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Masters Track & Field Report for December

December 2002
George Mathews

Master Track & Field continues to support the premise that track & field is a lifetime sport. In 2002, we have had centenarian, Everett Hosack, breaking many world records. We are a grass roots committee that derives our base from the local association level. We provide competitive opportunities for athletes at local, regional and national venues at high levels of participation and performance.

We are particularly appreciative of the support of the national office as well as the wonderful administrative leadership and volunteers who helped make 2002 a successful year.

Administrative Leadership

This is the second year that the current elected officers have been in place and working effectively with our executive committee and all members of Masters Track & Field. We believe that communication has improved and look forward to defining our goals and increasing our membership in 2003.

Masters participation in the USATF Board of Directors hopefully has made a contribution to the organization and has allowed masters athletes to be represented.

National Championships

The 2002 Indoor Championships returned to the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston for the sixth time since 1997. Boston will host this championships again in 2003 and 2004. Despite some concerns about air travel after the Sept. 11 tragedy, 810 athletes participated in the championships. Twenty-six world and 18 U.S. pending age-group records were broken or established.

The 2002 35th Outdoor Championships again returned (after being held there in 1998) to the Clarence Becket Family Track & Field Facility at the University of Maine, Orono, for an outstanding competition. One thousand-sixty-two athletes from almost every state participated and broke or established nine world and 25 U.S. pending age-group records. These championships will be held in Eugene, Ore., in 2003 and Decatur, Ill., in 2004.

Regional Championships

Outdoor regional championships were held in six out of our seven regions. One indoor regional championships was held, in our Mid-America Region (Colorado State University). We need more venues to provide indoor championships in other regions.

The Championship Games Committee under the fine leadership of Sandy Pashkin, with funding realized by the Championships surcharge, has done a fantastic job overseeing the conduct of our major indoor and outdoor championships.

The Awards Committee under the new leadership of Phil Byrne has instituted new policies and procedures that have been favorably received by the membership.

For many years our rankings have been prepared by Jerry Wojcik and many hard working volunteers. We want to thank them all for the great job they have done. In 2003, Dave Clingan will take over the outdoor rankings with a dynamic internet format that will also be published in the National Masters News as well.

Thanks to all who helped make our sport thrive in 2002.

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