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11-26-2001

Volume 2, Number 110

Contact:
Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field
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Tom.Surber@usatf.org

USATF Annual Meeting Opens in Mobile

Meetings, activities and fun highlight USA Track & Field's 23rd Annual Meeting in Mobile, Alabama, bringing together nearly 1,300 of the sport's top administrators, athletes and volunteers. With a theme of “A World of Opportunities,” this year’s Annual Meeting is being held November 27 through December 1.

The Opening Session is slated for Wednesday, November 28 and the Closing Session will be Saturday, December 1. The majority of the meetings will be conducted at the Mobile Convention Center. In addition, the Fall Cross Country National Championships will be held on Saturday, December 1. Other highlights of the 2001 Annual Meeting include:

·Wednesday Night Pardi Gras -- An Annual Meeting tradition, this welcome reception offers attendees the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, network with others in the sport, or make new friends - all in a relaxed atmosphere.

·Thursday Expo Breakfast -- Stop by our Expo Area Thursday morning for a pick-me-up cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat while meeting our exhibitors. Official USATF apparel will also be featured.

·Thursday USATF Golf Challenge - Be a part of this inaugural event, and support some needy charities all at the same time. Fore!

·Thursday Night Social Reception, presented by Nike -- Take a break from meetings and join us for food, fun, libations and lots of surprises.

·Friday Breakfast Buffet -- Enjoy a hearty breakfast and a large dose of Southern Hospitality to start your day!

·Jesse Owens/Hall Of Fame Award Banquet, presented by XEROX -- This year, the Jesse Owens/Hall Of Fame Banquet will be held Friday evening. Meet some of yesterday's heroes as well as this year's MVPs. Guaranteed to be a great event.

·Saturday Block Party -- A Mobile-style send-off to close out your hectic schedule of meetings. It kicks off after the Cross Country Championships! Sure to be a big hit.

For more information on the 2001 Annual Meeting, visit the USATF Web site: www.usatf.org

Dragila named IAF Athlete of the Year

The International Athletic Foundation presented its women’s Athlete of the Year award to women’s pole vault world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila Sunday at the World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Monte Carlo Sporting d’Ete.

In 2001, Dragila successfully defended her World Outdoor championship and set seven world records, culminating June 9 with her 4.81 meters/15 feet, 9.25 inch winning effort at the Peregrine Systems U.S. Open in Palo Alto, California. Dragila won 22 of the 25 competitions she entered in 2001, including the Goodwill Games and the IAAF Grand Prix Final.

Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj was named the men’s AOY after winning all 13 of his races in 2001, and winning world titles indoors at 3000 meters and outdoors at 1500 meters.

Mobile hosts USA Fall Cross Country Championships

The 2001 USA Fall Cross Country Championships and National Masters 6K Championships will take place Saturday, December 1 at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. The City of Mobile, the Office of Special Events and the Mobile Sports Commission are the hosts of the event.

Held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting in Mobile, the Championships feature post-collegiate athletes and club members ages 20-39, who represent the USATF Association, or its neighboring association, where they reside. A maximum of eight runners will be allowed as scorers for club competition.

The schedule for the competition is as follows: 12:15 p.m. - Women’s Masters 6K Championship; 1:00 p.m. - Men’s Masters 6K Championship; 1:45 p.m. - Senior Women’s 6K Championship; 2:15 p.m. - Senior Men’s 10K Championship

Senior men’s competitors will make five loops of the 2,000-meter loop course, with runners in the other races completing three loops.

Defending men’s champion Matt Downin is expected to defend his title after winning in Boston last year in 29 minutes 1 second. A former star at the University of Wisconsin, Downin placed sixth in the 10,000 meters at the 2001 GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Women’s favorites include Carrie Tollefson, who placed second last year in Boston in 20:17, and 2001 U.S. World Cross Country team member Collette Liss, who was fourth last year in 20:25.

