DEVON ALLEN

USA
110 Hurdles
Washington ties: Born in Seattle; lived in Puyallup
before moving to Arizona. Mother Joey Knudson still
lives in the area.
Twitter: @devonallen13

PERSONAL BEST: 13.03, Eugene, Oregon 7/9/16
SEASON BEST: 13.10, Paris, France 7/1/17

Allen earned his first world championship team spot by
finishing third at the USATF championships, running
13.34 behind Aleec Harris’ 13.24 and 2012 Olympic
champ Aries Merritt’s 13.31.

After the US nationals, he ran his season best of 13.10 in the qualifying heat of the Paris
Diamond League meet on July 1st, before being disqualified for a false start in the
finals.

The former University of Oregon wide receiver and kick return specialist won his second
US national title in 2016 at the US Olympic Trials after winning the NCAA championship
on his home track. He went on to finish fifth in the finals of the Olympics in Rio, running
13.31.

London marks Devon’s first world championship team appearance.

TRACKING DEVON

Sunday August 6

1:15 pm/5:15 am—First round
8:10 pm/12:10 pm—Semi finals

Monday August 7

9:30 pm/1:30 pm—Finals
JORDIN ANDRADE
Cape Verde
400 Hurdles
Washington ties: Federal Way resident; attended Bonney Lake
HS
Twitter: @jordinandrade

PERSONAL BEST: 49.24, Eugene, Oregon 6/12/15
SEASON BEST: 49.52, Luzern, Switzerland 7/11/17

Jordin, a graduate of Bonney Lake HS and Boise State
University who has dual citizenship with the USA and Cape
Verde, was selected by Cape Verde to compete in the 400
hurdles, based on his dad’s ancestry. Father Joe was born in Cape Verde, a series of
10 islands in the Atlantic, about 350 miles off the West African coast.

Andrade set his season best of 49.52 in the B section of the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet
on July 11th, where he finished second. He won the 400 hurdles at the Francophone
Games in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on July 24th, running 49.66.

Jordin competed at last year’s Rio Olympics, where he advanced to the semifinals in the
400 hurdles after originally being disqualified for deliberately knocking down a hurdle.
He was the first athlete in Cape Verde Olympic history to advance to a semifinal in any
Olympic event, where he finished sixth in 49.32.

This season, Andrade competed as a member of Sporting Clube de Portugal, the same
club that produced Olympic marathon champion Carlos Lopes. Its soccer team is one of
the most famous clubs in Europe.

TRACKING JORDIN

Sunday August 6th

11:05 am/3:05 am—First round

Monday August 7th

8:20 pm/12:20 pm—Semi finals

Wednesday August 9th

9:33 pm/1:33 pm—Finals
KATIE BURNETT
USA
50 Kilometer Walk
Washington ties: Born in Bellevue; attended
Skyline & Newport HS before moving to Arizona
Twitter: @Racewalkerkt

PERSONAL AND SEASON BEST: 4:26:37,
Santee, California 3/28/17

Katie, the American record holder in this event at 4:26:37, received an invitation to
compete in the first world championship 50k race walk for women on July 23rd, when
the IAAF announced its decision “based on its wish to ensure gender equality on the
field of play, the IAAF Council has decided to create a new 50km race walk competition
at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.”

Barring any last minute challenges through the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Burnett will
be one of only five women contesting the event.

Katie was fourth at the USATF 20k walk championships on June 25th, completing the
race in 1:38:40. At last year’s US Olympic Trials, she finished third in the 20k walk event
at 1:41:13, but did not go to the Olympics in Rio as she did not have the Olympic
standard of 1:36:00.

Burnett competed in the race walk through the USATF Junior Olympic program, while
also competing in the throws and heptathlon. She began her collegiate career as a
javelin thrower at the University of Arizona, before transferring to William Penn
University in Iowa, a NAIA school where the walks are contested in the national
championship meet.

