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REESE WINS WORLD LONG JUMP TITLE!!!!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Joel Brown Continues Excellent Summer in 2009 European Tour confirmed for Zagreb, Van Damme and Rieti Meetings before World Athletics Finale

August 26 2009 – Berlin Germany

World Express Athletic Management celebrated the crowning of a new World Champion in the women’s long jump event in the person of one of its athletes – Brittney Reese. With a new personal best and world leading jump of 7.10 meters Reese became the 3rd US athlete to win a world long jump title and further established herself as one of the most talented women’s long jumpers in US history.

Reese took one jump in her qualification group surpassing the automatic qualifying mark of 6.75 with a 6.78m jump. She took her cue from teammate Dwight Phillips who did the same in his qualifying for the finals. In the finals, Reese opened the competition with a mark that no one else would surpass except for Tatyana Lebedeva, the 33-year-old former Olympic and three-time World champion of Russia. But the 6.97m jump by Lebedeva seemed to wake a sleeping giant in Reese. Seeing her lead disappear, Reese responded with the world leading jump and new PR of 7.10m. That response to Lebedeva was reminisant of the battles between US long jump legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Germany’s Heike Dreschler. After that, no one could respond and Reese had her first international major title.

To read about the event results and more about Brittney’s world leading performance in Berlin, click on the following link:
http://berlin.iaaf.org/news/kind=114/newsid=54088.html

See official results below:Women’s Long Jump – Final

23 August 2009 – 16:15

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark Wind
1 1020 Brittney Reese       USA 7.10 (1.0) (WL, PB)
2 808 Tatyana Lebedeva  RUS 6.97 (1.0) (SB)
3 925 Karin Mey Melis      TUR 6.80 (0.4)
4 737 Naide Gomes            POR 6.77 (0.5)
5 807 Olga Kucherenko     RUS 6.77 (1.1)
6 101 Shara Proctor           AIA 6.71 (1.2) (NR)
7 178 Maurren Maggi        BRA 6.68 (0.7)
8 315 Ksenija Balta            EST 6.62 (0.3)
9 991 Brianna Glenn         USA 6.59 (-0.1)
10 708 Teresa Dobija        POL 6.58 (0.7)
11 152 Nastassia Mironc   BLR 6.29 (0.0)
174 Keila Costa                   BRA NM (0.3)

Reese’s results this season all pointed toward a world title in Berlin. Indoors she won the US title with a 6.71m performance for a new indoor personal best. Outdoors, Reese took on all challenges and didn’t shy away from her competition. At the Qatar Doha Super GP, Reese jumped a new PR and world lead 6.99m to defeat her main rivals Nadia Gomes (Portugal), 2008 Olympic lon jump champion Maureen Maggi (Brazil), US teammate Fumni Jimoh and Russia’s Elena Sokolova.

Reese then took her challenge to be the world’s best a step further by traveling to Brazil to take on the defending Olympic Champion Maggi in her own country not for one meeting but two meetings (Rio de Janiero and Belem GP). In order to be the best you have to beat the best and compete against the best; that is the attitude adopted by Reese. With previous finishes of 8th at the 2007 World Championships and 5th at the Beijing Olympics, Reese was determined to win a medal to prove her world-class status.

In Belem, Reese again pushed the world’s best jump to another PR of 7.06m defeating Maggi in front of a supportive crowd of over 25,000 Brazilian natives. That might have been enough but unlike the 100m sprinters, Reese doesn’t believe in ducking her competition.

At the US Championships, Reese jumped 7.09m but with a slightly illegal wind. Returning to her college coach at the University of Mississippi, Reese began preparations for the World Championships. All season long her preparations included 100m races and an increase in speed for her approach to the board. Reese then traveled to Europe to give take on their best jumpers which included Russia’s Lebedeva and Kucherenko, Estonia’s Balta and Turkey’s Karin Mey. In Stockholm, the cold weather made it difficult for Reese to find the board but on her 6th and final jump 6.87m was good for 3rd place.

The 2009 season still has one meet remaining for Reese. She wants to travel to the World Athletic Finale and cement her world title with the world #1 ranking. All season long Reese’s schedule included the WAF in Thessalonki Greece. It is in Greece that Reese will achieve her goal of being recognized at the world’s best long jumper.

Also planning to be in Thessalonki is US hurdle talent Joel Brown. Brown has enjoyed a great summer in 2009 with victories in Athens GP and Joensuu Finland but excellent runs in Brazil, Lucerne, Madrid, Monaco and Stockholm………the last 2 meets losing only to Cuban WR holder Dayron Robles. Unfortnately Robles has ended his season with an injury so Brown will be looking to score several wins before the IAAF Athletic Finals.

Brown will travel to Europe and compete in the following meets: Aug 31st – Zagreb Croatia, Sept 4th – Van Damme Memorial in Brussels Belgium and Sept 6th – Reiti Italy. After the WAF, Joel will then travel to Asia for several meets which will include: Shanghai China on Sept 20th, Daegu Korea – Sept 23rd and Japan Super Meet on Sept 25th.

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Reese Cracks 7.00 meter barrier, Boone-Smith Runs :22.87 in Belem

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 25, 2009 – Belem Brazil

Twenty-two year-old American Brittney Reese arrived in Brazil as the leader of the 2009 world lists, but in the Rio GP she was beaten by the Olympic champion Maurren Maggi and fellow Brazilian Keila Costa. In Belém, Reese came back to score a magnificent victory and to extend her world season lead and PB to 7.06m (0.7).

The performance puts Reese in the third place of the all-time US lists, behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s 7.49 (1994), and Marion Jones’ 7.31 (1998). The former student of the University of Mississippi also became the sixth American to jump over 7m outdoors, and the country’s best – so far – in the millennium.

Reese, who was at the top of the 2009 world lists with her 6.99m from the Super GP of Doha (8 May), dominated the event from her first jump. Her series was: 6.75 (0.3), 6.78 (1.0), 7.06 (0.7), 6.82 (0.7).

