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Athletics: USATF News & Notes, Volume 9, Number 21

Felix, Stuczynski, Powell & Fraser added to 2009 Reebok Grand Prix Lineup

Two-time Olympic Games women's 200m silver medalist Allyson Felix, 2008 Olympic women's pole vault silver medalist Jenn Stuczynski, along with Jamaican sprint stars Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser, will compete May 30 at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

The fourth stop of USA Track & Field's 2009 Visa Championship Series, the Reebok Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Recognized as one of the world's finest all-around sprinters, Allyson Felix is the two-time reigning world champion at 200 meters. The 23-year old ran her season's best time in Beijing last year, earning her second silver medal in the event. She also took home her first Olympic gold medal this past summer as part of the U.S. 4x400m relay team. Felix, who has been ranked #1 in the world at 200m three of the last four years, has been ranked #1 in the U.S. in that event every year since 2004. She ended 2008 ranked #5 globally in the 400m.

The 27-year old Jenn Stuczynski broke her own American indoor record in the pole vault when she successfully cleared 4.83 meters/15 feet, 10 inches at the 2009 U.S. Indoor Nationals giving her a seventh U.S. title. The 2008 Olympic silver medalist has been the number one ranked American pole vaulter since 2006. Stuczynski, who set the American outdoor record of 4.92m/16-1.75 last year in Eugene, Ore., is one of only three women ever to clear 16 feet in the pole vault.

Jamaica's Asafa Powell held the men's 100 meter world record from June 2005 to May 2008 and has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition while running under 9.80 more times than all other sprinters combined. The two-time Olympian won a gold medal and broke the world record in the 4x100m relay as the anchor of the Jamaican team in Beijing.

Powell's teammate, Shelly-Ann Fraser became the first Jamaican woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100m when she crossed the finish line first at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Fraser's winning time of 10.78 seconds was a personal best and 0.20 seconds faster than her two Jamaican teammates who finished second and third.

Also competing at this year's Reebok Grand Prix, is Micah Kogo, 22, who broke the world road best for 10 kilometers (27:01) earlier this year on his way to winning the 21st Parelloop 10k in Brunssum, Holland. The Kenyan distance star won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics.

The Reebok Grand Prix, in its fifth year, is one of the nation's premier outdoor track & field invitational meets. It features Olympic stars, top high school athletes and a Fastest Kid in New York competition for 7- and 8-year-olds. Events include men's and women's sprints, hurdles, middle-distance races, the pole vault and invitational high school races. Increased and upgraded backstretch seating at track level is being added to accommodate the growing demand and interest from fans in the New York area. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC or on-line at www.ReebokGrandPrix.com. USATF welcomes you to purchase tickets with your Visa Card.Additional updates, photos and information can be found by visiting the Reebok Grand Prix pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Icahn Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on Randall's Island featuring a 400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators, is the premier outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. It was built by the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF) in partnership with New York City Department of Parks. The facility is programmed, operated and maintained by RISF.

Masters athletes set world records at Penn Relays

Two separate foursomes wowed the crowd at last weekend's Penn Relays in setting two masters world age-group records
The Central Park TC quartet of Randy Frey, Ben James, Tony Fulton and Val Barnwell bettered the listed M50 4x100m relay world record when they finished their race in 44.47 seconds. Their effort shattered the previous standard of 44.99 by Bob Bowen, Ed Gonera, Bill Collins and Jesse Norman in 2003 Puerto Rico.

In addition to his record-setting relay performance, Barnwell also won the M50 open 100m in 11.66.
Not to be outdone, the Houston Elite team of Charles Allie, Bill Collins, Horace Grant and George Haywood bettered the listed M55 world record in the 4x400m relay. Houston Elite stopped the clock in 3:41.07 to surpass the listed world record of 3:43.59 set by a British team in 2007.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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