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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 20, 2000

adidas Oregon Track Classic Features Top International Field

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field's Golden Spike Tour continues in grand fashion this Sunday with another top international meet, the adidas Oregon Track Classic. The IAAF Permit Meeting, held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., will be broadcast live Sunday from 3-4 p.m. EDT on CBS. The meet follows the hugely successful first leg of the Golden Spike Tour, the Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational on June 17 in Raleigh, N.C., where shot putter C.J. Hunter and 400-meter runner Antonio Pettigrew posted world-leading performances at an IAAF Grand Prix meet.

The adidas Oregon Track Classic provides the grand finale to a weekend of televised track and field. The Prefontaine Classic, June 24 in Eugene, Ore., will also be televised live by CBS from 3-4 p.m. EDT Saturday.

"The adidas Oregon Track Classic is a great second leg for our Golden Spike Tour," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "Once again we have a strong international field, IAAF sanctioning and a national television broadcast. With the Prefontaine Classic being broadcast on Saturday as well, track and field has a perfect opportunity to seize the sports spotlight this weekend."

Women's pole vault world record holder Stacy Dragila, world 400-meter leader Antonio Pettigrew, former Olympic 200m gold medalist Mike Marsh, middle distance star Regina Jacobs and New York City Marathon winners Adriana Fernandez and Andres Espinosa headline the field at the adidas Oregon Track Classic. The meet will feature 15 events: men's 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, Steeplechase, 3000 meters, 110 hurdles and long jump; and women's 100, 400, 1500, 3000, pole vault and shot put.

Pettigrew posted the fastest time in the world this year the Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational and will step down a distance and compete at 200 meters at the adidas Oregon Track Classic. There he will face U.S. indoor record holder Shawn Crawford and John Capel, whom Crawford edged out for the indoor record last March.

Marsh will run the 100 against a field including Capel and Raymond Stewart of Jamaica. The women's 100 also pits Americans against Jamaicans as U.S. Indoor 60-meter champ Carlette Guidry meets Beverly McDonald of Jamaica. Guidry finished second last week at the Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational and McDonald was fifth.

The men's and women's 400-meter race both feature top fields, with reigning U.S. champion Jerome Young and Brazil's Sanderlei Parrela heading the men's race. Former world champion and American record holder at 800 meters, Jearl Miles Clark, will compete in the women's 400 alongside 1999 U.S. champion Maicel Malone-Wallace and 2000 U.S. Indoor champ Suziann Reid.

Fernandez and Espinosa will compete in the women's and men's 3,000 meters, respectively. Fernandez faces a strong field including 8-time U.S. 1,500 champ Regina Jacobs, U.S. 10,000-meter champion Libbie Hickman, U.S. national cross country champion Deena Drossin and 1999 U.S. 10k runner-up Anne Marie Lauck.

For more meet information, entry lists, and ticket information, link to the adidas Oregon Track Classic Web site at: http://www.oregontrackclassic.com.

Entry List, adidas Oregon Track Classic
(As of June 20; subject to change. Source: adidas Oregon Track Classic)

Men

100 Meters: John Capel (adidas), Kaaron Conwright; Glenroy Gilbert (adidas/Canada), Ja'Warren Hooker (Washington), Bryan Howard (adidas), Curtis Johnson (HSI), Mike Marsh (Santa Monica T.C), Raymond Stewart (Jamaica).

200 Meters: Gentry Bradley (HSI), John Capel (adidas), Shawn Crawford; Roshaan Griffin (Asics), Ja'Warren Hooker (Washington), Milton Mallard (Asics), Antonio Pettigrew (adidas).

400 Meters: Milt Campbell (adidas), James Davis (Goldwin), Mike McDonald (adidas/Jamaica), Chris Jones (Santa Monica T.C), Deon Minor (Nike), Sanderlei Parrela (Brazil), Ronnie Williams; Jerome Young (adidas).

800 Meters: Elliott Gaskins (Reebok Enclave), Johnny Gray (Santa Monica T.C.), David Krummenaker (adidas), Jeff Kuzma (U.S. Air Force), Derrick Peterson; Khadevis Robinson (Santa Monica T.C), Al Royster (Santa Monica T.C.), Trinity Townsend (New Balance), Zack Whitmarsh (Canada).

1500 Meters: Steve Agar (Canada), Bryan Berryhill (Colorado State), Clyde Colenzo (adidas/South Africa), Dwight Davis (Tulsa), Andy Downin (adidas Wisconsin), David Galvan (Mexico), Rodolfo Gomez, Jr, (Mexico), Matt Holthaus (Reebok Enclave), Ryan Hyden (Kajaks T.C./Canada), Allen Klassen (Kajaks T.C./Canada), Jake Maas (Nike Farm Team), Paul McMullen (Asics), Mike Miller; Karl Paranya (Asics), Brendan Rodgers (N.C. State), Darin Shearer (Central Mass. Striders), Ryan Wilson (adidas), Daniel Zegeye (Ethiopia).

