News & Notes, Volume 7, Number 52

07-19-2006

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Clay to lead Team USA vs. Germany

2004 Olympic silver medalist and reigning world decathlon champion Bryan Clay will lead Team USA at the 2006 Nike Combined Events Challenge versus Germany August 5-6 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Clay will be joined on the Team USA roster by Chris Boyles, Joe Cebulski, Travis Geopfert, Ryan Olkowski, Chris Randolph and Will Thomas. The U.S. squad will be coached by Kip Janvrin and Mario Santegna.

The German squad will be comprised of Arthur Abele, Lars Albert, Marian Geisler, Stefan Hommell, Jacob Minah, Norman Muller and Johannes Schwuchow.

Team USA defeated Germany at the 2005 USA vs. Germany Decathlon dual meet in Bernhausen, Germany. The winners totaled 38,548 points, while Germany amassed 37,144 points in the competition.

Ryan Harlan led the way for the U.S. with his total of 7,919 points, which won the individual competition. Other U.S. scorers at the event included Donovan Kilmartin (7,794), Stephen Harris (7,715), Chris Boyles (7,595) and Travis Geopfert (7,525).

Pascal Berhrnbruch led the German team with his total of 7,842 points, the second best individual score of the meet. Team USA now has three consecutive victories in this event, and owns a commanding 9-3 lead in the series.

Tickets for the Nike Combined Events Challenge are available at the Kansas State Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com.

Demus named USOC Athlete of the Month

2005 World Outdoor Championships 400m hurdles silver medalist Lashinda Demus has been named the USOC's Woman Athlete of the Month for June.

Demus won the women's 2006 Outdoor Visa Championship Series and the women's 400-meter hurdles national crown for the second consecutive year at the 2006 AT&T USA Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis. A 2004 Olympian, Demus' world-leading 53.07 in the 400-meter hurdles earned her 1,234 points and the overall 2006 Outdoor Visa Championship. On July 3 in Athens, Greece, Demus improved her world-leading time by winning the 400m hurdles in 53.02 seconds. Demus owns the four-fastest times in the world this year.

Demus shares the Athlete of the Month award with fencer Mariel Zagunis, who in June clinched the title of overall FIE 2006 World Cup Champion.

Swimmer Michael Phelps won the men's USOC Athlete of the Month award after winning six titles at the Santa Clara International Meet. Second place for the men went to two-time Olympic medalist and American record holder Bernard Lagat, who became the first man in history to win the 5,000 and 1,500-meter double at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships winning in 13:14.32 and 3:39.29, respectively.

For more information on the USOC Athlete of the Month Awards, visit www.usocpressbox.org.

Olympic thrower Frenn dies

1972 Olympic hammer thrower and former world record holder George Frenn died on June 26, 2006 in Sacramento, Calif. He was 64.

The U.S. champion in the hammer throw in 1970 and 1971, Frenn was a six-time USA Indoor weight throw champion, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the July 6, 1970 issue. A former world record holder in the 35# and 56# weight throws and known as a fiery competitor, Frenn was ranked as the nation's #1 hammer thrower by Track & Field News in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He recently retired after 32 years teaching science at several California high schools.

He is survived by his sister, Jeanette Rose, brothers, Robert, Anthony and David Frenn and their families.