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Posted: January 31, 2007

Athletics: News & Notes, Volume 8, Number 10

Felix to headline women's 300 meters at Tyson Invitational

World outdoor 200-meter champion Allyson Felix will headline a star-studded field Friday, February 9 at the third event of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event will take place at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus beginning at 8:00 p.m.

"Last year we put together a tremendous 300-meter race for the men," Tyson Invitational meet director Art Huff said. "This time it's the women's turn to go after the world record. Tyson Foods has been more than generous with their offer of a $50,000 pool to anyone who breaks a world record and this could be the event in which we see a record broken."

The record that Felix and the rest of the field will be gunning for is the 14-year old mark of Russian Irina Privalova, who ran 35.45 seconds in Moscow on January 17, 1993. Felix enters the race with career bests of 22.11 in the 200 and 51.12 for 400 meters. At the 2006 Tyson Invitational, three runners exceeded the men's 300-meter time of Robson da Silva with former Razorback Wallace Spearmon collecting the prize money with his time of 31.88.

The Tyson Invitational is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, February 11 from 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information regarding the Tyson Invitational and Tyson Foods please visit or For more information on the 2007 USATF Visa Championship Series, visit:

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the "Powered by Tyson™" strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Richards launches online diary

U.S. women's 400m star Sanya Richards will join a handful of world class athletes who will share their ambitions, training tips and daily routine with their fans on through the IAAF Online Diaries which will help give an insight into the personalities of some of the sport's leading figures.

By any measure, 2006 was an extraordinarily successful one for Richards. Undefeated in 13 finals in 400m competition, the 21-year-old won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, lowered the long-standing American record in the event to 48.70 at the IAAF World Cup, and was named the World Athlete of the Year.

In this, her first diary of the 2007 season, Richards updates us on what she's been doing since the end of her 2006 season, and on her early preparations for 2007.

In her spare time, Richards enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Aaron Ross, a standout American football star at the University of Texas; bowling; watching films (primarily comedies); hanging out with her sister; and, yes, shopping.

She splits her time and training between Austin and Waco, Texas, where she trains with coach Clyde Hart and training partner Jeremy Wariner.

Click here to read Sanya's Online Diary:

For a complete bio of Sanya Richards, visit

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