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Team USATF heads to DecáNation with Olympic medalists and reigning World Champion

9/8/2017
 

Angers, FRANCE -- Olympic medalists and a newly crowned World Champion headline a well-rounded Team USATF at the 2017 DecáNation, a one-day international meet in Angers, France where ten athletes complete one decathlon, on Saturday, September 9 at Stadium du Lac de Maine.

 

The men’s team is highlighted by 2017 World Champion Sam Kendricks in the pole vault and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser in the shot put. They will be joined by renowned athletes such as 2017 USATF Outdoors 110m hurdles champion Aleec Harris and 2016 World Indoor 4x400m relay gold medalist Vernon Norwood in the 400m.

 

On the women’s side, 2016 bronze medalist Kristi Castlin will represent in the 100m hurdles, as will 4x400m relay Olympic gold medalist Courtney Okolo in the 400m. Three-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury will compete in the 2000m and 2017 Diamond League finalist DeAnna Price in the hammer throw, among others.

 

The 13th annual DecáNation was established in 2005 by the French Athletics Association. Seven countries, including the U.S., will vie for the title on Saturday: France, China, Japan, Balkans, Poland and Ukraine.

 

Team USATF has won 9 times out of 12 years of participation. Women’s discus thrower Gia Lewis-Smallwood broke the American record at the 2014 DecáNation, when the event was last held in Angers.

 

2017 DecáNation Team USATF Roster - Women

Event

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

100m

Barbara

Pierre

Orlando, FL

200m

Courtney

Okolo

Carrollton, TX

400m

Courtney

Okolo

Carrollton, TX

800m

Kenyetta

Iyevbele

Charlotte, NC

2000m

Shannon

Rowbury

San Francisco, CA

Triple Jump

Andrea

Geubelle

University Place, WA

High Jump

Elizabeth

Patterson

Rowlett, TX

Discus

Gia

Lewis-Smallwood

Champaign, IL

100mH

Kristi

Castlin

Douglasville, GA

Hammer

DeAnna

Price

Old Monroe, MO

2017 DecáNation Team USATF Roster - Men

Event

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

100m

Beejay

Lee

West Covina, CA

200m

Beejay

Lee

West Covina, CA

400m

Vernon

Norwood

Morgan City, LA

800m

Jesse

Garn

Marcellus, NY

2000m

Donald

Cabral

Glastonbury, CT

Long Jump

Michael

Hartfield

Manchester, CT

Pole Vault

Sam

Kendricks

Oxford, MS

Javelin

Riley

Dolezal

Stanley, ND

110mH

Aleec

Harris

Atlanta, GA

Shot Put

Ryan

Crouser

Boring, OR

 

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