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USATF Alumni Association helping victims of Boston Marathon bombings

6/12/2013
 

On Wednesday the USA Track & Field Alumni Association launched a pair of efforts to help the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions in the form of a 4x100m Relay for Boston event at the upcoming USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a donations page set up at www.usatf.org.

Olympians, former world record holders and world class athletes will make up a total of eight relay teams that will take part in the 4x100m Relay For Boston scheduled for Sunday, June 23, at 1:40 p.m. at the USA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Additionally, the USATF Alumni Association has set up a webpage to receive donations for the victims and families of the May 15 attacks at the Boston Marathon, which can be found here. All donations will go directly to the One Fund Boston and are tax-deductible.

The long list of elite athletes competing in the 4x100m Relay for Life includes:

Men
Thomas Johnson (800m)

Former world indoor 500m record holder; ranked No. 2 in the world for 800m in 1988; two-time gold and silver medalist in the World Military Games

Gary Morgan (20km race walk)
17-time USA race walk champion; 1988 20km race walk Olympian

Willie Banks (triple jump)
Former world record holder in the triple jump (17.97m); Two-time Olympians (’84, ’88); 1983 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist; National Track & Field Hall of Famer and USATF board member

Greg Foster (110m hurdles)
Ranked among the top ten in the world in the 110m hurdles 15 times; three-time World Outdoor champion (’83, ’87, ’91); 1984 Olympic silver medalist; National Track & Field Hall of Fame member

Kenny Banks (high jump)
Fourth at 1986 USA Outdoor Championships

Johnny Gray (800m)
Four-time Olympian; American record holder in the 800m (1:42.60); 1992 Olympic bronze medalist; seven-time USA Outdoor champion; set the American outdoor record five times; National Track & Field Hall of Fame member

Eric Thomas (400m hurdles)
Two-time Pan American Games 400m hurdles silver medalist; 2000 Olympian

Al Joyner (triple jump)
1984 Olympic triple jump gold medalist

Dexter McCloud (sprints)
2012 World Masters Indoor 60m hurdles champion

Allen Johnson (110m hurdles)
1996 Olympic gold medalist; four-time World Outdoor Championships gold medalist; three-time World Indoor Championships gold medalist; former American record holder

Women
Diane Dixon (400m)

1984 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist; two-time World Indoor Championship 400m gold medalist; 1988 Olympic 4x400m silver medalist; 1989 World Indoor Championships 400m silver medalist; 12-time USA Indoor and Outdoor champion; won 10 straight USA Indoor 400m titles

Rose Monday (800m)
1985 USA Indoor champion; 2001 World Masters’ champion; ranked in the top ten in the U.S. each year from 1983 until 1992

Sharrieffa Barksdale (400m hurdles)
1984 Olympian, 1983 Pan American Games silver medalist; former American record holder 400m hurdles

Easter Gabriel (400m)
1983 Pan American Games 400m bronze medalist; member of Prairie View A&M, Drake Relays and Black Sports hall of fames

Damu Cherry (100m hurdles)
Finished fourth at the 2008 Olympic Games; ranked third in the world in 2006 in 100m hurdles

Sandra F. Partick (400m hurdles)
1992 Olympic 400m hurdles silver medalist; 1989 World Cup champion; 1993 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist

Delisa Myricks (800m)
Placed fifth in 1988 Olympic 800m

Laurie Boemker (sprints)
1970 USA Indoor 220-yard runner-up; 1971 Pan American team member; 1989 USA Masters Indoor 60m runner-up

Gwen Mikinski (high jump)
Two-time USA Indoor high jump champion (’95, ’05); 2002 USA Outdoor runner-up; 1995 NCAA runner-up

Coaches
George Williams

Head coach of Team USA for the 2004 Olympic Games; in 36 years at St. Augustine’s, his teams won 31 NCAA titles and coached a total of 32 Olympians; member of the USATFCCCA Hall of Fame

Dennis Mitchell (sprints)
1992 Olympic 4x100m gold medalist and 100m bronze medalist; 1996 Olympic 4x100m silver medalist; two-time World Outdoor Championships 4x100m gold medalist; two-time World Outdoor Championships 100m bronze medalist

Jon Drummond (sprints)
2000 Olympic 4x100m gold medalist; 1996 Olympic 4x100m silver medalist; two-time World Outdoor Championships 4x100m gold medalist (’93, ’99)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee (multi-events)
World record holder in the heptathlon; American record holder in the heptathlon; three-time Olympic gold medalist (1988 heptathlon and long jump; 1992 heptathlon); 1984 Olympic heptathlon silver medalist; two-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992 and 1996 long jump); four-time World Outdoor Championships gold medalist


Jared Slinde
Communications Manager
USA Track & Field
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