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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 18


1. Estes named USA Track & Field Events Director
2. Jeter, Gatlin to meet cheetah cubs Carmelita, Justin at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
3. Shorey, Taylor-Talcott set American records at USA 40 km Race Walk Championships
4. 10 reigning Olympians highlight Team USA for Great North CityGames

Estes named USA Track & Field Events Director
A familiar face at USA Track & Field has taken on a new role as the organization announces Jim Estes as its new Director of Events.

Estes has served as USATF Associate Director of Marketing and Long Distance Running Programs since 2005. In his new role, he will oversee the awarding of USATF championship events and execution of USATF-owned properties. A former running specialty retailer and road race director prior to his arrival at USATF, Estes oversaw the successful uniting of the 2012 Olympic Team Trials Marathon for men and women, held in Houston in January. He has been a key liaison between USATF, the USOC and local organizers for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
“Jim’s relationships with the key organizations and individuals in our sport and his ability to execute events that are successful for athletes, fans and organizers make him a great fit for his new position,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “He will play a pivotal role as we re-evaluate our event strategy and look to enhance our existing properties.”
In other staff changes, Adam Schmenk was named Associate Director of Broadcasting and will focus on expanding USATF’s broadcast presence and developing new programming on television and the Internet. Katie Branham and Jeff Mlynski were promoted in their departments. Branham is now Communications Manager while Mlynski is Events Manager.

Jeter, Gatlin to meet cubs Carmelita, Justin at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
2012 Olympic medalists Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin will be at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C., Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) to meet their namesake cheetah cubs.

The two cubs were debuted in the spring when the zoo partnered with USA Track & Field to name the two cubs after the two fastest Americans from the 100 meter final at the London Olympic Games.

Jeter returned home from London with three Olympic medals and a world record. She won silver and bronze in the 100m and 200m, respectively, before anchoring the women’s 4x100m relay team in shattering the world record in a time of 40.82. She is also the 2011 Jesse Owens Award winner, which is awarded annually by USA Track & Field to recognize the men’s and women’s athletes of the year.

Gatlin also won a pair of Olympic medals in London. His personal best time of 9.79 was good enough for bronze as part of a blistering men’s 100m final. Gatlin, the former world record holder in the 100m and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, also ran the second leg on the American record setting 4x100m relay, which won the silver medal. 

Each athlete will be available to sign autographs for visitors at the Cheetah Conservation Station. The first 450 guests (three years of age and older) will receive cheetah cub cards ideal for autographs and each guest may bring one additional object to be autographed. The Olympians will sign just one autograph per person.

Shorey, Taylor-Talcott claim USA 40 km Race Walk Championships
Ben Shorey grabbed his first ever national title while Erin Taylor-Talcott won her second consecutive championship en route to setting an American record at the 74th annual USA 40 km Race Walk Championships Sunday at Joe Palaia Park in Ocean Township, N.J.

Shorey won the title in a time of 3:29:12 while Taylor-Talcott won decisively in a time of 3:44:45 to give her three titles in the last four years. En route to winning the title, Taylor-Talcott passed through the 25 km mark in 2:13:22 to giver her the American record for that distance.

There were also multiple American junior and masters age-group records set. Chris Schmid (M65-69) established the American masters age-group 40 km record in 4:02:10 en route to also achieving record marks at 30 km (2:57:12) and 35 km (3:39:21). John Backlund (M70-74), en route to placing 14th, established the 35 km age-group record (4:35:17). Jonathan Hallman set the American junior men’s 25 km record at 2:13:42.  Full results are listed here.

Seven reigning Olympic medalists highlight Team USA for Great North CityGames
A total of seven London Olympic Games medalists will be among the names on the roster for the fifth Great North CityGames slated for Saturday at the NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Darvis Patton (men’s 4x100m silver), Ryan Bailey (men’s 4x100m silver), Will Claye (men’s long jump bronze and triple jump silver), Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump gold), Jason Richardson (men’s 110m hurdles silver), Bianca Knight (women’s 4x100m gold) and Jeneba Tarmoh (women’s 4x100m gold) all claimed medals in London and will lead the American squad into the Great North CityGames.  

The Great North CityGames are staged the day before the Bupa Great North Run and pits American athletes against athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in an exhibition track meet. The event is free to attend and drew 15,000 spectators in 2011.
Team scores will be kept with the winner of each event scoring one point for their country and a total of nine points will be possible.
Team USA Great North CityGames roster

100m - Calisio Newman, Darvis Patton
150m - Ryan Bailey
Long Jump - Will Claye, Christian Taylor
110m hurdles - Jason Richardson, Ryan Wilson
Mile - Jordan McNamara, Daniel Clark, Bernard Lagat

100m - Bianca Knight
150m - Charonda Williams, Jeneba Tamoh
Pole Vault - April Bennett, Mary Saxer
Mile - Shannon Rowbury, Jenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, Anna Pierce

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