Track and Field

USATF and NIKE Inc. sign long-term partnership

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INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field (USATF) and NIKE, Inc. on Tuesday announced an expansion of their partnership that will significantly increase support of USATF programs, athletes and competitive groups.

 The new partnership marks an ongoing commitment from NIKE to the sport in a sponsorship that extends from 2017 through 2040.  The long-term partnership significantly increases the overall support for Track & Field for athletes throughout the United States.

“This new deal is a game-changer for the sport and what USATF will be able to offer all of our constituents,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel.  “In working together with NIKE, we placed an emphasis on growth as well as scope, so we can broaden the level and breadth of support for all USATF programs.  NIKE’s support for USA Track & Field and the sport as a whole is unmatched, and we look forward to this new era of collaboration.”

Team USA ready for 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships

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SOPOT, Poland — Team USA, led by captains Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), is poised and ready for the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 7-9, at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.

2014 U.S. women’s high jump champion Inika McPherson (Houston, Texas) will be the first athlete competing for Team USA in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump to open competition. The event begins at 10 a.m. CET/4 a.m. ET.

The first event on the track in the morning session is the heats of the women’s 400 meters. Both Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) and Joanna Atkins (Minneloa, Fla.) will look to advance out of their heats beginning at 10:05 a.m. CET/4:05 a.m. ET. McCorory took home the U.S. indoor title with a world-leading 50.85.

U.S. 1500m Champion Mary Cain withdraws from IAAF World Indoor Championships

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SOPOT, Poland -- U.S. Women’s 1500m Champion Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) has withdrawn from the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships due to injury, USATF announced Monday.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to travel to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot,” Cain said in a statement. “Over the past week, I developed a discomfort in my lower calf. I had an MRI scan on Saturday and it was all clear,  but I still feel the pain when I wear spikes and have decided not to risk making it worse in Poland. I hope to be able to run in the World Indoor Championships many times in the future. I wish all my fellow USA athletes the best and hope they bring home lots of medals from Poland.”

Grunewald reinstated as USA indoor women’s 3,000m champion

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(photo: Gabriele Grunewald following closely behind Jordan Hasay) INDIANAPOLIS – Gabriele Grunewald has been reinstated as the 2014 USA indoor women’s 3,000-meter champion and named to Team USA for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, USATF CEO Max Siegel announced Monday. Grunewald will be joined by Shannon Rowbury in the women’s 3,000m at World Indoors, March 7-9 in Sopot, Poland.

Siegel on Monday spoke with representatives for Grunewald and Jordan Hasay, the two athletes involved in jostling during the women’s 3,000 contested Saturday at the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque. Grunewald won the race, followed by Rowbury, Sara Vaughn and Hasay, but she was ultimately disqualified by the Jury of Appeal for clipping Hasay’s stride. The final disqualification was made on the basis of enlarged, digital footage of the legs and feet of both athletes.

Whiting sets meet record, champions crowned on final day of USA Indoor Championships

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ALBUQUERQUE — A USA Indoor Championship meet record went down Sunday, as Olympian Ryan Whiting (Port Matilda, Pa.) etched his name in the record books as competition wrapped up at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Whiting was second until his fifth throw of the meet, tossing a mark of 22.23m/72-11.25 to become the fifth-best indoor performer in the world all-time and third in the U.S. all-time. Whiting broke USA Track & Field Hall of Famer John Godina’s previous mark of 21.83m/71-7.50 (2005).

The men’s 60-meter hurdles result was taken to the hundredth, as Omoghan Osaghae (Lubbock, Texas) defended his national title in 7.553, just edging Dominic Berger (Mitchellville, Md.) in 7.556.