There was controversy in the 2nd round as the officials re-measured Reese’s jump at the request of Maggi’s coach who was standing next to the long jump pit. Reese’s 2nd rd jump was initially marked at 6.81m but then changed to 6.78m at the coaches urging. After World Express manager protested to the meet officials, the coach was removed from the jumping area but the mark was still recorded as 6.78m. A protest was recorded by World Express to have the original mark recorded.

Maggi could not respond but Reese flew down the runway with a vengence to record the best jump in her career. She is now the favorite for gold in Berlin at the World Championships in August. Reese now knows what 7.00 meters feels like and is certain she can duplicate her performance today.

Reese now has wins in Jamaica, Doha and Belem GP with only a 3rd place finish in Rio due to the early morning competition. But in Belem she rose early in the day to new heights and new distances.

USA’s Rachelle Boone-Smith continues to regain her world-class status in the sprinting wars. Here in Belem she was 2nd in the 100m (:11.30) and 4th in the 200m (:22.87) with only 60 mins recovery between each. Smith enjoyed an excellent week of racing with two wins in Rio in the 100 and 200, 2nd place in Uberlandia in the 100m and then seasonal bests in both the 100 and 200 events in Belem.  Joel Brown continues to record quality races throughout the early outdoor season as he was 2nd in Belem with a :13.52 clocking. His season best is :13.37 from Doha.

Trish Bartholomew of Grenada returns to racing after a brief layover at home to resolve visa issues as she ran :52.87 today after not training for 13 days. She is confident she can surpass her career best of :51.29 recorded last year as the NCAA Championship runner-up. Bartholomew has already been confirmed for Berlin and the World Championships by Grenada.

Next up for World Express athletes will be the Festival of Excellence meet in Toronto Canada. Deirdre Mullen (HJ), Sherridan Kirk (800m) and Said Ahmed (1500m) are all scheduled to compete on June 11th. Brittney Reese will return to Eugene Oregon for the Prefontaine Classic on June 7th. It is in Eugene that Reese had recorded her previous career best in 2008 with 6.95m in winning the US Trials.

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World Express Athletic Mgmt.

Boone-Smith Scores Double victory in Rio

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 17, 2009 – Rio de Janiero

This morning at the GP Rio Caixa 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, US sprinter Rachelle Boone-Smith scored a double victory in both the 100m and 200m events.

Boone-Smith who is the 2005 Outdoor World T&F Championships silver-medalist first won the 100m dash in :11.49 and then returned to the track later to win the 200m dash in :23.05. Her career best date back to 2005 where she ran :11.17 and :22.22. After giving birth to her second child in 2007 and missing the 2008 Olympic Games, Rachelle is on her way to regaining her world-class status.

World leader and 08 Olympian Brittney Reese had a dificult time adjusting to the early morning competition but managed a 3rd place finish in the Long Jump with a 6.70m performance. Reese owns the longest jump in 2009 with a career best 6.99m performance last weekend in Qatar aganist the same Brazilians (Maggi and Costa) who placed 1-2 here in Rio with 6.85m and 6.78m jumps.  Joel Brown was on his way to winning the 110m hurdles race but hit the last hurdle and stumbled to a 4th place finish. Joel has won the hurdle event in Rio in 2006 and 2007, thus today’s finish was unsettling. His meet record of :13.44 is still intact as Ryan Wilson placed 1st.

In Atlanta, heavy rains and a sudden downpour ruined the high jump competition for Deirdre Mullen. Mullen cleared 1.89m before the event was postponed due to unsafe conditions.

In Puerto Rico, Sherridan Kirk was also unlucky as he was almost tripped up by another competitor and had to stop his momentum before starting again and could only finish 5th.

Both Deirdre and Sherridan are now headed to Toronto Canada for the Festival of Excellence Meet on June 11th where triple World Record holder and Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt from Jamaica will be running the 100m dash.  Rachelle, Brittney, Joel and Trish Bartholomew will remain in Brazil for the 2nd leg of the Brazilian Athletic Circuit in Uberlandia. Rachelle and Brittney will run the 100m dash while Joel competes in the hurdles and Trish runs both the 400m and 200m events.

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NEW PR IN QATAR – REESE JUMPS 6.99m to DEFEAT OLYMPIC LJ CHAMPION

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 8, 2009 – Doha QatarTonight in Doha, 2008 US Olympian Brittney Reese exacted a small measure of revenge on her Olympic rivals with a spectacular performance on a hot night.

In one of the most competitive women’s long jump competitions since the Olympic Games, Reese was head and shoulders above the rest. Among those in the competition were Maurren Higa Maggi of Brazil – Olympic Long Jump champion, Naide Gomes of Portugal – 2008 world leader / world indoor champion and Olympic Finalists – Costa of Brazil, Jimoh of the USA.

Reese (who was 5th in Beijing) is fresh off her win in Jamaica and looking to make a statement against an elite field. Her career best was 6.95m which she jumped to win the US Olympic Trials in June last year. In fact, in 2008 Reese was the NCAA Indoor LJ Champion, SEC Champion, NCAA Outdoor LJ Champion and US Outdoor LJ Champion. The only meet she didn’t either win or place in the top 3 was the Olympic final. So tonight had special meaning.

The competition started out as usual but the third round was very special. Reese improved to a world leading PB 6.99m (+1.3). Second placer and also Olympic finalist Funmi Jimoh also bettered her PR to 6.96m (+1.6). Only third place remained for Beijing winner Maurren Higa Maggi, but her 6.90m (+0.8) is also a very respectable season opener. World indoor champion Naide Gomes o f Portugal was fourth with a good 6.82m (+1.1). See the full results below:

Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix 2009
Doha (QAT) – Friday, May 08, 2009

Official Results – Women – Long Jump Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind Pts
1 Brittney Reese   USA   6.99m  +1.3   20
2 Funmi Jimoh      USA   6.96m  +1.6   16
3 Maurren Maggi   BRA   6.90m  +0.8   14
4 Naide Gomes     POR  6.82m  +1.1   12
5 Keila Costa        BRA  6.68m  +1.1   10
6 Jana Veldáková  SVK  6.51m  +0.9     8
7 Elena Sokolova  RUS  6.43m  +1.2     6
8 Janice Josephs  RSA  6.39m  +0.9     4
9 Anastasiya Jur. UZB   6.02m  +1.2

World Express hurdle talent Joel Brown ran well in his race placing 4th in the always competitive 110m hurdles.  His :13.37 is a season’ best and will surely improve during his next races in the Brazilian Athletics Circuit races.