TRACKING KATIE

Sunday August 13th

7:45 am/11:45 pm (Saturday 8/12)—Final
LINDSAY FLANAGAN
USA
Marathon
Washington ties: Attended University of Washington
Twitter: @lflanagan242

PERSONAL BEST: 2:29:28. Frankfurt, Germany 10/30/16
SEASON BEST: 2:33:44, Boston, Massachusetts 4/17/17
(point-to-point)

Lindsay was added to Team USA in June after the
withdrawal of Laura Thweatt, due to injury.

Flanagan was the silver medalist in the marathon at the 2015 Pan Am Games in
Toronto, and was 14th at the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials 2:39:42. After finishing
18th in the 10000 at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials, she set her marathon
personal best of 2:29:28 on October 30th at the Frankfurt Marathon, where she finished
fourth.

In April, Flanagan finished 11th in the Boston Marathon, finishing the point-to-point
course in 2:33:44.

At the University of Washington, she was ninth at the USATF junior cross country
championships, and was part of the Huskies’ third place NCAA cross country
championship team in 2009. She finished her college career at the UW with a 14th
place finish in the 10000 at the 2014 NCAA championships.

TRACKING LINDSAY

Sunday August 6th

2:00 pm/6:00 am—Finals
HASSAN MEAD
USA
10000 Meters
Washington ties: Attended Stahl JHS and Emerald
Ridge HS in Puyallup, before moving to Minnesota
Twitter: @hassyhass35

PERSONAL BEST: 27:33.04, Eugene, Oregon 5/29/15
SEASON BEST: 27:34.38, Palo Alto, California 5/5/17

Hassan, who lived in Puyallup for six years, attended
Stahl JHS and Emerald Ridge HS before moving to
Minnesota, won the USATF 10000 meter title in
Sacramento on June 23rd in a last lap drag race with
Shadrack Kipchirchir, winning in a time of 29:01.44.

In his one season competing for Emerald Ridge HS, he finished tenth in the 2005 WIAA
4A cross country championships in Pasco, running 16:07 for 5k. The University of
Minnesota grad was a six-time All-American for the Gophers.

Mead, who trains in Eugene with the Nike Oregon TC Elite squad, finished 11th in the
5000m at the Olympics last year, and 15th in the 10000 at the 2015 world
championships in Beijing.

This marks his second world championship appearance.

TRACKING HASSAN

Friday August 4th

9:20 pm/1:20 pm—Finals
ANGELA WHYTE
CANADA
100 Hurdles
Washington ties: Former assistant track
coach at Washington State University
Twitter: @AngelaWhyteCan

PERSONAL BEST: 12.63, Carson,
California 5/20/2007
SEASON BEST: 12.99, Mesa, Arizona
6/10/17

Angela, a fixture on Canadian national teams since 2001 when she competed at the
world championships in her home town of Edmonton, was extended an invitation to
compete in London by the IAAF through its descending order list for this season, despite
missing the qualifying standard for the world championships by 1/100th of a second.

Whyte won the Canadian championships in Ottawa in July by running 13.02 in the
finals, after running 12.95 in the qualifying rounds. Unfortunately the 12.95 didn’t count
for qualifying purposes, as the mark was aided by a 2.2 meter-per-second wind, .2
above the allowable.

London will mark Angela’s sixth outdoor world championship appearance, and ninth
overall. In her last world championships appearance, she finished sixth in Moscow in
2013. The University of Idaho grad and former WSU assistant coach has three career
appearances at the Olympics, including last year in Rio.

TRACKING ANGELA

Friday August 11th

10:45 am/2:45 am—First round
7:05 pm/11:05 am—Semi finals

Saturday August 12th

8:05 pm/12:05 pm—Finals
DREW WINDLE
USA
800 Meters
Washington ties: Seattle resident and member of
Seattle-based Brooks Beasts
Twitter: @DrewWindle

PERSONAL & SEASON BEST: 1:44.63, New York, NY
7/6/17

Drew earned his spot on Team USA at the world
championships in the 800 meters by finishing third at the
USATF championships, coming from behind in the last
200 meters and taking the final spot in Sacramento.

