2008 USA Track & Field Annual Meeting
Menís Long Distance Running
December 4, 2008
Attendees: Executive Committee Members: Glenn Latimer (Chair), Mark Winitz
(Secretary), Philip Greenwald (Treasurer), Fasil Bizuneh, Dan Browne, Creigh
Kelley, Brian Mastel, David Martin, Ed Moran, George Regan, Tomy Sitton, Allan
A quorum was present.
Guests: Bob Latham (Champs Subcommittee), Scott Simmons (Champs
Subcommittee), Bob Sevene (Team Selector), John Tope (Team Selector), Bill Roe
(USATF President), Fred Finke (LDR Division Chair), Chris Boinie, Greg Evans,
Brian Jones, David Katz, Jean Knaack, Ron Pate, Jerry Quiller, Lil Mahoney, Mike
Sayenko, Dave Shrock. Alemena Monique White.
- Call to Order: Menís LDR Chair Glenn Latimer convened the meeting
at 11:10 a.m.
- Roll Call
- Introductions: The Chair confirmed two new Executive Committee
members (Brian Mastel and Carey Pinkowski. The Chair and Dan Browne reaffirmed
the LDR athletes on the Executive Committee.
- Agenda Amendments/Additions: The Secretary asked for any
additions or amendments to the agenda. The agenda was approved without any
additions or amendments.
- Approve Minutes: The Secretary asked for any amendments to the
2007 Executive Committee minutes. The minutes were approved without any
- Housekeeping: The Chair explained the Annual Meeting expense
reimbursement process for Executive Committee members.
- Continuing the MLDR Path: The Chair reported that our menís long
distance runners and teams had a very good year. The depth in the menís LDR
ranks continues to grow, the Menís LDR Championships were successful, and there
was more prize money than ever before offered via the USA Running Circuit.
- USATF Organizational Restructuring: The Chair briefly explained
that the USATF Board has approved restructuring and explained the process in
which the USATF delegation would receive information about the restructuring
package and vote on the measures.
- 2008 Elections: The Chair and Secretary briefly explained the
nominating and elections process for Menís LDR Chair and how the election will
be conducted in the Menís LDR General Session. It was noted that the elected
Menís LDR Chair must subsequently be approved by the USATF Board if the USATF
delegation passes restructuring measures. The process, and times, for the
election of the USATF President and LDR Division Chair were also explained.
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to have
the three candidates for USATF President participate in a short ďcandidates
forumĒ in the MLDR General Session.
- 2012 Olympic Trials-Menís Marathon Bids and Selection
Process: RFP's will go out in Spring, '09. A MLDR subcommittee, including 50%
athletes, will review the proposals/bids. A selection will be made and forwarded
to Fred Finke, which will, in turn, go the National Office/CEO for approval. A
preliminary target for announcing the host/site is summer, 2009.
- USATF Distance Project and Grant Process for U.S. Distance Runners: In the
absence of Jim Estes, this informational item was deferred to the Menís LDR
- USA Teams - 2008 Review: Allan Steinfeld reported on the IAAF World Half
Marathon Championships in Rio de Janeiro. There were tight flights/arrivals for
three athletes. The U.S. menís team placed 10th. John Tope reported on the
International Chiba Ekiden. He noted that it was a good learning experience, in
particular, for our young athletes. He suggested that improvements can be made
in the process for selecting team relay legs.
Tomy Sitton volunteered to create a team leaderís
manual that could be used for both menís and womenís teams. Details pertaining
to specific trips can be posted online.
The Chair felt that restructuring will not affect
the process for selecting team leaders.
Mike Sayenko reported on the Marathon
International Team Challenge at the AT&T Austin Marathon. Each team had four
members, with the top three scoring by place. Team USA won.
Creigh Kelley proposed offering appearance
fees/stipends for athletes competing on international teams, noting that some
federations support their athletes in this way. He suggested that U.S. Road
Championships which serve as selection races might fund these appearance
fees/stipends. Discussion followed. The Chair asked Creigh to work on details of
this proposal with input from athletes and others, including Jack Wickens (USATF
Foundation Board Member).
- Future Major Events: The following future major events were briefly
discussed: 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships (Jordan), 2009 IAAF World
Championships in Athletics (Germany), 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championship
- 2012 Olympic Trials-Menís Marathon Qualifying Standards : The following
standards, which were established at last yearís Annual Meeting, were
reiterated: 2:19:00 (marathon) / 1:05:00 (half marathon) / 28:30.00
(10,000m-track). Full details are available on the USATF web site at:
- Cross Country Report: The 2008 USA Cross Country Championships/World Team
Trials in San Diego, CA were a success. The full cross country report was
deferred to the Menís LDR General Session.
- 2008 Menís LDR Committee Awards: The Secretary announced the winners of the
annual awards bestowed by Menís LDR. (See the MLDR General Session minutes of
2008-12-4 for details).
- USATF Bylaws and Rules Amendments: Mark Winitz (MLDR representative on the
Law & Legislation Committee) reported that this yearís legislative activities
are primarily related to USOC-mandated restructuring of USATF. Committee members
were encouraged to attend the informational sessions regarding the restructuring
Phil Greenwald (MLDR representative on the Rules
Committee) provided a brief report of proposed rules amendments impacting LDR.
Regarding proposed rules amendment item 73 (requiring athletes who achieve a
national record at distances recognized by the IAAF for records to submit to a
drug test at the end of the event, and pass the test, for record ratification):
The Executive Committee voiced approval, however recommended that, if passed,
the effective date of actuation of the new rule should be July 1, 2009 to give
events (where national records might occur) time to implement doping control in
accordance with IAAF rules and procedural guidelines.
- 2008 Menís LDR Championships and 2009 Championship Schedule: Bob Latham
reported on the 2008 MLDR championships. He also discussed the 2009 MLDR
championship selections and beyond. A motion was made to accept the 2009
championship slate, seconded, and unanimously passed. (See the MLDR General
Session minutes of 2008-12-6 for details).
The remaining agenda items were deferred to the MLDR General Session.
The meeting adjourned at 12:58 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Mark Winitz, Secretary