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    INDIANAPOLIS – Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Xavier Carter, Allen Johnson, Stacy Dragila, Tyson Gay, Ginnie Powell and Reese Hoffa are just a few of the U.S. stars expected to compete Sunday at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, Calif.

    The second event of USA Track & Field's 2007 Outdoor Visa Championship Series, the adidas Track Classic, will begin at noon PDT on May 20 at The Home Depot Center and will be broadcast live on ESPN from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PDT (4 p.m.-6 p.m. Eastern). Events to be contested include the women's 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m, 2 mile, 100m hurdles and pole vault and the men's 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin and shot put.

    The reigning world and Olympic champion, Jeremy Wariner will take on a strong field in the men's 400 meters. Challengers include 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Derrick Brew, 2005 World silver medalist Andrew Rock and 2005 NCAA champion Darold Williamson. These four athletes comprised the 4×400-meter relay team that won gold at the 2004 Olympics and 2005 World Championships.

    The men's 200m field is stacked with three of the top five men in the world last year plus the reigning Olympic gold medalist. 2006 NCAA 100m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m relay champion Xavier Carter, who ran the second-fastest time in history last year, leads the field. He is followed closely by 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Wallace Spearmon, who ran the third-fastest time in history in 2006, #5 world-ranked LaShawn Merritt and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford.

    The men's 110m hurdles features five of the top ten hurdlers in the world. 1996 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Allen Johnson will face off against two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell, American record-holder Dominique Arnold, 2006 NCAA champion Aries Merritt and #7 world-ranked David Oliver. For the 2006 campaign, Johnson was ranked #2 in the world while Trammell, Arnold and Merritt were ranked #4, #5 and #6 respectively.

    Women's pole vault legend Stacy Dragila will continue her comeback Sunday. The 2000 Olympic gold medalist will face America's rising star, 2006 U.S. Outdoor champion Jenn Stuczynski. Dragila holds the American record and four times has ranked #1 in the world while Stuczynski ended her 2006 campaign ranked #6 in the world (#1 U.S.) by Track & Field News.

    One of the events to keep an eye on will be the women's 100m hurdles headlined by reigning world champion Michelle Perry and 2006 U.S. and NCAA champion Ginnie Powell. Also watch for 2007 U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones and #9 world-ranked Jenny Adams.

    2004 NCAA champion Tyson Gay headlines the men's 100m. Gay completed his 2006 season ranked #2 in the world over 100m and became the fastest 100m-200m combo runner in history. Also entered are 2004 Olympic 200m silver medalist Bernard Williams and last year's adidas Track Classic winner Marcus Brunson, ranked #4 in the world for 2006.

    2005 World Outdoor champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix will face 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Rachelle Smith and 2004 Olympian Muna Lee in the women's 200m. Felix was ranked #1 in the world last year at 200m by T&FN, she also was #6 in the world at 100m, while Smith was ranked #6 globally at 200m.

    Four of the top ten men's shot putters are set to compete, led by 2006 World Indoor champion and #1 world-ranked Reese Hoffa. There to challenge him will be 2004 World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell, 2005 World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson and 2004 NCAA Indoor champion Dan Taylor, ranked #2, #6 and #8 in the world for 2006 respectively.

    In the women's 100m, 2003 World champion Torri Edwards is set to battle 2006 World Indoor champion Lisa Barber and 2005 NCAA champion Marshavet Hooker. Barber ended her 2006 campaign ranked #3 in the world while Edwards was ranked #4.

    Other notables to keep your eye on include seven-time U.S. champion Breaux Greer in the men's javelin, 2004 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter in the women's 400m, 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist James Carter in the men's 400m hurdles and two-time U.S. 10,000m champion Abdi Abdirhman in the men's 3,000m.

    Tickets, from $40 (finish line) down to $10, are now available by calling Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232 or visiting http://www.Ticketmaster.com. For group sales, call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS. USATF welcomes you to pay with your Visa.

    For more information on the adidas Track Classic, visit http://www.adidastrackclassic.com. For information on the Visa Championship Series, visit http://www.visachampionshipseries.com.

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