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Olympians, National Record Holders Headline This Weekend's USA vs the World Meet at Fresno State
by: Tartan APS
January 16, 2008

FRESNO, Calif.
- Fresno State and USA Track & Field have released the names of the professional athletes slated to compete at the Run for the Dream's USA vs. the World Meet on Jan. 21, 2008.

The teams, which include Olympians, national champions, and record-holding athletes, represent 13 countries. Athletes will compete in seven individual events each for men and women, plus the 4x400m relay. Each competitor will participate in only one individual event, but may participate on the relay team. Run for the Dream is the first event of the 2008 Indoor Visa Championship Series and the first team-scored meet in the series' history.

On the women's side, former Bulldog Angela Daigle, along with Carmelita Jeter, will represent the USA against the World's Shandria Brown of the Bahamas and Natasha Myers in the 55m dash. In the 55m hurdles, Americans Candace Davis and Damu Cherry will race against Jamaica's Vonette Dixon and Canada's Priscilla Lopes. LaShinda Demus and Jessica Cousins of the USA will race against Jamaicans Carlene Robinson and Ysanne Williams. Sherron Rhetta and Kim Gildersleeve will represent USA against Greada's Neisha Bernard-Thomas and Great Britain's Roseline Abroke in the 800m run.

Americans Jillian Schwartz and Nikole McEwen will take on pole vaulters Ikuko Nishikori of Japan and Dana Ellis-Buller of Canada. Jenny Adams and Tameshia King representing USA will attempt to leap past long jumper Saeko Okayama of Japan and Elva Goulbourne of Jamaica. The high jump will feature Americans Sharon Day and Amy Acuff against Mireya Beltran of Mexico and Gaelle Niare of France.

Racing in the 55m dash will be Josh Norman and Dwight Phillips of the USA against Jamaica's Lerone Clark and Nigeria's Adetoyi Duotoye. The 55m hurdles will pit USA's Allen Johnson and Aubrey Herring against Charles Allen of Canada and Decosma Wright of Jamaica. Bershawn Jackson and Khadevis Robsinon will represent the Americans in the 600 yard-dash, while Sherridan Kirk and Michael Blackwood, both of Jamaica, will run for the World. The mile race will be a North American battle as Americans Said Ahmed and Michael Stember take on Mexico's Mario Macias and Canada's Ryan McKenzie.

Giovanni Lanaro of Mexico and Taquro Mori of Japan will battle against Americans Russ Buller and Tommy Skipper. Tony Allmond and John Moffit will leap for USA in the long jump against Haiti's Narc Narcisse and Bermuda's Tyrone Smith. American shot putters Reese Joffa and Dan Taylor will face Om Prakash of India and Dorian Scott of Jamaica. Both the men's and women's 4x400m relay teams are currently under consideration.

Athletes competing in the Run for the Dream will be the first to race on the new custom-designed TARTAN® indoor track being assembled Sunday for the meet on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

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