Team USA roster announced for the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships


Melvin Jackson II
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
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GROSETTO, Italy - USA Track & Field announced Team USA for the 10th IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Grosseto, Italy, July 13-18. Prior to the World Junior Championships, Team USA plans to compete on July 7-8 against teams from Australia, Bermuda and Puerto Rico in a Pre-Meet.

The U.S. roster was selected at the 2004 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 25-27, in College Station, Texas. Leading the way is Verizon Men's Outstanding Athletes of the Meet from the USA Junior Championships LaShawn Merritt who won both the 200m (20.72) and 400m (46.80) crowns. The 17-year-old Merritt won the 2004 Virginia high school state 100m, 200m and 400m crowns and will be a freshman at East Carolina University this fall, joining head coach Bill Carson who is member of the World Junior coaching staff.

Other athletes to watch includes the 2004 NCAA 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement from the University of Florida; U.S. high school 5,000m record holder and University of Richmond-bound Caitlian Chock; American junior hammer throw record holder and North Carolina Tarheel, Nick Owens should all continue success on foreign soil. In the multi-events, Chris Helwick and Jangy Addy, both from the University of Tennessee, should lead a strong field in the men's decathlon.

Team USA members from last year's Pan Am Junior team in Barbados includes newly crowned 100m sprint champion and UNLV signee, Ashley Owens who will go toe-to-toe with fellow Team USA teammate bound for the University of South Carolina Shalonda Solomon, who won both 100m and 200m Pan Am Junior titles. Solomon will be joined by future teammate at South Carolina, Natasha Hastings who grabbed a 4x400m relay gold-medal at Pan Am Juniors Hastings. Other gold medalists from Pan Am Juniors are high jump champion Sharon Day of Cal-Poly Slo and 5,000m champion Galen Rupp of Portland, Ore.

The World Junior Championships have been an introduction to international competition for many U.S. athletes. Many have moved on to enjoy achievements following their appearances at the IAAF World Junior Championships, including 25 athletes who competed at the 2004 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Previous Team USA members that have competed at IAAF World Junior Championships include Marion Jones, Terrence Trammell, Adam Nelson, Amy Acuff and Suzy Favor-Hamilton.

One of Florida's most successful high school coaches and a veteran on Team USA's coaching staff, Ken Brauman will lead the men's team in Grosseto, while 2004 NEMAC athletic conference Coach of the Year and head coach at Smith College, Carla Coffey will head the women's team. "We have a lot of great talent this year and we are expecting some good things," said Coach Coffey.

The complete USA roster and World Junior Championships meet schedule is available online at the USATF website,, along with complete results and quotes from the 2004 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.



Athlete Event(s) PR(s) Ht. Wt. DOB Affiliation/Hometown

Jangy Addy Dec 7102 6-2 192 02Mar85 Tennessee/Norcross, Ga.

Kyle Alcorn 3000SC 8:54.00 6-1 180 18Mar85 Oregon/Clovis, Calif.

Keith Bechtol 10000 29:58.13 5-10 120 23Jan85 William & Mary/Alexandria, Va.

Russell Brown 1500 3:47.03 5-11 150 06Mar85 Stanford/Hanover, NH

Matt Carter HJ 2.15 6-2 153 21Nov85 San Ana JC/San Ana, Calif.

Kerron Clement 400H 48.77 6-2 184 31Oct85 Florida/Laporte, Texas

Justin Clickett SP 58-9.5 6-3 260 12Apr85 Union City, Pa.

Kevin Craddock 110H 13.83 25Jun87 High School/San Pablo, Calif.

Jason Craig 4x400m 09Jan85 Hubert Heights, Ohio

Norris Frederick LJ 7-1 6-0 175 17Feb85 Washington/Seattle,Wash.

Brandon Glenn PV 17-6.75 6-0 180 30Jul85 Arizona State/Avondale, Ariz.

Brian Harris JT 6-5 14Jun85 Washington/Hillsboro, Ore.

Timothy Harris 800 11Oct85 Booker T. Washington HS/Miami, Fla.

Chris Helwick Dec 7358 6-4 190 18Mar85 Tennessee/Greely, Colo.

Keith Hinnant 4x400m 25Jun86 Bay Shore, NY

James Hower 10000 30:26.00 6-0 160 15Jan85 Georgetown/Marion, Va.

Paul Hubbard TJ 15.69 6-4 206 12June85 Wisconsin/Colorado Springs, Colo.

Brandon Johnson 400H 48.85 5-9 150 02Mar85 UCLA/Orange, Texas

Marc Johnson 4x100m 10Apr85 Middletown, Ohio

Trell Kimmons 4x100 10.34 13Jul85 Mississippi State/Coldwater, Miss.

Jens Kujacznski DT 62.43 6-0 220 01Apr85 Central Arizona/Los Gatos, Calif.

Carey Lacour 200m 20.84 5-11 175 17Feb85 Humble HS/Humble, Texas

Cory Martin SP/HT 19.79 6-5 275 22May85 Auburn/Bloomington, Ind.

Marcus Mayes 800 149.94 5-10 148 10Mar85 Missouri/Sand Springs, Okla.

LaShawn Merritt 200/400 45.37 6-2 180 27Jun86 Woodrow Wilson HS/Portsmouth Va.
Aries Merritt 100H 13.47 6-2 160 24Jul85 Tennesse/Marrietta, Ga.

Robert McDade DT 51.55 6-4 210 06Jul85 Villanova/Broomall, Pa.

Josh McDougal 5000 14:12 5-10 135 01Jun85 home schooled/Peru, NY

Michael McGrath 800 1:48.50 5-7 130 17Mar85 Lincoln HS/Portland, Ore.

