2022 USATF Foundation Elite Grant Awards Announced–50 Elite Track & Field Athletes Awarded $8,000 Grants

2022 USATF Foundation Elite Grant Awards Announced–50 Elite Track & Field Athletes Awarded $8,000 Grants

The sport of track & field is in the spotlight this week with the 2022 World Athletics Championships being held on U.S. soil for the first time in Eugene, Oregon. Adding to this excitement, the USATF Foundation is thrilled to award $400,000 in financial support to emerging athletes who aim to compete on this international level.  50 athletes will receive awards in the amount of $8,000.

Pursuing a career as a professional track and field athlete is a challenging task and it is the Foundation’s mission to alleviate part of the stress and financial burden with these awards.  This support allows athletes to prioritize their training and hopefully send them on a path to fulfill their potential. The funding is used on expenses such as travel, coaching, sports medicine and other costs associated with training for an Olympic Games or World Championships.

“I’m very grateful for the Foundation’s support.  This grant is going to go a long way in my endeavors to make the next World and Olympic team, and continue to build my professional athletic career. Specifically with new training tools, lifting equipment and travel expenses.  I appreciate all the USATF Foundation has done for me so far and hope to make everyone proud in the near future,” said USATF Foundation grantee Veronica Fraley, Discus Throw.

All USATF Foundation grants are awarded from a competitive pool of applicants.  Elite athletes are encouraged to apply every year in April or May.  The Elite Athlete Development grants are decided upon by the USATF Foundation Elite Grant Committee and criteria are based on athlete performance, monetary need, and a character reference.

“It is an honor to support such elite athletes, who are striving to represent the United States of America.  Go Team USA!” exclaimed USATF Foundation Board Member Shaun Skeris.

The 50 elite athletes to receive funding in the amount of $8,000 are:

Aaron Mallett110m
Alyssa WilsonHammer Throw
Anavia Battle200m
Annie KunzHeptathlon
Ariana InceJavelin Throw
Brian WilliamsDiscus Throw
Bridget WilliamsPole Vault
Clayton FritschPole Vault
Danielle Jones1500m
Darrell HillShot Put
Elkanah KibetMarathon
Elly Henes5000m
Erica BougardHeptathlon
Fiona O’Keeffe5000m
Freddie Crittenden110m
Gabriele Cunningham100m
Gabrielle JenningsSteeplechase
Harrison WilliamsDecathlon
Helen Schlachtenhaufen1500m
Isaac GrimesLong Jump
Jacob WootenPole Vault
Javianne Oliver100m
Jessica RamseyShot Put
Johnny Gregorek1500m
Kate HallLong Jump
Katie RainsbergerSteeplechase
Kayla White100m/200m
Lindsay FlanaganMarathon
Logan BlomquistHammer Throw
Maggie MaloneJavelin Throw
Marquis DendyLong Jump
Marybeth Sant-Price100m
Mason FerlicSteeplechase
Micaela DeGenero1500m
Michaela Meyer800m
Michelle AtherleyHeptathlon
Morgan Beadlescomb5000m
Nia Akins800m
Olivia GruverPole Vault
Payton OtterdahlShot Put
Rachel BaxterPole Vault
Reggie Jagers IIIDiscus Throw
Robyn StevensWalk
Shadrack Kipchirchir10000m
Shania Collins100m/200m
Teahna Daniels100m
Trey CulverHigh Jump
Valerie ConstienSteeplechase
Veronica FraleyDiscus Throw
Whittni Morgan5000m


The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging and experienced elite athletes, along with guidance on future career paths. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts, and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run With US!. Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, Click Here or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tjackovic@usatffoundation.org.