Masters Annual Reports - West Region, 2005
Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca 92688
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The Masters West Region
Track & Field Championships were held July 23rd and
24th 2005 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. This site
proved once again to be a draw with 280 athletes entered in the meet. The
Nationals in Hawaii and the World Championships in Spain, which were held within
30 days of our event, most certainly affected our numbers, which were down 55
athletes from last year. Last year was an Olympic year and we used this Olympic
training site for the first time and had a record 335 athletes. The good news is
that even though the numbers were down a bit they were still much higher than
the average 225 which has been our average for this meet for years. We had
plenty of excellent officials although in the Javelin the presiding officials
only measured the longest throw of each competitor, which actually cost one
athlete a record. The SO Cal Track Club provided the meet volunteers again this
year for the meet and the meet schedule stay within a half hour of the schedule
and actually caught back up by mid meet the first day and the meet stayed on
schedule the second day. We added a Wheel Chair Exhibition event for the first
time this year that was well received. We did have one flaw in the meet, which
was very disappointing. The wind gage that was provided by the timing company we
used was working when the meet started on Sat. but was not working for the 100m
later that day (everyone seemed to be quite comfortable with the wind being over
the allowable for Sat.). The assumption was made that it was a battery problem.
Batteries were brought for the next day and we tried to put them in. The screws
in the wind gage housing were rusted and could not be removed. We had two times
run that would have been records if they had been recorded with allowable wind.
The wind was definitely blowing that day, but since winds change from one moment
to the next it is difficult to say whether these times would have been wind
aided or not.
Championships within the Region
Association did not put on a Masters Track & Field Championship.
California did not put on a Masters Track & Field Championship.
Mexico did have a very small Masters Championship.
Arizona did have a successful Masters Track & Field Association
Hawaii did have a Masters Track & Field Association
Pacific Association had an outstanding Association Championships (I was
Joy Upshaw- Margerum as first year meet director deserves a lot of
San Diego Imperial had a very successful Association Championship. (I was
Southern California had a Masters Association Championship that was
the inadequate number of officials and a meet schedule that got over two
behind schedule. (I was there)
goal for this year was to strengthen my relationship with my local
Association office. I did that by becoming the Masters Vice President
Southern California association.
goal that was reached this year was to gain some Association support for the Masters
West Region Track & Field Championships. Five hundred dollars was
Contributed to the meet this year. This allowed us to have an announcer
for the two
established a 3 race Cross Country series in the Southern California
will be looking to host Regional and National Cross Country Championships
in the very near future.
will have a Masters Track & Field Grand Prix with 5,000 in prize money which
Which will be held in summer of 2006.
The goal will continue to be gaining more meets in the Region and higher
participation levels in
the meets and in the sport. Also encouraging more
grow through local clubs at the grass roots level.
One major goal for 2006 is presenting a bid for the Southern California
Association to host the 2009 Masters National Outdoor Track and Field
Championship at Azusa Pacific University.