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Said Ahmed Signals Return to Fitness with three 1-Day Victories

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Boston native returns home to win 3 events in a single day

Boston, Mass. – December 31, 2007

USA’s middle distance ace Said Ahmed signaled his return to world-class fitness level by winning 3 races in a signal day in his hometown of Boston. Running at an All-Comers meet at Boston University, Ahmed won the 800m, 3000m and 1-Mile events with only :30 minutes break between each event.

In 2006, Ahmed was ranked #4 in the US 1500 meter event by Track and Field News. In 2007, Ahmed placed a disappointing 6th at the USA Outdoor Championships due to an injury in his right foot which prevented him from sprinting. Ahmed was one of the few US middle distance runners who had achieved the World Championship A-standard in 2006 with a career best 3:35.94 at the DN Galan Stockholm meeting. Thus, his goal was to make the USA team and compete in Osaka Japan.

The injury prematurely ended Ahmed’s season in June as he returned to Fayetteville Arkansas with the hopes of regaining his world-class status. Training under famed Univ. of Arkansas coach John McDonnell, Ahmed is eager to prove that 2007 was just a minor setback. His training his geared now toward the 2008 US Olympic Trials in June.

Full results can be found at:
http://www.bu.edu/track/2008/Indoor%20Track/Mini%20Meets/Third_results.htm

Licensed to Boston University Hy-Tek’s Meet Manager 12/29/2007 03:12 PM
Third Meet – 12/29/2007
TTC
Results

Mixed 800 Meter Dash
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Name Year Team Seed Finals
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Section 1
1 668 Ahmed, Said NIKE 1:53.28
2 221 Cahill, David Unattached 1:57.00 1:56.86
3 715 Kelleher, Kevin Unattached 1:54.00 1:56.89
4 843 Donovan, Kevin Unattached 1:56.00 1:57.19
5 798 MacDonald, Eric Unattached 1:57.00 1:57.26
6 893 Powers, Brendan Unattached 1:58.00 1:57.29
7 801 Murphy, Liam Unattached 1:58.00 1:58.22
8 206 Ryan, Joe Unattached 1:58.00 2:01.87
9 842 Stephen, Garrett Unattached 1:58.00 2:04.04
10 203 Lutkezickh, John Unattached 1:58.00 2:08.11
Section 2

Mixed 1 Mile Run
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Name Year Team Seed Finals
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Section 1
1 668 Ahmed, Said NIKE 4:10.00 4:08.58
2 708 Aden, Omar Unattached 4:20.00 4:20.27
3 620 Lavallee, Roland Unattached 4:20.00 4:21.14
4 666 Gilmore, Peter Unattached 4:24.00 4:21.33
5 882 MacDonald, Angus Unattached 4:20.00 4:21.62
6 673 Pelletier, Matt Unattached 4:25.00 4:25.96
7 734 Toomey, Pat Unattached 4:23.00 4:27.42
8 745 Hausherr, Dave Unattached 4:25.00 4:28.87
9 735 Perez, James Unattached 4:23.00 4:30.72
10 657 Gordon, Joshua Unattached 4:33.00 4:34.16
11 799 Wang, Dan Unattached 4:25.00 4:39.24
12 836 Deascentis, John Unattached 4:28.00 4:58.06
Section 2

Mixed 3000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Seed Finals
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Section 1
1 668 Ahmed, Said NIKE 8:20.00 8:17.23
2 639 Fisher, Mike Unattached 8:40.00 8:22.17
3 601 Ashe, Eric Unattached 8:30.00 8:23.47
4 620 Lavallee, Roland Unattached 8:30.00 8:27.55
5 673 Pelletier, Matt Unattached 8:40.00 8:27.59
6 621 Lutz, Justin Unattached 8:25.00 8:28.06
7 659 Lacey, Mathew Unattached 8:40.00 8:28.48
8 634 Tieuli, Matt Unattached 8:45.00 8:42.64
9 644 Pierce, Paul Unattached 8:38.00 8:43.83
10 643 McDonald, Brian Unattached 8:45.00 8:54.63
11 648 Fisk, Pat Unattached 8:40.00 8:58.44
Section 2

For more information regarding Said Ahmed and other World Express Athletic Management athletes, please visit our web site at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

More news updates and results will following with the coming 2008 Indoor T&F Season.

World Express would like to wish all of its athletes, friends, fans, family, Coaches and Meeting Directors:
Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2008!!!!

Mark A. Pryor
World Express Athletic Mgmt.

USA’s Brittney Reese Qualifies for Olympic Final in Women’s Long Jump

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

USA’s Brittney Reese Qualifies for Olympic Final in Women’s Long Jump
US Olympic Trials Champion has longest jump in qualification round, now looking for a medal

Beijing China – August 19, 2008

World Express Athletic Management’s newest signee Brittney Reese continues her quest for Olympic glory in the women’s long jump event.  At 9:40am Beijing time (9:40pm EST), Reese got up early this morning and went to work.  Her job now as a professional T&F athlete is to jump farther then her competition and win major championships.  She completed a great day at work by qualifying for the Olympic final with the longest jump in the early morning rounds (6.87m).  She is now the favorite to win a medal especially since the event world leader (Nadia Gomes – Portugal) did not qualify for the final.

