The results are now posted for the 2013 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, which were held Nov. 9 at Belmont Park in Philadelphia. Also, the flyer is now posted for the 2014 Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be Jan. 19 at Widener University. (Posted Nov. 11, 2013)
Which running club's "colors" will you be watching out for along the course? Philadelphia's "Race Weekend" on Nov. 16-17 -- when the Philadelphia Marathon and Half-Marathon and the Rothman 8K are held -- is the climax of the Grand Prix Circuit. Ed Maher, coordinator of the Grand Prix Circuit, looks back at the history and significance of the weekend as part of the Grand Prix, one of Mid-Atlantic's signature events, and the Club Challenge. (Posted Nov. 11, 2013)
The 2014 USATF East Region Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Providence Career and Technical High School in Providence, R.I.. The 2014 East Region Outdoor Championships will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. One other note: Again this year, trophies will be award to the team champion and runner up at each meet. We will post the flyers when we receive them. -- Rogers Glispy, high performance chair (Posted Oct. 29, 2013)
Two Mid-Atlantic member clubs won national titles on Oct. 20 at the USATF Masters 5K Cross Country Championships in Flemington, N.J.
A team from the Greater Philadelphia Track Club finished first in the men's 50-59 club division. All five of GPTC's scoring runners finished in the top 16 in the division, including Sean Smith, who placed third with a time of 16:56. The other scoring runners were Scott Brockett (7th), Jeffery Hayes (10th), Robert Rimkis (14th) and Chuck Shields (16th).
In the women's 50-59 division, a team from the Athena Track Club triumphed, with Marisa Suetra Strange in first with a time of 18:44, Mary Swan in fourth and Elizabeth Stewart in sixth.
In the individual competition, Sandra Folzer took home another gold medal for Greater Philadelphia, winning the women's 70-74 division, and James Flanagan of the South Jersey Athletic Club was second in M75. Third-place finishes went to Cecily Tynan of the Bryn Mawr Running Club in the F40 division, Michael Dolan in the M45 division and Stephen Shaklee of South Jersey in M55.
Two other Mid-Atlantic teams also won club medals -- the Pike Creek Valley took third in the M50-59 division and another Greater Philadelphia team was third in the men's 60-69 division.
Robin Jefferis and Ed Maher of the LDR Committee report on other October successes for Mid-Atlantic distance runners.. They also keep us posted on upcoming events at Mid-Atlantic's Facebook page.
Carol Jefferson from Keystone Elite won the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton on Oct. 13 with a time of 2 hours, 45 minutes, 10 seconds, more than 6 minutes ahead of the runner-up. A story about Jefferson's preparations for the race -- coinciding with her preparations for her wedding two weeks later -- is posted at the Scranton Times-Tribune, along with a story about her victory.
The Bryn Mawr Running Club men's team won the team competition at the Mayor's Cup 8k cross country race in Boston on Oct. 27, taking three of the top five places. The scoring runners were Cameron Marantz (second overall), Kyle Dawson (third), Owen Dawson (fourth), Matt Kane and Eric Arnold. (posted Oct. 29, 2013)
Are you ready for the country? Cross country, that is – and the event of the season is the Junior Olympics Championship on Nov. 9. Online registration is now open, but it can be tricky, so register soon.
Perhaps the most famous record in Mid-Atlantic history was broken this year – but then another Mid-Atlantic member won part of it back at the World Outdoor Championships in Moscow.
The "Big Daddy" of the shot put – probably the best in the world – lives right here in Pennsylvania.
A new special series takes us inside the mind of an aspiring elite runner as he learns what it takes to go the distance. Some lessons are painful.
Which Mid-Atlantic club won the most gold medals at the USA Masters Outdoor Championships? You might be surprised.
