USATF Announces Relay Pools For 2015 World Relay Championships

USATF Press Release
April 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The relay pools for Team USA at the IAAF World Relays have been set, USATF announced Tuesday. Fifty-one athletes comprise the 10 relay pools from which Team USA will select for the second annual IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3.

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The IAAF World Relays will air live in the United States from 7-10 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 on Universal Sports.

The United States boasts an impressive roster featuring 21 Olympians, including three of the four members of the world record women’s 4×100-meter relay in Tianna Bartoletta, four-time Olympic gold medalists Allyson Felix and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross will compete for Team USA in the women’s 4×400-meter relay, while newcomer Kaylin Whitney appears on her first senior team after dominating the IAAF World Junior Championships last summer. IAAF World Indoor champion Chanelle Price and Olympian Shannon Rowbury will compete in the women’s 4×800-meter relay and distance medley relay, respectively.

On the men’s side, the men’s 4×100-meter relay includes three of the four silver medalists from London in Ryan Bailey, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, while the men’s 4×400-meter relay has two members from the indoor world record squad in Kyle Clemons and David Verburg, and three of four from the quartet that took home gold at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, including LaShawn Merritt, Tony McQuay and Verburg. The longer relays have veterans on them as well, with indoor record holders Robby Andrews, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski donning the red, white and blue.

The IAAF World Relays is the newest addition to the IAAF’s global competition calendar, and will see more than 600 athletes from around the world compete in five relay disciplines: 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and the distance medley relay (1,200m, 400m, 800m, 1,600m).

The top eight finishers in the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4×400 relays at the IAAF World Relays will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The IAAF used last year’s World Relays as the qualifier for eight of the 16 spots in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays at August’s world championships in Beijing. The same process will be used for the Rio de Janeiro Games, with the other eight spots being allocated based on time.

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Team USA – IAAF World Relays

First Last Relay Hometown/Current Residence
Ryan Bailey Men’s 4x100m/4x200m Los Angeles, California
Justin Gatlin Men’s 4x100m/4x200m Clermont, Florida
Tyson Gay Men’s 4x100m Los Angeles, California
Mike Rodgers Men’s 4x100m Round Rock, Texas
Charles Silmon Men’s 4x100m Fort Worth, Texas
Isiah Young Men’s 4x100m Oxford, Mississippi
Curtis Mitchell Men’s 4x200m Daytona Beach, Florida
Joe Morris Men’s 4x200m Tualatin, Oregon
Wallace Spearmon Men’s 4x200m Fayetteville, Arkansas
Justin Walker Men’s 4x200m Slidell, Louisiana
Kyle Clemons Men’s 4x400m Lawrence, Kansas
Tony McQuay Men’s 4x400m Gainesville, Florida
LaShawn Merritt Men’s 4x400m Bradenton, Florida
Brycen Spratling Men’s 4x400m Webster, New York
David Verburg Men’s 4x400m Gainesville, Florida
Jeremy Wariner Men’s 4x400m Waco, Texas
Robby Andrews Men’s 4x800m Manalapan, New Jersey
Brandon Johnson Men’s 4x800m/Distance Medley Chula Vista, California
Casimir Loxsom Men’s 4x800m Seattle, Washington
Ryan Martin Men’s 4x800m Lake Forest, California
Duane Solomon Men’s 4x800m Orlando, Florida
Erik Sowinski Men’s 4x800m Iowa City, Iowa
Ben Blankenship Men’s Distance Medley Eugene, Oregon
Kyle Merber Men’s Distance Medley Annandale, New Jersey
Andrew Wheating Men’s Distance Medley Eugene, Oregon
Tianna Bartoletta Women’s 4x100m Tampa, Florida
Allyson Felix Women’s 4x100m Los Angeles, California
Carmelita Jeter Women’s 4x100m Los Angeles, California
Jeneba Tarmoh Women’s 4x100m Los Angeles, California
Tiffany Townsend Women’s 4x100m Clermont, Florida
Jessica Young Women’s 4x100m Columbia, South Carolina
Kimberlyn Duncan Women’s 4x200m Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Candyce McGrone Women’s 4x200m Round Rock, Florida
Tawanna Meadows Women’s 4x200m Lewisville, Texas
Shalonda Solomon Women’s 4x200m Winter Garden, Florida
Kaylin Whitney Women’s 4x200m Clermont, Florida
Charonda Williams Women’s 4x200m Clermont, Florida
Jessica Beard Women’s 4x400m Clermont, Florida
Phyllis Francis Women’s 4x400m Eugene, Oregon
Natasha Hastings Women’s 4x400m Round Rock, Texas
Francena McCorory Women’s 4x400m Hampton, Virginia
Sanya Richards-Ross Women’s 4x400m Austin, Texas
DeeDee Trotter Women’s 4x400m Los Angeles, California
Gabriele Grunewald Women’s 4x800m/Distance Medley Minneapolis, Minnesota
Molly Ludlow Women’s 4x800m Indianapolis, Indiana
Alysia Montano Women’s 4x800m Valencia, California
Chanelle Price Women’s 4x800m Easton, Pennsylvania
Maggie Vessey Women’s 4x800m Los Angeles, California
Treniere Moser Women’s Distance Medley Portland, Oregon
Shannon Rowbury Women’s Distance Medley San Francisco, California
Ajee’ Wilson Women’s Distance Medley Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dennis Mitchell Sprint Relays Coach
Clyde Hart 4x400m Relays Coach
Rose Monday Women’s Mid-Distance Relays Coach
Vin Lananna Men’s Mid-Distance Relays Coach
Lawrence “Boogie” Johnson Assistant Coach – Women’s Sprints
Scott Slade Assistant Coach – Women’s Distance
Demetria Washington-Davis Head Women’s Manager
Darryl Woodson Assistant Coach – Men’s Sprints
Teddy Mitchell Assistant Coach – Men’s Distance
Manny Bautista Head Men’s Manager
Sharrieffa Blair Event Manager
Kenny Banks Event Manager
Darvis “Doc” Patton Assistant Relay Coach
Harris Patel Head ATC
Darrell Barnes ATC
Benny Vaughn ATC/LMT
Hal Richardson LMT
Jimal Deas LMT
Todd Arnold MD
Josh Glass DC
Sean McCann Sport Psychologist
Alicia Kendig Nutritionist
Andy Ferrara Sports Science – Film


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