In the Olympics, athletes in their respective events must compete in qualifying rounds in order to determine the 8 finalists (12 finalists for field events).  In these finals, the top 3 finishers are awarded medals.  Usually the qualifying rounds involve 30-40+ athletes from all across the world.

Reese who was a 3-time NCAA Champion for Ole Miss turned pro this June and signed with World Express.  She won this year’s US Olympic Trials with a career best of 6.95m.  Thus, her jump of 6.87m20in the qualifying round suggest there is plenty more in the tank for the finals.  Her jump of 6.95m is the=2 03rd best jump in the world this year and a medal in the Olympic Games would cement her as one of the best, if not the best women’s long jumper in the world.

Leading up to the Olympic Games, Reese traveled to Europe for the first time and competed against the world’s best.  In Stockholm at the DN Galan meeting she placed 2nd with a jump of 6.80m and then travel to Monte Carlo and placed 2nd again this time with a jump of 6.76m.  At both european meets the winner was Gomes of Portugal.  But now without Gomes in the finals, the road is clear for Reese to hopefully win a medal.

Last year at the World Outdoor T&F Championships in Osaka Japan, Reese made the finals and placed 8th as a college sophomore.  Thus, with that international and major championship experience Reese is well prepared for peak performances in Beijing.

The finals of the women’s long jump is scheduled for August 22nd.  All 12 competitors will receive 3 jumps with only the best 8 jumpers being awarded 3 additional jumps toward deciding the top 3.

Also on Aug 22nd, Reggie Witherspoon will run in the qualifying rounds of the Men’s 4x400m relay.

For more information on World Express athletes, please go to http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Thank you,Mark A. Pryor
World Express Athletic Mgmt.

US Trials Champion Brittney Reese is 2nd In Monaco, 2nd in Stockholm

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

US Trials Champion Brittney Reese is 2nd In Monaco, 2nd in Stockholm

Monte Carlo – July 30, 2008

At the 2008 Herculis – Meeting Int. Athletisme in Monaco, there were several world leading performances as this was the last meeting before the Olympic Games.

The first world lead of the night came in the women’s long jump where Portuguese Naide Gomes continued her strong momentum towards Beijing. A week ago the 28-year-old former heptathlete reached 7.04m in Stockholm and last night in the tiny Principality extended both her national record and world lead to 7.12m in the second round. Her fourth round 6.95m was also well ahead of runner-up Brittney Reese (6.76m), while Russian Lyudmila Kolchanova, who shared the world lead with Gomes heading into tonight’s competition, was a distant third (6.68m)

Reese who was undefeated in all of her US competitions this year has jumped a career best 6.95m in 2008.  Her coach Joe Walker believes that the Olympic Games will bring out the +7.00m jumps.

Reese was also runner-up to Gomes in Stockholm on July 23rd with a 6.80m jump. With this being her first european experience, a lot of positives can be taken from these two meets where she jumped and competed against the world’s best long jumpers in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Reese now heads home to fine tune her training and prepare to bring home her first ever international championship medal after placing 8th at the 2007 Outdoor World Championships in Osaka Japan.

World Express Athletic Mgmt will be in Beijing China for the Olympic Games and send out updates of its athletes as they strive for Olympic glory:

Reggie Witherspoon (USA) – 4x400r
Brittney Reese (USA) – Long Jump
Trish Bartholomew (Grenada) – 400m
Sherridan Kirk (Trinidad) – 800m

After the Olympic Games, World Express athletes will return to europe and complete the 2008 season. Confirmed for the Lausanne Super GP meeting Sept 2nd are Ivory Williams (100m – 9.94) and Brittney Reese (Long Jump).

US 100m sprinter Mark Jelks (:9.99) looks to continue his season in Europe after the Olympics after placing 3rd in Paris, 1st in Lucerne and 3rd in Athens during the first half of the european season.

Reggie Witherspoon (:44.99) is also eager to race after a 4th place finish in Rome, 5th in Rethymno as well as 6th in Paris. As is Joel Brown (:13.33) in the 110 hurdles who was 3rd in Barcelona, 6th in Athens, 4th in Lucerne, 2nd in Karlstad GP and 1st in Braschaat.

For more information go to:
http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Brittany Reese Signs with World Express Athletic Management

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Brittany Reese Signs with World Express Athletic Management

June 21, 2008 – Baltimore, MD.

2-Time NCAA Long Jump Champion Brittany Reese of the University of Mississippi has signed on to join World Express Athletic Management.  Reese currently has the world’s #1 ranked performance in the women’s long jump at 6.93 meters.  Last weekend Reese won her 2nd NCAA outdoor title to go along with her NCAA indoor title.  This year Reese also won the SEC conference title with a new meet record performance.

