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Masters Annual Reports - Awards Committee, 2005

The Masters Track & Field Awards Committee handled its usual responsibilities in the year ended September 30, 2005, and handled one new task.


At the beginning of this period, a special sub-committee was appointed to select a nominee for the newly-established Bengay Award given to the outstanding masters athlete from the combined disciplines of Track & Field (including Racewalk) and Long Distance Running.  Our nominee was selected in early-October (2004) as was a nominee from LDR.  These names were forwarded to the final selection committee consisting of Bill Roe, Norm Green, and George Matthews, who chose Kathryn Martin as the overall winner.  She was presented the award at the Annual Meeting in December 2004 in Portland, OR


At that meeting the Awards Committee also selected all the other age group winners for men and for women in track and in field for 2004, as well as 6 winners of overall top athlete awards and the award as outstanding administrator of the year.  These top 7 winners names were announced at the Annual Awards Breakfast in Portland, and those winners and all the age group winners were announced in the January 2005 issue of National Masters News.


Compilation of the data base used by the committee is always a major task, and this year we began to use as the original source data the Rankings Data Base maintained by Dave Clingan and Larry Patz.   This required some re-working of the data, but it proved to be an important time saver, and obviously brought the two efforts closer together.  Further refinements to this process are planned for the 2005 awards to allow the work to be done even more smoothly.


For the 2004 awards, the committee made use of the new 2002 Age Grading standards.  Many meets around the country had not had the new standards at hand when the meets was run, but they were applied by the committee to all performances.


The committee also used an expanded list of meets in the data base basically all meets where we had confidence that the meet was properly conducted, i.e., properly timed, measured, etc.   It also used data from preliminary heats at major meets where the data were available and reliable.


Awards were distributed at the 2005 National Masters Indoor Championships in Idaho, and mailed to those who were not present there.


Once again, the committee completed its work below budget.


Respectfully submitted,


Philip M. Byrne, Chair



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