Team USA, Hershey's join forces for International youth showcase
HERSHEY, Pa. - Several of Team USA's medal-winning stars will be joined by four living legends and some of USATF's finest youth athletes in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hershey's Track & Field Games at this weekend's Hershey's International Finals, held Saturday at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. The pinnacle event of the Hershey Track & Field Games, Saturday's Finals bring together top athletes from all 50 states as well as Canada and, for the first time, China, to compete in age-graded competition.
National Track & Field Hall of Famers Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Bruce Jenner and Rafer Johnson are participating in a full schedule of events, along with current Olympic gold medalists Dwight Phillips, Monique Henderson, Derrick Brew and Moushaumi Robinson; World Champion Bershawn Jackson, two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell; reigning Visa Champion Tiffany Williams; two-time Olympian Hazel Clark; two-time World Championships finalist Jenny Adams; and NCAA and World University Games gold medalist Miki Barber.
Athletes and legends kicked off their Hershey experience at Thursday night's Opening Ceremonies, conducting autograph sessions and speaking at the Ceremonies. After attending several Hershey events on Friday, they will participate Saturday in three exhibition relays and honor the young athletes participating in the Hershey's International Finals on Saturday.
A new addition to the International Finals are International Exhibition races featuring USATF youth athletes chosen to compete based on their performances at the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Championships in July. Dayvon Allen, Elias Geydon, Kenyattia Hackworth, Kristaan Ivory, Jamias Jones, Myer Krah, Laura McDowell, Khalfani Muhammad, Akawkaw Ndipagbor, Christian Penn, Robin Reynolds, Raena Rhone, DeAnthony Thomas and Taylor Williams will compete against athletes from Canada and China.
Events Saturday begin with a 5 km family walk/run at 8:30 a.m.; track events begin at 9:30.
For more information on the Hershey's International Final, visit http://www.hersheys.com/trackandfield/