Official Results – Men – 110 Metres Hurdles – Wind : +1.0 m/s Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 David Oliver      USA   13.09   20
2 Antwon Hicks   USA   13.24  16
3 Andrew Turner  GBR   13.31  14
4 Joel Brown       USA   13.37  12
5 Dexter Faulk    USA   13.51  10
6 Maurice Wigna JAM   13.53    8
7 Ahmad Kh.A.   KSA   13.73    6
8 Othmane Hadj  ALG   13.90    4

The weekend’s action is just beginning for World Express Athletic Management as Rachelle Boone-Smith and Deirdre Mullen travel to Fortaleza Brazil for the May 10th Gold Meeting Caixa Meeting.  Smith competes in the women’s 100m dash while Mullen looks to improve her career best in the women’s high jump.

Trinidad & Tobaggo’s Sherridan Kirk travels to the Dominican Republic for their Grand Prix meeting in Santo Domingo.  Kirk will look to lower his time in the men’s 800m event.

The full calendar of T&F events and athlete profiles can be found at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

World Express Athletes Compete in Brazil, Puerto Rico and Atlanta this weekend

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Reese vs Maggi – Part II in Rio, Great HJ Field for Mullen at GaTech, Kirk travels to PR  Rio de Janiero – May 15, 2009 World Express Athletic Mgmt athletes continue to compete during the 2009 Outdoor T&F season this weekend against elite fields and world-class competition.  World Express will be well represented in the Brazilian Athletics Circuit meeting in Rio on May 17th. The circuit started in Fortaleza on May 10th where Rachelle Boone placed 2nd in the 100m and Deirdre Mullen was 2nd in the High Jump. The circuit now moves to Rio de Janiero where World Express will have 5 athletes competing. Each event has an air of excitement and highly competitive. Special attention has to be given to the Women’s Long Jump where a rematch will take place between hometown favorite 2008 Olympic Champion Maureen Maggi of Brazil vs. the current world leader US Olympian Brittney Reese.  Reese jumped a new career best and world lead 6.99m in Doha and looks to crack the 7.00m barrier.  Reese believes that the more she competes against world-class competitors like Maggi the better prepared she will be for the World Championships this August in Berlin.Reese defeated Maggi and a star studded field last weekend at the Qatar Doha Super GP with a new personal best and world leading jump of 6.99m. She will be looking to crack the 7.00m barrier this weekend in a rematch against Maggi who will sure to be looking for revenge in front of the home crowd.  The start list for the women’s long jump in Rio includes: GP Rio Caixa de Atletismo 2009 – Rio de JaneiroSalto em Distância / Long Jump

Athlete                          Country
Maurren Maggi                BRA
Britney Reese                 USA
Grace Upshaw                USA
Tabia Charles                 CAN
Keila da Silva Costa         BRA
Gisele Lima de Oliveira    BRA
Brianna Glenn                 USA
Yargelis Savigne               CUB
Mabel Gay                      CUB
Trecia Smith                   JAM
Shakeema Welsch          USA
Eliane Martins                 BRA


Rachelle Boone will have her hands full in both the 100m and 200m events. Trish Bartholomew will also face tough competition in her signature event where she was the 2008 NCAA runner-up for the University of Alabama.  Joel Brown comes to Brazil as the favorite as he has the meet record and will fight off the challenges of a slew of up-and-coming US hurdlers.  Demi Omole is scheduled to compete in the men’s 100m event.
   Deirdre Mullen travels to Atlanta to compete in the women’s high jump against a star studded field which includes US leader Chaunte Howard who just recently cleared 1.96m as well as talented jumpers Sharon Day and Sheena Gordon.  Mullen has cleared 1.90m this outdoor season and indoors was the US National runner-up.  In 2008 Mullen was the hard-luck 4th place finisher at the US Olympic Trials.   Sherridan Kirk of Trinidad & Tobago continues his tour of the Caribbean with his 3rd stop on an island.  Kirk was 4th in Jamaica on May 2nd and last weekend was 4th in Santo Domingo.  He looks for a win this weekend at the Ponce Grand Prix but will be greatly challenged by Jonathan Johnson, Matt Sherer and home favorite David Freeman.All the results and pictures will be posted to the website at the conclusion of the meets.  Please visit us at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com  

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Busy Weekend for World Express Athletes at Jamaica International, Grand Prix Région de Guadeloupe and the Jesse Owens Classic

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Brittney Reese jumps in Jamaica, Boone-Smith sprints in Guadeloupe and Brown returns to Ohio State 

April 30, 2009 – Kingston Jamaica

 

World Express Athletic Management athletes will be busy this weekend competing at three different events through the US and Caribbean.

 

2008 US Olympian Brittney Reese will travel to Kingston Jamaica for the first time and looks to begin her professional season on a high note.  Reese has already jumped 6.77m in 2009 and is in excellent condition to defend her US Outdoor title in June.  Training is going well as Reese looks to return to the World Championships and win a medal.  Joining Reese in Jamaica will be Trinidad & Tobago’s national record holder Sherridan Kirk.   Kirk is no stranger to the Caribbean as he returns to Kingston looking to start his season off with a victory as he did in 2006.  US middle distance ace Said Ahmed was scheduled to appear but was a late scratch due to a minor back injury.

