1. Felix, Merritt among IAAF World Athlete of the Year finalists
2. Youth track and field contributor Morton Diamond passes away
3. Moat, Lyons win USA Trail Marathon Championships
Felix, Merritt among IAAF World Athlete of the Year finalists
Three-time London Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix and world record holder and London gold medalist Aries Merritt are among the three female and three male finalists for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award the organization announced this week.
Felix joins New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams and Great Britain heptathlete Jessica Ennis while Merritt joins Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt among the list of finalists. The winners will be announced on stage during a special awards ceremony as part of the IAAF Century Celebrations, which is scheduled for November 24 in Barcelona.
Felix and Merritt were chosen from an initial voting that included 10 female and 10 male nominees.
Felix became the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games with wins in the 200m, 4x400m and running a leg on the world record setting 4x100m. It was the first individual Olympic gold in a career for Felix that has now included 16 Olympic and World Championships medals. She also set the Olympic Trials record in the 200m and ran the fourth fastest time in American history in 21.69.
Merritt’s 2012 season included a World Indoor title, Olympic gold and shattering the world record in the 110m hurdles. In 2012 he recorded the seven fastest times in the world and his eight sub-13-second races stands as the most ever in one single season. After winning gold in London, Merritt went on to crush Dayron Robles’ world record of 12.87 in Brussels with his time of 12.80.
Youth track and field contributor Morton Diamond passes away
Morton Diamond, president and founder of the Maryland Track & Field Development Association and longtime youth track and field contributor, died Saturday following a battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Diamond serviced the track and field community most of his life. For 25 years the Maryland Track & Field Development Association conducted the East Coast Invitational Track & Field Championships, which were regarded as one of the more popular youth track meets in the country. He was a six-year president of USA Track & Field’s Potomac Valley Association and was a certified masters field events official. In 2001 Diamond was honored at the USATF Annual Meeting with the President’s Award for his years of service and leadership.
Diamond attended Adelphi University where he was a member of the track team and graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was inducted into the Adelphi Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made in Diamond’s memory to Tuttie’s Place, which is a group of owner-operated residential group of homes for adolescent males he co-founded in 1998.
Moat, Lyons win USA Trail Marathon Championships
Cody Moat (Fillmore, Utah) and Kerri Lyons (Salt Lake City, Utah) won the USA Trail Marathon Championships on Saturday in Moab, Utah. This was the first year the championships were hosted by the Project Athena Moab Trail Marathon.
The runners faced a technical and challenging course with sand, rocky slopes and sections of trail that required fixed ropes.
Moat ran away from the men’s field to win in 3:08:26 with a margin of more than six minutes over his nearest competitor. Justin Ricks (Pueblo West, Colo.) finished second in 3:14:40, and Jason Bryant (Elkin, N.C.) took third in 3:17:07.
Although she is a relative rookie with only one previous marathon and two trail races under her belt, Lyons was able to capture the win in 3:27:48. Megan Kimmel (Silverton, Colo.) finished third in 3:32:08, and Michele Suszek (Littleton, Colo.) was third in 3:37:12.
For more information and complete results of the USA Trail Marathon Championships, visit www.usatf.org.