USATF Press Releases, 02.11.12-02.26.12, note by Larry Eder

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Lowe_Chaunte-USind12.jpgChaunte Howard Lowe, 2012 USA Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

I was checking over the USATF Press releases, and I had missed some great quotes and some of the events that made this a unique indoor season. The USATF Indoor Meet was an improvement on last year, in terms of the way the site was presented, size of crowd and access for media to the event. We have been told that TV on Sunday night was very good. Negatives are focused on how little we communicate of the excitement of the sport. Kudos to runnerspace.com on the Liveweb cast of the event. It gave the fans at home a great view of the meet. Even the live chat, with Dan O'Brien and John Godina, to name two, was a great way to listen to the meet.

This logo issue, which infuriated sponsors this weekend, just shows how little education has been done on marketing the sport. More on that later!

COLORADO SPRINGS - Current National Track & Field Hall of Famers Valerie Brisco, Gail Devers and Dan O'Brien have been named as nominees for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday. Fans are eligible to vote for their favorites of the 18 Olympic athletes, five Paralympic athletes and five teams nominated beginning today and running through April 9 by going to TeamUSA.org/halloffame.

ALBUQUERQUE -- Galen Rupp and Chaunte Lowe claimed the 2012 Indoor Visa Championship Series titles on the final day of competition at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The near sell-out crowd witnessed an American record by Lowe in the women's high jump and another world-leading time from Sanya Richards-Ross in the women's 400m.

ALBUQUERQUE - Bernard Lagat brought the crowd of 2,037 to their feet in the final lap of the men's 3,000-meters while William Claye jumped a world leader in the men's triple jump and Amber Campbell established a meet record during the first day of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet continues Sunday beginning at noon Mountain Time.

INDIANAPOLIS - 2010 World Indoor bronze medalist David Oliver and two-time World Indoor gold medalist Terrence Trammell will battle in the men's 60m hurdles while American record holder Galen Rupp and reigning World Indoor 3,000-meter champion Bernard Lagat will renew their rivalry in the 3,000m once again when the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships converge on the Albuquerque Convention Center February 25-26 in Albuquerque, N.M.

INDIANAPOLIS - World leaders Sanya Richards-Ross and Tianna Madison along with reigning world champion Jenny Simpson highlight strong fields in the women's running events at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships February 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

INDIANAPOLIS - Reigning world champions Jesse Williams and Christian Taylor, who brought Team USA back to prominence in the jumps, and the ever-entertaining quartet of shot putters highlight the men's field events at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships February 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

INDIANAPOLIS - Brycen Spratling of the University of Pittsburgh has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a collegiate record in the 500-meters Saturday at the Big East Conference Championships.

INDIANAPOLIS - Recent American indoor record setters Jenn Suhr and Jillian Camarena-Williams along with two-time World Outdoor Championships long jump gold medalist Brittney Reese will lead a number of loaded groups of women's field events into the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships February 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

On Wednesday USA Track & Field hosted a national media teleconference with Bernard Lagat, Jillian Camarena-Williams and Jenn Suhr, who all recently set American records.

by USATF Statistician Glen McMicken In addition to the USA Track & Field Classic, here is a recap of last week's action:

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INDIANAPOLIS - In a week marked by no fewer than three American records, Jillian Camarena-Williams has been named USA Track & Field's Athelete of the Week after bettering her own American record with a mark of 19.89m/65-3.75 in the shot put at the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Ark.

ST LOUIS--In advance of Saturday's USA Cross Country Championships at Forest Park, leading contenders Aaron Braun, Sara Hall, Molly Huddle, and Chris Rombough met with members of the media at a press conference.

ST. LOUIS - Sara Hall (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.) each used late charges to outrun the competition as each won their first career USA Cross Country titles Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jillian Camarena-Williams and Galen Rupp set American records as five world-leading marks - including one in each round of the women's 60 meters - were posted at Saturday's USA Track & Field Classic.

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