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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 24

1. Madison, Jones named to U.S. national bobsled team
2. Rupp leads USA Chiba Ekiden Team
3. Reese creates scholarship for Gulfport students

Madison, Jones named to U.S. national bobsled team

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced on Thursday that track & field Olympians Tianna Madison and Lolo Jones have been named to the U.S. national bobsled team.

Both athletes bring an impressive track resume to the ice. Madison helped the women’s 4x100m relay team set a world record in London en route to winning Olympic gold, she is also an individual world champion in the long jump. Jones is the indoor American record holder in the in 60m hurdles and a two-time indoor world champion.

Two other track & field athletes named to the team include collegiate standouts Aja Evans from the University of Illinois and Cherrelle Garrett from the University of California at Berkeley.

Photo of Tianna Photo of Lolo
Lolo Jones with driver Jazmine Fenlator

Photos courtesy U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Tianna Madison with driver
Elana Meyers

For more information on the U.S. national bobsled team, visit

Rupp leads USA Chiba Ekiden Team

2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp will lead a strong contingent of athletes to Chiba, Japan to compete in the Chiba Ekiden.

On the men’s side Rupp, the American record holder for 10,000m, will be joined by the 2012 U.S. 25 km champion Joseph Chirlee and Jake Riley, who was a six-time All-American during his time at Stanford. The women’s team will include  eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Neely Spence, the recent USA 10 km champion Chelsea Reilly, and University of Toledo senior Emma Kertesz.

The six person relay team will combine to cover the marathon distance against an international field in Chiba, Japan on November 23. The legs of the relay are:

1st leg: Men 5km
2nd leg: Women 5km
3rd led: Men 10km
4th leg: Women 5km
5th leg: Men 10km
6th leg: Women 7.195km

Fore more information on the Chiba Ekiden, visit

Reese creates scholarship for Gulfport students

On Friday, October 26, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and women’s long jump champion, Brittney Reese, will return to her high school to announce plans for a scholarship program aimed at providing funds to one male and one female college-bound high school student. 

During the spring semester, the Brittney Reese Scholarship will award $1,500 to one male and one female student in the Gulfport School District.

Prior to her gold medal victory in London, Reese broke the American Indoor Record for the Long Jump, won two gold medals at the World Outdoor Championships (2009, 2011), two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2010 and 2012, as well as five USA Outdoor Championships and two USA Indoor Championships. In addition to her athletic achievements, Reese is actively involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, particularly in her native Mississippi, including work with area Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Red Cross, Feed My Sheep and she continues to support efforts in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac.

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