Thursday, April 13, 2017

Loxsom, Kidder & Berry on USATF relay pools for IAAF World Relays...

INDIANAPOLIS—USA Track & Field announced that Cas Loxsom (left/photo by Paul Merca) and Brannon Kidder of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts and Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry will be part of the relay pool for next weekend’s IAAF World Relays meet in Nassau, Bahamas.

Loxsom and Kidder, both of whom are finishing up a high altitude training block in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are on the pool in the men’s 4 x 800 meter relay, along with Olympic medalist Clayton Murphy, Charles Jock, and Erik Sowinski.

Berry is in the relay pool for the mixed 4 x 400 meter relay, along with LaShawn Merritt, David Verburg, Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings, and Jaide Stepter.

More than 700 athletes from 42 countries will compete in Nassau on April 22-23rd. 

The IAAF World Relays meet consists of five events over four relay categories: the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 for both men and women, and a mixed 4x400 that closes the meet’s second day.

The top eight teams in the 4x100 and 4x400 for both men and women will earn automatic entry to this summer’s IAAF world track & field championships in London.

Former University of Washington head track coach Orin Richburg will lead Team USA into Nassau as its head coach for the IAAF World Relays.

In a related announcement, USATF along with NBC Sports Group announced that they will launch a “Track & Field Pass”, giving fans access to more than 25 major marathons, track and field events from April to December 2017.

This direct-to-consumer pass will offer fans unprecedented coverage—live and on demand, online, on mobile, tablets, and connected TV devices.

For $69.99, NBC Sports Gold’s “Track & Field Pass” allows uninterrupted access to the Boston Marathon, IAAF World Relays, USA vs the World at the Penn Relays, Olympic Rematches at the Drake Relays, Nike Prefontaine Classic, the USATF Outdoor Nationals, as well as all IAAF Diamond League meets and the IAAF World Championships in London.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field and NBC Sports Group contributed to this report.

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