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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 11


1. 15 meet records fall at Texas Relays
2. American race walkers qualify for IAAF World Cup
3. McNees takes the plunge
4. Willie May passes away

15 meet records fall at Texas Relays
Throughout the four days of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, more than 39,000 spectators witnessed a total of 15 meet record fall at the Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Fresh off her World Indoor title in the 400 meters, Sanya Richards-Ross blew away the field in the 100m in a wind-aided (2.9) time of 10.89.

Annually the Texas Relays gives away outstanding performance awards. Winning awards over the weekend included: LSU women (Most Outstanding College Team); DeSoto boys (Most Outstanding High School Team); Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU (Most Outstanding College Athlete); Shelbi Vaughan, Mansfield Legacy, and Marvin Bracy, Boone (Most Outstanding High School Athletes).

American race walkers qualify for IAAF World Cup
A total of 16 competitors took part in the IAAF World Cup Team Trials Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Spots were on the line for Team USA for the 25th IAAF World Race Walking Cup, scheduled for May 12-13 in Saransk, Russia, in both the 10 km and 20 km events.

On the men’s side, Trevor Barron was the top American finisher in the 20 km event in a time of 1:22:13. He will be joined at the World Cup by Tim Seaman, Patrick Stroupe, Nick Christie and Dan Serianni. At the 10 km distance, Alejandro Chavez lead the Americans Sunday with a time of 46:06.3 and will be joined by Michael Nemeth, Jonathan Hallman and Nathaniel Roberts on Team USA.

In the women’s 20 km, Maria Michta grabbed the win Sunday in a time of 1:35:56. She will be joined on Team USA by Erin Gray, Lauren Forgues, Katie Burnett and Solomiya Login. Also In the women’s 10 km, Maite Moscoso and Abby Dunn each qualified for the World Cup.   

McNees takes the plunge
USATF interim CEO/COO Mike McNees has added some gold to his medal collection – a wedding band. A USATF executive since 2009, McNees married Hazel Tenorio at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, on March 31. A native of Costa Rica, Hazel is a certified medical translation teacher and linguist as well as a certified firefighter. Mike and Hazel are currently fending off spider monkeys and exploring the rainforest. They plan to return to Indianapolis without any debilitating injuries later this week.

Willie May passes away at the age of 75
1960 Olympic 110-meter hurdles silver medalist Willie May died Wednesday after losing a battle with amlyoidosis, which is a rare blood disease. He was 75. 

May ran 13.99 seconds to win his silver medal at the Rome Olympic Games and finished just one-hundredth of a second behind American gold medalist Lee Calhoun. May also won a silver medal at the 1963 Pan American Games.

A seven-time Big Ten Conference champion at Indiana University, May began working at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) in 1967 and served as physical education teacher and head boys track and field coach in addition to his role as athletic director during his tenure.

He took over as head boys track coach at ETHS in 1975 and led the school to 26 CSL Conference championships, which included a run of 24 consecutive conference titles from 1976 until 1999. He retired as head coach in 2006.

May was inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame (2000), the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007) and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and was named the greatest athlete in the history of Blue Island High School, where he attended.

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