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News and Notes, Volume 14, Number 11

1) Drake joins USATF Championship Series
2) Relive the excitement from USA vs. the World 2012
3) Growing list of athletes eligible for .US National Championships

Drake joins USATF Championship Series
For the first time since 2009, this weekend’s Drake Relays will be part of the USATF Championship Series as dozens of London Olympic medalists highlight strong fields of elite athletes.

The Drake Relays will be streamed LIVE on ESPN3 on Friday, April 26, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and broadcast on ESPN 2 on Saturday April 27 from 8:00-9:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).

An institution of spring track and field, the 104th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee  will feature fierce college and high school races, but 12 elite events featuring stars from the London Games bolster the post-collegiate offerings. With 19 Olympic medalists from the London Games, top athletes competing include 2012 Olympic gold medalists Aries Merritt, Jenn Suhr, Christian Taylor and Brittney Reese; 2012 silver medalists Dawn Harper, Jason Richardson and Michael Tinsley; and bronze medalists Kellie Wells and Reese Hoffa.

International medalists include: gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie, silver medalists Bjorn Otto, Lugelin Santos and Yarisley Silva , bronze medalists Hansle Parchment, Javier Culson, Maryam Jamal, Lalonde Gordon and Zuzana Hejnova.

For more information on the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, visit

Relive the excitement from USA vs. The World 2012
In three days, Team USA’s best will take on the world at the 14th edition of USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. Relive the excitement of the 2012 relays with this recap video of Team USA sweeping all six events.

USA vs. The World will be broadcast live on NBC from 1-3 p.m. ET. An additional two hours of coverage will be shown the same day on Universal Sports from 3-5 p.m. ET.

Growing list of athletes eligible for .US National Championships
To qualify for this November’s .US National Road Racing Championships, runners must finish in the top ten at any of the USA Running Circuit (USARC) events. $100,000 in prize money will be awarded, with $20,000 going to the men’s and women’s champions of the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Below is a list of the athletes currently eligible to compete at the season-ending event after Tuesday’s USA 1 Mile Road Championships:

AJ Acosta
Miles Batty
Liam Boylan-Pett
Donn Cabral
Craig Curley
Bobby Curtis
Chris Derrick
Tony Fillipek
Brian Gagnon
Elliot Heath
Garrett Heath
Christo Landry
Bobby Mack
Travis Mahoney
Leo Manzano
Richard Medina
Craig Miller
Tyler Pennel
Luke Puskedra
Sean Quigley
Tim Ritchie
Dathan Ritzenhein
Jeff See
James Strang
Matt Tegenkamp
Mo Trafeh
Ben True
Ryan Vail

Ladia Albertson Junkas
Gabriele Anderson
Janet Bawcom
Sarah Brown
Stephanie Bruce
Heather Cappello
Jamie Cheever
Kim Conley
Katie DiCamillo
Delilah Dicrescenzo
Shalane Flanagan
Kate Grace
Clara Grandt
Sara Hall
Emily Infeld
Kellyn Johnson
Heather Kampf
Deena Kastor
Alissa McKaig
Ashley Miller
Brianna Nelson
Stephanie Pezzullo
Chelsea Reilly
Jenn Rhines
Shannon Rowbury
Alice Schmidt
Neely Spence
Mattie Suver
Renee Tomlin
Alisha Williams
Sarah Crouch

For more information on the .US National Road Racing Championships, visit

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