Clubs expected to compete on Saturday include the Nike Farm Team, the Indiana Invaders and Hanson’s Running Shop. Last year Wisconsin Runner RT won the men’s competition by one point over Hanson’s Running Club. The Boston Athletic Association captured the 2000 women’s team crown by a 13-point margin over the Indiana Invaders.

For more information on the 2001 USA Winter Cross Country Nationals, visit the USATF Web site at: http://www.usatf.org.

Wells leads Team USA at Chiba Ekiden

Clint Wells of Boulder, Colorado, ran a blistering 12K Friday in leading Team USA’s men’s squad to a seventh-place finish at the Chiba Ekiden Road Relay in Japan.

Wells’ 12K anchor leg of 36 minutes 2 seconds, was the fourth fastest of the competition, and it improved the U.S. final team standing by three spots. The team total of 2 hours 3 minutes 36 seconds equals the fourth fastest performance ever by a U.S. men’s team at Chiba. Earlier this year, Wells finished fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Championships

Other men’s participants included Tony Cosey of Knoxville, Tennessee. (10K-29:07), Brian Baker of Shelby, N.C. (5K-14:22), Richie Brinker of Rochester Hills, Michigan (10K-29:36), and Ray Hughes of Eugene, Oregon (5K-14:29).

Team USA’s women’s squad finished in 11th place in 2:26:45. The women’s team included Emily Nay of Salt Lake City (10K-35:34), Sara Wells of Stillwater, Oklahoma. (5K-16:44), Turena Johnson Lane of Edina, Minnesota. (10K-35:18), Naoko Ishibe of Silver Spring, Maryland. (5K-17:46), Kristen Coogan of Boulder, Colorado (4.7K-16:23) and Kim McGreevy of State College, Pennsylvania (7.4K-25:00).

South Africa won the men’s competition in 2:01:56, with Japan winning its tenth consecutive women’s title in the new record time of 2:13:33.

Lockhart equals Webb record in Foot Locker XC qualifying

Foot Locker qualifying competitions were held Saturday in the Midwest, Northeast and South Regionals on Saturday, with the top eight boys and girls from each Regional qualifying for the finals December 8 in Orlando, Florida.

At the South Regional in Charlotte, N.C., Bobby Lockhart of Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, won the competition in 14:43, equaling Alan Webb’s course record set last year on the fast McAlpine Park 5K layout. Matt DeBole of Winston-Salem, N.C., was a close second in 14:49. The women’s race at the South Regional was a highly competitive affair with Laura Stanley of Fletcher, N.C., winning in 17:34, a margin of just one second over runner-up Carly Matthews of Winston-Salem.

Rainy weather greeted competitors at the Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, where Peter Meindl, who placed 21st at last year’s nationals, won in 15:29, just ahead of runner up Jonathan Pierce of Ogdensburg, N.Y., who finished two seconds back. Natasha Roetter of Lexington, Mass., became just the second girl in 23 years to win two straight titles by easily bettering the field in 17:48. Molly Huddle of Elmira, N.Y., was second in 17:59.

It was windy, cold and rainy at the Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where last year’s eighth-placer at nationals, Timothy Moore, won the men’s title in 15:15. Chris Solinsky, a junior at Stevens Point (WI) High School, was the runner-up in 15:22. In the women’s race, Erika Odlaug of Bannockburn, Illinois, remained undefeated this season by winning the event in 17:49. Nicole Bohnsack of Rockford, Michigan was second in 18:08.

The West Regional will take place December 1 in Walnut, California. For more information on the 2001 Foot Locker High School Cross Country Nationals, visit: http://www.highschoolrunner.com/raceday/footlocker01/home.html.

Maurice Greene to meet President Bush

World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene will be in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to meet President George Bush in the Oval Office at the White House, according to his management company, HSInternational.

Greene and Olympic hopefuls Jean Racine and Jennifer Davidson will present the President with a USOC blazer emblematic of Bush agreeing to serve as the Honorary President of the United States Olympic Committee. The USOC offered this honor to the President in a tradition that dates back at least one-half century.

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