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News and Notes - March 19, 2015


Team USA announced for IAAF World Cross Country Championships

INDIANAPOLIS -- The roster for Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships has been announced, as USATF Cross Country champions Chris Derrick (Portland, Oregon) and Laura Thweatt (Boulder, Colorado) lead the way for the Americans later this month in Guiyang, China.

The U.S. men look to improve upon their silver medal in the last World Cross Country Championships, as Derrick led the American effort with his 10th place finish in the last installment. Maksim Korolev (Palo Alto, California), the champion of the Pan American Cross Country Cup, will also represent Team USA along with Bobby Curtis (Rochester, Michigan), who is on his third World XC team (2009, 2010).

Thweatt is representing Team USA for the first time at a major championship and is poised for success, having set a personal best in every event in 2014 and winning the 2015 USATF Cross Country title by more than 30 seconds.

Competing in her fifth IAAF World Cross Country Championships, three-time Olympian Jen Rhines (Boston, Massachusetts) joins Thweatt on Team USA, as well as veteran Mattie Suver (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who turned in a top-30 finish at the last World Cross Country Championships.

Team USA at Guiyang 2015

Senior men: Andrew Colley, Bobby Curtis, Chris Derrick, Maksim Korolev, Patrick Smyth, Ryan Vail

Senior women: Elaina Balouris, Brie Felnagle, Sara Hall, Jennifer Rhines, Mattie Suver, Laura Thweatt

Junior men: John Dressel, Cerake Geberkidane, Eric Hamer, Conner Mantz, Paul Miller, Paul Roberts

Junior women: Kaitlyn Benner, Valerie Constien, Lauren Gregory, Katie Rainsberger, Kelsey Schrader, Shaelyn Sorensen

USATF releases qualifying standards for 2015 USATF Outdoor and Junior Outdoor Championships

INDIANAPOLIS -- The qualifying standards for the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships and 2015 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships were released this week. Both events will be contested at Historic Hayward Field.

The USATF Outdoor Championships are June 25-28, with athletes vying to earn spots on the 2015 IAAF World Championships team set for August 22-30 in Beijing. Hayward Field will also see athletes earning spots to the NACAC Championships, held August 7-9 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The USATF Junior Outdoor Championships are June 25-27, with the nation’s best 15-to-19-year-olds competing for a chance to represent Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships, July 31-August 2 in Edmonton, Canada.

Qualifying Standards: USATF Outdoor Championships | USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

Dates announced for 2016 Armory Track Invitational and NYRR Millrose Games

NEW YORK -- The Armory Track Invitational (ATI) will be held February 13, 2016, followed by the 109th NYRR Millrose Games on February 20, 2016, it was announced today.

The back-to-back national indoor meets at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center will ignite a blockbuster 2016 track and field schedule.


This year’s ATI and NYRR Millrose Games were both televised live nationally by NBC Sports Network and were part of the 2015 indoor USATF Championship Series.

The ATI features some of the country’s finest professional, collegiate and high school athletes and replaced the former Collegiate Invitational. The ATI is made up of more than 40 collegiate teams and hundreds of high school competitors.

Courtesy of The Armory

NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Championships schedule announced

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships schedule was announced Thursday, as the format shifts to utilizing alternating days of competition for the men and women, effective this season and next season.

Aside from the men’s and women’s multi-events, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, the men’s championship will be contested Wednesday and Friday, while the women’s championship will be held Thursday and Saturday.

To view the schedule of events for the East and West Preliminary Rounds, as well as the Finals at Historic Hayward Field, please click here.


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