News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 20
In this issue:
1. Jeter, Hardee named USOC Athletes of the Month
2. Team USA Mountain, 100 km runners bring home gold
Jeter, Hardee named USOC Athletes of the Month
Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Trey Hardee (Austin, Texas) were selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as Athlete’s of the Month for the month of August. The organization made the announcement Monday.
Jeter and Hardee were instrumental in a fast start for Team USA as it accumulated a total of 25 medals at the 13th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea, which ran August 27-September 4. The 25 medals the Americans racked up were more than any other country and the 12 gold medals for Team USA were also the most accumulated.
Jeter won a trio of medals at the World Championships, which included gold in both the 100-meters (10.90 seconds) and the 4x100m relay (41.56). Jeter also claimed silver in the 200m (22.37). To win the 100m, Jeter bested a field which included two-time Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica. Jeter became just the second American to win three medals in the 100m at the World Championships after winning bronze in 2007 and 2009.
Hardee successfully defended his world title by winning the men’s decathlon with a score of 8,607 points. Hardee became just the third athlete to win two world titles in the event and was part of a 1-2 Team USA sweep at the World Championships with Ashton Easton (Eugene, Ore.) taking silver. It was the first time a country had taken the top two medals in the event at the same World Championships.
Team USA Mountain, 100 km runners bring home gold
INDIANAPOLIS – The Team USA Mountain and 100 km squads saw individual and team success this weekend in Europe with Max King (Bend, Ore.) and Kasie Enman (Huntington, Vt.) taking the individual titles Sunday at the World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania. Enman became the first ever American to win the race. Michael Wardian (Alexandria, Va.) took runner-up honors at the World 100 km Championships Saturday in Winschoten, Netherlands, as Americans took home team gold and silver medals.
100 km Championships – men gold, women silver
In Winschoten, American men won both the team and individual titles. Wardian and teammates Andrew Henshaw (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Matt Wood (Marietta, Ga.) ran 6:42:49, 6:44:35 and 6:50:23 to finish second, third and sixth, respectively, leading the U.S. to a team gold medal as they defeated Japan with a total time of 20:17:47 to 21:05:00.
In the women’s race, Meghan Arbogast (Corvallis, Ore.) finished fifth in 7:51:10 to lead the Team USA women to a silver medal. Annette Bednosky (Jefferson, N.C.) and Amy Sproston (Portland, Ore.) took sixth and 11th respectively in 7:54:59 and 8:10:11 to combine with Arbogast for a total team time of 23:56:20, finishing second behind Russia (23:19:40).
World Mountain Running – individual glory
In Albania, Enman became the first senior woman from the U.S. to earn an individual gold medal as she led the senior women to a fourth-place finish. Her time was 40:39 over the 8.59 kilometer course. She was followed by Megan Lund (Basalt, Colo.) in 12th place with a time of 43:56, Michele Suszek (Longmont, Colo.) in 21st place with a time of 44:48, and Brandy Erholtz (Evergreen, Colo.) in 26th place with a time of 45:56.
King’s gold medal becomes only the second gold for a U.S. male as he led the men’s team to a fourth-place finish with his time of 52:06 over the 12.7 kilometer course. He was followed by teammates Joseph Gray (Lakewood, Wash.) in eleventh place with a time of 55:33, Ryan Woods (Boone, N.C.) in 49th place in 1:01:51, Matt Byrne (Scranton, Pa.) in 51st place in 1:01:58, Tommy Manning (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in 79th place in 1:08:10, and Jared Scott (Flagstaff. Ariz.) in 96th place in 1:20:21.
In the junior men’s 8.59 kilometer race, University of Richmond sophomore Ryan Lee posted an impressive 11th place finish. He was followed by fellow Spyder Billy Fayette in 28th place Oliver Bear Don’t Walk IV in 54th. The junior men finished tenth.
The junior women raced 4.49 kilometers. Krisztina Dearborn, a sophomore at Central Connecticut State University, finished in 24th followed by Johns Hopkins sophomore Lara Shegoski in 29th and University of Richmond freshman Clare Moretz in 30th.