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Trojans hire Olympic medalist

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on September 22, 2011 1:48 PM

MOC Sports Information

MOUNT OLIVE -- LaTasha Colander Clark, who earned an Olympic gold medal and was part of a world-record relay team, has been added as an assistant track and field coach at Mount Olive College.

Clark will assist with the Trojan runners and hurdlers.

Clark anchored the USA 4x400 meter relay team, which took home the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In addition, she competed in the 400 meters at the 2000 Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials in the event. In 2004, Clark won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

In 2000, Clark ran the second leg of the 4x200 meter relay team at USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. Her relay team set a world record with a time of 1:27.46. In 2001, Clark won the 100 meters at the USA Outdoor Championship. In 2005, she qualified to be a part of Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where she made it to the 200-meter finals, placing fifth.

Clark has enjoyed at success at every level during her athletic career. She won the USA Juniors 100-meter hurdles, and finished second in the World Juniors in 1994 with a personal best of 13.30 seconds.