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AAC Officer Bios

Dwight Phillips, Chair
Dwight Phillips
Dwight Phillips is one of the most decorated athletes in both long jump and triple jump, as his awards in those horizontal disciplines speak for themselves. He competed for Team USA at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games in long jump, winning gold in Athens with a long jump of 8.59m/28-2.25. Phillips is also a three-time World Champion (2003, 2005, 2009) in long jump, tying Ivan Pedroso (1997, 1999, 2001) of Cuba for the most world titles in his career. A five-time USATF Outdoor champion in the long jump, Philips complemented those achievements with various efforts in the 50, 60, 100 and 200 meters. At the collegiate level, he participated in triple jump for his first two years at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Arizona State University and focusing on long jump for his remaining two years.

Jeff Porter, Vice Chair
Dwight Phillips
Jeff Porter excels in the 110-meter hurdles. Porter’s success started at a young age, when he was named the top American junior hurdler in 2002. Porter went on to study and compete at the University of Michigan, where he became a Big Ten Conference Champion in his freshman season. As a Wolverine, Porter also went on to win an NCAA title in his signature 60mH, and he was named an NCAA Division I All-American. Porter won his first national medal, a bronze, after finishing third at the USATF Indoor Championships in 2010 before two years later finishing in personal best to qualify for the London Olympic Games. Porter is married to Tiffany Porter, 100mH athlete for Team Great Britain.

Dexter McCloud, Secretary
Dwight Phillips
Dexter McCloud, a 2004 USATF Indoor Champion in 60-meter hurdles, has dedicated his time off the track to providing assistance at all levels within the national governing body. McCloud consults USATF athletes in pursuing sponsorships, contracts, agents and with other various marketing platforms along with the aid from others. A four-time Masters World Champion and one of the best USATF ambassadors since retiring for running, McCloud only began competing during his junior year of high school. After a collegiate stint in Tallahassee, Florida, running for Florida State University, McCloud was invited to two different U.S. Olympic Trial events, and he became the 2004 World Champion in 60mH.

Lesley Higgins, Treasurer
Dwight Phillips
Lesley Higgins is a retired distance runner, who has competed in 13 Olympic Trials. Her last trials appearance came in 2008, while she was working full time as a compliance director for Governor David Patterson’s staff in New York City. During Higgins’ illustrious career at the University of the Colorado, she was a two-time All-American in the mile and competed in both steeplechase and the 3,000m. Higgins is also a member of the New York Athletic Club.

Mechelle Freeman, USOC Representative
Dwight Phillips
Mechelle Lewis Freeman is a retired sprinter, who specialized in the 100 meters and 4x100m relay for Team USA. In 2007, she won relay gold at IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and she became a Pan American double silver medalist with second place finishes in the 100m and 4x1 in Rio de Janiero. Freeman’s career continued to flourish as she competed alongside teammates Angela Williams, Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams on the American relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Injury forced Freeman into an unexpected retirement in 2009, but she has since dedicated her time to numerous organizations in addition to putting to use her Mass Communications Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of South Carolina. Freeman is also the founder and CEO of TrackGirlz and an avid public speaker.

John Nunn, USOC Representative/BOD Alternate
Dwight Phillips
John Nunn, an American race walker, who ironically despised the sport growing up, accepted a race walking scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He made his first Olympic appearance at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, finishing 26th, and he won the 2010 USATF national title in the 20 km. Nunn’s  journey continued with his first-place finish at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field to qualify for the 50 km at the upcoming London Games, where he finished among the top-50. Nunn, his wife Leah and their daughter Ella reside in Bonsall, California. He and Ella own a gourmet cookie company called Ella’s Cookies.
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