The 2014 edition of the annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships will take place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on the easy-to-remember date of 12-13-14 (Dec. 13, 2014 - a Saturday). The competitions, which highlight club and age-group scoring, will be run over Lehigh University’s time-tested and historic cross country course.
The top men’s and women’s Open teams will compete for $25,000. The top men’s and women’s Age-Group teams will divide up $10,000. In addition, the individual male and female with the best age-graded score will receive $100 each. Men compete over a 10K distance, women over 6K.
Lehigh has been host to five NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, including an epic battle between Henry Rono and Alberto Salazar in 1979. (Rono won.) Lehigh also hosts the annual Paul Short Run, which attracts 5,000+ high school, college and open runners.
The flyer is now posted for the 2014 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Nov. 8 at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. The flyer includes information about the schedule, age divisions, eligibility requirements, fees and deadlines. Here are two important deadlines: The membership chair must receive proof of each athlete's birth date by Oct. 25. And registration must be completed online by Nov. 5.
A training class for all current, new and aspiring officials will be held on Oct. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Widener University in Chester, Pa. The topics at the hands-on class will be vertical jumps, throws, lap counting and racewalk judging. An application and test will be available for all new officials. More information.
The Nominating Committee of the USATF Mid-Atlantic Association has submitted its list of nominees for association offices. The association will elect officers for the 2015-2017 term at its Annual Meeting on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
Under the Association Bylaws, the membership will elect candidates to the following offices: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Secretary. It is our practice also to elect the Chair of the Membership Committee. On that evening the Association will also solicit and elect nominees to represent the Association at the USATF annual meeting to be held December 2-6, 2014.
The Nominating Committee, which was appointed by the President, reported the following slate of candidates, each of which have confirmed their willingness to serve on additional term:
The Nominating Committee was unable to identify candidates for the positions of Treasurer and Secretary, and solicits the membership for candidates for those two offices particularly.
Additional candidates may be nominated by a petition signed by three Association members and delivered to the Secretary by Sept. 15. Petitions may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by mail to: Secretary, USATF Mid-Atlantic, P.O. Box 662, Southeastern, PA 19399. Nominations will also be allowed from the floor on the night of the election.
Candidates must be Association members, at least 18 years of age, and a member of the Association as of July 31. There are no mail, phone or proxy votes. Election procedures are governed by Article 8 of the Association Bylaws, which are posted at www.mausatf.org.
For members interested in the offices of Treasurer or Secretary, here are the duties of those offices, as described in the Association Bylaws:
Treasurer: Shall receive and deposit all funds of the Association in financial institutions approved by the Executive Committee, write checks, pay debts of the Association as approved by the President, maintain accurate records of the Association's financial transactions, reporting same to the Association each quarter, as well as doing such other acts that are normally associated with that office as assigned by the President.
Secretary: Shall make proper arrangements for keeping the records of the Association, conducting all official correspondence of the Association, serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors, as well as doing such other acts normally associated with that office.
Results are posted for the 2014 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, which were held June 21-22 at Widener University in Chester, Pa.
Former USATF President Frank E. Greenberg, a Philadelphia native who was prominent in the Mid-Atlantic Association for decades, died June 29 in Palm Harbor, Fla., at age 81. Mr. Greenberg's contributions to track and field from the local to international levels are described in an obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Rev. Norman Green, a longtime Mid-Atlantic leader, described Mr. Greenberg as an "Obi Wan Kenobi" figure in the association. "I believe Frank was the most influential leader in MAUSATF across the past 35 years," Mr. Green said. Mr. Greenberg was instrumental in ending restrictions against women, African-Americans and Jews serving as track and field officials in the Philadelphia area.
Preliminary results are now posted for the USATF Mid-Atlantic 2014 Outdoor Open/Masters Track & Field Championships, which were conducted June 8 at Widener University. The results are preliminary pending verification of a few entries. About 250 athletes competed in the championships. Team winners were declared this year for the first time. Philadelphia Masters won both the masters men and masters women competitions, and ISAA won both the open competitions.
Officials who wish to work at the 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships should fill out this application form. The championships will be on Dec. 13 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Results are posted for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Developmental Meet held at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia on April 12. Also, photos are available for viewing and purchase at www.shutterfly.com/pro/PIMphotos/USATF/MIDUSATF2 (Updated May 5, 2014)
The Eastern Regional Masters Track web site has recently been developed to benefit athletes searching for track and field meets to enter ONLY for the Eastern Region of the United States. The home page features an athlete with an outstanding performance, and links to other pertinent information on track and field are also provided. The site is not affiliated with USATF. (posted May 5, 2014)
Mid-Atlantic is looking for people to chair our Long Distance Running Committee and to serve on the Awards Committee. This is an opportunity to serve the community and support track and field. For information, please contact President Cynthia Young.
USATF Mid-Atlantic officials who wish to seek an upgrade in their level of certification may now submit applications. The application form includes a list of the requirements under the new four-level certification system. A separate form should be used by officials who recommend upgrades.
The USATF Foundation is encouraging youth track clubs and programs to apply for its first round of 2014 youth grants. The foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, provide additional competitive opportunities for children and enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs based in low-income areas, and programs with a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach. For more information, read the press release. You can fill out a grant application at www.usatffoundation.org.
A new set of maps has been created for the cross-country courses run at the Belmont Plateau. The courses include 2K, 3K (two versions), 4K, 5K and 8K races. Our local course certifier extaordinaire, Bill Belleville, certified and mapped the courses. Dave Thomas, Mid-Atlantic's LDR cross country coordinator, managed the process.
All applications for event sanctions must now be filed online – a quicker, easier and more efficient process than the old paper applications. To read more about the change – and how you can suggest improvements – please click here.
To become a USATF-certified official, you must first become a member of USATF. Please visit the USATF website to learn about an array of membership benefits, including secondary insurance.) For step-by-step instructions on obtaining certification, please visit our Officials Certification page. The USATF national officials website also has more information. (Posted July 12, 2013)
The Mid-Atlantic Executive Committee in December formalized its longstanding practice and approved a formal conflicts of interest policy for the Mid-Atlantic Association. The purpose of the policy is to protect the association's interests when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interests of an officer or director of the association or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. (Posted Jan. 28, 2013)
The Mid-Atlantic officials shirt is available for purchase. The shirts are reasonably priced and well embroidered. The shirts are not required but will give you something distinctive to wear when a meet does not require the national shirt or meet-specific clothing. Order form.
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