In 2007, Reese placed 8th in the finals of the World Outdoor T&F Championships in Osaka Japan and ending up with the #1 ranking in the United States by Track and Field News.  At only 21 years old, Reese can be considered a possible Olympic Games medalist.  World Express now boasts a roster that includes three (3) World Championship participants:
Mark Jelks – 100m (2007 Osaka), Joel Brown – 110m hurdles (2005 Helsinki) and Brittany Reese – Long Jump (2007 Osaka).

World Express president Mark Pryor believes that his group could have as many as 5 athletes in Beijing for the Olympic Games.  Those potential Olympians are:  Brittany Reese (USA), Mark Jelks (USA), Ivory Williams (USA), Sherridan Kirk (Trinidad) and Joel Brown (USA).  Other World Express athletes to watch are Reggie Witherspoon in the 400 meters and Bryan Steele (JAM) in the 400H.  The US Olympic Trials to decide those athletes who will comprise the Olympic team is set to begin next weekend in Eugene Oregon (June 27th – July 6th).

World Express athletes will travel to Europe in July after the US Trials to compete at several athletics meetings as preparations for the T&F events of the Olympic Games scheduled for August 15th – 24th.  Those events scheduled for competion will be the 24th Vardinoyiannia meting in Rethymno Greece, the Luzern Spitzenleichathletik Meet in Switzerland, DN Galan Super GP meeting in Stockholm Sweden and the Herculis Super GP meeting in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

For more information regarding World Express Athletic Management and its athletes, go to http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Thank you,

Mark A. Pryor
World Express Athletic Mgmt.
Fax: 860-392-1559
http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Jelks Runs Consistently Well for 100m Races In Europe

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Jelks Runs Consistently Well for 100m Races In Europe

Five races in 10 days shows US sprinter is true professional

Stockholm – July 22, 2008

World Express Athletic Management sprinter Mark Jelks has returned home to the US after enjoying a successful European Tour.  Jelks who posted a career best of :9.99 for the 100 meters at the US Olympic Trials in June this year traveled to Europe intent on showing his abilties as one of the world’s best short sprinters.  While his training mate Ivory Williams stayed home to recover from the early racing season and the always tough 4-rounds of the 100m event at the US Trials; Jelks welcomed all challenges and travel extensively throughout Europe looking for them.

World Express can now boast two sub :10.00 secs 100 meter sprinters giving them a great 1-2 punch in the heavy weight battles of the 100m event:  Ivory Williams (:9.94) and Mark Jelks (:9.99).

Jelks arrived in Rome on July 9th for the Golden Gala meeting on 11-July and the long overseas flight obviously affected his race that weekend.  Undaunted, Jelks then traveled to Athens Greece on 13-July for the Athens Grand Prix.  He placed 3rd in Athens (:10.19) to exact some measure of revenge over some of his competitiors in Rome.  The next day 14-July, Jelks flew to Crete for the EAA meeting in Rethymno and again placed 3rd in the 100m final again with a :10.19 clocking.  Two days later in Lucerne Switzerland, Jelks dominated his competition and was victorious in :10.17.  Then the next day, Jelks traveled to the city of lights in Paris France and again placed 3rd at the Gaz de France Golden League meeting.  That is 5 races in 10 days with only 1-2 days recovery and travel.  Clearly Jelks has proven his professionalism by dealing with the travel, hotel stays, food and stress but still performing well in his races.  The summary is as follows:

Wed   9-Jul:  Arrival in Europe from US
Fri    11-Jul:   Rome Golden Gala – :10.30
Sun  13-Jul:  Athens Grand Prix – :10.19 (3rd)
Mon 14-Jul:   Rethymno, GRE –  :10.19 (3rd)
Wed 16-Jul:  Lucerne, SUI  –  :10.17  (1st)
Fri    18-Jul:  Paris France  –  :10.26  (3rd)

Jelks will now return home to the US and prepare to return to Europe to take on those sprinters who will compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing.  Though he would have liked to be an Olympian, Jelks understands that his time has not come and must continue to train and improve every phases of the technical 100 meter event.

Coach Al Hobson was very pleased with his young charges races and says Jelks has gained alot of maturity from his races both at the US Trials and in Europe……..excellent experience for next year’s World Outdoor T&F Championships.  Jelks competed in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka Japan.

Hobson also promised that Ivory Williams will be ready to compete in Europe after the Olympic Games in August.  Williams who has enjoyed a breakthrough year pushed his career best in the 100m from :10.13 in 2007 to :9.94 in 2008.  Williams has also performed well this season with victories in Guadeloupe and Martinique as well as a 3rd place finish in Berlin GL and 2nd at the Pre Classic before running :9.94 in Eugene Oregon.

Both Jelks and Williams are eager to travel to Europe to show that the US has the world’s best sprinters and left 2 off the team for Beijing.

World Express will have both US Olympians Brittney Reese (Long jump) and Reggie Witherspoon (400m) competing today in the Super GP DN Galan meeting in Stockholm.