 

The 2005 World Outdoor Championship 200m silver medalist Rachelle Boone-Smith looks to kick off her 2009 professional season on the French island of Guadeloupe.  Boone-Smith missed the 2008 season due to the birth of her second child but has returned to the track hungrier and eager to return to the World Championships and win her second medal.  Training now with 2008 Olympic gold-medalist LaShawn Merritt and Coach Dwayne Miller, Boone-Smith looks to be rounding up into great shape.  An early indication was a :22.98 clocking at a low-key meeting in Greensboro NC  and two inspiring legs at the Penn Relays this past weekend on the USA’s 4×100 and Sprint Medley Relay.  Joining her in Guadeloupe will be another Olympian Grenada’s Trish Bartholomew.  This past weekend, Bartholomew placed 3rd at the Drake Relays in cold and rainy conditions but is looking to return to the Caribbean and post a good time in the 400m event.  The 2008 NCAA runner-up indoors and outdoors, Bartholomew has already been confirmed for the 2009 World Outdoor T&F Championships scheduled for August in Berlin Germany by her federation.  US sprinter Demi Omole is scheduled to compete in the men’s 100m.

 

Ohio State alumni Joel Brown returns to his alma mater to compete in the Jesse Owens Classic on May 2nd.  Brown who PRed indoors with a :7.48 60m hurdles time will look to better his season best in the 110m hurdles.  US High Jumper Deirdre Mullen will also be in Ohio.  Mullen placed 2nd at the Drake Relays this past weekend with a 1.86m clearance in cold & rainy conditions and is looking for better weather for a higher mark.  Also in Ohio will be 400m runners Kenyata Coleman and Jessica Cousins.  Coleman has opened the season in :52.85 at Miami while Cousins has recovered from her injuries suffered indoors.

 

After this weekend, Brittney Reese and Joel Brown travel to Doha for the Qatar Super Grand Prix while Boone-Smith, Omole and Mullen travel to Fortaleza Brazil for a meeting on May 10th.  Sherridan Kirk will run another 800m race in Santo Domingo on May 10th.

 

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2009 Outdoor Season Opens for World Express Athletes

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Brittney Reese rehersal at home turns in a World Leader
Jamaican Bryan Steele shows excellent shape at Raleigh Relays winning 400m hurdles

