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News and Notes, Volume 13, Number 13

In this edition:
  1. USATF Oxy High Performance Meet set for Friday
  2. Loaded fields set for Shanghai Diamond League
  3. Atlanta Grand Prix brings track back to Atlanta
  4. USA Track & Field Awards Six High Performance Training Center Grants
  5. Team USA Travels to Pan American Race Walking Cup Team

USATF Oxy High Performance Meet set for Friday
The top distance runners in the nation will meet at the USATF Oxy High Performance Meet on Friday, May 17 in Los Angeles. The condensed distance-only meet provides a domestic competitive opportunity for middle distance runners to attain World and National Championship standards.

The top race of the night could be the mens’ 1500m where Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and 2011 world bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz will face a loaded field of American and international stars. Double British Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah and training partner Galen Rupp who won silver in the 10,000m will drop down in distance for the evening, while 800m specialist Nick Symmonds who finished 5th in London will move up to the 1500m. Other top entrants include Olympians Andrew Wheating, Lopez Lomong, Evan Jager and Cam Levins of Canada.

The men’s 5,000m will feature former 10,000m American record-holder Chris Solinksy and former 5,000m American record-holder Dathan Ritzenhein. Other record-holders on the entry list include Alan Webb (1 mile) and Galen Rupp (10,000m). If Rupp and Farah double in the 1500 and 5,000, they will have less than an hour between the two events.

On the women’s side, the 1500m also features a strong field headlined by 2012 Olympians Emma Coburn, Kim Conley and Bridget Franek. Others to watch include high school phenom Mary Cain and Sarah Brown.

The women’s 800m field includes 2012 Olympians Geena Gall and Alice Schmidt along with 800m specialist Phoebe Wright and Lea Wallace who recently ran the lead leg on the American record-setting 4x800m relay at USA vs. the World.

The meet will be webcast live by Flotrack via a subscription starting at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday. Visit for more information on the webcast. 

Loaded fields set for Shanghai Diamond League
Seven reigning Olympic champions will headline a star-studded field at the second stop of the 2013 Diamond League series in Shanghai on Saturday, May 18.

Top events to watch include:

Men’s 400m - 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt will face-off with 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada. Other contenders London silver and bronze medalists Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic and Lalonde Gordon of the Trinidad and Tobago.

Women’s 100m - Three-time London medalist Carmelita Jeter and two-time Olympic 100m Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica will duel on the straight away.

Men’s Long Jump - 2011 World Champion Dwight Phillips will return to competition for the first time in more than 18 months as he faces 2008 Olympic champion Irving Saladino of Panama and 2012 gold medalists Greg Rutherford of Great Britain.

Men’s 100m hurdles - The U.S. will occupy five of the nine lanes in the men’s hurdles.  World record holder and Olympic Champion Aries Merritt will face his Olympic teammates Jason Richardson and Jeff Porter, along with David Oliver and Ryan Wilson.

For full starts lists and more information, visit

Atlanta Grand Prix brings professional track back to the Peach state
Elite track and field will return to the home of the 1996 Olympic Games as the Atlanta Grand Prix will play host to 2012 Olympic medalists Ashton Eaton, Reese Hoffa and DeeDee Trotter. The meet will be held on Friday, May 17 at Greater Atlanta Christian School and feature a condensed two and half hour schedule.

Other elite athletes scheduled to compete include 2008 Olympic medalist Queen Harrison, 60m hurdle indoor American record holder Lolo Jones and four-time Olympic medalist Jeremy Wariner.

Admission to the meet is free, and donations can be made at the entrance to support the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The meet is hosted by Doyle Management Group and USA Track & Field Georgia. For more information, visit

USA Track & Field Awards Six High Performance Training Center Grants
For the third consecutive year, USA Track & Field is awarding USATF’s High Performance Training Center Grants to elite athletes located in training enclaves throughout the U.S.  in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Six High Performance Training Center (HPTC) Grants have been awarded for 2013. The grants range from $20,000-25,0000 and can be used for such things as:  rental of practice facilities, rental of strength training and conditioning facilities, athlete medical and sport science support, training equipment, coach’s travel to training camps, etc.

The grant awardees are:  HSInternational in (Los Angeles, Calif.) with coach John Smith; Top of The Podium (Los Angeles, Calif.) with coach Bob Kersee; Georgia Track Club (Atlanta, Ga.) with Coach Nat Page; Stratton Speed  (Arlington/Dallas, Texas), with coaches Monte Stratton and Jon Drummond; Oregon Track Club Elite (Portland, Ore.) with coach Jerry Schumacher; and Star Athletics (Orlando, Fla.) with coach Dennis Mitchell.

In order to apply to receive an HPTC Grant, an entity must have a “podium level” coach, that is one who has led athletes to the medal stand in World and Olympic level Championships and events, as well as having a minimum threshold of five highly performing, world-level athletes in the year-round training group. The 2012 HPTC Grants program was judged to be a highly successful program. Twenty-four HPTC athletes represented Team USA in London and won eight individual medals, eight relay medals and another six placed among the top-eight finalists in their event. 

Team USA Travels to Pan American Race Walking Cup Team
Team USA will compete in the XVI Pan American Race Walking Cup in Guatemala City, Guatemala, May 25 & 26. 

Junior Men - Anthony Peters (Bartlett, Ill.), Alex Peters (Bartlett, Ill.), Steven Washburn (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Senior Women - Katie Burnett (Rochester, N.Y.), Susan Randall (Beavercreeek, Ohio), Erin Taylor-Talcott (Owego, N.Y.)

Junior Women - Brittany Collins (Bohemia, N.Y.), Brenda Jo McCollum (Fall River, Kan.)

Senior Men - Patrick Stroupe (Armstrong, Mo.), John Nunn (Bonsall, Calif.), Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio), Dan Serianni (Rochester, N.Y.)

Senior Men’s 50 km - Ray Sharp (Atlantic Mine, Mich.)

Team Staff: Head Coach, Ed Richardson, Assistant Coach, Diane Graham-Henry, Head Manager, Richard Roberts and Athletic Trainer, Aric Warren. 

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