Friday, August 10, 2007

Diana Pickler receives grant from USA Track & Field...


INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation presented Elite Athlete Development Grants to three athletes, USATF Foundation Director Tom Jackovic announced Friday.

The USATF 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 standards to be eligible.

Athletes receiving $3,000 grants include heptathlete Diana Pickler, discus thrower Stephanie Brown Trafton and decathlete Ryan Harlan.

A four-time All-American at Washington State University, Pickler earned a trip to the 2007 World Championships with a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the USA Outdoor Championships. She finished the 2006 season ranked #5 in the U.S. in the heptathlon by Track & Field News.

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

The Foundation assists people of all ages, all walks of life, and all ability levels in finding enjoyment and accomplishment and achieving fitness through our inclusive sport.

For more information on USA Track & Field and the USATF Foundation, visit www.usatf.org/foundation.

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