Oxford, Miss. – April 12, 2009 World Express Athletic Mgmt athletes are preparing to open their 2009 Outdoor season.  Indoor training has now concluded as the athletes move outdoors.  Preparations continue at two early relay meets for the start of the professional racing circuit that starts in May.
US Olympian Brittney Reese just wanted to take 1 or 2 jumps this weekend at her20home meet at the University of Mississippi to see how training was progressing.  Practice had gone very well this week and Coach Joe Walker had an idea a good jump was in store.  On her 2nd attempt Reese hit the sand and knew it was a good jump.  As the measurement board read 6.77m Reese knew she was done for the day…….mission accomplished.
                       Ole Miss Invitational – 4/11/2009                      
                         Results at
www.cfpitiming.com                        ;
                    University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS                   
                                    Results 
Event 5  Women Long Jump
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    Name                      Year School                  Seed     Finals    Wind         
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  1 Reese, Brittany             NIKE                    6.95m      6.77m   0.7    22-02.50
  2 Gaines, Priscilla            Mississippi St.      6.05m      6.00m   0.5    19-08.25
  3 Harris, Marrissa             Mississippi St.      6.41m      5.93m   4.8    19-05.50
  4 Yarbrough, Kyosha        Memphis              5.90m      5.80m   3.4    19-00.50
  5 Aaron, Laquinta             Mississippi St.      5.79m      5.71m   0.8    18-09.00
  6 Froyesdall, Inger           Memphis              5.65m      5.70m   1.6    18-08.50 
  6 Gaines, Aria                  Mississippi           5.76m      5.70m   3.3    18-08.50
  8 Williams, Quatisha         Louisiana Tech     5.99m      5.67m   2.6    18-07.25
  9 Beall, Jordan                  Emory                 5.46m      5.65m   0.8    18-06.50
10 McGillicuddy, Amber       Unattached         6.00m      5.62m   1.6     18-05.25
Kenyata Coleman traveled to the Miami Elite meeting looking for a decent time in the 400m event after a very hard week of training.  Coleman was rewarded with a nice :52.89 performance.  Her coach Brian O’Neal believes that Coleman will be running :50 seconds in June which would happen at the US Championships.                             Miami Elite – 4/11/2009 &nbs p;                         
                            www.halfmiletiming.com                            ;
                     University of Miami: Coral Gables, Fl                    
                                    Results        
Event 21  Women 400 Meter Dash
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    Regional: @ 54.61                                                         
     Stadium: % 51.52  4/10/2004   Hazel-Ann Regis, LSU
        Meet: $ 51.21  4/10/2004   Hazel-Ann Regis, LSU                       
    Name                    Year School                  Seed          Finals  H# Points
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  1
Darden, Dominique          Reebok                  51.75     52.01@  1
  2 Eutsey, Ebony                Unattached             52.67       52.42@  1
  3 Coleman, Kenyata           NIKE / Wexp          53.00      52.89@  1
  4 Williams, Alycia              Unattached             51.86       53.03@  1
  5 Margon, Sheryl                Unattached            52.32      54.08@   1
  6 Woods, Shareese            Adidas                   51.60      54.29@  1
  7 Rolle, Sasha                   Bahamas                53.00      54.30@  1
  8 Spence, Christine            Adidas                   53.42      54.34@  2
  9 Hendfield, Shakeitha        Bahamas               53.23     54.51@   2
10 Harmon, Donita               Total Speed Inte      54.30    55.50      2
11
Kamate, Nene                 SO Miami               55.80  ;   55.66      2
12 Robinson, Moushaumi      Unattached            53.03     55.73      1 
Jamaican Bryan Steele began his 2009 outdoor season displaying excellent fitness at the Raleigh Relays on March 28-29 held at North Carolina State University.  Running first in the 400m event, Steele clocked an easy :46.56.  With only sixty minutes rest, Steele returned to the track for his signature event the 400m hurdles and scored a victory with a decent :50.54 clocking.Steele has been confirmed for the 400m hurdles at the Grand Prix Région de Guadeloupe on May 1st.Last weekend in Gainesville Florida, the Florida Relays event helped to indicate how training was progressing for several athletes.  Competing in just relays, recent US Indoor LJ Champion Brittney Reese teamed up with fellow World Express athletes Rachelle Boone-Smith, Trish Bartholomew and Kenyata Coleman to run a 4x100m and 4x200m.  Boone-Smith ran an early season 400m race clocking :53.26 to test her fitness as Coach Dwayne Miller was pleased with her effort.Trinidad’s Sheridan Kirk has been training well in Florida and opened his 2009 outdoor season by anchoring the Sprint Medley Relay to a victory with a 1:47.2 800m split.  Running on the Hepburn Elite team, Kirk teamed up with Demi Omole (:20.6), Greg Nixon (:45.8) and Adrian Durant (:21.4): US High Jumper Deirdre Mullen opened her outdoor season in the hot weather of Florida and scored an easy victory while working on a new approach.  Mullen who jumped 1.89m indoors will next travel to the Mt. Sac Relays on April 17-18th in Walnut California. Pepsi Florida Relays – 4/3/2009 to 4/4/2009 Gainesville, FloridaEvent 67  Women High Jump A Section College/Open========================================================================== Progression: 1.60, 1.65, 1.70, 1.75, 1.80, 1.85, 1.90 –  5 Alive    Name                    Year School                  Finals           ==========================================================================  1   Mullen, Deirdre            NIKE                        1.85m    6-00.75   2   Wilson, Anastasia       Clemson                   1.75m    5-08.75   3   Trumbo, Melanie         Georgia Southern       1.75m    5-08.75   4   Pilliner, Suelyn           Florida A&M              1.70m    5-07.00   4   Maske, Tiffany            Dayton                    1.70m    5-07.00   6   Taylor, Chealsea         Alabama                  1.70m    5-07.00   6   Artis, Jonee                Norfolk State            1.70m    5-07.00   8   Schade, Krystle          Alabama                  1.70m    5-07.00   9   Knox, Nicole               South Alabama        1.70m    5-07.00  10  Gariepy-Bogui, Aud      Villanova                1.70m    5-07.00  US Hurdle talent Joel Brown opened his outdoor season on March 21, 2009 @ Disney Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Indoors, Brown smashed his career best by running :7.48 for 60m hurdles.  In Orlando, Brown ran :13.47 and is looking to improve on his outdoor career best (:13.22).  The last weekend in April and first weekend in May will mark the outdoor season opener for most of the World Express Athletic Management athletes.  Here is a list of the confirmed meets to date:April 17-18th – Mt. Sac Relays (Walnut, Ca.) – Deirdre Mullen (High Jump), April 25th – Penn Relays (USA vs. World) Rachelle Boone-Smith (USA – SMR, 4x100m), Sheridan Kirk (Trinidad – 4x400m), Bryan Steele (400H), April 25th  100th Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa) Trish Bartholomew – 400m, Kenyata Coleman – 400m, Deirdre Mullen – High Jump,May 1st    Grand Prix Région de Guadeloupe (FRA):Rachelle Boone-Smith – 100/200, Demi Omole – 100m, Trish Bartholomew – 400m, Bryan Steele – 400H, May 2nd – Jamaica International (Kingston, JAM.):Brittney Reese – Long Jump, Said Ahmed – 1500m, Sheridan Kirk – 800m, May 2st – Jesse Owens Classic (Columbus, Ohio):Joel Brown – 110H, Kenyata Coleman – 400m, Deirdre Mullen – High Jump, Jessica Cousins – 400m, May 8th – Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix (Doha, Qatar): Brittney Reese – Long Jump, Joel Brown – 110m hurdles, May 10th – Brazil Athletic Meeting (Fortaleza, BRA):Rachelle Boone-Smith – 100m, Demi Omole – 100m, Deirdre Mullen – High Jump, May 16th – Ponce Invitational (Puerto Rico):Sheridan Kirk – 800m, For more information regarding World Express and any of its athletes, please visit our website at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com.  Meet results and highlights will be added and sent out after every meeting. 

Brittney Reese Scores a “6th Round Knockout” at the US Indoor Championships

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Joel Brown Places 2nd in Sydney and Melbourne

March 8, 2009

Baltimore, MD. World Express Athletic Mgmt athletes enjoyed a successful weekend in Boston Mass. last weekend at the US Indoor T&F Championships.  With no major indoor championship on the schedule for US athletes, the meet was an opportunity to see how an athlete’s training is progressing and how they measure up against other top competitors.  Brittney Reese, Rachelle Boone-Smith and Deirdre Mullen achieved high marks for their performances. It seems that in the women’s long jump event there is never an easy opportunity.  The field in Boston included three Olympians, the 2005 Outdoor World Champion and several top performers.  As the competitors lined up for introductions it was apparent that the long jump competition would be one of the most hotly contested events on the schedule. Akiba McKinney led the competition for early but then Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain took the lead in the 2nd round with a jump that would hold up till the final round.   2008 Olympian Brittney Reese was consistent in her jumps and hitting the take off board squarely.  As the competition progressed in the later rounds it seemed that the best jumps were recorded in the early rounds, but then Reese scored “a 6th round knockout” by winning her first US Indoor title with a winning jump (6.71m) on her 6th and final jump of the competition.  Reese is making a name20for herself by winning long lump competitions with a cluth winning performance in the final round.  She won the US Olympic Trials in the 6th and final round with a then world-leading 6.95m jump. Reese now adds the 2009 Indoor US Champion title to an already impressive list of titles early in her athletic career (NCAA Indoor Champion, NCAA Outdoor Champion, 2008 US Outdoor Champion, 2008 Olympic finalist).  Winning this year’s US indoor title only confirms her recent world (4th) and US (1st) ranking by Track & Field News.  See the results below:Women Long Jump==========================================================================    World:      W 7.37m  2/13/1988   Heike Drechsler, GER    American: A 7.13m  3/5/1994    Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Honda TC    Meet:       M 7.32m  2/27/1987   Heike Drechsler, E. Germany    Name                    Year Team                    Finals==========================================================================

