May 19, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field on Wednesday named Torri Edwards the 2003 USA outdoor champion in the women's 100 and 200 meters. She joins Bershawn Jackson in the men's 400-meter hurdles, Bruin great John Godina in the men's shot put and Anna Mahon in the women's hammer throw as newly named winners at the 2003 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Edwards' titles were announced Wednesday after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced a two-year ban for Kelli White, who had won the 100 and 200 at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships.
"It's tragic any time an athlete makes a choice to cheat, but we are glad Kelli is taking responsibility for her actions," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "We thank USADA and the federal government for their continued work in the fight against drugs. Their leadership makes USATF's Zero Tolerance goals achievable."
USADA previously announced two-year suspensions for 2003 USA champions Kevin Toth in the men's shot put and Melissa Price in the women's hammer throw for THG use; men's 400-meter hurdler Eric Thomas was disqualified for the use of stimulant modafinil.
"We congratulate Torri, John, Bershawn and Anna on their outstanding 2003 seasons," said Masback. "They are deserving of these national titles."
Edwards earns her first national titles and will defend those crowns at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. A three-time world champion, Godina, who had placed second behind Toth, now owns four U.S. outdoor titles, and 2002 USA junior champion Jackson picks up his first USA title.