News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 10

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1. Camarena-Williams named AAU Sullivan Award finalist 2. Albuquerque to host 2013, 2014 USA Indoor Championships 3. Team USA for 2012 NACAC Cross Country Championships announced 4. Wright featured in SBJ 5. 1968 Olympian Bob Day passes away 6. NYC Half Marathon live internet stream Sunday

1. Camarena-Williams named AAU Sullivan Award finalist
2. Albuquerque to host 2013, 2014 USA Indoor Championships
3. Team USA for 2012 NACAC Cross Country Championships announced
4. Wright featured in SBJ
5. 1968 Olympian Bob Day passes away
6. NYC Half Marathon live internet stream Sunday

Camarena-Williams named AAU Sullivan Award finalist
American indoor and outdoor women’s shot put record holder Jillian Camarena-Williams has been named as one of six finalists for the annual 2011 Amateur Athletic Union James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete. The organization made the announcement Wednesday.

First started in 1930, Camarena-Williams joins USC volleyball player Alex Jupiter, U.S. Rowing team member Jason Read, USA Speedskating team member Katherine Reutter, Army football player Andrew Rodriquez and USA Gymanstics team member Jordyn Wieber as the list of 2011 finalists. Other notable winners of the Sullivan Award includes Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow and Shawn Johnson. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony Tuesday, March 20, at the New York Athletic Club.

In 2011 Camarena-Williams established both the indoor and outdoor American records in the shot put while winning a bronze medal at the World Outdoor Championships. She also won her sixth consecutive USA Indoor title and placed second at the USA Outdoor Championships. Her community involvement also includes working with Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. 

Albuquerque to host 2013, 2014 USA Indoor Championships
After hosting the meet the previous three years, USA Track & Field and the city of Albuquerque have agreed in principal that the 2013 and 2014 editions of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will return to the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference preceding the 2012 Championships featuring USATF Interim Chief Executive Officer Mike McNees, city of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau Chief Executive Officer and President Dale Lockett.

“We are excited to be back in Albuquerque for what is our third run here,” McNees said during the press conference. “We are excited to announce that we have agreed in principal to extend our run here for another two years. We are all about partnerships and moving forward we think this has been a great venue. The convenience of the facilities and the fast track has been great. And we are glad we have a willing partner.”

“We appreciate the partnership and USA Track & Field has been a great partner for us,” Berry said. “Our goal in Albuquerque is simple: we want to be the best place to run and jump for indoor track and field in the United States and you don’t get there by accident. You get there by making significant investments. You get there by partnerships. Athletes want to be able to compete and they want to be able to run fast and jump high. And I think we have a facility to do that.”

The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the New Mexico Sports Authority, the University of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque and USATF New Mexico have been the official hosts for the championships for the past three meets.

Team USA for 2012 NACAC Cross Country Championships announced
USA Track & Field announced Thursday the list of 20 athletes that will make up Team USA for the junior and senior men’s and women’s squads for the 2012 North American Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships. The meet is scheduled for March 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah at the Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The competition will be held on the same course from 2011 when both Team USA senior men and women took home gold medals. The competition will take place on a two-kilometer grass loop with the junior women racing a 4 km, the junior men and senior women racing 6 km and the senior men racing 8 km.

Junior Women
Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich.)
Margaret Drazba (St. Marys, W.V.)
Macy Bricks (Clovis, Calif.)
Ellen Junewick (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Gabrielle Anzalone (Grand Blanc, Mich.)

Junior Men
Jace Lowry (Paragon, Ind.)
Adam Zutz (St. Francis, Minn.)
Aaron Bartnik (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Jacob Kildoo (Grove City, Pa.)
Adam Braun (Shoreview, Minn.)

Senior Women
Liz Costello (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Laura Thweatt (Boulder, Colo.)
Jamie Cheever (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Hilary Orf (Ballwin, Mo.)
Ariana Fisher (Toledo, Ohio)

Senior Men
Josh Simpson (Morgantown, W.V.)
Chris Rombough (St. Paul, Minn.)
Jeff Schirmer (Carbondale, Ill.)
Elliot Krause (Appleton, Wis.)
Christopher Landry (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wright featured in SBJ
USATF Board member Eve Wright is featured in the current issue of Sports Business Journal, in its “40 Under 40” section highlighting top sports executives under the age of 40.

The vice president and associate general counsel of the Miami Heat, the 37-year-old Wright’s key role in advancing the Heat’s approach to business and sponsorship deals is among her professional skills spotlighted in the magazine. “We are innovative and pushing the limits of traditional deals,” Wright says in SBJ. “What we are doing is bigger, better and more meaningful, so from a legal standpoint we have to figure out how to achieve it.”

Former Olympian Bob Day passes away
1968 Olympian Bob Day has died the family announced Thursday. Day was a four-year track letterman (1963-64-65-66) and is considered one of UCLA's best and most versatile distance runners. At the time of his graduation, Day held UCLA records in the 1500 meters (3:42.1), one-mile (3:56.4), two-mile (8:33.0) and 5000 meters (13:44.2). His mile mark, set as a sophomore, was a national record and still remained a UCLA record for over three decades. He also set the national record in the two-mile that season. Day won the 1965 Pac-8 and NCAA mile championship, and in 1966, he was the leader on Coach Jim Bush's first NCAA championship team, although he had to sit out the meet because of a heel injury. In addition to his track and field success, Day was considered the top cross-country runner in the nation his junior and senior years. In 1968, Day went on to win the U.S. National Track and Field Championships in the 5,000 meters and earned a spot on the U.S. team in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

For more on Eve Wright and 40 Under 40, visit Half Marathon live internet stream Sunday
Fans of the NYC Half Marathon can follow a live internet stream of the race Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. (Eastern) at The race is schedule to begin a 7:30 a.m.

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