NDIANAPOLIS -- USA Track & Field named 17 athletes and two coaches to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee. The track and field competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games – which will take place Aug. 16-28 – will feature 16- and 17-year-old athletes.
U.S. nominations were allocated specifically to U.S. athletes placing highest in their events after the conclusion of three Americas Team Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field events.
“We are proud to recognize the talented, young athletes, who will represent the United States on one of the grandest stages of international sport” said Max Siegel, CEO of USATF. “Not only will they showcase their abilities against the world’s best, but they will also gain a very meaningful cultural experience through the values of Olympism.”
Highlighting the selected athletes are Noah Lyles in the men’s 200 meters and Haley Showalter in women’s discus.
Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) ran one of the most exciting races at U.S. Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field in Miramar, Florida, where he won the 200m in a wind-legal 20.89 (+1.3). Lyles was the day’s only athlete to run a sub-21 in both the prelim (20.95 [+2.3]) and the final April 5. He returns to the international scene after last year competing for Team USA at the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Also at the U.S. trials event, Showalter, a 16-year-old thrower, won gold in the women’s discus with her toss of 46.77m/153-5. Her throw marked a personal best by more than a foot as she defeated the next closest competitor (44.66m/146-6) by more than six feet. Showalter also dominated women’s hammer throw, claiming gold by more than 17 feet with a throw of 63.29m/209-08.
Only one athlete per country earns a place in any single track & field event, and any athlete making the team may only compete in one individual event at the Youth Olympic Games in addition to a possible appearance on the 8x100m mixed relay team, during which time athletes will compete with other members of their continental associations.
The full roster is below.
|Last Name||First Name||DOB||Event||Hometown|
|Lattin||Amere||12-Jul-97||Men's 110m Hurdles||Houston, Texas|
|Okoronkwo||Chinne||26-Sep-97||Women's Triple Jump||Lynnwood, Washington|
|Johnson||Brandee||3-Apr-98||Women's 200m||Suffolk, Virigina|
|Foster||Rhesa||25-May-98||Women's Long Jump||Fresno, California|
|Moffitt||Janae||9-Jan-97||Women's High Jump||Converse, Indiana|
|Fitzgerald||Emma||1-Jul-97||Women's Javelin Throw||Wayland, Mass.|
|Ellis||Brittny||1-Sep-97||Women's 400m||Gurnee, Illinois|
|Lyles||Noah||18-Jul-97||Men's 200m||Alexandria, Virigina|
|Merkley||Tyler||17-Apr-97||Men's Discus Throw||Rancho Cucamonga, California|
|Showalter||Haley||3-Jun-97||Women's Discus Throw||Highlands Ranch, Colorado|
|James||Andrew||12-Jan-97||Men's 400m||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Marshall||Myles||8-Dec-97||Men's 800m||Kingwood, Texas|
|Brinson||Kenneth||9-Apr-97||Men's Hammer Throw||Atlanta, Georgia|
|O'Connor||Janie||15-Apr-98||Women's 100m||Watchung, New Jersey|
|Rasul||Amir||10-Jun-98||Men's 100m||Miami, Florida|
|Fisher||Grant||22-Apr-97||Men's 1500m||Grand Blanc, Michigan|
|Kimani||Rushing||21-May-98||Women's 100m Hurdles||Hallandale, Florida|
Head Coach- Ron Williams
Assistant Coach- Norine Richardson
Athletes at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will compete in 28 sports while also taking part in a Culture and Education program. At the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the U.S. collected eight medals in track and field: three gold, two silver and three bronze.