3000 Meter Steeplechase: Brady Bonsall (adidas), Joel Bourgeois (Canada), Tim Broe; Justin Chaston (Great Britain), Tom Chorney (Indiana), Rob Cook (New Balance), Tony Cosey (adidas), Mark Croghan (adidas), Chris Dugan (N.C. State), Jean-Nicolau Duval (Canada), Anthony Famiglietti (Tennessee), Robert Gary (adidas), Billy Herman (Northern Arizona), Ray Hughes (Nike), Greg Jimmerson (Farm Team), Matthew Kerr (Canada), Richard Lee (Idaho International), Tom Nohilly (New Balance), Francis O'Neill (Asics), Chuck Sloan; Dave Wittman.

3000 Meters: Berhanu Adane (Ethiopia), Ray Appenheimer (Farm Team), Mike Bernstein (U.S. Army), Shaun Creighton (adidas/Australia), Alan Culpepper (adidas), Keith Dowling (adidas), Andres Espinoza (Mexico), Ian Gillespie (New Balance/Great Britain), Matt Giusto (Farm Team), Phillimon Hanneck; Toshihiro Iwasa (Japan), Carleton Jones (Club Northwest), Peter Julian (adidas), Mike Klass (Colorado State), Randy Moody (Kajaks T.C./Canada), Benjamin Paredes (Mexico), Phil Price; Eric Quiroz (Costa Rico), Jeff Simonich; Enoch Skosana (South Africa), Cormac Smith (Ireland).

110 Meter Hurdles: Dominique Arnold; Mark Crear (Godspeed), Dudley Dorival (Haiti), Chris Phillips; Eugene Swift (Elite Athletes Network), Reggie Torian (Asics), Terrance Trammel (South Carolina), Dawane Wallace (adidas).

Long Jump: Kevin Dilworth (adidas), Melvin Lister (HSI), Roland McGhee (Nike), Dwight Phillips; Sean Robbins (Indiana Invaders), Kareem Streete-Thompson (Cayman Islands), Erick Walder (adidas).

Women

100 Meters: LaKeisha Backus (adidas), Michelle Burrell (Santa Monica T.C.), Carlette Guidry (adidas), Beverly McDonald (adidas/Jamaica), Philomena Mensah (Canada), Nova Peris-Kneebone (Australia), Cheryl Taplin (Vector Sports), Kelli White (adidas).

400 Meters: Ladonna Antonie (Canada), Kim Graham (adidas), Monique Hennagan (adidas), Maicel Malone-Wallace (New Balance), Yulanda Nelson; Suziann Reid (adidas), Catherine Scott (Jamaica), Fatima Yusif (Nigeria).

1500 Meters: Karen Candaele (adidas), Marie Davis; Debbie Grant (New Balance), Priscilla Hein; Lisa Karnopp; Miesha Marzell (Reebok), Ochiyo Naganuma (Japan), Cindy O'Krane (Kajaks T.C./Canada), Tina Paulino (Mozambique), Sarah Schwald; Janet Trujillo; Lyudmila Vasilyeva (Russia), Letitia Vriesde (Surinam), Amy Wickus (Nike).

3000 Meters: Maggie Chan (Hong Kong), Tina Connelly (Canada), Jenny Crain (adidas), Shane Culpepper (adidas), Deena Drossin (Reebok), Carol Howe (Canada), Adriana Fernandez (Mexico), Kim Fitchen (Farm Team), Libbie Hickman (Nike), Kris Ihle; Regina Jacobs (HSI), Nicole Jefferson (Nike), Miho Kakehata (Japan), Cheri Kenah (adidas), Euyurusalam Kuma (Ethiopia), Anne Marie Lauck (Nike), Kelly McDonald (Arizona State), Katie McGregor (adidas), Carol Montgomery (Canada), Sylvia Mosqueda; Jen Rhines (adidas), Amy Rudolph (Reebok), Clare Taylor (Asics), Carmen Troncoso (Nike).

Pole Vault: Kim Becker (Reebok), Stacy Dragila (Reebok), Mel Mueller (Nike), Melissa Price (Nike), Mary Sauer (Reebok), Kellie Suttle (Nike), Alicia Warlick (Santa Monica T.C.), Jill Wittenwyler (Nike).

Shot Put: Jesseca Cross (NYAC), Dawn Dumble (Reebok), Nada Kawar (Jordan), Connie Price-Smith (Indiana Invaders), Teri Tunks (Nike), Tressa Thompson (Nike).

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