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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 21

News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 21
1. Team USA to compete at  IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Saturday
2. Lida named WMA Best Master of the World
3. Track athletes excel at bobsled push championships

Team USA to compete at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Saturday
Ten members of Team USA will race Saturday in Kavarna, Bulgaria, at the 20th edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The women will compete at 9:30 a.m. and the men at 11:00 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET, 4:00 a.m. ET). Live results will be available at:

At the IAAF press conference on Friday Shalane Flanagan spoke of her London Olympic experience saying, “Yes, I was a little heart-broken with my tenth place finish in the Olympics. I ran for a medal, but then fell apart in the last few miles, falling from fifth position to tenth. After my post-Olympic lull I wanted to come back and wear the U.S. uniform one last time for the year.

“I couldn’t think about this race until after the Olympics - It was another way to get excited and use my training from the marathon, and I hope to display here tomorrow something that maybe I didn’t in London and have a little bit of redemption from my disappointment in London.”

Team USA women
  • Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore) - 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist, American record-holder (10,000m, 3000m indoor, 5,000m indoor)
  • Maegan Krifchin (Dewitt, N.Y.) - 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships runner-up
  • Michelle Frey (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 3rd at 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships
  • Adriana Pirtea Nelson (Fort Collins, Colo.) - 2nd place at the 2007 Chicago Marathon, 10th at the 2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
  • Alvina Begay (Flagstaff, Ariz.) - 5th at 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships

Team USA men
  • Ed Moran (Williamsburg, Va.) - 2007 Pan-Am 5,000m champion, runner-up at 2010 USA 10 km Championships
  • Ian Burrell (Tucson, Ariz.) - 3rd at 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships
  • Michael Eaton (Bowling Green, Ky.) - 4th at 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships
  • Luke Puskedra (Eugene, Ore.) - Runner-up at 2012 USA 20 km Championships
  • Augustus Maiyo (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - 3rd at 2012 USA 20 km Championships

Lida named WMA Best Master of the World
After a remarkable masters track and field season that included three world championship titles and a total of five world records, sprinter Robert Lida (M75, Wichita, Kan.) will be the men’s recipient of the 2012 Best Masters of the World award, which will be presented at the IAAF Century Gala November 23-24 in Barcelona, Spain.

The award is given out annually by World Masters Athletics (WMA) and has previously included such legendary American names as Bill Collins and Phil Raschker. This is the first time Lida has won the award. 

Lida, who will turn 76 in November, had a stellar indoor season where he established age-group world records in the 60m (8.56), 200m (27.64) and 400m (1:03.90) along with winning gold medals in each event at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Jyvaskyla, Finland. His outdoor season was equally as impressive establishing world records in both the 100m (13.49) and 200m (27.73) and an American record in the 400m (1:05.08) all at the USA Outdoor Masters Track & Field Championships in August in Lisle, IL.

“This is the last thing in the world I was expecting. I was stunned,” Lida said of the honor. “This is an award that is given by the WMA and held at the ceremony for the IAAF. I understand they have invited a number of older athletes and all the winners from the Olympic Games. It’s a great year to be a part of it.”

The ceremony will be held as part of the IAAF Century Gala, which is helping to celebrate 100 years of the IAAF being in existence. Scheduled to also be in attendance are National Track & Field Hall of Fame members Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Edwin Moses, Dick Fosbury and Dan O’Brien, among others.

While it comes as a tremendous honor for Lida, competing in masters track and field is about more than winning awards for the Kansas resident.

“To me with winning awards and medals, there comes a point when it’s not about that anymore,” he said. “I am truly trying to break the age-grade curve. There will be a day when I get out and I look down at the stopwatch and it slows down. I think I can go until I am 80, but you never know what is going to happen to you.”

Track athletes excel at bobsled push championships
Olympians Tianna Madison, Hyleas Fountain and Lolo Jones took part in the Women’s Bobsled Push Championship on Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. as part of a field of 16 rookies and veterans.

Fountain was on the cusp of a top three finish with a total time of 10.01 seconds for fourth place. Madison tied veteran Emily Azevedo for fifth with a two-push combined time of 10.04, and Jones finished seventh with a total time of 10.11.

“I invited these ladies to attend this week's events as special guests so they could share their Olympic experiences with our athletes and to help boost team morale before heading into our competitive season," Women’s bobsled head coach Todd Hays said. "It's great to see talented athletes like this give back to their USA teammates.  And it's of course a great opportunity for a coach like me to test his recruitment skills by trying to get these athletes to commit to our sports. I'm not successful yet, but we'll see if we can entice them to give it a try."

The top time of the day came from Aja Evans who recorded push times of 4.84 and 4.81 seconds. Evans is a five-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion in the shot put from the University of Illinois.

Third place finisher Cherrelle Garrett also comes from a track and field background as a 100/200 meter sprinter from the University of California. She recorded a combined time of 9.99 seconds.

More information is available from USA Bobsled and Skeleton.

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