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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

VS Athletics Track Club - SUMMER NEWSLETTER ~ LATEST NEWS

Roseline Agboke and Genevieve Graff-Ermeling have continued to race well in Great Britain this summer. Pictured at a British Milers Club Grand Prix Meet on July 11at Trafford Athletic Stadium in Stretford, England, Roz ran a PR and club record 4:23.70 for 1500 meters in 5th place in a crowded field, while Gen ran 4:24.35 in 6th—her fastest 1500 in 3-years.

VS WELCOMES EIGHT NEW TEAM MEMBERS
Club Director Skip Stolley has announced the addition of 8 new athletes to the roster of the VS Athletics Track Club. They include the Club’s first male high jump specialist and female horizontal jumper, a world-class female hurdler, a promising male 1500/5000m runner, and one of Southern California’s most improved male shot putters. They also include three new additions to Cedric Hill’s growing elite sprint/hurdle group. “These athletes are great additions to our team and our training groups, says Skip. We believe many of them will qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and that they all have the potential to eventually be USA Team members. And…there are more on the way.”

Decathletes Struggle for Any Recognition

From the New York Times

OSAKA, Japan, Sept. 1 — Simply to see what would happen, Paul Terek, a United States decathlete, wore a baseball cap bearing his name in Japanese when he landed at the Osaka airport a few weeks ago. Some children there took the bait.

The decathlete Paul Terek, who finished 10th over all, during the long jump Friday. “Right away, they noticed and were pointing: ‘Ah, you are Sasuke! Sasuke!’ ” said Terek, who is 6 feet 2 inches and 194 pounds. “For a couple of minutes, I really felt like a movie star or something. It was crazy.”

Terek may not be competing in the most high-profile sport at the track and field world championships, and he may not be the top American decathlete here. But in Japan, he made a name for himself by doing something completely different.