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INVADERS' DZRADOSI SETS CAREER BEST AT DRAKE RELAYS


April 26, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) Invaders' Marc Dzradosi, a graduate of Drake University, set his career best with a second place finish in the triple jump (16.55) at this year's 94th edition of the Drake Relays on Saturday April 26.

In dramatic fashion, the defending 2002 champion Dzradosi took the lead in the triple jump on his final attempt only to see the final competitor in the event, Randy Lewis, of Wichita State, take it away on his final effort with a mark of 16.80 meters.

Teammate Brandon Hon had an outstanding double with a fourth place finish in the Invitational 400 hurdles (51.22) and a fifth place finish in the Invitational 110 hurdles (14.13).

Carri Long took fifth in the Invitational high jump (1.78), Shannon Gallagher finished sixth in the Invitational pole vault (3.92), and Olympian Tanko Braimah was sixth in the Invitational 200 (21.71). Hope Sanders, of Indianapolis, was seventh in a very fast invitational 800 with a time of 2:06.08. Linise Gordon, after winning a grueling heptathlon (seven events) on Thursday, hit the track and finished eighth in the Invitational 400 hurdles. Jacob Koczman finished seventh in his section of the 800.

Over the course of the Drake Relays weekend, the Invaders won the heptathlon, placed eight in the top 5, and had a number of career and season opening bests.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "Dzradosi had a career best and you can't ask for more than that on any given day. Hon had an excellent competitive double in both the short and long hurdle races. Long wasn't in top form today, but she is more than motivated now to get back to top form in the high jump. Sanders had her best season opener ever. Gordon learned a little about recovery after a heptahlon. Overall we had a great experience this weekend." Harger added, "The officials, volunteers, and meet management did an outstanding job. The Drake Relays consistently put on one of the greatest shows on earth for both the athletes and spectators. We look forward to returning next year with an even larger contigent."

In Michigan at the Hillsdale Relays, Donnie Fellows won the 10,000 with a career best time of 28:42.03 on Friday evening. Fellows, a graduate of Purdue University, improved his PR by over 22 seconds.

In Pennsylvania at the Penn Relays, Team USA went 1-2 (USA Red & USA Blue) in the 4x400 relays with Mary Danner, of the Invaders, running the third leg (50.9) of USA Blue. Team Red went 3:26.65, Team Blue went 3:28.47 while Jamaica went 3:28.69 for third.

America's Athletic Classic - Drake Relays:
http://www.drakerelays.org/

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INVADERS' THOMPSON SECOND AT DRAKE RELAYS


April 25, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) Invaders' Olympian Kirt Thompson finished second in the javelin throw at this year's 94th edition of the Drake Relays on Friday April 25. Thompson, the defending Drake Relays champion, was runner-up to Bill Neumann, of the University of Iowa, 71.23 to 72.83.

Thompson moved into second place on his final throw in the finals. Thompson, a two-time Olympic Qualifier and National Champion of Trinidad, was the NCAA Division II National Champion in 1993 & 1994 and is a two-time USATF National Club Champion.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "Today's outing is Thompson's first appearance in a competitive setting since last July. His performance demonstrates that he is on the path to PR fitness in his event after over-coming a rough stretch of events off the track." Harger added, "Thompson is an outstanding competitor and we look forward to seeing him back in the 80 meter range before the end of this season."

America's Athletic Classic - Drake Relays:
http://www.drakerelays.org/

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INVADERS HEADED TO DRAKE RELAYS


April 22, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders are headed to the 94th edition of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26, 2002. The Invaders look to wrap up the April relay season at America's Athletic Classic with 13 athletes competing and are led by Olympians Kirt Thompson (Trinidad) and Tanko Braimah (Ghana).

Two-time Olympic Qualifier and National Champion of Trinidad, Olympian Kirt Thompson, returns as the 2002 Drake Relays Champion in the javelin (Friday). Olympian Tanko Braimah, will compete in the Invitational 200 (Saturday). Marc Drzadosi, a graduate of Drake University and three time NCAA Qualifier, also returns as a 2002 Drake Relays Champion in the triple jump (Saturday).

