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USATF awards grants to athletes

USATF Foundation awards grants to 10 elite athletes

USATF Foundation

USATF Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation has presented Elite Athlete Development Grants to ten athletes, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

“The USATF Foundation through its elite grant program recognizes the hard work of our Olympic hopefuls and we are pleased to provide support to deserving athletes,” said USATF Foundation board member Antonio Manning. “It’s about providing opportunities to compete.”Athletes receiving $4000 grants include first time grantees Joel Brown (110m hurdles), Consuella Moore (100m/200m), Erica Moore (400m hurdles), Trevell Quinley (long jump), and Evander Wells (sprints).

With a PR of 13.22, Brown was the 2005 Indoor National Champion and a member of the World Championship team. At 28 years of age, Moore marked a comeback in 2010 with a fine 22.40 200m at the National Championships. Moore took 2nd place at the recently completed USA Indoor Championships in a time of 2:02.92, while Quinley won the 2008 Olympic Trials, representing the U.S. in Beijing. Wells has a best time in the 100m of 10.24 and was an 8-time All American at the University of Tennessee.

Repeat grantees receiving $4000 grants include Mark Hollis (pole vault), Jamaal Torrance (400m), Bettie Wade (heptathlon), Tiffany Williams (400m hurdles) and Karjuan Williams (800m).

Hollis won the pole vault competition at the 2010 Outdoor National Championships. Torrance was the 2009 400m indoor champion and a member of the 4X400 gold medal winning team at Doha. At the recently completed Indoor Combined Events Championships, Wade captured the pentathlon gold medal in fine fashion. Tiffany Williams was the 2008 Olympic Trials Champion, 2007 Visa Outdoor Champion and the 2007 Outdoor Nation Champion. Karjuan Williams continues to improve his 800m time with a 2010 clocking of 1:45.79 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and financial need standards to be eligible and agree to participate in the Win With Integrity program.

The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track & field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors and from generous fans of track & field.