U.S. Elite International Track and Field Club was established in October 2005, and has since changed its name to U.S. Elite International Track and Field, Inc. (U.S. Elite) after incorporating under the state of Maryland and achieving its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a non-profit/charitable organization. The organization is a member of the United States Association of Track and Field (USATF) and the Potomac Valley Association in Maryland.
U.S. Elite is comprised of athletes who have a passion for the sport of track and field and wish to continue to excel in this sport during or after their collegiate years, as well as at-risk student-athletes at the high school level, seeking scholarship opportunities to continue their track and field and academic pursuits.
Our organization provides room for growth and promotes the physical wellbeing and welfare of individual athletes. The programs foster scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and ambassadors of physical fitness.
Executive Board Members
Ms. T. Thorpe founded U.S. Elite in October 2005 and launched its Track and Field Program that provides information and resources to benefit Elite Olympic Developmental and Olympic Development Athletes. Ms. Thorpe manages and oversees the Officers and programs of the organization. She has also been instrumental in developing programs for the organization and has helped to launch its Liaision International Program in 2007 and the Health & Wellness Program in June, 2010.
Credentials: College Professor, BSBA, MBA , PhD, USATF Certified Level I T&F Coach
Keishia Thorpe, Vice President and Liaison Director
Ms. K. Thorpe is the Co-founder and Vice President of U.S. Elite. She established the Liaison International Scholastic Program and currently serves as the Director of the program by helping at-risk student athletes obtain 100% scholarship awards and also assist in their matriculation process to college. Ms. Thorpe also oversees the Health and Wellness initiative.
Credentials: Educator, BA, MEd., USATF Certified Level II Track & Field Coach
AnnaKay Edwards, Director of International Affairs
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History of a Striving Team
U.S. Elite International Track and Field Club was established in October 2005. It was founded by Treisha and Keishia Thorpe after graduating college with hope of continuing their track and field career. They wanted to create a track and field club that did not only put together a schedule for competing athletes, but to create a structured program that would foster the athlete's need for success and to help them excel in the sport. This included using all necessary or available resources to ensure the athletes have organized practices, travel together, support each other through workouts and track meets, and have an effective mean of communication. Treisha and Keishia’s determination to create a place where athletes are able to focus on their individual growth, gave rise to U.S. Elite International Track and Field Club.
The founders were joined by former teammates, who worked closely together to make U.S. Elite successful. They all worked hard on promoting the team's mission and recruited more athletes to join them for the 2005-2006 track and field year. At the team’s first showing at the Penn Relays (2006), the 4x400m relay team took away the bronze medal in the Olympic Development section. Another notable achievement was when the team captured a second place win at the 2006 USATF East Regional with only nine athletes, triumphing over several veteran teams. "We anticipate that our club will be successful for years to come. This is only the beginning," the president remarked. U.S. Elite’s immediate goal was to increase membership for the 2006-2007 track and field year and acquire sponsorships for all their competing athletes.
Originally an all-women's team, U.S. Elite decided to start recruiting male members to join the team. Their recruiting began heavily in 2007 towards the outdoor season because of the high interest they received from numerous male athletes. Successfully, the team worked together and brought in enough male athletes just in time for their showing at the Penn Relays where the men competed and placed third in the OD Section of the 4x100m relays. The women also placed third in the OD Section of the 4x100m relays. At the 2007 USATF East Regional Championship, the team brandished twenty (20) male athletes. Both the male and female teams finished in an astounding third place.
The next stop for this thriving team was the 2007 USATF National Club Championships which was held at the Icahn Stadium, New York. The women placed 8th overall with notable performances as they shattered two records including the women's sprint medley relay and the 800m dash. The men also competed fiercely and won first place in the men's sprint medley relay, also breaking the meet record, and placing 7th overall. Other notable achievements included 2007 and 2008 US Indoor and Outdoor National Championships Qualifiers (Kira Sims, DeRico Tilley, Rondrick Parker), in 2010, Keith Anderson and Adam Durham, and in 2011 Adam Durham. In 2012, Adam Durham and Keishia Thorpe represented U.S. Elite as Olympic Trial Qulaifiers in their respective events. In March, 2014, Keishia Thorpe was three-time champion in the 60m, 200m, and 400m events at the USATF Masters Championships held in Boston, MA. The team was also represented by Rondrick Parker and Teniko White who both medaled in the 60m dash.
The founders are enjoying the success of their hard work and watching their team come to fruition. They have opened positions for Director of Operations, and for a male and female captain to help with the team's operations and programs. They also encourage the team's input as they believe that further success lies in participative leadership and getting everyone involved in carrying out the team's mission.
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