Thursday, November 6, 2008

Club Northwest decathlete Chris Randolph receives training grant from USA Track & Field...

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

Athletes receiving $4,000 grants include former Seattle Pacific and current Club Northwest decathlete Chris Randolph (above/photo by Paul Merca), Lionel Larry (400 meters), and Dominique Darden (400m Hurdles).

Athletes receiving $3,000 grants include Desiraye Speer (Steeplechase), Keith Moffatt (High Jump), Kyle Alcorn (Steeplechase) and Lotasha Wallace (400m Hurdles).

"The USA Track & Field Foundation is excited to assist another group of elite athletes as they work toward their dream of competing in an Olympic Games," said USATF Foundation Director Nicholas Sparks. "Based upon the success of Foundation grant recipients David Oliver (Bronze Medal, 110 Hurdles) and Stephanie Brown Trafton (Gold Medal, Discus) in Beijing, we are confident our grants are funding the right athletes."

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 standards to be eligible and also participate in the Win With Integrity program.

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.

For more information or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit

NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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