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Masters Track and Field Annual West Region Report, 2008
for the Reno Convention

1. West Region Championships

The Masters West Region Track & Field Championships were held July 12-13 at Cal State University San Marcos in northern San Diego County. Hampton Inn served as the host hotel and extended a special rate for our athletes. The officiating was once again top-flight this year. Attendance was down about 30 athletes from the previous year. Likely because of the weaker economy, we didn’t have as many athletes from Arizona as we usually do. So Cal Fleet Feet Track Club again hosted the meet, which ran on-time and efficiently. Several athletes sent e-mails, praising the organization of the meet. The meet announcer once again was Bill Fitzpatrick, whose commentary added to the meet. Ample volunteers made check-in and awards go smoothly, so just about everyone went home happy at the end of each day. We again awarded large, detailed medals and offered a meet T-shirt personalized with competitor names printed on the back. West Region Championship records were set by: Gerry Davison (W85 100 meters, 200, 800); Sumi Onodera-Leonard (W80 100, 200); Nadine O’Connor (W65 pole vault); Linda Cohn (W55 triple jump, javelin); Rita Hanscom (W50 long jump); Jai Black (W45 400); Leland McPhie (M90 high jump, long jump, triple jump); Tom Patsalis (M85 triple jump); Carl Flowers (M60 triple jump); and Arthur Parry (M60 pole vault).

Association Championships within the Region

Arizona held/did not hold an Association Championship.

Hawaii held an Association Championship July 19-20 in conjunction with the Aloha State Games. This is primarily a youth meet, and Masters events are offered.

Nevada did not hold an Association Championship for Masters.

Central California did not hold an Association Championship for Masters.

Pacific Association Masters Championships were held June 22 at Los Gatos High.

San Diego-Imperial Association held its Association Championships on June 28 at Cal State University San Marcos.

Southern California Association Masters Championships were held June 14 Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

New Mexico Association Masters and Open Championships were held July 26.

Association Masters Track and Field Chairs

Southern California Association:
Mark Cleary
runnermark@cox.net
(949) 589-0242

Pacific Association:
Joy Upshaw-Margerum
coachjoy@sbcglobal.net
(510) 816-8009

San Diego/Imperial Association:
Graeme Shirley
theshirleys@abac.com

Central California Association: None

Arizona Association:
James Smith
James@azflames.com
(408) 726-1613

Nevada Association: None

New Mexico Association;
David Lopez david_lopez42@msn.com

Hawaii Association:
Kevin Kruszona
(808) 237-8937

2. Region Goals

• The goal to strengthen the relationship with the Southern California Association has been furthered by my serving a fourth year on the Association Board.
• In 2009, we want to start an annual track and field clinic, held each November, offering instruction in running, jumping, throwing and walking events.
• The Region’s goal is to host the USATF National Masters Track and Field Championships in 2011 or 2012. The advantage of hosting the 2011 Nationals in Southern California would be to schedule the meet within two weeks prior to the World Championships in Sacramento. This should be very attractive to foreign athletes coming in to compete in the Worlds. We should gain several entries for the Nationals. We hope that the Board and voting delegates would support such a bid.
• Some Associations in the Region are not hosting Masters Track & Field Championships. This is a requirement for their Association accreditation. My goal is to hold these Associations accountable and push the USATF National office to put these Associations, which are not meeting this standard, on probation, which could cause them to lose their voting rights at the annual convention unless they come into compliance by the following year.

Respectfully submitted. Mark Cleary
Masters Track and Field West Region Coordinator
18 Charca
Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688
runnermark@cox.net

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