Category Archives: Feature Friday

Feature Friday: Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger


Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger is a Heptathlete and the current Canadian National Champion in the heptathlon. She was born in Waterloo, Ontario and is a Notre Dame Alumna. Her honors and awards include:

IAAF Capital Cup, World Combined Events Challenge Series (Ottawa, ON), Bronze Medalist, 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, ON), Athletics Ontario Year End Awards, Ontario Heptathlete of the Year, Canadian National Championsips (Moncton, NB), Bronze Medalist- Heptathlon, Francophonie Games (Nice, France)Silver Medalist- Heptathlon, Athletics Ontario Year End Awards, Ontario Heptathlete of the Year, NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships (Boise, Idaho), Bronze Medalist- Pentathlon, First-Team All-American. Continue reading Feature Friday: Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger

Feature Friday: Jahvid Best


Jahvid Best is a former American football running back of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of California, setting several school records, including most all-purpose yards in a single season and most rushing yards in a single game. Jahvid also led the Pac-10 in total rushing yards in 2008. He is now a professional track and field athlete specializing in the 100m and 200m events. He was a standout track athlete in high school for both events, ranked as one of the best high school athletes in the country, respectfully.

Jahvid Best

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Feature Friday: Dominique “Domo” Booker

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Dominique “Domo” Booker was born February 10th, 1992 to Martin and Stefani Booker. Both of her parents were stellar track and field athletes in high school, college and even on the professional level. She has four brothers, all of which have participated in track and field or are still participating. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She now trains at Altis in hopes of perfecting her craft and becoming a stand out track athlete.



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Feature Friday: Jarvis Harris



Jarvis Harris is an American 400-meter hurdler originating from the small town of Ama, LA (just outside New Orleans, LA). Having graduated from Harvard University in May of 2015 with a degree in Bioengineering, he is now residing in Phoenix, AZ training at ALTIS as he dedicates himself to prepare for the US Olympic Trials. While at school, he was a three-time Ivy League Champion, a four-time NCAA Regional Qualifier, and Captain of Harvard University Men’s Track & Field team.


Feature Friday: Tori Polk


Tori Polk a native of Waco, TX and a graduate of Texas Tech University with degrees in both Accounting and General Business, is an American Professional World Class Track and Field athlete specializing in the Long Jump. Tori is also the creator and founder of Polk Apparel, an apparel company that specializes in elite, individual and group uniforms. Her Awards and Honors include:

  • Represented the United States of America in the 2011, 2013, 2014 World Championships
  • 2014 Long Jump World Championship Finalist (5th), Sopot, Poland
  • 2014 Long Jump USA National Champion, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2013 Long Jump World Championship Finalist (8th), Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 Long Jump USA National Silver Medalist, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011 Long Jump World Championship Qualifier, Deagu, Korea
  • 2011 Long Jump Pan American Games Finalist (7th), Guadalajara, Mexico



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Feature Friday: Stephon Pamilton

IMG_0147Stephon Pamilton is an American sprinter specializing in the 400m dash and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumni. He was born and raised in the urban areas of Jacksonville, FL with his mother, Ernell Townsend, and younger brother until his late teens. He became a young father during high school, having his first child at the age of 17, and his last at age 21 with a total of 4 children. Throughout his life, his small family has always been a drive behind his endeavors, whether succeeding academically or athletically. Stephon’s personal honors and awards include 3x Bethune-Cookman University MVP, 4x NCAA All-Region, 4x NCAA All American, 6x All-Conference, and 4x Big Ten 400m Champion.


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Feature Friday: Marvellous “Marvie” Iheukwumere

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Marvellous “Marvie” Iheukwumere is a Nigerian 100m/200m sprinter who has a passion for helping people and using her talents to glorify God. Born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, she moved to Austin, Texas in 2001. Marvellous graduated from Columbia University (class of 2014) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her honors include: 2014 Nigerian Nationals Finalist (200), 8x Ivy League Conference Champion, 2x NCAA Division I Qualifier, 2x NCAA Division I Academic All-American, 2014 NCAA Ivy League Woman of the Year, 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, 2012-2014 Mellon Mays Research Fellow, and the 2012 New Balance Armory Women’s College Athlete of the Year. Marvellous currently holds the school record in the 100 m dash and her 60, 100, and 200 m times are on the all-time Ivy League lists. Aside from her athletic achievements, she also graduated in the top 10% of her class and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.


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Feature Friday: Ese Okoro

 “Sometimes you have to be knocked down to be built back up into a better and stronger structure, that’s life” how else do you grow? From the ground and up” Ese Okoro


Ese Okoro is a British 400m hurdler who was born in Birmingham, England on July 4th. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters, one includes her twin sister. Her father used to hold the Nigerian high jump record and her mother was a talented basketball player (she was the first 16 year old to play for England). Ese graduated from Middlesex University (BA Law undergrad degree) and Iowa State (Masters Program of Interdisciplinary Studies). During her time at Iowa State, she earned 2nd team All-American x2 (2012-2013) and 1st team All-American honors (2014), Big 12 athlete of the week (2014), 6th place finisher at European Junior Championship, Big 12 Indoor 600yard Champion (2013), 3rd place finisher at Big 12 Outdoors Championships (400mH), Drake Relays Champion 400mH (2013), 2nd place finisher Big 12 Outdoor Championships (2014. 400mH), Commonwealth Games 400mH (2014) , and NCAA Outdoor Championships 2012, 2013, 2014.


“I needed to realize track didn’t define me and I had other talents than just track.”


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Feature Friday: Frankie Wright


What motivates me to be great is when someone tells me I CAN’T do something that I KNOW I’m capable of doing because I believe in myself and strive to prove them wrong.

Frankie Wright is an American 400 meter sprinter. Born and raised in Westside Baltimore City, MD, where his family and community have been a major support system throughout his career. He is a Barton County Community College (Associates) and The University of Oklahoma (Undergraduate and Masters) Alum. His achievements and honors include 3x Long Jump State Champion (MD), 2x Triple Jump State Champion (MD), 4 x 200m State Record Holder 4x200m (MD), 2x Performer of the Year (MD), 2x Featured on MD High School Sports Show, Big XII Long Jump Indoor Champion 2007 (OU), Indoor World Gold Medalist 4x400m relay.


I always had the goal in life to be someone that other people could look up to.  

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