For more information regarding World Express athletes Mark Jelks and Ivory Williams please visit us at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

 

Thank you,

Mark A. Pryor
World Express Athletic Mgmt.
Fax: 860-392-1559
http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Reggie Witherspoon Fulfilling Lifelong & Olympic Dreams in 2008

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Career best :44.99 and 4th place Olympic Trials finish puts Witherspoon on 4x400m relay for Beijing

 

July 13, 2008 – Rome, Italy / Athens Greece

 

US 400 meter sprinter Reggie Witherspoon is living proof of World Express Athletic Management’s creed, “Where dreams live and hard work prevails”. That’s because Witherspoon is fulfilling his dreams of being an Olympian and running fast in his signature event the 400 meters.

 

Spoon” as he is affectionately known to teammates and friends has been destined for great things since beginning T&F at the age of 5. He has been running fast times, breaking records20and achieving career benchmarks in age-group and high school track. College was a bit of a transition but now Witherspoon has taken full advantage of his opportunities as a professional T&F athlete.

 

Raised in Marietta Georgia (along with childhood friend Aries Merritt) in a big family of seven (7) brothers and sisters, Witherspoon’s first achievement was breaking the HS National indoor 400m record on the fast banked track of the NYC Armory. His :46.01 clocking lasted for only a few years in the record books but it paved the way for other preps to dip under :46 secs indoors. In college (Florida and then Baylor), Witherspoon posted a :45.56 career best as well as a :20.32 clocking. At Baylor, Witherspoon enjoyed the coaching of 400m master Clyde Hart. Hart mentored Witherspoon into a conference and NCAA Champion. But with all the great 400m runners in Baylor history, Witherspoon’s dreams were not yet fulfilled.

 

Training with Jeremy (Wariner) and Darold (Williamson) as well as personally knowing MJ (Michael Johnson) made me realize that I too could become an Olympian if I continued to work hard. I just thank God that I had the opportunity and the support of Mark Pryor and World Express”, stated Witherspoon.

 

Last year’s trip to Europe was a rude awakening for Witherspoon as he almost quit track & field due to a lack of immediate success and finances. But in January, Witherspoon found renewed strength from his always supportive father (Ron Witherspoon) who told his son that seeing him run in the Olympics would be a dream come true. Thus the pilgrimage to Eugene Oregon was started for the US Olympic Trials. He returned to Baylor and began training with Wariner and Williamson under the direction of Mike Ford. Success didn’t come right away but Witherspoon’s faith never wavered, nor did his work ethics.

 

Everyone in Waco Texas was supportive of “Spoon” and wanted to see him run fast because he worked so hard and kept his faith…….even his competitors, including Jeremy Wariner. Rarely do you see athletes in the same event support each other but Wariner could see how hard Witherspoon worked and kept encouraging him to continue. Witherspoon believes the only recipe for success is hard work and believing in you. With the support of current Baylor 400m athletes, the current World & Olympic Champion as well as the greatest 400m runner in history, Witherspoon was determined not to let anyone down (especially not his father).

At the recent US Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon, armed with strong faith and the support of hundreds in their hearts; Witherspoon’s dreams began to come true. His string of career bests runs in the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals (:45.94, :45.01, :44.99) placed him 4th in the finals behind training mate Wariner, LaShawn Merritt and Indiana alum David Neville. The 4th place finish punched Witherspoon’s ticket to Beijing as a leg on the 4x400m relay. The :44.99 clocking achieved his goal of breaking :45 secs for 400m. Now he is working on fulfilling his dream of competing against the world’s best in Europe.

 

The first step to achieving that goal was taken last night in Rome Italy at the Golden Gala Golden League meeting. Running against the top three (3) 400m runners in the world (Wariner, Merritt and Chris Brown), Witherspoon held his own to place 4th………in Lane 9 with a :45.33 clocking. Surely with a better lane draw Witherspoon would have run under :45 secs. See results below:

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Golden Gala Roma
Roma, 11/07/2008

400 Metres – Men Race 1

1 Wariner , Jeremy USA 44.36
2 Merritt , LaShawn USA 44.37
3 Brown , Chris BAH 44.73
4 Witherspoon, Regi USA 45.33
5 Milburn , Joel AUS 45.40
6 Gillick , David IRL 45.52
7 Larry , Lionel USA 45.59
8 Licciardello , Claud ITA 45.61
9 van Branteghem BEL 45.96

 

His next scheduled race will be on July 14th in Rethymno Greece at the 24th Vardinoyiannia meeting where he will race against his training mate (2-time Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist) Darold Williamson as well as 2000 Olympic 400m hurdle gold medalist Angelo Taylor, who also hails from Georgia.

 

Witherspoon is excited about his scheduled races as it proves to the world he is one of the20best in an event dominated by the US but always presenting challenges from all over the world (Jamaica, Poland, Sweden, Bahamas, Greece……..). He sees every race as a testament of his hard work and the chance to finally prove great things were destined for him in the sport. It is a story that should be told to all those who aspire to achieve whether in sports, music, the arts, academics or whatever field one chooses to pursue.