Finals
  1 Brittney Reese               Nike                     6.71m   22-00.25
      6.48m  FOUL  FOUL  6.32m  6.49m  6.71m
  2 Hyleas Fountain              Nike                     6.66m   21-10.25
      6.58m  6.66m  6.48m  6.18m  6.53m  6.53m
  3 Akiba McKinney               Nike                     6.59m   21-07.50
      6.59m  FOUL  6.44m  4.99m  FOUL  6.17m
  4 Tianna Madison               Nike                     6.43m   21-01.25
      6.43m  6.32m  FOUL  6.32m  6.25m  PASS
  5 Funmi Jimoh                  Nike                     6.39m   20-11.75
      6.12m  6.39m  4.88m  6.20m  6.18m  FOUL
  6 Erica McLain                 Nike                     6.27m   20-07.00
      6.17m  6.14m  6.27m  5.95m  6.11m  PASS

In her first nat ional indoor competition in two years, Rachelle Boone-Smith was looking to see where she measured up against some of the top sprinters in the world.  The US annually produces some of the top performances in the sprint events (60m, 100, 200, 400m, hurdles) in the world as US athletes dominate the world list.  Boone-Smith’s career best for 60 meters dates back to her college days at Indiana with a mark of :7.21 seconds. Coming into the competition with a seasonal best of only :7.34 secs, Boone-Smith could hardly be considered a threat.  But when you look at her past experiences, one cannot ever count out Boone-Smith as a potential medalist in any championship event.  In the semi’s, Smith ran a relaxed :7.27.  In the final, Boone-Smith got a great start and leaned smartly at the finish line to place 3rd and score a big career best (:7.19).  Coach Dwayne Miller was pleased with his athlete’s performance and smiled brightly knowing that this was only the beginning.  He hopes to have two medalists in20Berlin at the World Outdoor Championships in Berlin this summer.  As the 2005 World Outdoor silver-medalist, Boone-Smith is eager to add another WC medal to her resume.  See the results below: Women 60 Meter Dash================================================================World: W  6 ..92  3/11/1993   Irina Privalova, RUSAmerican: A  6.95  3/12/1993   Gail Devers/Marion Jones, NikMeet: M  6.99  2/26/1993   Gail Devers, Nike    Name                   Year Team                    Finals================================================================

Finals
  1   Me’Lisa Barber                Unattached                7.15  RT: 0.140
  2   Tianna Madison               Nike                           7.18  RT: 0.164
  3   Rachelle Boone-Smith     Unattached                7.19  RT: 0.131
  4   Gloria Asumnu                adidas                        7.20  RT:   0.213
  5   Mechelle Lewis                Nike                           7.24  RT: 0.167
  6   Tangela Neal                   Unattached                7.30  RT: 0.141
  7   Hasani Roseby                Unattached                7.32  RT: 0.149


Deirdre Mullen improved on her 3rd place finish at last year’s indoor championships by moving up one spot to the runner-up position.  Amy Acuff won her 5th US Indoor title and announced that this would be her last indoor meet.  See the results below:Women High Jump
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       World: W 2.08m  2/4/2006    Kajsa Bergqvist, SWE
    American: A 2.01m  2/28/1998   Tisha Waller, Unattached
        Meet: M 2.01m  2/28/1998   Tisha Waller, Unattached
    Na me                    Year Team                    Finals
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Finals
  1 Amy Acuff                     Asics                    1.90m    6-02.75
  2 Deirdre Mullen               Nike                      1.85m    6-00.75
  3 Sharon Day                   Asics                    1.85m    6-00.75
  4 Becky Christensen        Unattached            1.80m    5-10.75
  5 Adriane Stone               Unattached            1.80m    5-10.75
  6 Priscilla Frederick          Unattached            1.80m    5-10.75

US hurdler Joel Brown enjoyed a breakthrough indoor season by scoring a big career best in the 60m hurdles (:7.48).  He competed strictly in Europe (Gotheborg, Malmo, Stuttgart, Birmingham) this winter and placed no lower than 2nd place in every one of his competitions.  Brown skipped the US Indoor Championships but knows that next year he will be in Boston to compete for a spot on the US team for the 2010 World Indoor Championships scheduled to be held in Doha Qatar in March.Brown quickly moved to the outdoor season looking for fast times in the 10 hurdle event.  Traveling to Australia, Brown placed 2nd at both the Sydney Track Classic (Feb. 28th) and the Melbourne IAAF Athletics Tour meeting on March 5th. World Express athletes will now move their focus to the outdoor season.  US Outdoor meetings slated for appearances by our athletes will be: Coca Cola Florida Relays (Gainesville, Fl.)
Drake Relays (Desmoine, Iowa)
Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jamaica International (Kingston)
Guadeloupe International (Guadeloupe)
Ponce Invitational (Puerto Rico)
and more events to be confirmed and announced as the season progresss……….
For more information regarding World Express Athletic Management and our athletes, please go to:
http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com

US Hurdler Joel Brown Runs :7.48 in Stuttgart for Huge Career Best

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Boone-Smith Returns to the Track with a Victory in Malmo

