USATF Foundation Grantees Deliver Stunning Performances at the World Athletics Championships

USATF Foundation Grantees Deliver Stunning Performances at the World Athletics Championships

EUGENE, OREGON – The 2022 World Athletics Championships have come to a close, culminating with the USA taking home a record-breaking total of 33 medals (28 individual, 5 relays) — greater than any other country had earned in the history of the World Championships. The USATF Foundation is proud to share that 19 of the individual medals were earned by 2022 Stephen A. Schwarzman grantees.  Nine additional medals were achieved through participation on all the medal winning relays.  24 different Stephen A. Schwarzman grant award winners received medals.

Our newly-awarded 2022 Stephen A. Schwarzman grantees received 6 gold, 6 silver, and 7 bronze medals as highlighted below:

In a thrilling shot put final, Ryan Crouser led a U.S. sweep claiming gold with a Championship record throw of 22.94m; while Joe Kovacs won silver and Josh Awotunde grabbed bronze.

In the women’s throws, Chase Ealey won gold with her first shot put attempt of 20.49m, Brooke Andersen threw 78.96m to take gold in the hammer throw with Janee Kassanavoid capping a stunning U.S. performance with a bronze.

In other field events, Katie Nageotte and Sandi Morris took first and second place, respectively in the pole vault with each of them clearing 4.85m.  On the men’s side, Chris Nilsen struck a silver medal in the pole vault finishing at 5.94m.  Zachary Ziemek took bronze in the decathlon with a PB of 8,676 points, which is the first USA medal in that event since Ashton Eaton in 2015.  Finally, achieving bronze medals in the discus and triple jump Valarie Allman and Tori Franklin became the first U.S. women ever to achieve World Championship medals in these events.

Noteworthy standouts on the track included Fred Kerley and Marvin Bracy-Williams who led a U.S. men’s sweep in the 100m. Grant Holloway, the reigning 110m hurdles World Champion successfully defended his title in 13.03, leading a one two sweep with Trey Cunningham from Florida State taking silver.   Kenny Bednarek ran 19.77 for a silver medal in the 200m.  Dalilah Muhammad, the former world record holder, finished with a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles and Trevor Bassitt from Ashland College achieved the same on the men’s side with a new PB.

Grantees on the relay teams also found great success with 7 golds, 1 silver, and 1 bronze led by Abby Steiner’s gold medal winning performances in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Her 4x100m teammates included grantees Twanisha Terry, Aleia Hobbs, and Jenna Prandini.  Marvin Bracy-Williams earned a silver medal in the 4x100m relay to complement his 100m individual silver medal. Lastly, Trevor Bassitt and Vernon Norwood participated on the gold medal winning 4x400m relay team while Vernon also achieved a bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay.

Other Top 8 USATF Foundation 2022 Grantee Performances:

Quanesha Burks– 4th – Long Jump

Grant Fisher– 4th – 10,000m

Khallifah Rosser– 5th – 400m Hurdles

Shelby McEwen– 5th – High Jump

Steffin McCarter– 5th – Long Jump

Abby Steiner – 5th – 200m

Marquis Dendy– 6th – Long Jump

Aleia Hobbs – 6th – 100m

Tamara Clark– 6th – 200m

Raevyn Rogers– 6th – 800m

Sinclaire Johnson– 6th – 1500m

Courtney Frerichs– 6th – 3000m Steeplechase

Evan Jager– 6th – 3000m Steeplechase

Grant Fisher– 6th – 5000m

Keturah Orji– 6th – Triple Jump

Donald Scott– 6th – Triple Jump

Rudy Winkler– 6th – Hammer Throw

Emma Coburn– 8th – 3000m Steeplechase

Hillary Bor– 8th – 3000m Steeplechase

Jessica Woodard– 8th – Shot Put

Daniel Haugh– 8th – Hammer Throw

Tripp Piperi– 8th – Shot Put

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.

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