USATF News & Notes: 11/9/2004

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    Two-time Olympic sprint medalist Lennox Miller died of cancer Monday in Pasadena, Calif. He was 58. Services are pending.

    An Olympic sprinter who won a silver medal in 1968 and a bronze in 1972 in the 100-meters for Jamaica, Miller was a member of two University of Southern California track and field NCAA championship teams and a part of the reigning world-record 440-yard relay squad.

    He is survived by his wife, Avril, and two daughters, Heather and Inger. A USC track alum herself, Inger won a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The 1999 World Outdoor Championships 200m gold medalist, Inger is also a two-time world outdoor 4x100m relay champion.

    Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Lennox Miller lettered for Trojan coach Vern Wolfe’s squad from 1967-69. He holds the school record for the 100-yard dash (9.2 seconds) and ran the anchor leg on USC’s sprint relay team that–along with Earl McCullouch, Fred Kuller and O.J. Simpson–won the 1967 NCAA title with a still-standing world record for 440 yards (38.6). Miller was the NCAA 100-yard dash runner-up in 1967 and the 100m champion in 1968 as the Trojans won NCAA team titles both years. Miller’s 47 career NCAA championship points is the third-best total in USC history.

    After the 1968 collegiate season, Miller competed for Jamaica at the Mexico City Olympics, winning the silver medal in the 100m dash. He set the world record in the indoor 100-yard dash in 1969, the same year he was USC’s team captain. He was ranked in the top three in the world in the 100-meter dash for three straight years (1967-69), then went on to win a 100m bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He remains one of the greatest sprinters in USC’s storied track and field history.

    Miller graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1973, then ran a successful dental practice in Pasadena for the next 30 years.

    Crawford, Trammell to appear on TV

    2004 Olympic men’s 200m gold medalist Shawn Crawford and two-time Olympic 110m hurdles silver medalist Terrence Trammell will be featured on upcoming television programs.

    Crawford, who ran the lead leg on Team USA’s silver medal winning 4x100m relay squad, will be joined by Trammell on BET’s Madd Sports on Saturday, November 20 at 9 a.m., EST. The program will be shown again November 21 at 2 a.m.

    Crawford also will appear on the Spirit of America Float during the 78th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The event may be seen on NBC live on November 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

    In addition, Crawford will present an award to the Athlete of the Year on November 30 on the Source Awards Show to be televised on BET. Check local listings for air times.

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