 

World Express Athletic Management was started to help athletes like Reggie Witherspoon achieve their dreams thru hard work. In some ways, he is living the “American Dream”. Stayed tuned to see if Witherspoon can earn an Olympic gold medal………..you can’t help but root for him to do it.

 

Other World Express athletes in Europe include Joel Brown (110m hurdles) and Mark Jelks (100m). Both will be competing today at the Athens Grand Prix meeting in Athens Greece. Brown will be running against the newly crowned world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuban who ran :12.87 in June in Ostrava to break the old world record of :12.88 by Lui Xiang of China (defending Olympic Champion). Jelks will be competing in a loaded field of 100 meter sprinters with sub :10 second speed. Also scheduled to compete in Athens is new 100m world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica.

 

World Express athletes will remain in Greece and race on July 14th in Rethymno (near Crete) at the 24th Vardinoyiannia meeting.

 

For more information on Reggie Witherspoon and other World Express athletes, please go to http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

Thank you,

Mark A. Pryor
World Express Athletic Mgmt.
Fax: 860-392-1559

World Express Athletes Score Big Career Bests

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Ivory Williams, Jelks and Witherspoon Run Top World Ranking Times

Huge Career Bests scored in 100m and 400m events at US Olympic Trials

July 1, 2008 – Eugene, Ore.

As predicted, the US Olympic T&F Trials is famous for producing World and American records as well as top ranking times. World Express Athletic Management athletes have been producing those top world ranking times which translate into huge career breakthroughs and personal bests.

The first event to cause a major stir in the T&F world was the 100m dash. The women burned up the track and produced several all-time bests under :11.00 seconds. The track was still hot when the men lined up and proved without a doubt that the US has the best sprinters in the world. Tyson Gay broke the American Record with a :9.77 clocking and won the 100m title.

Ivory Williams who had been producing career bests all year continued his excellent and breakthrough season by recording PBs in the first round (:10.07) and then in the quarter-finals running one of the fastest times in the world this year with a :9.94 clocking. Though he did not make the US Olympic team, Williams will be a force in the world in the sprinting events for years to come. When asked about his stellar season Ivory said, “I know now what a :9.9 feels like and it will be my goal to break :10 secs in every race“. He knows that this experience will make him stronger and mentally prepared for future championship events.

Mark Jelks also ran under :10.0 secs with a :9.99 clocking and demolishing his previous career best of :10.02. It was disappointing not to make his second US National team but he looks forward to 2009 and the World Championships.

Williams and Jelks will now travel to Europe and look for faster times against the world’s best. Both have been confirmed for the Golden Gala meeting in Rome, the Athens GP in Greece as well as other caliber meetings throughout Europe.

Reggie Witherspoon knew it was just a matter of time before his talents were shown to the world. Without an indoor season Witherspoon had to be patient and let his body adjust to the training. Weeks before the US Trials, Witherspoon’s training indicated a sub :45 clocking. The first round race was a easy effort of :45.94 season best. In the semi-final, Witherspoon again made a :44.99 look so easy and effortless. In the finals, Witherspoon is looking to run a time his current training partner (Jeremy Wariner) has achieved at World & Olympic championships. Baylor University will have three past 400m runners in the finals and could make up three legs of the US Olympic 4x400m relay.

World #1 ranked long jumper Brittany Reese easily qualifed for the finals of the women’s long jump with a 6.62m performance.

July 1st and 2nd are rest days at the US Trials. Action begins on July 3rd with the finals of the men’s 400m event, women’s long jump and the first round of the men’s 1500m run (Said Ahmed). US hurdler Joel Brown and Dexter Faulk will begin competition on July 5th and 6th.

All the results, athlete quotes, pictures and schedule of the US T&F Olympic Trials can be found at http://www.usatf.org

Thanks,

Mark Pryor

World Express Athletic Management

World Express Athletes Travel to Brazil

Friday, June 13th, 2008

World Express Athletes Travel to BrazilBrown, Kirk, Faulk, Williams and Witherspoon in Sao Paulo and Belem GP Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 21, 2008 World Express Athletic Management has sent five (5) of its athletes to Brazil looking for fast times and continue their preparation for the upcoming US Olympic Trials. Competing in Sao Paulo and then in the grand prix event in Belem, World Express athletes will compete in the following events:

Ivory Williams (USA) Men’s 100m
Joel Brown (USA) Men’s 110m hurdles
Sherridan Kirk (Trinidad) Men’s 800m
Dexter Faulk (USA) Men’s 110m hurdles
Reggie Witherspoon (USA) Men’s 200m

