INDIANAPOLIS - Many of America's finest athletes and best club teams will compete for national honors July 10-11at the 2009 USA Track & Field National Club Track & Field Championships at Icahn Stadium in New York City.
Team awards will be presented to the top three men's and women's teams, and the "Overall Men's & Women's Combined Team Champion" also will be recognized with a team award.
More than 500 athletes representing 64 USATF clubs from 21 different states will compete for individual and team championships. Recognition will be given to the "Most Valuable Male Athlete" and the "Most Valuable Female Athlete," (based on the total number of points scored). Additional recognition will be given to the "Outstanding Male Performer of the Meet" and the "Outstanding Female Performer of the Meet," (based on the top performances using IAAF scoring tables).
Individual and relay events will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Men's scores, women's scores, and a combined team score will be computed. Clubs may enter multiple (A, B, C, D, etc.) relay teams in each relay, but only the A team will be eligible to score team points, provided they meet the designated minimum relay scoring standards.
At last year's Championships in Olathe, Kan., Nike Central Park Track Club(Metropolitan) and the Kansas City Smoke (Missouri Valley) claimed the women's and men's team titles, respectively. Nike Central Park Track Club used a well-balanced effort by both its men's and women's squads to also claim the combined team title overVS Athletics (Southern California), 298.5 to 267 points.
Scoring in 18 of 24 events, the Nike Central Park TC women tallied 178 points, with VS Athletics (Southern California) scoring 143 points to claim second place. Norfolk Real Deal (Virginia), finished third with 110 points, Greater Boston TC(New England), the 2002, 2005, and 2006 champions, scored 98 points, and Brockport Distance Project (Niagara) scored 53 points to round out the top five.
In the men's competition, hometown favorite Kansas City Smoke outscored Nike Central Park TC 146 points to 120.5. VS Athletics finished third with 114 points. Southwestern Sprinters (Southwestern) ended the day with 76 points claiming fourth place and Big River Running Company (Ozark), making its Club Championship debut, finished fifth with 69.5 points.
For more information on the 2009 USATF National Club Championships, visit: USATF.org.
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.