Rob Castellani of Peckville, Pa., threw the javelin 56.46 meters to win the national championship in the men’s 17-18 division at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships. Isaac White of Philadelphia took gold in the 800 meters for boys aged 9 and 10, finishing in 2:20.75 – less than two seconds over the national record. Alexander McCord of Lititz, Pa., won the high jump in the boys 15-17 division. His best jump was 1.95 meters. Full results are posted at www.usatf.org for the championships, which were held July 22-28 in at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. The results of the Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympic Championships, held June 22-23, are also posted.
The University of South Carolina is hosting the 2013 Acceleration/Speed/Hurdles Clinic on Nov. 22-23 in Columbia, SC. Instructors will include Bob Kersee (Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix's coach) and Lawrence "Boogie" Johnson (coach of Briana Rollins, world champion and U.S record holder in the 100m hurdles). The event is open to coaches at all levels, with no previous certification required. Participants are eligible for USATF Level 3 credits. The clinic's website is at southcarolinaclinic.weebly.com.
Penn State University and the Mid-Atlantic Officials Committee announce a training clinic on Dec. 14 for those interested in becoming certified USATF track & field officials. It is open for those with no or little experience in officiating or who want to hone their skills. The training at various venues in the Ashenfelter multi-sports facility will be followed by working at the Penn State Blue White Intrasquad track meet. Read more.
The 5K Delaware Open Cross Country Championship will be held on Nov. 30, not Nov. 23 as previously listed. This continues the tradition that the race is run on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. at Brandywine Creek Park in Wilmington. More information.
I am saddened to report that one of our longest serving Mid-Atlantic LDR Committee members, Jerry Nolan, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Our prayers go out to Jerry’s friends and family. Jerry was a member of the LDR Committee since 1990. He missed only four LDR meetings in 23 years of service. In addition to his impeccable attendance, Jerry was always the first to volunteer to work at races and expos. I believe Jerry’s favorite LDR job was being the “unofficial” photographer at the USATF Mid-Atlantic Luncheons. As recently as 2011, he would sit at one of the front tables and snap photos of our awardees with his instamatic camera. Each year, I received a stack of photos within a few days of the luncheon. May our friend and colleague Jerry Nolan rest in peace.
USATF Mid-Atlantic LDR Chair
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.
Nick Berra of the Greater Philadelphia Track Club won the 2013 Greater Philadelphia Runners Pentathlon on Aug. 18 at Germantown Academy. In the Team Pentathlon, the Athena “MCC” team of Mary Swan, Cheryl Bellaire and Coreen Steinbach finished first among 11 teams. In this pentathlon, each runner competes in five track races -- 3,000 meters, 200 meters, 1,500 meters, 100 meters and their choice of either the 400 or 800 meters. The scoring is age-graded. The youngest competitor this year was 15 while the oldest was 77. Read more. Individual results. Team results.
Beginning Sept. 1, all applications for event sanctions must be filed online – a quicker, easier and more efficient process than the old paper applications. Doreen McCoubrie, the Mid-Atlantic Association’s sanctions chair, has been working with the USATF National Office to make the transition smooth. 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 results are now posted here for the 2013 USATF Mid-Atlantic Open and Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held on June 9 at Widener University. (Posted June 14, 2013)
The Philadelphia Marathon will be held one week earlier than planned, along with the Rothman 8k and the Half-Marathon, to avoid a conflict with a national convention. The Rothman 8k will be on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 a.m. The marathon and half-marathon will be on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 a.m. The races begin at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The race dates were moved because the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a sustainable building conference, will be held on the weekend of the 22nd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- the venue where the marathon’s pre-race Health & Fitness Expo activities traditionally have been held. Registration for the marathon will open on April 1 as usual.
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)
Beginning Nov. 1, 2012, USATF has changed its background screening processes and criteria for youth volunteers and coaches in an effort to make the process more transparent and easier to follow. The fee and the frequency of the background screenings won't change. An explanation of the changes is posted here.
A new section on the USATF website is devoted to Masters Long Distance Running – click here. The new section contains news and information on championships, club grand prix, the Phidippides Award, the age-grading calculator, and records and all-time lists.
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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