News & Notes - Volume 8, Number 22


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

USATF hires The Griffin Network to lead CEO search

INDIANAPOLIS - Cathy Griffin and The Griffin Network, an executive recruitment firm, will lead the search for the new Chief Executive Officer of USA Track & Field, USATF President and acting CEO Bill Roe announced Thursday.

A USATF search committee will work withGriffin to recruit an appropriate executive candidate to replace Craig Masback, who earlier this year resigned his position with USATF after 10 years as CEO.

Before starting her own company, Griffin worked as a leading executive recruiter heading up the Sports Entertainment and Sports Consumer Products Practice for Korn/Ferry International and AT Kearney. Prior to entering the executive search field, Griffin spent 20 years in the business of television, new media, sports, publishing, consumer products, apparel/footwear, and entertainment industries. Sheworked with Pepsi-Cola in the early '80's in building the Pepsi 10km Series into a leading sports program.

USATF hopes to conclude its CEO search by late June.

For more information on The Griffin Network, visit

Lagat, Stuczynski among stars set for adidas Track Classic

Two more reigning World Champions - Bernard Lagat and Jana Rawlinson - and World Indoor Championships silver medalist Jenn Stuczynski have been added to the lineup for the adidas Track Classic on May 18, organizers announced today.

Part of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, the adidas Track Classic will begin at 12:30 p.m. on May 18 at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, and will be broadcast live on ESPN from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PDT (4 p.m.-6 p.m. EDT).

Lagat, already a two-time Olympic medalist, last year became the first man in history to win the 1500-meter/5000-meter double at the World Championships. Also the American Record-holder at 1500, Lagat is the first American in history to win a World Championship medal at 5000 meters and the first American to win an Olympic or World medal at 1500 meters since 1908. He will compete at 1500 meters here.

Last year at the adidas Track Classic, Stuczynski thrilled the crowd when she broke Stacy Dragila's American Record in the pole vault. Since then, the two-time US outdoor champion has become the first American woman to jump 16 feet, tied for #2 all-time in the world, and jumped the same height as Yelena Isinbayeva to win a silver medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

An Australian, Rawlinson (formerly Pittman) won World Championships gold in the 400-meter hurdles just eight months after giving birth to her first child. She also won the title in 2003, and is a four-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist at the hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay.

The three join Tyson Gay, Jeremy Wariner and Allyson Felix, who were previously announced.

Adidas Track Classic Tickets, from $40 (finish line) down to $10, are now available by calling Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232 or visiting For group sales, call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS. Visit the event website at for updates and more information.