2012 London Olympics: USA Track & Field Features Five Virginia Natives

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 28: LaShawn Merritt of United States competes in the men's 400 metres heats during day two of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 28, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Despite the withdrawal of Debbie Dunn of Maryland due to performance enhancing drugs, the extended Washington D.C. area is well represented on Team USA's group of track and field athletes.

After the excitement from the pool dies down and the swimmers are no longer the spotlight at the Olympics, the track will become the main stage and all eyes will be on several track athletes. One athlete that won't be competing in the games, though, will be Debbie Dunn of Maryland.

Dunn withdrew from the games earlier in the month after testing positive for a synthetic testosterone in a drug test earlier in the summer. But even without Dunn in London, the Team USA track and field team still has several athletes from the extended Washington D.C. area in competition.

Between the states of Virginia and Maryland, six athletes will compete in track and field. LaShawn Merritt, Lacy Janson, Francena McCorory, Kellie Wells and T'Erea Brown all hail from Virginia with each of the latter three attending Hampton University. The sixth athlete, Matt Centrowitz of Annapolis, MD, will compete in the 1500m.

For more information and coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, stay tuned to this StoryStream or go visit SBNation.com.

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