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News and Notes - June 18, 2014


Four-time Olympian Thurmond represents USATF on the pitching mound

Four-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond put her throwing skills to a different test today when she threw out the first pitch at the Indy Indians AAA baseball game at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Aretha, now retired, has transitioned from professional athlete to associate director of international teams at USA Track & Field. In her current role, Aretha assists athletes and staff of various U.S. national teams with logistics, uniforms, travel and team sign-ups at all national championship meets. In true discus style, Aretha did a perfect pitch from the mound.

Gatlin continues unbeaten streak at Golden Spike Ostrava

Justin Gatlin carried his undefeated streak through the Golden Spike Ostrava, running a world-leading 9.86 to win the men’s 100 meters. Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton turned in a personal best 48.94 in the 400m hurdles, crossing in third. Allyson Felix captured another victory in the women’s 200 meters, crossing in 22.75. LaShawn Merritt, who owns four of the five fastest times in the world this year, clocked 44.16 en route to winning the men’s 400 meters.

Seven-time NCAA Champion Abbey D’Agostino signs pro contract

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino landed with New Balance after a stellar career that saw her win seven NCAA titles and earn 13 All-American honors. Read more on Abbey’s move to the pro ranks from Runner’s World.


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