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USATF recognizes Class of 2016 Officials Hall of Fame Inductees and Outstanding Officials Award Winners


ORLANDO -- As part of 2016 Annual Meeting, Jim Carlisle, Ed Gorman, Karen Krsak, Ginger Mulanax and Mary Onken were inducted into the USATF National Officials Committee Hall of Fame Friday evening for their years of contributions to the sport. The officials banquet program also honored outstanding achievements throughout the year.


USATF National Officials Committee Hall of Fame - Class of 2016


Jim Carlisle (USATF Southwestern) - Master level certification with 30 years of experience in field events as an Umpire and Referee or Member of the Jury of Appeals. Carlisle is also a National Technical Official and a Master Referee. He served as an Umpire at the 1996 Olympic Games, six Olympic Trials, over 25 national championships and more. When Carlisle became the Certification Chair for the Southwestern Association, there were approximately 250 certified officials. Under his leadership, that number grew to well over 400. He also set up numerous classroom clinics and developed on-site training at designated meets.


Ed Gorman (USATF Ohio) - Master Level Certification with 40 years of experience at all levels of track & field. On the track, Gorman primarily serves as Meet Referee. He is also an NTO. Gorman has served as Referee at six Olympic Trials, more than 27 USATF National Indoor & Outdoor Championships, five international meets and more. Gorman served on the Men’s Track & Field Committee for 12 years and has been its Chair for the past four years.


Karen Krsak (USATF Ohio) - Master Level Certification with over 24 years experience in track and field. Krsak officiates frequently as a Clerk and often Chief Clerk. She has been heavily involved with the Ohio Association, serving as its President for many years. She is a frequent clinician and a mentor to new officials. In addition, she has won the Patricia & Heliodoro Rico Lifetime Achievement Award and Charles Rutter Award for Outstanding Track Officiating.


Ginger Mulanax (USATF Ozark) - Master Level Certification with 27 years of experience as an Umpire, Long Jump Official and Race Walk Judge. Mulanax has experience in 2 Olympic Trials, 13 Youth and JO CHampionships, many National Race Walk Championships and more. She has been an active member of the Ozark Association and held many positions. In addition, she has served on the USATF Officials Evaluation Committee, the Race Walk Committee Executive Board and the USATF Accreditation Sub-Committee.


Mary Onken (USATF New York) - Master Level Certification with 34 years of experience in almost every event in track & field. Onken has been a Starter, Clerk, Umpire, an official at every field event and has served as Combined Event Coordinator and Referee. She has experience in 3 Olympic Trials as Heptathlon Coordinator, 8 Indoor National Championships as Combined Event Coordinator (Referee), 3 NCAA National Championships as Combined Events Referee. Onken has been the guiding force for the officials in New York for many years and been present at almost every event held in the area.

2016 USATF Officials Committee Outstanding Officials Awards


Lori Maynard Award, presented to an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of a truly dedicated race walk official, organizer and administrator - Maryanne Daniel (USATF Connecticut)


James Grey Award, which recognizes excellence and achievement by an individual who provides the leadership, sets the example and goes out his/her way to help in the development of another officials association and other USATF officials organizations - Richard H. Schornstein (USATF Colorado)


John Davis Award, which honors excellence and achievement by an individual who espouses through humanitarian efforts by leadership, fellowship and developmental welfare of others through USATF and its various special needs programs - Virginia R. Mulanax (USATF Ozark)


Charles Ruter Award, presented for the betterment and devotion to track and field officiating in the area of running events - Rory Osborne (USATF Pacific)


Horace Crow Jr. Award, honors devotion to track and field officiation in the area of field events - Richard R. Messenger (USATF West Virginia)


Andy Bakjian Award, given annually to an official providing outstanding service throughout a carer to the running sports by taking officiation of track and field to a higher level - Shirley O. Connors (USATF Pacific)

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