Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rainier Beach grad Michael Berry & WSU standout Jeshua Anderson on initial USA 4 X 4 relay pool...

INDIANAPOLIS--Rainier Beach HS graduate Michael Berry (right/photo by Paul Merca), who completed his freshman season at the University of Oregon, and Washington State University's three-time NCAA 400 hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson were named by USA Track & Field to its initial relay pools in the 4 x 400 meter relays for next month's IAAF world track & field championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Per IAAF rules, the pools must include the top four finishers in the men's and women's 100 and 400 meters at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Additional athletes were chosen by Team USA’s head coaches for the 2011 World Championships, Vin Lananna and Connie Price-Smith; USATF Relay Coach Jon Drummond; and 2011 Team USA World Championships sprint coaches Thomas Johnson and Danny Williams, with oversight by USATF Chief of Sport Performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosley.

The U.S. 4x100 meter relay teams will train and compete in Lignano, Italy, on July 19. On August 8, USATF will formally submit to the IAAF its full roster for Daegu, including relays pools of 6 athletes for the 4x100 and 4x400m relays - the top four finishers from the USA Outdoor Championships, plus two additional athletes not already on the Team USA roster in other events. Any athlete already on Team USA’s roster in Daegu also is eligible to compete on the relays.

Team USA's men's 4 x 400 meter relay pool includes:

Tony McQuay, Jeremy Wariner, Angelo Taylor, Bershawn Jackson, Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, Kerron Clement, Jeshua Anderson.

The full USATF release can be read here.

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