COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland assistant coach Danielle Siebert takes another step on the international coaching stage, while a new Terrapin will compete against her team later this month when the IAAF World Junior Championships will be hosted in Eugene, Ore., from July 22 to 27.
Siebert, a Terrapin alumna who ran track and cross country from 2002 to 2006, will serve as an event manager for the Team USA coaching staff in Eugene. In that role, she will coordinate schedules and meet-day operations for the athletes and coaches on the team.
“Essentially, I’m helping to make sure people are in the right place at the right time,” Siebert explained. “I’m looking forward to working on the world junior staff.
“Team USA has a great group of talented athletes selected to represent our country on an international stage, and I’m happy to be a part of this.”
Siebert served as an intern in the Maryland track and field program after graduation and recently finished her sixth season as an assistant coach, where she works primarily with middle-distance runners. She also serves as a specialist in operations for the track and field program, coordinating meets and providing organizational work for the program.
Eugene will be her second assignment with USA Track and Field as part of its international coaching program. She held the same position at the 2012 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Mexico.
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Siebert to gain experience working on an international stage,” said head coach Andrew Valmon, who utilized his international experience to the ultimate coaching position – head coach for the United States men at the 2012 London Olympic Games. “Serving on Team USA is an honor.”
The World Junior Championships in Eugene will be the first time this meet is held in the United States. The meet is organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations and is held every two years.
The best junior age (16-to-19) talent in the world this year includes an incoming University of Maryland student-athlete. Alexandra Lucki will represent Canada in the meet.
Lucki ran 4:27.65 in the women’s 1,500 at the Canadian Junior Championships in Quebec, earning one of two spots on the Canadian team. That same mark would rank among the Terps’ all-time top 10 in the 1,500.
Rising sophomore Micha Powell finished fourth in the women's 400 at the Canadian Juniors, missing a berth on that squad for the World Juniors.
Also for Maryland, All-America jumper Thea LaFond will compete for Dominica this summer at the Commonwealth Games. LaFond, who competes in the heptathlon, triple jump and high jump, will be a senior this fall for the Terrapins.
More information about the IAAF World Junior Championships is available at oregon14.com.