July 11, 2012
AUBURN – Auburn junior sprinter Marcus Rowland has been invited to attend training camp for the United States Olympic 4x100-meter relay team from July 15-21 in Monaco.
Rowland, along with the top six finishers from the U.S. Olympic Trials, and three additional invitees will train for four days before the six-man team is selected.
“Getting invited was the last thing I expected,” Rowland said. “I was really excited, just thrilled. I’m very excited for the opportunity. Getting the call was a great cap to my week at Olympic Trials.
“I’m glad that USATF sees my potential. I have a lot of running in front of me and I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to learn. I’m looking forward to making new friends and learning from them. I just got back from Mexico, and now I have a chance to see Europe. It is a great opportunity to experience Europe and hopefully prepare myself for a professional career after my time at Auburn is finished.”
As part of the training camp, the attendees will compete on two separate relay teams at a Samsung Diamond League event in Monaco on July 20.
“It is definitely an honor for Marcus to be selected,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “He was recognized as being one of the top guys. Whether he makes it or not, this is a testament to Marcus as an athlete and our program as well. Just being thought of and being included is an honor. Hopefully, he can run well and have a shot to make the team for London.”
Rowland, a Spartanburg, S.C. native, finished one spot shy of the 100-meter finals at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Oregon two weeks ago. He also placed eighth in the 200 meter finals to gain even more attention.
The relay teams are coached by Jon Drummond, a two-time U.S. Olympic medalist. He captured a gold medal in Sydney in 2000 as part of the 4x100m relay team and also a silver in Atlanta in 1996 in the same event.
Additionally, joining Rowland in Monaco will be top six 100-meter finishers Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey, Michael Rodgers, Doc Patton and Trell Kimmons in addition to invitees Jeff Demps, Maurice Mitchell and Wallace Spearmon.
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