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News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 30

12/13/2011
 
1. Kearney named to BET Honors
2. U.S. Open website launched
3. Simpson, Centrowitz to make 2012 debut in Boston

Kearney named to BET Honors
Beverly ‘Bev’ Kearney, the head track & field coach of the University of Texas, has been named to the list of stars for BET Honors. The fifth annual show from the BET Networks rewards achievements in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. Kearney will be recognized for her lifetime achievement to African-American culture along with legends including Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee and Mariah Carey.

BET Honors is a black-tie tribute with year’s show hosted by actress Gabrielle Union at the Warner Theatre January 14 in Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.BET.com/BETHonors

U.S. Open website launched
The website for the U.S. Open has been launched at www.USOpen.USATF.org featuring event information, tickets and news. The list of events has also been posted. Events include field favorites such as the men's shot put and women's pole vault and track favorites including the men's and women's mile, 50m hurdles and 50m dash and high school relays. Visit the site for the complete list of events and to for more athlete announcements in the coming weeks.
 
The Jan. 28 U.S. Open will kick off the 2012 Visa Championship Series and mark the 99th year of indoor track in Madison Square Garden.
 
Simpson, Centrowitz to make 2012 debut in Boston
The reigning World Champion at 1500 Meters, Jenny Simpson, will open her 2012 season debut, and Matthew Centrowitz will make his professional track debut on February 4 at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 17th annual event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

The American record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase, over the summer Simpson became the first American woman in over 28 years to win a World Outdoor Championships gold medal in the 1,500m in Daegu, South Korea.

Centrowitz also returned to the United States this summer with a medal from the World Championships. His bronze medal performance made him the first U.S. collegiate athlete to win a medal at this distance at the World Championships.

The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
 


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