INDIANAPOLIS--Three members of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts are among the 55 athletes selected for the inaugural IAAF World Relays Championships on May 24-25 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.
Mark Wieczorek (left/photo courtesy Brooks Sports) will be on the Team USA men's 4 x 800 relay squad, while Garrett Heath will be on the men's 4 x 1500 relay team.
University of Washington alum Katie Mackey will run on the women's 4 x 1500 team.
The first competition of its kind, the IAAF World Relays Championships consist of the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 and 4x1500 relays on both the men’s and women’s sides. Scheduled for primetime, the World Relays provide the only major world championship for the 2014 outdoor season.
Nearly 50 countries will send squads to Nassau for the World Relays, which is expected to qualify some teams for next year's IAAF world track & field championships in Beijing, China, and for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Former University of Washington head coach Orin Richburg is one of the assistant coaches on the US team, as is Mercer Island HS alum Dena Evans.
NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.