Gary Aldrich says he’s not a patient person, but he knows good things come to those who wait. When the CMU track coach steps off the plane in Tokyo later this month, his Olympic dream, deferred more than a year ago thanks to COVID-19, will finally come true.
Linh Nguyen is in his second season as the Emory University women’s and men’s cross country and track & field teams. He led the Eagles’ women’s cross country team to a regional title and garnered South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2019.
Olukemi “Kemi” Ogundiran is a sophomore track and field student-athlete at Case Western Reserve University. She is a pre-med student majoring in biochemistry. Ogundiran is the Vice President of Finance for the school’s Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) and vice president of CWRU for Autism Acceptance.
Eka Jose is a senior track student-athlete at Washington University, double majoring in biology and anthropology: global health and environment. She swept the triple jump titles at the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2019.
Virginia Brown, a member of the Emory cross country and track and field programs, unexpectedly found herself in the middle of a historic and chaotic day on Jan. 6 in Washington, DC.
Debarati Bhanja graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in neurobiology while competing in track and field. She is currently a medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. Bhanja won the long jump at the 2016 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and swept the 400-meter dash at the UAA indoor and outdoor championships during her senior season.
Jerrion Benjamin (now Forrester), a 1996 graduate of Brandeis University, is an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was elected to the Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2019 after earning four All-America honors, including a runner-up finish at the 1994 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Ola Owodunni is a sophomore track and field student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon University. She is double majoring in biology and psychology.
Washington University in St. Louis Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama announced that Kelli Blake has resigned from her position of assistant coach and assistant sports performance coach for the cross country and track & field programs.
Caira Watson-Haynes is a senior student-athlete on the Washington University women's track and field team. She was named the Women's Most Outstanding Performer in running events at the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.