Ivory WilliamsHas started the season on fire setting PRs in each of his races so far in 2008. Scored victories in Guadeloupe (:10.09) and Martinique (:10.07w) with a :10.11 prelim clocking in Guadeloupe chopping his previous career best down from :10.13 set in 2007. Looking to sharpen up before he flies to Europe for his first Golden League event in 2008 – Berlin ISTAF (Germany). Joel BrownStarted the season a little slow but has picked it up since late April. Ran a :13.21 split on the World and American Record Shuttle Hurdle Relay at the Penn Relays. Then travel to Doha and ran a season’s best :13.38 for 2nd behind training mate David Oliver. A veteran of the Brazil meetings, Brown has scored several victories in the past and set a meeting record (:13.44) in Rio de Janerio in 2006. Will also travel to Berlin for the ISTAF Golden League meet after Belem. Sherridan KirkThe talented Trinidad & Tobago half-miler returns to Brazil seeking to defend his titles in 2007. Kirk scored convincing victories in Fortaleza and Belem in 2007 and looks to do the same in 2008. Training has been picking up with some fast times expected. Coach Chris Fox is gearing Kirk up for a run at the Olympic Games with the goal to make the finals. So far has placed 3rd in Jamaica and 2nd in Martinique. Reggie Witherspoon“Spoon” as he is affectionately called did not run during the winter indoor season but is on pace for some eye opening times. Opened the season at :20.79 and then chopped it down to :20.66 in Martinique after a 400m race in lane one. Career best is :20.32 in 2007 which could go down in Brazil. Will run both the 200m and 400m races at US Trials. Trains with Warnier and Williamson in Waco Texas. Dexter FaulkHad two bad luck races where the 10th hurdle seems to cause him trouble. Career best is :13.34 in 2007 which should fall greatly in 2008. Has run :13.40 on two occasions (Guadeloupe & Martinique) thus far in 2008. Needs to find a finish but always in the top finishers of every race. Looking to establish himself this year among a load of talented US hurdlers. After competing in the Belem Grand Prix, Joel Brown and Ivory Williams will travel to Berlin Germany for the ISTAF Golden League meeting (http://www.istaf.org). This will be the first Golden League meet of the season. In just over one week’s time on Sunday 1 June 2008, the hunt for the $1 Million Jackpot of the ÅF Golden League will commence in the German capital’s atmospheric 1936 Olympic stadium when the DKB-ISTAF Berlin meeting is staged. Last September when the Berlin meeting concluded the 2007 Golden League it attracted a record 70,253 spectators, with Yelena Isinbayeva and Sanya Richards sharing the $1 Million prize. Another vast crowd on 1 June will cheer athletes out of the blocks and down the runways as they start their season long quest to remain unbeaten at all six meetings of the ÅF Golden League. Cities and Dates for 2008 – ÅF Golden League: Berlin, GER – Sunday 1 June
Oslo, NOR – Friday 6 June
Rome, ITA – Friday 11 July
Paris, FRA – Friday 18 July
Zürich, SUI – Friday 29 August
Brussels, BEL – Friday 5 September
World Express Caribbean athletes Bryan Steele (Jamaica) and Melissa DeLeon (Trinidad) traveled to Puerto Rico for the 2nd Ponce Grand Prix meeting this past weekend. Steele produced a season’s best in his signature event (400m hurdles) while DeLeon is trying to put all the pieces together for her Trials in June. An excellent job was done by the event organizers and many thanks to Mark Block for a great job as Athlete Liaison. The results from the Ponce GP are as follows: 2nd GP Ponce (GP-Ponce Ponce PUR)17 May 2008 Men’s 400H / 400V Final 21 Danny MCFARLANE JAM 48.77 2 LaRon BENNETT USA 48.94 3 Javier CULSON PUR 48.99 4 Bayano KAMANI PAN 49.64 5 Jonathon WILLIAMS BIZ 49.82 6 Bryan STEELE JAM 50.36 7 Yeison RIVAS COL 51.40 Women’s 800m Final1 Hazel CLARK USA 1:59.82 2 Marian BURNETT GUY 2:00.41 3 Rosibell GARCÍA COL 2:02.02 4 Sheena GOODING BAR 2:04.75 5 Melissa DE LEON TRI 2:05.10 6 Rebecca JOHNSTONE CAN 2:05.10 7 Julia HOWARD CAN 2:06.62 8 Lizaira DEL VALLE PUR 2:11.50 9 Yahaira PÉREZ DOM 2:15.63 Pictures of the Caribbean tour (Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique) by World Express athletes will be posted on our website after the Brazil meetings. Our next scheduled meets will be the Brazil meeting in Sao Paulo, the Belem Grand Prix, the ISTAF Berlin Golden League and then the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene Oregon on June 8th. For more information regarding our athletes, please access our website at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com Thank you, Mark PryorWorld Express Athletic Management

Ivory Williams Runs Fastest Time in the US for 100 meters

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Ivory Williams Runs Fastest Time in the US for 100 meters

