2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships event and TV schedules announced


Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are less than 100 days away and many of the preparations are taking shape. USA Track & Field, Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI have announced the event schedule and that five hours of competition will be televised. The television coverage is part of a record package announced by USATF in January.

The 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 20-24 at the Indiana University Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. Indianapolis also hosted the 2006 event with more than 33,000 fans in attendance over the five days.

The event, the final stop of the Visa Championship Series, is also the qualifying meet for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. Present and future Olympians will compete for national titles at a venue that is the home of four world records and considered one of the fastest tracks in America. The 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place in conjunction with the elite event.

The complete event schedule for the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and The Finish Line USA Junior Track & Field Championships may be found at the USA Track & Field website by clicking: http://www.usatf.org/events/2007/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/schedule.asp

NBC and ESPN2 to televise AT&T USA Outdoor Championships

Both NBC and ESPN2 will broadcast the championships from Indianapolis. NBC will have live coverage of the event on Saturday, June 23, from 2-3 p.m., and again Sunday, June 24, from 1-3 p.m. ESPN2's coverage will be Friday, June 22, from 8-9 p.m. (live), and Saturday, June 23, from 7-8 p.m. (tape-delayed).

NBC's live window on Saturday, June 23 will feature finals in the 400m for both the men and women. Finals during the hour-long broadcast also will include the men's 400m hurdles, the women's 1,500m and the women's 100m hurdles.

NBC also will broadcast the final two hours of the championships live on Sunday, June 24. Eight finals will be decided during the broadcast. The line-up will feature the men's 3,000m steeplechase, women's 400m hurdles, men's 1,500m and the men's 110m hurdles.

The 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Championships will begin on Wednesday, June 20, with elite competition beginning on Thursday, June 21. The first elite finals to be contested will be Thursday with the national champion being crowned in the women's triple jump, the men's javelin (where American record holder Breaux Greer is expected to vie for his eighth consecutive national title) and the men's and women's 10,000m.

Friday's list of elite finals includes the women's discus, men's hammer throw, men's pole vault, men's long jump and the women's javelin. The ESPN2 television window on Friday evening will include finals in the men's and women's 100m and the men's and women's 5,000m.

In what promises to be one of the most exciting events at the championships, the men's shot put final is slated for Saturday afternoon with 2007 Indoor Visa Championship Series men's winner Christian Cantwell expected to headline the field.

The decathlon and heptathlon will conclude on Saturday as defending world champion Bryan Clay is expected to compete against 2006 champion Tom Pappas, while GiGi Johnson will look to defend her 2006 title.

U.S. brightest stars expected in Indy

Many of America's finest athletes are expected to compete in the elite competition, including 2006 IAAF Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards and 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 World champion Jeremy Wariner in the women's and men's 400 meters. Also look for 2005 World champion Bershawn Jackson and 2006 USA champion Kerron Clement in the men's 400m hurdles, and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes and 2006 USA Outdoor and NCAA champion Ginnie Powell in the women's 100m hurdles.

Also watch for Xavier Carter, Wallace Spearmon, and Tyson Gay in the men's 200m, who ran the second, third and fifth fastest times ever in that event in 2006, respectively. American record holder Dominique Arnold is expected to face off against 1996 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Allen Johnson in the men's 110m hurdles, and Bernard Lagat may look to repeat his amazing 1,500m/5,000m double from 2006. The men's and women's 100m titles will be up for grabs featuring 2004 NCAA champion Tyson Gay, 2006 World Indoor 60m champion Leonard Scott, 2004 Olympic 200m gold medalist Shawn Crawford and 2006 World Indoor 60m champion Lisa Barber among others. In the women's 200 meters, reigning world champion Allyson Felix, who ended 2006 ranked #1 in the world for the second year in a row, should be the one to beat.

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets

All-session tickets for the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are now on sale. Tickets are available at www.Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone (locally (317) 239-5151), any Ticketmaster outlet or through the Indiana Sports Corporation office at (800) HI-FIVES. All-session tickets include tickets to all five days of Open and Junior competitions, and include free parking for every day of the event. Group packages are also available at www.indianasportscorp.com. USA Track & Field members should visit www.usatf.org to purchase their tickets and receive a USA Track & Field member discount. USA Track & Field welcomes you to pay with your Visa.

For more information on the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and Finish Line USA Junior Championships, visit www.usatf.org.