Two-Time NAIA Champion Jacob Koczman, of West Des Moines, will compete in the 800 along with teammate Hope Sanders (Saturday). Mary Duerbeck takes to Drake for her season opener in the 10,000. Brendon Falconer and Linise Gordon will compete in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively (Wednesday & Thursday). Gordon, a USATF 400H finalist in 2002, will then hit the track on Saturday to face the competition in the Invitational 400 hurdles. Fellow hurdler, Brandon Hon, will compete in the Invitational 400 Hurdles (Saturday).

Pole vaulters Shannon Gallagher and Ebbie Metzinger will compete in a stacked invitational vaulting field that includes World Record Holder & Olympic Champion Stacy Dragila (Saturday). Carri Long, a graduate of Purdue University, will compete in the Invitational high jump field, a field that includes six of the top 10 high jumpers in the US (Saturday).

Team Director Greg Harger said, "The Invaders are fired up about the opportunity to compete in front of such a great audience. We're glad to be able to support meet director Mark Kostek in taking the Drake Relays to a higher level with changes beneficial to the sport and the event."

America's Athletic Classic - Drake Relays:
http://www.drakerelays.org/

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INDIANA INVADERS RESULTS AT INDY RELAYS AND MT SAC RELAYS


April 20, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) At the Mt Sac Relays (CA), Carri Long, led the Invaders' efforts at the Mt Sac Relays with her fifth place finish in the high jump (1.80). Shannon Gallagher finished 10th in the pole vault (3.85)and Donnie Fellows was fifth in his section of the 5000 (14:06.30).

At the Indy Relays, Linise Gordon in tuning up for her Drake Relays debut in the Heptathlon, led the team with her win in the 100 hurdles in a career best time of 13.64. Gordon also took second in the javelin throw (35.11) and sixth in the high jump (1.62).

Other Invaders competing in "off events" or early season openers were Jacob Koczman and Daniel Walden capturing second in the 400 (48.38) and 800 (1:54.04), respectively. Jeff Minks placed eighth in the 400 (50.11). Long jumper, Pristina Jones, after six years of competing in other events returned to the 400 to finish sixth with a time of 58.61. Decathlete Brendon Falconer took ninth in the pole vault (3.95).

Team Director Greg Harger said, "This weekend continued the opening up of the outdoor season allowing us to evaluate current fitness and to tune up for the Drake Relays where most of the cream of the roster will initiate their outdoor season in earnest."

The Invaders will top off the month of April on April 24-26th with a journey to Des Moines, Iowa at America's Athletic Classic, the Drake Relays.

Butler University Track & Field's Indy Relays:
http://www.butlersports.ocsn.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/041902aaa.html

Mt Sac Relays:
http://vm.mtsac.edu/relays/

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INDIANA INVADERS TO COMPETE AT INDY RELAYS, MT SAC RELAYS


April 16, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders will compete this weekend at the Indy Relays hosted by Butler University in Indianapolis, IN on April 19th, 2003 and at the Mt Sac Relays in California.

Invaders scheduled for competition at the Indy Relays include Amber Plowden (100 & 200), Pristina Jones (LJ, 200, 400), Linise Gordon (100H, HJ, JT), Brendon Falconer (PV, LJ, 110H), Jacob Koczman (400), Jeff Minks (400), and Daniel Walden (800).

The Mt Sac Relays will feature vaulters Shannon Gallagher and Ebbie Metzinger, both ranked in the top 20 last year in the US, along with teammate Donnie Fellows, a graduate of Purdue University, competing in the 5,000.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "This weekend is a collection of efforts. Everything from opening up the outdoor season, evaluating current fitness and tuning up for the Drake Relays where most of the cream of the roster will initiate their outdoor season in earnest."

Butler University Track & Field's Indy Relays:
http://www.butlersports.ocsn.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/041902aaa.html

Mt Sac Relays:
http://vm.mtsac.edu/relays/

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INVADERS ADD THREE TIME ALL-AMERICAN KATIE CHAPMAN


April 15, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders have added three-time All-American middle distance runner Katie Chapman, of Ferris State University and Cass Technical High School (MI), to the team's roster.