Feb 10, 2009

World Express Athletic Management athletes enjoyed a successful tour of Europe competing at several indoor track and field meetings.  Among the highlights was US hurdler Joel Brown lowering his career best in the 60m hurdle event by a huge 0.06 margin and the successful return of Rachelle Boone-Smith in the women’s sprint wars.  World Express athletes also performed well at the Millrose Games in New York City.On Saturday, Feb 7th at the Sparkassen Cup meeting in Stuttgart Germany the standard was set for this indoor season with world-leading marks in eight events before a packed house in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle facility.  The women’s 3,000m, 60m hurdles and High Jump along with the men’s 1000m, 800m, 1500m and 3,000m events all produced world leading performances but one of the high points for career bests had to be the Men’s 60m hurdles. The men’s 60m hurdles found two competitors equaling the year’s top time. Beijing Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver and Valencia indoor bronze medallist Yevgeniy Borisov, running in adjacent lanes, both stopped the clock at 7.45 – a PB for Oliver – with the American getting the nod as the winner.  Joel Brown lowered his PB by 0.06 seconds with 7.48 in third, as Gregory Sedoc’s fourth-pla ce 7.52 was his second Dutch national record of the day (after a 7.54 in the heats) and the fifth career best recorded in the event.Ergebnisliste – 60m Hürden Männer – Finale

1 David Oliver USA 7,45
2 Evgeniy Borisov RUS 7,45
3 Joel Brown USA 7,48
4 Gregory Sedoc NED 7,52
5 Dexter Faulk USA 7,53
6 Andrew Turner GBR 7,61

On Feb 3rd, the group traveled to The Malmo Indoor Gala held in Sweden at the Malmö Arena which has a maximum capacity of 10,300 spectators and is probably one of the most interesting new venues where indoor athletics will be organized across Europe.  Rachelle Boone-Smith who in 2005 won the silver medal at the World Outdoor T&F Championships in the 200m event signaled her return to the sprint wars after g iving birth in 2008 by winning the women’s 60m dash event.  Joel Brown again placed 2nd to his training partner in the 60m hurdles.

60m Hurdles Men Final
             
1 David Oliver 82 USA 7,60
2 Joel Brown 80 USA 7,66
3 Shamar Sands 85 BAH 7,72
4 Aubrey Herring 78 USA 7,75
5 Ty Akins 86 USA 7,79
6 Robert Kronberg 79 IF Kville 7,93

 

60m Women Final
 

 

         
1 Rachelle Boone-Smith 81 USA 7,34
2 Mechelle Lewis 80 USA 7,36
3 Ezinne Okparaebo 88 NOR 7,38
4 Vida Anim 83 GHA 7,41
5 Emma Rienas 82 IF Göta 7,43
6 Svetlana Nabokina 82 RUS 7,47

At the Samsung Galan in Göteborg Sweden (Jan 29th), Brown was 2nd in the 60m hurdle event losing only to his training partner David Oliver.  Rachelle Boone-Smith’s first European race since was a learning experience as she placed 3rd in the 60m dash.  US Olympian Brittney Reese also learned a valuable lesson with her first European indoor experience placing 3rd in the long jump with a 6.45m performance after taking a nasty fall (s ee results below):Men’s 60m Hurdles – Final  
    1 David Oliver             82 USA            7.56
    2 Joel Brown            80 USA            7.62
    3 Aubrey Herring        78 USA            7.74
    4 Alan Scott               82 Storbritanni  7.82
    5 Juha Sonck             81 Finland        7.83
    6 Robert Kronberg      76 IF Kville        7.89

Women’s 60m Final     
    1 Vida Anim                      83 Ghana             7.31
    2 Ezinne Okparaebo          88 Norge              7.33
    3 Rachelle Boone-Smith  81 USA               7.38
    4 Lena Berndtsson            78 Ullevi FK      ;     7.41
    5 Svetlana Nabokina          82 Ryssland         7.42
    6 Folake Akinyemi             90 Norge              7.47

Women Long Jump 
    1 Elena Sokolova         86 Ryssland            6,65m
    2 Yargelis Savigne       84 Kuba                  6,56m
    3 Brittney Reese        86 USA                   6,45m
    4 Grace Upshaw          75 USA                   6,28m
    5 Jade Johnson           80 Storbritannien      6,28m
    6 Ludmila Koltjanova    79 Ryssland            6,08m
    7 Jessica Samuelsson 85 Hässelby SK       5,98m
    8 Erica Jarder              86 Spårvägens FK    5,90m

At the prestigous Mil lrose Games, Trinidad’s Sherridan Kirk and US High Jumper Deirdre Mullen produced excellent early season results.  Kirk took control on the last lap of the men’s 600 yd race and appeared to have victory in hand until he was nipped at the finish line by his country man Reeny Quow.  Mullen’s first experience at Millrose was sort of a rematch of the epic battle waged in Eugene at this past summer’s US Olympic Trials.  Mullen jumped against Olympians Chaunte Howard and Amy Acuff (see results below):  MENS’ 600YD

ATHLETE/TEAM NAT. FINALS
1 Renny Quow TRI 1:11.32
2 Sherridan Kirk TRI 1:11.38
3 Clayton Parros USA 1:12.64
4 Reuben McCoy USA 1:13.61

 WOMENS’ HIGH JUMP

ATHLETE/TEAM NAT. FINALS
1 Amy Acuff
1.75 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.92 1.95xxx                                       
USA 1.92m    6-03.50
2 Chaunte Howard
1.75 1. 80 1.85 1.89 1.92xxx                                            
USA 1.89m    6-02.25
3 Deirdre Mullen
1.75 1.80 1.85 1.89xxx                                                 
USA 1.85m    6-00.75


The winter european tour now stops in Paris France where US sprinter Demi Omole competes in two meetings:  The Meeting du Pas Calais in Lievin (Feb 10th) and the Meeting SEAT in Bercy (Feb 13th).Upon their return to the US, athletes will begin their preparations for the US Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb 28 – March 1st in Boston, Mass.  Information regarding the US Championship can be found at www.usatf.org
  For more information about World Express and its athletes, please go to http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com  Thank you.

