Saucony’s Madison and Trotter Lead Team Saucony
Record Number of Qualified Team Saucony Athletes Find Their Strong On Fast Track to London
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LEXINGTON, MA (June 25, 2012) â€“ Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony, Inc. today announced that Tianna Madison and DeeDee Trotter are the first Team Saucony athletes to earn themselves a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Competing at the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Trials, Madison earned a trip to London by taking second in the women’s 100-meter dash on Saturday in a personal best time of 10.96 seconds. On Sunday, Trotter finished second in the 400-meter finals in a time of 50.02 seconds and will make her third appearance for the U.S. in the Olympics. Madison and Trotter lead a record qualifying 22 Saucony sponsored track and field athletes, the largest and most talented team the brand has ever posted for the Trials, which run from June 21 to July 1 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
â€œWe’re extremely proud of every one of our athletes competing at the Trials,â€ said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. â€œThey inspire all of us to be better, to find our strong by elevating their own. As a performance brand, this is one of the most important platforms in our sportâ”€it’s our proving ground. Our presence in Eugene and London next month makes a bold statement for the brand as we get to showcase our award-winning footwear and apparel technologies on the world’s best athletes, while helping to push their performance to new levels,â€ added Woodworth.
In addition to Madison and Trotter, the Saucony women’s roster is led by Molly Huddle,
the fastest American woman at 5000 meters and a nine-time All-American from the
University of Notre Dame. Huddle’s most outstanding season came in 2010, where she progressed from breaking 15 minutes in the 5,000m for the first time to going on to run 14:44.76 to set the American Record. Additionally, Huddle is a six time USA National Road Race Champion, including three consecutive USA National 10K titles (2008, 2009, 2010).
Leading the Saucony team on the men’s side is 2008 U.S. Olympian Wallace Spearmon, Jr., a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Arkansas. With two of the fastest times in the 200 meters this year, Spearmon, Jr. is the winner of three consecutive World Outdoor Championships 200-meter medals (2005, 2007, 2009). One of the world’s fastest sprinters, Spearmon, Jr. comes to Eugene to find redemption: He finished third at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was later disqualified for a lane infraction, costing him the bronze medal.
Team Saucony competing at the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Trials is as follows:
ATHLETE EVENT HOMETOWN
KESHIA BAKER 400M Los Angeles, CA
MOLLY BECKWITH 800M S. Bloomington, IN
MASON CATHEY STEEPLE Indianapolis, IN
AMANDA DUNNE 5000M Columbia, Missouri
QUEEN HARRISON 100Mh/400Mh Blacksburg, VA
ASHLEY HIGGINSON STEEPLE Annandale, NJ
MOLLY HUDDLE 5000M Providence, RI
MAGDA LEWY-BOULET 5000M/10,000M Oakland, CA
PORSCHA LUCAS 200M College Station, TX
TIANNA MADISON 100M/200M/LJ Orlando, FL
AMY MORTIMER 1500M Manhattan, KS
DEEDEE TROTTER 400M Knoxville, TN
LAURYN WILLIAMS 100M Miami, FL
JESSICA YOUNG 100M Columbia, SC
GARRETT HEATH 1500M Palo Alto, CA
ADAM NELSON SHOT PUT Watkinsville, GA
WILLIE PERRY 100M Raleigh, NC
JEFF SEE 1500M Columbus, OH
DUANE SOLOMON 800M Rosemead, CA
WALLACE SPEARMON 200M Bryan, TX
BEN TRUE 10,000M Hanover, NH
RYAN WILSON 110Mh Los Angeles, CA
Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including ProGridâ„¢, PowerGridâ„¢ and ViZiPROâ„¢ apparel. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units: Payless ShoeSource, Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) and Collective Licensing International. Payless is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to providing incredible value pricing for trend-right styles of footwear and accessories for the entire family to enjoy. PLG is focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children’s footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride RiteÂ®, KedsÂ®, Sperry Top-SiderÂ® RobeezÂ®, and SauconyÂ®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as AirwalkÂ®, Above The RimÂ®, Vision Street WearÂ®, STRIKEFORCEâ„¢, Clinch Gearâ„¢, SimsÂ®, LamarÂ® and LTDÂ®, World Snowboarding Championshipsâ„¢ and HindÂ®.