Chapman was a four time Michigan High School runner-up in the 800, three time Detroit City Champion in the 800, and a two time Junior Olympics Competitor (800 - 3rd)('93) (1500 - 6th)('95).

Chapman is a three time GLIAC Conference Champion and holds the 800 record at Ferris State with a career best of 2:06.94. Chapman joins four time USATF veteran 800 meter runner Hope Sanders.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "Chapman has the enthusiasm and talent to make an impact in short order. Chapman and Sanders will make their presence known at the national championships." Added Harger, "It's great to add someone of her talent to the roster. She knows what she wants to accomplish and she's willing to make the sacrifices required to get the job done."

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INDIANA INVADERS START OUTDOOR SEASON AT SEA RAY RELAYS


April 13, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders started the outdoor season with an early season opener for a handful of athletes at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, TN. Carri Long, a graduate of Purdue University, led the Invaders with her win in the high jump (1.77).

Brandon Hon opened his outdoor season with a fifth place finish in the 400H with a career best of 51.20, Linise Gordon took eighth in the 400H (59.99), and Pristina Jones took eighth in the long jump (5.76). Amber Plowden took 21st in the 100 (12.20) and 25th in the 200 (25.07).

The Sea Ray Relays is the first major outdoor track and field meet of the season for the Invaders in preparation of the USA Outdoor Championships on June 20-22 in Palo Alto, CA.

The Invaders will see more action at the Indy Relays next weekend and then compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26.

Sea Ray Relays Results:
http://www.tenntrack.com/meet_info/04-09_Sea_Ray_Relays/index.html

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INVADERS ADD THREE-TIME BIG TEN POLE VAULT CHAMPION METZINGER


April 8, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders have added three-time Big Ten Conference Champion pole vaulter Ebbie Metzinger, a graduate of Purdue University and Benton Central High School (IN), to the team's roster.

Metzinger broke into the 2002 top 15 U.S. rankings for the pole vault during the indoor season with a career best of 4.25 meters while in route to setting Big Ten Conference & Purdue University records. Metzinger finished ninth at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships and 13th at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Metzinger was a combined events competitor before she first started pole vaulting her sophomore year at Purdue.

Metzinger joins the Invaders' vaulting ranks along side veteran vaulter Shannon Gallagher, an eight time USATF qualifier ranked 16th in the U.S. in 2002 and a 10th place finisher at the 2000 Olympic Trials.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "Metzinger is a very exciting vaulting prospect in that she is so young in terms of total training years for her event." Added Harger, "She has the talent and desire to be very competitive in her event. With only three years of experience in her event she has a lot of potential. We look forward to supporting her successes at the national and international level."

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INDIANA INVADERS LAUNCH JUNIOR INVADERS YOUTH PROGRAM


April 3, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders are launching a new and innovative six-week developmental youth program, for boys & girls ages 8-14, at three locations in the Indianapolis area this summer, June 9th - July 17th, 2003. The Invaders Youth Program is an extension of the Indiana Invaders, a not-for-profit track and field club comprised of elite, post-collegiate athletes.

The youth program will be held on the campus of local high schools; Arsenal Technical, Ben Davis, and Lawrence Central. The program will feature special event clinics conducted by elite track and field athletes. With four Olympians, two world championship medalists, two former/current American Record holders, and a score of top ranked US athletes the program will bring together an unprecedented amount of experience to a youth program.

Indiana University graduate - World Champion, American Record Holder, & Olympian DeDee Nathan (Multi-Events) said, "Sports are the bridge to greater opportunities for children of all ages." Purdue University graduate - #4 U.S. Ranked High Jumper, Carri Long added, "This is a wonderful opportunity for student-athletes to experience the sport." University of Cincinnati graduate - 2003 World Championship Bronze Medalist Mary Danner (4x400) said, "All children should receive the opportunity to experience sports on different levels. It allows them to mentally and physically expand and at the same time provide enjoyment and encouragement."

