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Indiana Invaders Mar 2004 Media Releases

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Coach Harger   on Apr 1 2004, 09:52 PM

INVADERS' HEATHER MAY HEADED TO OLYMPIC TRIALS MARATHON


March 31, 2004
(INDIANAPOLIS) Indiana Invaders' Heather May returns to St Louis to compete in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials on Saturday April 3rd. May enters the 150 athlete field of America's top female marathoners with a career best of 2:46.41 set at the Motorola Marathon in Austin, Texas in February of 2004.

May lived in St. Louis for five years and the first three years of her training and initial road racing experiences were in St Louis' Forest Park, through which the Olympic Trials Marathon course will travel. May, a graduate of Grinnell College (IA) and West Lafayette High School (IN), received her Master Degree in Theater from Washington University in St Louis and is currently working toward a PhD in Theatre & Drama at Indiana University.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "May has a great opportunity to break into the top 1/2 of the field this weekend in what is clearly just the beginning of her elite running career. She's excited about retuning to St. Louis and taking on the challenge of her first Olympic Trials competition."


INDIANA INVADERS CAPTURE TOP FINISHES AT MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS


March 29, 2004
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders' Masters athletes captured top honors at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, MA on March 26-28, 2004. The Invaders represented by Olympian Sunder Nix and All-American Robert Thomas captured three firsts and one third place finish.

Sunder Nix, Olympian & world record holder in the indoor 440 yard dash, won the 400 in the 40 year age group with a time of 50.42. Robert Thomas won the 200 and 400 (M35) with times of 22.20 and 48.88, respectively. Thomas also placed third in the 60 meter dash (M35 - 7.22).

Team Director Greg Harger said, "We expect to field a larger competitive masters team element this August as our Masters roster has reached nearly 20 athletes in the last few weeks. The new masters athletes will be organized and focused on track & field opportunities with the summer track championships being held in Illinois. Fall will see an appearance at USATF National Masters Cross Country Championships with the addition of a couple more athletes in the next few weeks. Nix and Thomas look forward to leading a much larger group when they return next year."

2004 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships (Results):
http://usatf.org/events/2004/USAMastersIndoorTFChampionships/schedule.asp


INDIANA INVADERS ADD OLYMPIC TRIALS MARATHONER


March 24, 2004
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders have added US Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier Heather May, a graduate of Grinnell College (IA) and West Lafayette High School (IN), to the team's roster.

May has a career best of 2:46.41 in the marathon set at the Motorola Marathon in Austin, Texas in February of 2004. May ran a 2:48:40 at Philadelphia in November of 2003 in addition to a 2:53:05 at the Boston Marathon in April of 2003. May's first marathon of 2:56:25 was the Columbus Marathon in October of 2002.

May, now 33 years old, first began running at the age of 28, several years after graduating with a Masters degree in Theatre at Washington University in St. Louis. While her training first began on a treadmill she soon found herself outdoors training at the very track, Washington University's Francis Field, which will be the start for this year's 2004 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials on April 3rd. May lived in St. Louis for five years and the first three years of her training and initial experiences with running were in St Louis' Forest Park, through which the Olympic Trials Marathon course will travel. May's introduction to competitive running and racing received a critical and vital leap forward with her joining the Indiana Track Club when she relocated to Bloomington, Indiana for the continuation of her graduate schooling.

The introduction to interval training and competitive local road racing by the Indiana Track Club led her to discover her hidden talents. Having never competed in running at the high school or collegiate level, May focused on dance performance and drama while in college and was a varsity tennis player in high school. May is currently working toward a PhD in Theatre & Drama at Indiana University.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "May is just beginning to realize her athletic potential. Her desire to see how good she can be is evident in her efforts and progression in the past 24 months. Her addition to the roster adds a unique, youthful enthusiasm due to her training age of just a couple years of serious training."

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