Demi Omole Sprints 10.14 5-9 160 29July85 Wisconsin/Milwaukee, Wisc.

Nick Owens HT 71.43 6-3 06Jan85 UNC-Chapel Hill/Sheldon, Wash.

Marcus Pugh 200 21.03 17Mar86 Tulsa, Okla.

Anthony Ramirez Sprints 46.91 5-8 145 28Apr85 Azusa Pacific Univ/Simi Valley, Calif.

Michael Rodgers 4x100m 10.31 5-9 158 24Apr85 Lindenwood/ St. Louis, Mo.

Galen Rupp 5000 13:55 5-11 135 08May86 Central Catholic HS/Portland, Ore.

Derek Scott 3000SC 9:03.06 6-0 150 07Nov85 Cornerstone/Grand Rapids, Mich.

David Torrence 1500/3000SC 3:47.63 5-9 138 26Nov85 Cal Berkeley/Tarzana, Calif.

Andrew Vogelsberg JT 67.98 6-5 240 22Feb85 Emporia State/Marysville, Kan.

Michael Whitehead TJ 15.57 5-10 175 Michigan/Norristown, Pa.

Ivory Williams 100 10.27 5-8 170 02May85 Central HS/Beaumont, Texas

Darren Woods 4x400m 46.99 6-2 170 11Feb85 Cal Berkeley/Tacoma, Wash.

(*note: men's decathlon, shot put and discus PR's are for the new junior international implements - 6kg SP/1.75kg DT)



Athlete Event(s) PR(s) Ht. Wt. DOB Affiliation/Hometown

Ronetta Alexander 100H 13.22 5-6 130 08May85 South Carolina/Buffalo, NY

Alexandria Anderson 4x400m 28Jan87 Morgan Park HS/Chicago, Ill

Jasmine Baldwin 4x100m 27Sep86 West Covina, Calif.

Sarah Bowman 1500 4:23.8 5-6 120 15Oct86 Fauquier HS/Warrenton, Va.

Juanita Broaddus 4x100m 11.81 5-6 112 14July85 Barton CC/Philadelphia, PA

Kristen Callan HT 59.11 5-7 192 05Apr85 Virginia Tech/Monroe, NY

Michelle Carter TJ 56-7 5-9 230 12Oct85 Texas/Ovilla, Texas

Caitlin Chock 5,000 16:10.60 5-5 110 08Jan86 Richmond/Roseville, Calif.

Shana Cox 4x100m 22Jan85 Penn State/University Park, Pa.

Sharon Day HJ 1.90 5-8 140 09Jun85 Cal Poly Slo/Costa Mesa, Calif.

Jessica Eldridge 1500 4:18.30 5-8 120 09May85 Oklahoma/Norman, Okla.

Melissa Faubus DT/SP 170-1/49-7.5 5-5 210 17Mar86 Cal-Berkeley/Baskerfield, Calif.

Jenny Green PV 13-11.25 5-8 150 26Jun85 Nebraska/Grand Island, Neb.

Lindsay Grigoriew DT 167-3 5-7 160 07Oct85 Kansas State/Laurel, Md.

Amber Harper 3000SC 10:21 5-4 105 23Apr85 BYU/Orem, Utah

Natasha Hastings 400 52.09 5-8 138 23Jul86 South Carolina/Queens, NY

Catherine Hayes 10k Walk 50:47 5-4 29May87 Oconomowoc, Wisc.

Laci Heller HT 186-7 5-7 185 21Mar85 Kansas State/Manhattan, Kan.

Gayle Hunter Hep 5328 5-9 140 08Apr86 Penn State/Riverside, Calif.

Deonna Lawrence 4x400 53.74 5-9 144 21Mar86 Sheldon HS/Elk Grove, Calif.

Nicole Leach 400H 57.84 5-8 140 18July87 West Catholic HS/Philadelphia, Pa.

Deonna Lawrence 200/400 21Mar86 Sheldon HS/Sacramento, Calif.

Yvette Lewis TJ 44-0.5 16Mar85 Hampton/Newport News, Va.

Johnsie Liles 4x400m 25May85 Raleigh, NC

Stevie Marshalek PV 13-3 01Jun85 Black Diamond, Wash.

Amy Menlove LJ 6.44 5-5 140 23Jul85 BYU/Sandy, Utah

Erica McLain LJ 6.17 5-8 132 24Jan86 Stanford/Plano, Texas

Inkka McPherson HJ 6-0 5-4 119 29Sep86 Port Author, Texas

Maria Michta 10k Walk 50:46 5-5 23Jun86 Nesconset, NY

Shantia Moss 100H 13.51 5-9 148 27Oct85 Tamarac, Fla.

Ashley Owens 100m/4x100m 11.12 5-2 117 19Nov85 UNLV/Colorado Springs, Colo.

Michelle Sanford LJ 6.20 5-7 25Sep85 Southern California/Irvine, Calif.

Shalonda Solomon 100 11.51 5-6.5 123 19Dec85 South Carolina/Inglewood, Calif.

Stephanie Smith 4x400m 51.96 5-9 132 27Jun85 South Carolina/Macon, Ga

Selina Sekulic 3,000steeple 10:35.00 5-6 112 17Aug85 Wake Forest/Virginia Beach, Va.

Latavia Thomas 800 2:07.51 5-8 112 14Dec88 West Catholic HS/Philadelphia, Pa.

Cleo Tyson 4x100m 01May86 Tennessee/Huntsville, Texas

Michaela Wallerstedt SP 50-3 5-10 190 23Jan87 Burke HS/Omaha, Neb.

Mallory Webb JT 162-10 5-5 155 10Jun85 Fresno State/Fresno, Calif.