He followed up his feat at the national championships by
winning the TrackTown Summer Series final in New
York, running a personal best 1:44.63. In his final race before the world championships,
he tied for fourth at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 21st, running
1:44.72, just off of his personal best.

Drew’s rise to the top in the 800 went through NCAA Division II school Ashland
University in Ohio, where he was a national champion indoors and outdoors, but did not
get noticed until Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey initially contacted him via Twitter
about moving to Seattle and training with Nick Symmonds and Cas Loxsom as part of
Brooks’ middle distance group.

TRACKING DREW

Saturday August 5th

12:45 pm/4:45 am—First round

Sunday August 6th

9:15 pm/1:15 pm—Semi final

Tuesday August 8th

9:35 pm/1:35 pm—Final
KARA WINGER
USA
Javelin
Washington ties: Born in Seattle; raised in Vancouver &
attended Skyview HS
Twitter: @karathrowsjav

PERSONAL BEST: 218-8 (66.67m), Des Moines, Iowa
6/25/2010
SEASON BEST: 212-7 (64.80m), Austin, Texas 4/14/17

Kara won her seventh national title on the opening day
of the USATF championship meet on June 23rd,
throwing 206-0 (62.80m).

Since breaking through and winning the US Olympic
Trials as a Purdue University junior in 2008, the Skyview HS graduate has made three
Olympic teams and four world championship teams. In her storied career, she’s made
the finals of a major international once, finishing eighth in the 2015 world championships
in Beijing, throwing 199-9 (60.88m).

Winger enters the world championships with a season best of 212-7 (64.80m), set in
Austin, Texas on April 14th at the Texas Invitational. This season, she’s competed in
four IAAF Diamond League meets (Eugene, Lausanne, London, Rabat), and has
qualified for the Diamond League finals in her event in Zurich on August 24th, with her
best placing a fifth place finish at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme
in Rabat.

TRACKING KARA

Sunday August 6th

7:05 or 8:30 pm/11:05 or 12:30 pm—Qualifying round

Tuesday August 8th

7:20 pm/11:20 am—Final
GIANNA WOODRUFF
Panama
400 Hurdles
Washington ties: Attended University of Washington
Instagram: @g.woodyy

PERSONAL & SEASON BEST: 55.76, Tucson AZ
5/20/17

Woodruff enters the 2017 IAAF world championships as
the Panamanian national record holder, setting it on May
20th in Tucson at the Tucson Elite meet at the University
of Arizona, where she ran a personal best 55.76.

She followed up that performance by winning the 400
hurdles at the South American championships in Luque, Paraguay, setting a meet
record of 56.04. A few weeks later, she set a PR in the 400 in Lignano, Italy, running
54.26

London marks her world championships debut, after missing the Olympic standard of
56.20 last year. Her previous personal best was 57.34 set in Rio at the Olympic test
event in May of last year.

During her career at the University of Washington, she earned All-America honors in the
distance medley relay, and two second-team A-A honors in the 400 hurdles. She left the
UW as the third fastest in school history at 57.49.

TRACKING GIANNA

Monday August 7th

7:30 pm/11:30 am—First round

Tuesday August 8th

8:35 pm/12:35 pm—Semi finals

Thursday August 10th

9:35 pm/1:35 pm—Finals
NOTES:

All competition times listed for the athletes include both local London time and Seattle
time. London is eight hours ahead of Seattle.

All photos are by Paul Merca with the exception of Katie Burnett (courtesy USA Track &
Field); Lindsay Flanagan (Michael Scott), and Angela Whyte (Howard Lao).

The networks of NBC (NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, Olympic Channel) will have
television coverage of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships. In Seattle, the
NBC affiliate is KING 5 (channel 5 over-the-air; 105 on Comcast Seattle).

In Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Company will have over-the-air and streaming
coverage of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

Select countries can also watch the IAAF World Track & Field Championships via the
IAAF’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The feed on its Facebook page and
YouTube channel are geo-blocked.

For more information on the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, please visit
iaaf.org.

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