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Talladega, Ala.—For the second time in just under two weeks the Clark Atlanta University Lady Panthers took the field with the Talladega College Tornadoes, and much like in their first meeting, split the doubleheader with their regional foes. The Lady Panthers dropped the first game of the day by an 8-4 score, but rebounded with a big 9-5 in the series finale, giving both teams a 2-2 record for the season series.

Clark Atlanta started out the offense for the day with the first run of game one in the top of the first inning, thanks to a Tamera Green run off of an error. However, the tide would quickly change for the Lady Panthers as Talladega would score the next eight runs over the first four innings, including seven in the first two, to put CAU in a big hole early.

The Lady Panthers would not surrender though, plating one run in the top of the fifth inning, and another two in the top of the seventh, but it would not be enough to complete the comeback as they fell in the opening contest. Freshman Veranae Woods pitched a complete game in addition to getting two RBIs for CAU in the loss, with Green scoring two runs.

This was familiar circumstances for the Lady Panthers who dropped the first game of the previous series between the two, only to come back and win the second. Sharnitra Woods would give CAU an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run homerun in the top of the first inning, driving in Jessica Vason in the process. Those two would not be done, as they would go on to play a part in eight of the nine runs the team would score on the day.

Vason would later add a two-run homerun in the sixth inning to give her three hits and five RBIs in the game. S. Woods would add two hits and three RBIs and KaShaira Givens would pitch a complete game as the Lady Panthers never trailed in the contest.

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Captains Named for AJC Peachtree Road Race’s Inaugural Peachtree Cup

ATLANTA—An Olympic medalist and a pair of top marathon champions are among the captains named today for the four international elite teams set to compete for the inaugural Peachtree Cup at this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race.

In the Peachtree Cup, Team USA will face Team Africa, Team Asia and Team Europe. Each team will consist of six athletes, including three men and three women, vying for international bragging rights and a first-place prize of $42,000 for the winning team. The team members’ individual finish times will be added together and the team with the fastest cumulative time will win the Peachtree Cup at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4.

Leading Team USA will be Shalane Flanagan, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters who owns three American records, including 10,000 meters on the track (30:22.22) and 15K on the roads (47:00). In 2014, Flanagan ran the fastest time in history in the Boston Marathon by an American woman (2:22:02) after boldly leading for the first 19 miles. The 33-year-old lowered her personal best later last year when she finished third at the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon in 2:21:14—making her the second-fastest American woman in history.

“Putting on a Team USA uniform always brings out the best in me, and that will count double on the Fourth of July,” said Flanagan. “It’s a day of national pride for America, and our team will definitely want to provide some early fireworks.”

Selected as captain of Team Africa is Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, the 2009 World Cross Country Champion. Gebremariam, 30, followed that victory up with a win at the 2010 New York City Marathon, and has seen success at this race, as well.

“Ever since winning the AJC Peachtree Road Race in 2010, I have been looking forward to running again in front of the great Atlanta fans,” said Gebremariam. “To come back as captain of Team Africa makes my return even better. We have a lot of good runners in Africa, you know, so our team should give the fans much excitement.”

A four-time medalist at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, often considered the toughest competition in the sport, Gebremariam finished third in the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best of 2:04:53.

At the helm of Team Europe will be Daniele Meucci of Italy, the 2014 European Champion in the marathon. Meucci, 29, is also a three-time European Championships medalist at shorter distances, and competed in the 2012 Olympics at 10,000 meters. He ran his 10K personal best of 28:19 last year in New York City.

“Running in the United States always seems to bring out the best in me,” said Meucci, who has also run personal bests at the half marathon and 10,000 meters on the track in this country. “Thus I look forward to bringing out the best in my teammates in leading Team Europe to a strong performance.”

And leading Team Asia is Yusuke Hasegawa of Japan. Hasegawa, 26, was the 2008 National University Champion at 1500 meters while competing for Jobu University, and finished fourth in the prestigious All-Japan Corporate Championships at 5000 meters in 2011. He has a personal best of 27:50.64 at 10,000 meters on the track.

“As captain of the team from Asia, I promise to give my hardest effort to secure the Peachtree Cup,” Hasegawa said. “It will not be easy, but I have confidence that, working together, we will be strong and so will bring my region great honor.”

The 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race will have a total prize purse of $98,500, with $81,000 of that amount set aside for the team competition. The remaining prize money will be awarded to individuals in the men’s and women’s open and masters races.

The 46th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world’s largest 10K, with 60,000 participants.

Additional details about the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race are available at peachtreeroadrace.org .

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ATC Recognizes Top High School Athletes

ATLANTA—Atlanta Track Club honored 46 of the best runners, jumpers and throwers in metro Atlanta at the All-Metro Track and Field Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 3 at the College Football Hall of Fame. Each year, Atlanta Track Club hosts the All-Metro Awards Banquet as part of its commitment to recognize outstanding high school track and field and cross country athletes. The All-Metro athletes were selected based on criteria including major meet wins, performance at the state meet and a complete season overview. The coaches and the community then voted for the Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Most Outstanding Field Athlete, which were announced at the banquet. “We are proud to be able to celebrate the 2015 All-Metro High School Track and Field Team, which represents the best student athletes in the state of Georgia and some of the best in the country,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “Atlanta is a running destination, and it is great to see so many talented young people emerging from our community.” One boy and one girl were named Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Most Oustanding Field Athlete. Each recipient received a $1,500 scholardship. The 2015 Most Outstanding Athletes are: Most Outstanding Track Athletes Ryan Clark—Banneker High School Candace Hill—Rockdale County High School Most Outstanding Field Athletes Kenneth Brison—Marist School Bria Matthews—Forest Park High School Two coaches were also acknowledged for their outstanding dedication to the sport of track and field. Nominations were accepted for the awards from the community. Coach Antonio McKay of North Springs Charter High School received the Hawthorne Wesley Award for his work with the girls track and field team, while Coach Andy Carr of Milton High School’s boys track and field team was the recipient of the Judo Brown Award. In addition to awards, two $2,500 scholarships were presented by Atlanta Track Club and The Atlanta Track Club Foundation to local track and field athletes. The 6th Annual Patty Foell Scholarship Award was presented to Amy Ruiz of Milton High School. The 2nd Annual Hawthorne Wesley Scholarship Award was presented Reilly Friedman of The Galloway School. This year’s banquet featured guest speaker Terrence Trammell. Trammell is a two-time Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Indoor Champion in the 110-meter hurdles. He spoke about his experiences in high school, college and the Olympics. For more information on the All-Metro Track and Field Awards Banquet, visit atlantatrackclub.org . To view a full list of the 2015 All-Metro Track and Field Team, visit http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/sites/atlantatrackcluborg/files/2451-2015_All-Metro_Track_and_Field_Athletes.pdf. Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 21,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org )—the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org .

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