Victory in Guadeloupe garners career best :10.09 after a :10.11 heat victory

May 2, 2008 – Guadeloupe World Express Athletic Management’s 100 meter US sprinter Ivory Williams posted the fastest time in the US to date with his victory at the Grand Prix region Guadeloupe meeting last night. Conditions were ideal as Williams took advantage and blazed a :10.11 (+0.1w) in the trials to knock down his previous best from :10.13 in 2007. In the finals, Williams was clearly the class of the field with a great start and accelerating smoothly to the finish with another career best of :10.09 (+0.9w). That time is the 6th best in the world so far for 2008. Williams is the 2004 World Junior 100m champion and looks to add the title of Olympian to his athletic resume. William’s training partner the USA’s Rae Edwards previously held the fastest time in the US this year with a :10.13 clocking in April. Still yet to open his season may be the best of all in the training group of Coach Al Hopson is the USA’s Mark Jelks. Jelks is scheduled to open his season at the 13th Grand Prix Meeting IAAF of the General Council of Martinique on Thursday 8TH of May 2008. Scheduled to compete in the 100m event in Martinique will be Ivory Williams, Jamaica’s Dwight Thomas, St. Kitts & Nevis World Champion Kim Collins and US Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford. Yet another athlete in the Al Hopson training group also performed well last night in Guadeloupe. After a disappointing run at the Drake Relays, Dexter Faulk ran a clean hurdle race and posted a season best :13.40 time for 3rd place. Considering Faulk’s career best is :13.34 from 2007, Coach Hopson predicts his young 21-year old pupil will also have a new career best in 2008. It could happen in Martinique. Another young athlete enjoying her first year post-collegiate is Arkansas alum Jessica Cousins. Cousins placed 3rd last night in :52.30 and is seeing her times drop every race. She too will look to remain in the Caribbean at run another 400m race in Martinique. With a career best of :51.90, Cousins is well on her way. The highlight of the night belonged to the USA’s LaShawn Merritt who posted a world leading :44.34 in the men’s 400m race. With a career best of :43.90, Merritt is on pace to challenge the defending Olympic Champion Jeremy Wariner. The weekend is not yet over for World Express athletes. Set to compete at the Jesse Owens Classic is US hurdler Joel Brown. Trinidad’s national record holder in the 800m event, Sherridan Kirk will compete at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston. For more information regarding World Express athletes, go to http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

World Express Athletes to Compete at Drake and Penn Relays

Friday, June 13th, 2008

World Express Athletes to Compete at Drake and Penn RelaysUSA vs The World relays in Philly, Individual Events in Des Moines Iowa. April 23, 2008 This weekend World Express Athletic Management athletes will be busy both on the East Coast and in the Mid West. In Philadelphia, Pa. the 114th Penn Relays Carnival held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania is the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country. Starting on Thursday and running thru Saturday, Penn Relays is held at the famous Franklin Field. The festive atmosphere provided by the tent camp was responsible for the term “Carnival,” which was officially adopted as part of the meet’s name in 1910. Today, the carnival atmosphere still exists, both inside Franklin Field and the surrounding Carnival Village, and outside on the nearby streets. This year there will be more than 22,000 entries, about half of whom will be high schoolers, and the three-day attendance is likely to top 100,000 for the third year in a row. Saturday attendance has averaged 45,000 for the last six years, and makes the meet the best attended track event in the United States each year, and one of the best attended in the world. More athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the world. More spectators have watched the meet than any in the world except the Olympics and World Championships. If you ever want to see what the big deal is about Track & Field then plan on attending the Penn Relays and we guarantee you will become a fan for life. In Des Moines, Iowa the 99th Drake Relays will be held on the campus of Drake University in Drake Stadium. Similar to the relay carnival atmosphere at Penns, Drake combines individual and relay events coupled with “special invitational” events that attract Track & Field’s stars annually. When officials call the Drake Relays track and field extravaganza America‘s Athletic Classic, they literally mean it.

College and universities from all four corners of the United States will compete in the 99th running of the Drake Relays. There will be colleges and universities representing a whopping 34 states including California (UC Riverside, Long Beach State), Florida (Florida, South Florida, Tampa), Oregon (Portland State), Vermont (Vermont) and Utah (Utah, Utah State). A school from every southern state from the east coast to the west coast, with the exception of New Mexico, will attend the Drake Relay. The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada also are competing. Officials expect 7,908 athletes, representing 686 teams, will participate Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Drake Stadium Numerous world, national and collegiate records have been set at the Drake Relays over the years. Drake Relays fans have seen 14 world records, 45 American records and 59 national collegiate records. Sixteen meet records were set and one equaled during the 98th running of the Drake Relays, while three 2007 world bests were set. As of Wednesday morning less than 600 tickets remain available for this Saturday’s session of the Drake Relays. The interest is high because Drake Relays director Brian Brown has put together a great program for Saturday featuring Olympic medalists and NCAA champions along with a competitive high school field.

