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Hightower named chair of IAAF Conflict Resolution Advisory Group


INDIANAPOLIS -- IAAF Council Member and USATF President Stephanie Hightower has been appointed by IAAF President Sebastian Coe to serve as chair of the IAAF Conflict Resolution Advisory Group.


Advisory groups have been developed by Coe in an effort to address specific, strategic areas within international track and field that he wishes to improve and modernize during his term as president.


“I am honored to chair this advisory group,” Hightower said. “The IAAF is in the midst of a transition under President Coe’s leadership. I look forward to meeting with this new group to help tackle some of the key issues facing track and field.”


Hightower in August was elected to IAAF Council as the highest vote-getter for one of six IAAF Council seats designated to be filled by women. Ten candidates stood for election. Receiving 163 votes, Hightower easily exceeded the 105 votes needed in the first round of balloting. She received the most votes of any candidate standing for a Council seat during the elections, and has since been elected Vice President of the NACAC region.

A world indoor and American outdoor record-setter in the women’s indoor hurdles and an Olympian, Hightower was elected president of USATF in 2008. She has led the federation’s efforts to better serve the sport of athletics internationally, working closely with IAAF leaders as well as colleagues in fellow federations. As an athlete, she was part of 10 U.S. international teams, and later was U.S. women’s team manager at the 2004 Olympic Games, assistant manager at the 1996 Games and U.S. team leader at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships. She was chef de mission at the 2003 IAAF World Championships and head team manager at the 1999 IAAF World Championships. She has served USATF committees in many capacities, including Athletes Advisory Committee and Women’s Track & Field, where she was chair.

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Jill Geer
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