World Express Athletes Begin 2009 Indoor Season in Europe and NYC

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Brittney Reese, Joel Brown, Rachelle Boone-Smith and Demi Omole travel to Europe Deirdre Mullen and Sherridan Kirk scheduled to compete in NYC

Jan. 26, 2009 – Baltimore, MD.
World Express Athletic Mgmt. manager Mark Pryor announces the schedule for the 2009 Indoor track season.  Several athletes are scheduled to compete this winter in different track & field meets both in the US and in Europe.US Olympian Brittney Reese, hurdler Joel Brown and World Championship silver-medalist Rachelle Boone-Smith will all be traveling to Europe for two (2) meets in Sweden.  The group departs on Jan. 26th and is scheduled to compete on Jan. 29th at the Samsung Galan in Göteborg Sweden and Scandinavium Arena.  Reese will be competing in the women’s Long Jump, Brown in the men’s 60m h urdles and Boone-Smith runs in the women’s 60m dash.  Reese, Brown and Smith will then travel to Malmo Sweden for the Malmo Indoor Gala on Feb 3rd and compete in the same events.Rachelle Boone-Smith’s training with Olympic 400m gold medalist LaShawn Merritt is paying off very well as she has been running both 60m events and 400m races this winter to increase her strength.  So far she has posted a nice :7.32 time for 60 meters (see results below).  Smith is looking to run much faster in Europe against better competition.  Her goal is to win another World Championship medal this time in Berlin Germany this August.US High Jumper Deirdre Mullen and Trinidad and Tobaggo’s Sherridan Kirk will be competing on Friday January 30th at the 102nd Millrose Games at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The Millrose Games in New York is the first event of USA Track & Field’s 2009 Indoor Visa Championship Series. The event will be televised live on ESPN2 from 7-8:30 p.m., and on Saturday January 31st from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on NBC (all times Eastern).Mullen, who barely missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic team (4th place at the US Trials) will compete in the women’ high jump.  Kirk who won the 800m event at the Millrose Games in 2006 returns to compete in the men’s 600yd run.  This will mark the start of their indoor season for 2009.

US sprinter Demi Omole will be traveling to France to compete in two indoor meetings; 10-Feb. at the Meeting du Pas-de-Calais in Lievin FRA and then the Meeting SEAT in Bercy FRA on 13-Feb.  Omole is looking to improve on his career best of :6.55 for 60 meters in his European races.

Omole has overcome the injuries that hampered him during the 2008 season and has been racing well in 2009.  So far, Omole has scored two (2) victories this winter and looks to continue his winning ways in Europe.  Omole’s first win came in Canada where he won a 50m race over some of Canada’s best sprinters in Saskatoon (see results below).  This past weekend, Omole traveled to a college meet in Virginia and posted a dominating performance over his competition posting a :6.62 clocking which puts him 4th on the current indoor world performance list.  .

                            Hy-Tek’s Meet Manager 1/24/2009 06:07 PM
                   Hampton University  Invitational – 1/23/2009 to 1/24/2009                   
                         Boo Williams Sportspex  – Hampton Va.                          
                                                        Results

Event 20  Men 60 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  H#
============================================================================
Finals
  1 Omole, Demi                  NIKE                     6.76       6.62   2
  2 Newman, Calesio            N. Carolina A&T       6.91       6.76   2
  3 Dixon, Reggie                 Hampton                 6.88       6.79   2
  4 Anderson, Aaron             Hampton                 6.91       6.82   2
  5 Petty, Tazz                    Methodist                6.96       6.88   1
  6 parker, rondrick              US Elite                  6.93       6.89   2
  7 Spurley, Jr., Alonzo        Sprint Athletics        6.94       6.91   2
  8 Brunson, Drew               Mizuno                    6.98       6.96   1
  9 Hill, Trayman                 Norfolk State            7.00       6.96   1
10 Bland, Lemano               Morehouse              7.01       6.98   1
11 Lemon, Aubrey              Blue Lightning S       7.02       7.02   1

Event 19  Women 60 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  H#
============================================================================
Finals
  1 Smith, Rachelle            Unattached             7.61       7.32   2
  2 Richards, Petrice            Hampton                  7.59       7.44   2
  3 McCorory, Francena      Hampton                   7.61       7.52   2
  4 Smith, Loreal                 N. Carolina A&T        7.81       7.58   1
  5 Pinkard, Maisha             Unattached               7.84       7.62   1
  6 Hunt, Ruth                     N. Carolina A&T        7.68       7.65   2
  7 Lawson, Krystin             N. Carolina A&T        7.77       7.69   2
  8 Tyson, Bianca               Georgia State            7.83       7.70   1
  9 Mcwilliams, Rene          South Carolina S       7.81       7.78   1
10 Porter, Brittany              Unattached               7.87       7.80  201
11 Collins, LaSonja             Tpa Sports               7.97       7.81   1

2009 Knights of Columbus Indoor Meeting – Saskatoon, CAN
                   January 9, 2009
Men 50 Meter Dash Invitational – Finals

  1 Demi Omole            United States     5.71  (0.02 off meet record set by Macrozonaris)
  2 Nicolas Macrozonaris  Canada             5.73  (3rd fastest 50m ever)
  3 DaBryan Blanon          United States    5.73
  4 Sam Effah                  Canada             5.76
  5 Hank Palmer              Canada             5.80
  6 Jeff Laynes                 United States    5.84
  7 Emanuel Parris           Canada             5.88
  8 Jabari Fields               Jamaica            5.95

Women 200 Meter Dash Invitational  – Finals

  1 Rachelle Boone-Smith  United States      24.52
  2 Kaltouma Nadjina         Chad                  24.54
  3 Ammon Nelson            Canada               24.55
  4 Carline Muir                 Canada               24.66
  5 Dominique Blake          United States      25.42

The US Indoor T&F season concludes with the Indoor National Championships scheduled for Feb. 28th in Boston Mass at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.  The US Championships will be televised on ESPN2, March 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Scheduled to compete will be Demi Omole (Men’s 60m), Rachelle Boone-Smith (Women’s 60m), Deirdre Mullen (Women’s High Jump) and Brittney Reese (Women’s Long jump).

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