The program also includes a unique St. Vincent Sports Medicine clinic for parents on sports injury treatment and prevention. And, special support through a grant from the Indiana Sports Corporation's Champs Program will allow for the purchase of special track & field equipment designed for the very young developmental athlete. At the conclusion of the six week session each site will participate in a Grand Finale Track Meet showcasing the talents of all the participants in the program.

The Invaders started the youth program to further meet the goals of the USA Track and Field's club revitalization initiatives. For youth development, the initiatives serve the needs of boys & girls ages 8-14 and introduces them to the sport of track & field, teaches them event-specific skills, provides age-graded participation and advanced coaching and training techniques for those who wish to enhance their performances in youth competition.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "As a model for the sport, the Invaders are taking the lead in our community to implement these initiatives. The best thing we can do for our sport at the grass roots level is to have identifiable community clubs as they involve everyone from our community in a winning and positive identity with which many want to be associated." Harger added, "This a significant moment in the development of our efforts to meet the USATF club revitalization initiatives. We have a goal of having upwards of 500 kids in the program within three years. We anticipate the program to serve a couple hundred kids right out of the gate. We are very fortunate to have found the makings of an outstanding administrative staff for this program and the response to the creation of the respective event coaching for each site has been ahead of schedule and very encouraging."

Harger also added, "The financial support for these initiatives will have an enormous positive impact on attaining stable community-based clubs. They put teeth to the issue of committing and unifying the resources of all of the sport's development committees, responsible for the governance and development of their respective events, to support the grass roots clubs that impact and support athletes at every level of every ability. We're proud to be able to take the lead on these initiatives within our community."

USA Track & Field's Club Revitalization Mission Statement:
"To expand and broaden opportunities for America's track & field athletes to continue their participation and development outside of and beyond our school-based programs through USATF clubs."

Bill Roe, President of USA Track & Field, said, "The Invaders have already performed service to our sport and our club initiatives by hosting the first two national club championships. Now they are upping the ante and showing the way for clubs around the country to access their communities. It's going to be a tough act to follow for any other club!"

Junior Invaders Program Director Susan Holewinski said, "We are excited to introduce our youth track and field program to the Indianapolis community. Our experienced coaches are prepared to direct young athletes in their exploration of the track and field world. The Indiana Invaders are ready to share their training secrets through weekly clinics with the youth. The program is open to boys and girls who are interested in learning and developing their skills and techniques in the sport of track and field." For additional information on the Invaders Youth Program please contact Susan Holewinski at 317-340-6877 or online at (Youth@indianainvaders.com).

The Indiana Invaders, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998, present an innovative approach to track & field by providing a resident-based, athlete-centered support system unique to the sport in the United States.

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.


INDIANA INVADERS CAPTURE TOP FINISHES AT FIRST MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS


April 1, 2003
(INDIANAPOLIS) The Indiana Invaders captured top honors at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston, MA on March 28-30, 2003. In their first outing at the masters championships, the Invaders represented by Olympian Sunder Nix and All-American Robert Thomas captured two first place and two second place finishes.

As founding members of the Invaders Masters Team, Nix finished second in the 400 (M40 - 50.07) and Thomas won the 200 (M35 - 22.56) and 400 (M35 - 48.81) while placing second in the 60 (M35 - 7.19).

Over seven hundred athletes from coast-to-coast competed over the three-day meet at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center, with 14 world records and 38 American records pending official verification.

Team Director Greg Harger said, "The Masters events have become very challenging. The level of competition excites, it challenges, and it's no joke. The competition has become more intense with each passing season and has become something any competitive person can really enjoy. Nix and Thomas look forward to going with a much larger group when they return next year." Harger added, "We look forward to creating and bidding for Masters T&F events to be held in Indiana in the future to help increase awareness and participation for Indiana masters aged athletes."

The masters program, which will be fully implemented by the Invaders this fall will be made available to athletes, over the age of 30, that live in the realm of the Indiana Association of USA Track & Field.

USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships:
http://usatf.org/events/2003/USAMastersIndoorTFChampionships/

The Indiana Invaders, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998, presents an innovative approach to track & field by providing a resident-based, athlete-centered support system unique to the sport in the United States.

For further information on the Indiana Invaders, please contact Greg Harger at 317 289-4018.



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