PRESS RELEASE: Saucony Athlete and American 5,000-meter Record Holder Molly Huddle Secures Spot on Team USA, note by Larry Eder

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The women's 5,000 meters was one of the most exciting races of the Trials. Molly Huddle, the 5,000m AR, duked it out with Julia Culley, with Culley taking first and Huddle second. In third, Kim Conley caught Julia Lucas at the tape to make a most exciting 5,000m. Three different athletes, three different brands.

Molly Huddle, a Saucony athlete, took second in the race, and goes on to London. 


For Immediate Release: June 29, 2012                 

SAUCONY® ATHLETE AND AMERICAN 5,000-METER RECORD HOLDER MOLLY HUDDLE SECURES SPOT ON TEAM USA

"Team Saucony" Continues to Achieve Record Number of Olympic berths for Performance Running Brand at 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

LEXINGTON, MA (June 29, 2012) - Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony, Inc. today announced that American 5,000-meter record holder and "Team Saucony" athlete Molly Huddle locked up her first Olympic appearance by finishing second in the women's 5,000-meter final at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday night. With a time of 15:14.40, Huddle added to a distinguished career that saw her set the still-standing American record in the 5,000 two years ago with a time of 14:44.76 in Brussels, Belgium. She won the 5,000 last year at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

"Molly has been a member of the Saucony family since graduating from Notre Dame five years ago," said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. "Since then, we've had the opportunity to be a part of her outstanding journey to becoming an Olympian. Her perseverance, hard work and quiet confidence are an inspiration to not only all of us here at Saucony, but to runners everywhere. We're incredibly proud of Molly and each of our 'Team Saucony' athletes who continue to impress the track and field community. We couldn't be more ecstatic with our brand's presence here in Eugene and look forward to London next month."

 

In addition to Huddle, 27, who now resides in Providence, Rhode Island, other "Team Saucony" athletes that have earned Team USA berths are: Duane Solomon, Jr. (800-meter); Tianna Madison (100-meter); DeeDee Trotter (400-meter); Lauryn Williams (4X100-meter relay team); and Keisha Baker (4X400-meter relay team).

 

"Team Saucony" athletes that have advanced from preliminary rounds to final and semifinal events scheduled for today, Friday, June 29, include:

 

  • Ashley Higginson and Mason Cathey─women's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals

  • Garrett Heath and Jeff See─men's 1,500-meter semifinals

  • Queen Harrison─women's 400-meter hurdles semifinals

  • Tianna Madison, Porscha Lucas, Lauryn Williams─women's 200-meter semifinals

 

The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials run from June 21 to July 1 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Follow "Team Saucony" at http://www.saucony.com/store/SiteController/saucony/TeamSaucony_Saucony

 

The entire "Team Saucony" roster competing at the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Trials is as follows:

ATHLETE        EVENT    HOMETOWN

WOMEN:
   
KESHIA BAKER    400M    Los Angeles, CA

MOLLY BECKWITH    800M    S. Bloomington, IN

MASON CATHEY    STEEPLE    Indianapolis, IN

AMANDA DUNNE    5000M    Columbia, Missouri

QUEEN HARRISON    100Mh/400Mh    Blacksburg, VA

ASHLEY HIGGINSON    STEEPLE    Annandale, NJ

MOLLY HUDDLE    5000M    Providence, RI

MAGDA LEWY-BOULET    5000M/10,000M    Oakland, CA

PORSCHA LUCAS    200M    College Station, TX

TIANNA MADISON    100M/200M/LJ    Orlando, FL

AMY MORTIMER    1500M    Manhattan, KS

DEEDEE TROTTER    400M    Knoxville, TN

LAURYN WILLIAMS    100M    Miami, FL

JESSICA YOUNG    100M    Columbia, SC


MEN:
   
GARRETT HEATH    1500M    Palo Alto, CA

ADAM NELSON    SHOT PUT    Watkinsville, GA

WILLIE PERRY    100M    Raleigh, NC

JEFF SEE    1500M    Columbus, OH

DUANE SOLOMON, JR.    800M    Rosemead, CA

WALLACE SPEARMON, JR.    200M    Bryan, TX

BEN TRUE    10,000M    Hanover, NH

RYAN WILSON    110Mh    Los Angeles, CA

 

Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals.  Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including ProGrid™, PowerGrid™ and ViZiPRO™ apparel. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.

Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units:  Payless ShoeSource, Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) and Collective Licensing International.  Payless is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to providing incredible value pricing for trend-right styles of footwear and accessories for the entire family to enjoy.   PLG is focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children's footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider® Robeez®, and Saucony®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, STRIKEFORCE™, Clinch Gear™, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships™ and Hind®.

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