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Team USATF and location change announced for 2018 Thorpe Cup


INDIANAPOLIS -- The roster of athletes that will be representing Team USATF for the 2018 Thorpe Cup, July 27-28, in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been set. This represents a venue change as the original site was Fayetteville, Arkansas.


The Thorpe Cup is an annual competition between the United States and Germany in which decathletes and heptathletes from each country compete for gold. Each year the location in which competition is held alternates between Germany and the United States. There will be seven athletes entered in each discipline.


Fans will be able to watch competition on demand on USATF.TV+. Click here for team staff release.


Highlighting the decathletes will be Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, California), who is looking to capitalize on the momentum from his second-place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships where he achieved a personal best score of 8071. Solomon has previously represented Team USATF at the 2017 NACAC Combined Events Championships.


Also competing for the men will be Tim Wunderlich (Westminster, Maryland) who made his 2018 debut with a sixth-place finish at USATF Outdoor Championships. This will be his fourth time representing Team USATF. He has previously competed in two Pan Am Combined Events (‘13,’16), and one Thorpe Cup (‘17).


In the heptathlon, Washington State senior Alissa Brooks-Johnson (Doty, Washington) will be competing in the heptathlon for Team USATF.  Brooks-Johnson is the 2018 Pac-12 champion in this event and has finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships over the past two years.


The 2018 Thorpe Cup will be Lindsay Schwartz’s (Watertown, Wisconsin) sixth consecutive year representing Team USATF. In 2013 and 2014, she competed at the Pan American Combined Events Challenge where she finished third each year. This year will mark her fourth consecutive time (‘15-’18) competing in the Thorpe Cup. In each of the previous years, she was a top-four finisher. In June, she finished third at USATF Outdoor Championships.


Team USATF - 2018 Thorpe Cup



Soloman Simmons

Murrieta, California

Markus Ballengee

Moneta, Virginia

Steven Bastien

Saline, Michigan

Charlie Card-Childers

Houston, Texas

Timothy Ehrhardt

Addison, Illinois

Derek Jacobus

Palo, Iowa

Tim Wunderlich

Westminster, Maryland



Alissa Brooks-Johnson

Doty, Washington

Riley Cooks

Coarsegold, California

Annie Kunz

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Nikki Larch-Miller

San Diego, California

Allison Reaser

El Segundo, California

Lindsay Schwartz

Watertown, Wisconsin

Ashtin Zamzow

Goliad, Texas



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