Six Elite Athlete Grant recipients to represent Team USA at 2012 World Indoor Championships

Six Elite Athlete Grant recipients to represent Team USA at 2012 World Indoor Championships

clip_image002_042.aspxINDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation will have six Elite Athlete Grant recipients competing as members of Team USA at the upcoming IAAF Indoor World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, March 9-11, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

The following athletes were named to Team USA as a result of finishing either first or second in their event this past weekend at the USA Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, NM, and obtaining an IAAF qualifying standard in their individual event (with the exception of the 4×400 relay):

  • Leslie Cole (’10 grant) – 4x400m relay
  • Brenda Martinez (’10 grant) – 1500 meters
  • Erica Moore (’11 grant) – 800 meters
  • Mary Saxer (’12, ’10 grants) – pole vault
  • Amanda Smock (’12 grant) – triple jump
  • Jamaal Torrance (’12, ’11, ’10 grants) – 4x400m relay

The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and financial need standards to be eligible.

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