FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th EDITION
Injured MTSU track athletes in stable condition
Authorities searching for driver of SUV involved in accident
By Adam Sparks, The Daily News Journal
All three MTSU track athletes are in stable condition after suffering serious injuries in an accident Tuesday.
Tiffany Sawyer, 19, a freshman from Powell, spent most of Wednesday in surgery on her forearm, hip and pelvis. Kaitlyn Hammond, 18, a freshman from Ontario, Canada, will undergo knee surgery Friday, and Catherine Chester, 19, a sophomore from Woodlawn, is awaiting an MRI on her injured knee.
However, none of the injuries are life-threatening.
Two other MTSU runners, Marjorie Gombert and Ashleigh Thaler, were at the incident, but did not report serious injuries.
"All three of the women are doing well, considering the situation," said MTSU track coach Dean Hayes. "The weather contributed to the accident, but it also helped Catherine and Tiffany. Two inches of rain really softened the blow.
"If you think fate doesn't play a factor in these instances, consider the girls decided about 50 feet from the accident whether to keep running that direction or turn right onto another street. They were at the wrong place at the wrong time, but they were also lucky to come away with their injuries and not something more serious."
Campbell, Williams psyched-up for 60-m showdown
ORGANISERS OF next month's 99th Millrose Games are building up the sprint bang between Jamaica's Olympic champion Veronica Campbell and World Champion Lauryn Williams, of the United States, as the major attraction at the meet.
The pair will clash in an anticipated explosive 60-metre run at the February 3 renewal of the Millrose Games, arguably the most prestigious event on the indoor track and field calendar in the U.S.
Campbell, who became the first Caribbean woman to win an Olympic sprint title when she landed 200-metre gold in Athens in 2004, relishes the challenge and says Williams will bring out the best in her.
"I have a lot of respect for Lauryn and all of my competitors. In order to do well, you have to have somebody there. A true champion always needs somebody there to push them. It should be a really great race," Campbell said. "I know a lot of people are looking forward to it," she added.
Williams, the reigning Pan American Games 100-metre champion, scored her biggest career win when she toppled Campbell (silver) to land the World Championship 100-metre crown in Helsinki last summer and admits her rivalry with the 23-year-old Jamaican motivates her.
"When I'm training, I'm trying to beat Veronica, when I'm going to cheat on a sit-up, I think, 'What would Veronica be doing right now?" said Williams.
IOC welcomes U.S. bid, but without strings
By Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press/USA Today
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC would welcome a U.S. bid for the 2016 Summer Games — provided the government doesn't try to bar any nations as it has with Cuba at the World Baseball Classic.
"I would really love to have a (U.S.) bid," IOC president Jacques Rogge said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. "There is a great tradition of games in the U.S. The States has organized by far the most Winter and Summer Games."
The 16-team World Baseball Classic, scheduled for March 3-20, is organized by MLB and its players' union.