News & Notes, Volume 8, Number 76


Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field

Nippert leads USA to team bronze medal at 100 km World Cup

For the second year in a row, Howard Nippert (Fork Union, Va.) led all Team USA finishers at the IAU 100 km World Cup in Winschoten, Netherlands, on Sunday, September 9. Nippert's eighth place finish in 6 hours, 49 minutes, 31 seconds led the U.S. team to a bronze medal behind Japan and Russia respectively.

Other Team USA performers included Greg Crowther (Seattle, Wash.), 11th in 6:52:52; and Chad Ricklefs (Boulder, Colo.), 17th in 7:01:10.

In the women's race, Team USA finished fourth, led by Kami Semick (Bend, Ore.), who finished ninth in 7:51:54. Additional U.S. finishers were Devon Crosby-Helms (San Francisco, Calif.), 15th in 8:06:20; Julie Udchachon (Eagle River, Alaska), 16th in 8:14:04; Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio), 18th in 8:15:14; and Carolyn Smith (Milwaukee, Wis.), 19th in 8:16:17.

For more information on the IAU 100 km World Cup, visit

Team USA places third at DecaNation

The third edition of the SEAT DecaNation, an annual seven nation match, took place over the weekend in Paris, France, with the host nation winning the event with 104 points. Germany was the runners-up with 102 points, with the United States finishing third with 100 points.

Participating countries in the event entered one male and one female athlete in ten events each.

Women's event winners for Team USA included 2007 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m semifinalist Erin Donohue (4 minutes 11.76 seconds), 2003 Pan Am Junior Championships 100m hurdles gold medalist Dawn Harper (12.87 seconds), 2007 World Outdoor Championships team member Jennifer Barringer in the 3,000m steeplechase, who posted a new personal best time of 9:33.95.

Men's winners for Team USA were three-time USA Outdoor Championships 100m finalist J.J. Johnson (10.36 seconds), and 2006 USA Outdoor long jump champion Brian Johnson (8.12 meters/26 feet 7.75 inches).

For more information on the 2007 SEAT DecaNation in Paris, visit:

Powell breaks 100m world record

2007 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist Asafa Powell of Jamaica improved his 100m world record Sunday at the Rieti Grand Prix in Italy.

Running in the second of two qualifying heats, Powell crossed the finish line in 9.74 seconds (+1.7 m/s wind), which bettered his previous world record of 9.77 set in Athens, Greece on June 14, 2005. Powell went on to win the final in 9.78 seconds.

For more information on the 2007 Rieti Grand Prix, including the complete results, visit