Featured Grantees

While the USA Track & Field Foundation is proud of each and every grantee that we have sponsored, these featured grantees have recently caught our eye.  These athletes have shown great commitment to their training and sincere dedication to the sport of Track & Field.  In addition, their enthusiasm and positive attitudes have made it a pleasure to support them both on and off the field.

Conor McCullough

Conor McCullough

Like father like son is a saying that Conor McCullough hopes to continue living this summer as he pursues a bid to the Rio Olympic Games. Conor’s father, Conor McCullough Sr. competed in both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a hammer thrower. From an early age, Conor began to learn from his father(…)

Barbara Nwaba

Barbara Nwaba

Winning her first national title last year may be the biggest success of Barbara Nwaba’s career and the journey to getting there certainly resulted from thousands of tireless hours of training and hard work. This journey began as a young child when Barbara started running in an after school program. Barbara grew up in Los(…)

JaCorian Duffield

JaCorian Duffield

As people turn on the T.V. or attend a track & field competition, many do not realize the technicality that goes in to the events. JaCorian Duffield will be the first to tell you the high jump is no exception to this, “People don’t realize how up and down the high jump can be. It(…)

Tia Brooks

Tia Brooks

Many times when athletes begin their track & field careers, they envision being a runner. Usually it is not until a coach or fellow athlete provides insight on the many other events and competitions that an athlete switches to another event. This was the case for Tia Brooks and her career as a shot put(…)

Kendra Harrison

Kendra Harrison

Sports were always part of the plan for Kendra “Keni” Harrison, but her career did not start in track & field. At an early age, Harrison enjoyed athletics, participating in cheerleading, soccer, and the gymnastics team. Although she started high school devoted to soccer, she soon realized that her speed and strength could possibly take(…)

Kara Winger

Kara Winger

Although many of us watch athletes on television or in live competition, few people actually see everything that goes into the 5K run, the 100-meter dash, or the 66-meter javelin throw. Mental strength, determination, and perseverance, are just a few of the traits Kara Winger embodies and has worked on through the years. Her journey(…)

Jack Whitt

Jack Whitt

Jack Whitt is a young American pole vaulter.  In his college career at Oral Roberts University he earned many conference titles including, runner-up honors at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 2012 Indoor Championships, and was named Champion at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. On top of owning indoor and outdoor pole vault records at Oral(…)

Bridget Franek

Bridget Franek

Bridget Franek is one of the top steeplechasers in the country.  She was a graduate of Penn State University where she was able to compete in the 2008 Olympic Trials and represented team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.  Franek has since moved to Eugene, Ore. and joined the Oregon Track Club.  Bridget is a(…)

Kibwe Johnson

Kibwe Johnson

Kibwe Johnson is one of the nation’s top hammer throwers.  Recently, Kibwé earned USA Outdoor Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2014, and he represented the USA for the London Olympics, where he made it all the way to the final. In 2011, he set the Pan American Games record for a throw (80.31m/263ft 5.8in), which stands as(…)

Lashinda Demus

Lashinda Demus

Lashinda Demus has been one of the nation’s top hurdlers for nearly a decade.  Her many honors include two gold, two silver, and a bronze medal in World Championships, an Olympic silver medal in London, and four USA Outdoor Championships.  Lashinda also holds the American record.  Now in the peak of her career, Lashinda has her(…)