DRAKE PREVIEW: Jessica Cousins, Dexter Faulk, Reggie Witherspoon The field in the women’s invitational 400-meter dash which will be run at 4:43 p.m. during the Saturday session of the 99th annual Drake Relays includes Shereefa Lloyd of Jamaica who competed in the 2007 World Outdoor Championships; 2004 Olympian Tiandra Ponteen from Saint Kitts & Nevis; former Baylor standout Angel Perkins; Jessica Cousins (NIKE/USA), who was fourth in the 400 at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships and Shareese Woods, who captured the 400-meter title at the U.S. Indoor Championships and then earned a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships
Drake Relays director Brian Brown has disclosed that 1996 Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson, the greatest hurdler in World Championship history, will be competing in the men’s invitational 110 hurdles at 2:45 p.m. Also in the field is defending champion Anwar Moore, who set the Drake Relays record in the event of 13.39 in 2005, will return, along with 2004 Olympian Richard Phillips from Jamaica, Dexter Faulk (USA/NIKE), who was fifth in the 60 hurdles at the 2008 U.S. Indoor Championships. Faulk was a four-time national junior college hurdle champion at Barton (Kan.) Community College and owns a personal best of 13.34 set in Tomblaine, France, last year. Also scheduled to compete at Drake is World Express 400m specialist Reggie Witherspoon. “Spoon” is the former NCAA Champion from Baylor who currently trains with fellow Baylor University alum and World & Olympic 400m Champion Jeremy Warnier. For more information regarding the Drake Relays, please visit http://www.Drakerelays.org PENNS PREVIEW: Joel Brown, Mark Jelks, Bryan Steele, Sherridan Kirk Nearly all of the world’s top sprinters, including Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Allyson Felix, Jeremy Wariner, Sanya Richards and Lauryn Williams, are slated to compete Saturday at USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. After dominating performances over the last three years saw the home team win five of the six races contested, Team USA will attempt to equal or better that performance Saturday during the first event of the 2008 USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series. USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time. Nearly 150 athletes from 11 countries around the world will compete at this year’s USA vs. The World, held annually at the Penn Relays since 2000 and featuring men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4x400m relays, a men’s Distance Medley Relay and a women’s Sprint Medley Relay. Countries challenging Team USA this year include Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Great Britain, Canada, Bahamas, Dutch Antilles, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic.

An impressive array of U.S. men’s stars led by the world’s #1 ranked male sprinter, 2007 World Outdoor triple gold medalist Tyson Gay, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Outdoor 400m champion Jeremy Wariner, two-time World Outdoor 200m medalist Wallace Spearmon, 2007 World Outdoor 400m hurdle champion Kerron Clement, 2007 World Outdoor 400m silver medalist LaShawn Merritt and 2004 Olympic and two-time World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist Darold Williamson will look to keep Team USA on the winning track. Also watch for 2006 quadruple NCAA champion Xavier Carter, 2007 U.S. and the USA’s talented up-n-coming sprinter Mark Jelks (NIKE). Jelks will run the 4x100m relay. Sherridan Kirk will be running in the 4x400m relay USA vs The World event for Trinidad and Tobago. Scheduled to compete in the Olympic Development Men’s 110m hurdles is World Express hurdle talent Joel Brown (NIKE). Brown will also run the OD Men’s Shuttle Hurdle Relay on Friday afternoon in an attempt to break the American Record. The line-up for the men’s 110m hurdles is as follows:

OD Men 110m Hurdles 01 David Oliver Nike
OD Men 110m Hurdles 02 Anwar Moore Nike
OD Men 110m Hurdles 03 Joel Brown Nike
OD Men 110m Hurdles 04 Aubrey Herring unattached
OD Men 110m Hurdles 05 Chris Thomas unattached
OD Men 110m Hurdles 06 Josh Walker Reebok
OD Men 110m Hurdles 07 Dudley Dorival Shore AC/National
OD Men 110m Hurdles 08 Jeff Porter Shore AC/REEBOK
OD Men 110m Hurdles 09 Decosma Wright WcAMG
OD Men 110m Hurdles 10 John McDowell unattached

Scheduled to compete in the Olympic Development Men’s 4000m hurdles is World Express’s Jamaican athlete Bryan Steele. Steele may also compete on Jamaica’s 4x400m relay vs Team USA in the above mentioned USA vs The World event. The line-up for the men’s 400m hurdles is as follows:

OD Men 400m Hurdles 01 Ian Weakly unattached
OD Men 400m Hurdles 02 Fred Sharpe unattached
OD Men 400m Hurdles 03 Bryan Steele Jamaica/Nike
OD Men 400m Hurdles 04 Adrian Findlay The Executives Track Club
OD Men 400m Hurdles 05 Eddie McDuffie, Jr. Sprint Athletics Elite Track Club
OD Men 400m Hurdles 06 Louis E.Sales Jr. unattached
OD Men 400m Hurdles 07 Javonie Small Sprint Athletics Elite Track Club
OD Men 400m Hurdles 08 Brandon Hon unattached
OD Men 400m Hurdles 09 Andrew Paresta U.S. Elite
OD Men 400m Hurdles 10 Dwight Ruff The Executives Track Club

For more information regarding Penn Relays, please visit http://www.thepennrelays.com USA vs. The World at Penn Relays will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information regarding World Express athletes Mark Jelks, Jessica Cousins, Joel Brown, Bryan Steele, Sherridan Kirk, Reggie Witherspoon or Dexter Faulk, please visit us at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com