Track & Field

    


Track and Field was one of the core events in the Ancient Olympic Games.


             Track and Field competition in London begins on August 3rd





Mebrahtom Keflezighi
Marathon
DOB: May 5th, 1975
Residence: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Immigrated to the US via Italy at age 12. 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist. 2009 New York City Marathon champion, the first American to win that race since 1982. Winner, 2012 Olympic Trials. 1st place, USA Cross Country Championships (12K) 2001/2002/2009. Best times of 13:11.77 for 5000 meters, 27:13.98 for 10,000 meters (an American record which stood until 2010) and 2:09:08 for the marathon, set in winning this year’s Olympic Trials. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, became the first American man since Frank Shorter in 1976 to win an Olympic medal in the men’s marathon. One of 11 children. Became US citizen in 1997. Released autobiography, Run to Overcome, in 2010.





Jillian Schwartz
Pole Vault (Israel)
DOB: September 19th, 1979
Residence: Jonesboro, AR
2004 Olympian (for the USA). 4th - World Indoor Championships, 2004. Competed in four consecutive World Championships from 2003 to 2009. Maccabiah Games champion in 2009. Gained Israeli citizenship in 2010, since which time has set Israeli records in the pole vault both indoors and out. Attended Duke University. All-America honors on three occasions. Runner-up on three occasions at both the USA Outdoor and USA Indoor Championships. Personal best is 4.72m/15’ 5 3/4” set indoors in 2008.





Lisa Stublic
Marathon (Croatia)
DOB: May 18th, 1984
Residence: Zagreb, Crotia
9th place in the Berlin Marathon, 2010 (2:33:42), breaking the 21-year-old Croatian record by nearly six minutes. This was the fastest marathon by any Croatian - male or female - in 2010. 27th place, World Championships, 2011. First Croatian female to compete in an Olympic Games marathon. Holds Croatian records in 3000 meters steeplechase, 5000 meters, half marathon and marathon. Set marathon PR at 2:30:46 in 2011. Studied music theory at Columbia University. Father was born in Croatia.





Kibwe Johnson
Hammer Throw
DOB: July 17th, 1981
Residence: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Winner, 2012 Olympic Trials. US outdoor champion, 2011. 1st - Pan American Games, 2011, setting a new Games record of 79.63m/261’ 3”, erasing the old mark set in 1999 by NYAC club-mate, Lance Deal. Personal best throw of 80.31m/263’ 6” set in 2011.




Reese Hoffa
Shot Put
DOB: October 8th, 1977
Residence: Athens, GA
London is his third Olympics. 7th place in Beijing, 2008. World indoor champion, 2006. World outdoor champion, 2007. 5th - World Outdoor Championships, 2011. 4th - World Indoor Championships, 2012. Adopted at age four by the Hoffa family. Re-connected with his birth mother while attending the University of Georgia. Once competed in a mask under the name, “The Unknown Shot Putter.” Famously stated his ambition as being to compete in a bear suit after being carried onto the track in a cage. Can juggle with firebrands and solve a Rubik’s Cube in 50 seconds. Best shot put of 22.43m/73’ 7 1/4”.




Amanda Smock
Triple Jump
DOB: July 27th, 1982
Residence: Minneapolis, MN
1st - US Olympic Trials, 2012. 1st - USA Indoor Championships, 2012. 1st - USA Outdoor Championships, 2011. Will celebrate her 30th birthday on July 27th, the day of the London Games’ Opening Ceremony. Three-time NCAA Division II champion, while at North Dakota State.



Trevor Barron
Race  Walk (20km)
DOB: September 30th, 1992
Residence: Bethel Park, PA
Won the Olympics Trials 20K in Eugene, OR in a US record of 1:23:01. In so doing, he beat his coach and NYAC club-mate, Tim Seaman, into second position. 1st - USA Indoor Championship 3000m, 2012. 1st - USA Outdoor Championship 20K, 2011. USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year, 2010. 1st - USA Junior Championship 10K, 2009. Began race walking at age nine, but was primarily a swimmer. Forced to give up that sport after experiencing epileptic fits in the pool. First experienced epilepsy at age eight. At one period, suffered seizures every 45 minutes. Although controlled by medication, by age 13 the number of episodes forced him to forego competitive swimming. In August 2006, underwent brain surgery to correct the problem. 100 electrodes were placed on his brain to identify the origin site of the problem, which was then removed. Has been been seizure-free since the surgery. Holds US records at distances from one mile to 20 kilometers.


Rachel Seaman
Race Walk 20km (Canada)
DOB: January 1st, 1986
Residence: San Diego, CA
Won the Olympics Trials 20K in Eugene, OR in a US record of 1:23:01. In so doing, he beat his coach and NYAC club-mate, Tim Seaman, into second position. 1st - USA Indoor Championship 3000m, 2012. 1st - USA Outdoor Championship 20K, 2011. USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year, 2010. 1st - USA Junior Championship 10K, 2009. Began race walking at age nine, but was primarily a swimmer. Forced to give up that sport after experiencing epileptic fits in the pool. First experienced epilepsy at age eight. At one period, suffered seizures every 45 minutes. Although controlled by medication, by age 13 the number of episodes forced him to forego competitive swimming. In August 2006, underwent brain surgery to correct the problem. 100 electrodes were placed on his brain to identify the origin site of the problem, which was then removed. Has been been seizure-free since the surgery. Holds US records at distances from one mile to 20 kilometers.


Julie Culley
5,000m
DOB: September 10th, 1981
Residence: Lebanon, NJ
Won the US Olympic Trials 5000m with a personal best time of 15:13.77. Seventh in the Trials in 2008. Contested the 2009 World Championships 5000m in Berlin; did not advance from the qualifying rounds. 21st at the World Cross Country Championships, 2009. After graduating from Rutgers, coached cross country and track and field at Loyola University. Now coached by the legendary Frank Gagliano.



Jamie Neito
High Jump
DOB: November, 2nd, 1976
Residence: Sacramento, CA
4th - Olympic Games, Athens, 2004. 1st - US Olympic Trials, 2012. 2nd - Olympic Trials, 2008. 1st US - Olympic Trials, 2004. Ranked among the top 10 US high jumpers since 1998. Personal best of 2.34m/7’ 8”. At 35, is the oldest high jumper ever to make the US Olympic team. One of the few world class high jumpers to jump off his right leg. A budding actor, has appeared in five feature films.




Jillian Camarena-Williams
Shot Put
DOB: March 2nd, 1982
Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Bronze medalist, World Championships, Daegu, South Korea, 2011. 12th - Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008. 4th - World Indoor Championships, Turkey, 2012. 1st - US Indoor Championships, 2012. 3rd - US Olympic Trials in 2004 and 2008. Did not got to 2004 Games as did not have the qualifying standard. US indoor record holder (19.87m/65’ 2 1/4”). Co-holder, US outdoor record (20.18m/66’ 2 1/2”). Seven time NCAA Division I All-American at Stanford University. NYAC 2012 co-Athlete of the Year (with rugby player, Mike Petri).

       
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