Potter and Steele named to USA track rosters

University of Minnesota sprinters Mitch Potter and Adam Steele were named to the USA Team roster for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, held Aug. 23-31, in Paris. Both Potter and Steele are among eight 400-meter specialists named to the 4x400-meter relay pool, meaning both will compete in the preliminary rounds of the event at the Championships.

Potter, a St. Michael native, captured the gold medal in the 400-meter dash at the Pan American Games last Friday to secure his spot on the team. Senior-to-be Potter, a nine-time All-American, won the race with a time of 45.11 seconds. Earlier this summer, Potter placed fifth at the USA Track & Field Championships and third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Steele used his Pan American and U.S. Championships performances to earn a trip to Paris. Steele, of Eden Prairie, is the NCAA champion in the 400 meters. He won the race at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June with a time of 44.57, which at the time was the fastest time in the world this season. Steele, who will also be a senior, finished sixth in the 400 meters at the U.S. Championships and was fourth at the Pan American Games. Steele has earned five All-America honors during his Golden Gopher career.

"One of the most gratifying experiences I've had as a coach has been to watch these two Minnesota kids develop into world-class performers," Minnesota head men's track & field coach Phil Lundin said of his two sprinters.

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