for which she will receive the Honda Sports Award, given to the top women athletes in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.
June 13, 2008 from Walt Murphy's News and Results Service. The NCAA Division One Championships are from (June 11-14) in rain-drenched Des Moines, Iowa. Threats of flooding have forced some teams to relocate. CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) will be airing live coverage on Friday, June 13th from 7-10 p.m. CST.
By John Nepolitan / June 9, 2008. At the Great Southwest Invitational the high jump bar was risen to 6’ and for the first time in high school history three girls would clear the bar. The next height would be 6’ 1-1/4” – the “A” qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials. All three would miss, but Shanay Briscoe (Duncanville, TX) would get the win on misses.
2008 USA TOP 5 LIST - as of June 10
Top five performers in each event in 2008 (i=indoor performance)
Photo: High School sensation Chanelle Price led for most of the 800 meters at the recent Prefontaine Classic and is ranked in the top 5 this week!
1:59.82 Hazel Clark-Riely
2:00.01 Alice Schmidt
2:00.57 Alysia Johnson
2:01.07 Nicole Teter
By John Nepolitan June 3, 2008 / Running 4:00.29 for 1600 meters to take the California Federation State Championship almost surely would have been enough for German Fernandez (Riverside HS, CA) to be named Athletes Only Athlete of the Week, but when he came back two hours later and ran 8:34.23 to take the 3200 meter championship there was no reas
June 2, 2008 / From Running USA wire. MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - (May 29, 2008) - Team USA Minnesota's Carrie Tollefson will hold her second annual Training Camp from July 10 through 13 in the Twin Cities. Designed for boys and girls in grades 7-12 who run distances from the 800 meters up through cross country, the performance-driven camp will be held at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.
By John Nepolitan / May 28, 2008. One throw two records - Johannes Swainpool a sophomore at Shawnee Mission-South in Kansas uncorked a 221' 2" throw in the javelin to set a new Kansas 6A record and a new USA class record.
For his record performances, Johannes Swainpool, has been named Athletes Only Athlete of the Week for the week of May 27th.
By John Nepolitan / May 20, 2008. Dusty Jonas (University of Nebraska) entered his last Big 12 Championship looking for his first title. Jonas, who hales from La Vernia, TX (population of 921) not only won the title but would go on to clear 7'8-3/4". With the jump he set the school record, Big 12 Championship meet record, Big 12 Conference record and put his name at the top of the World list.
Held under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80s, the adidas Track Classic is the second event of USA Track & Field's 2008 Visa Outdoor Championships Series. In the men's 3,000m Josh Rohatinsky, Galen Rupp and Jonathan Riley engaged in a terrific men's 3,000m tussle that saw all three competitors with the lead during the bell lap.
New York - May 14, 2008 -- Patience Knight, an NCAA Division I track & field thrower at Texas Tech, has been named the 2008 recipient of the 20th annual Honda Inspiration Award. This award is given annually to an outstanding female college athlete who has overcome adversity to excel in her sport.
By John Nepolitan / May 13, 2008. At first glance the news that Rochelle High School won the 1A Texas title it was big, but then somebody has to win. The real story is how the "team" went about it. Then Rochelle representation at the State championship was a team of
one person: Bonnie Richardson. By the end of the two day meet
By John Nepolitan / May 6, 2008 Being a double winner at a meet like the Big East Championships is a major accomplishment for any athlete. For Villanova's Frances Koons this was the conclusion of a great college career, but not her greatest victory. Koons greatest victory was her win over cancer.
By John Nepolitan / February 27, 2008 Stepping into the ring for his final throw of the New Jersey Meet of Champs Nick Vena (Morristown HS / NJ) had the title wrapped up. Already among the nations top throwers for 2008, Vena had been re-writing the national freshman record book though the season, but nothing prepared the crowd for what they were about to see.
February 15, 2008 From press release.
NAPERVILLE, IL (Feb. 14, 2008) - The North Central College Men's indoor track and field team retained its top spot in the second release of the USTFCCCA Division III Coaches Power Rankings poll announced Wednesday. The poll is released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Reebok Boston Indoor Games - Junior Mile Events By John Nepolitan January 26, 2008 Reggie Lewis Center / Boston, MA The Reebok Boston Indoor Games uses a very simple formula for success: a great track + a vocal crowd close to the action + top athletes who show up ready to compete + a compact schedule that leaves the fans wanting more at the end of the night!
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