A USA Indoor Championship meet record went down in February as Olympian Ryan Whiting, a Mid-Atlantic member from Port Matilda, Pa., etched his name in the record books at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Whiting was second until his fifth throw of the meet, tossing a mark of 22.23 meters to become the fifth-best indoor performer in the world all-time and third in the U.S. all-time. Whiting broke USA Track & Field Hall of Famer John Godina’s previous mark of 21.83 meters, set in 2005.
Ajee’ Wilson, a Mid-Atlantic member from Neptune, N.J., took home her second straight national championship in the women’s 800 meters. She outkicked Chanelle Price to take the title in 2:00.43, a new indoor personal best. (Posted March 4, 2014)
A USATF Coaching Education Level 1 School will be presented by Gill Athletics at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., March 21-23. The 2 1/2-day program covers fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management and instruction techniques and prepares individuals to coach junior high school, high school, club and age-group athletes. The Level I School will follow the Day of Distance Coaching Clinic on March 21 at Villanova, and it is possible to attend both events. Register online at www.usatf.org/groups/Coaches/education/schools. (Posted March 3, 2014)
Renowned coaches and running experts PattiSue Plumer, Sage Rountree, Wendy Winn Rhodes, Damion Martins and Mary Finckenor will speak at the Women's Running Summit on March 22-23 in Morristown, NJ. Topics will include the unique challenges of coaching female athletes, coaching high schools with limited resources, running rehabilitation, running more efficiently, running nutrition, and strength and flexibility. The event is open to coaches and athletes of all levels. Participants are eligible for USATF Level 3, NSCA and USA Triathlon CEU credit. For more information, visit www.runningsummit.com.
The annual Officials Clinic at the Penn Relays on April 22-23 is an excellent way to get started in the world of track and field officiating. The clinic includes both classroom instruction and hands-on outside activities, followed by possible shadowing of veteran officials at the Relays. You will be able to complete your certification as a USATF official at the clinic. To enroll in the clinic, you must be a member of USATF and apply for certification as an Apprentice-level official by April 7. Read more.
USATF Mid-Atlantic officials who wish to seek an upgrade in their level of certification may now submit applications. The application forms include a list of the requirements under the new four-level certification system:
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.
USATF Mid-Atlantic will host a Youth Developmental Outdoor Meet on Saturday, April 12, at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. The deadline to register is 9 p.m. on April 9. Entries and payment are accepted online only at the Coach O website. The entry fee is $9 for three events, which is the maximum for each athlete. Read more.
The Mid-Atlantic Officials Committee will hold their Annual Officials’ Meeting on April 6, 2014, from 1-5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Fort Washington. All officials or those interested in becoming officials can attend. Certification Chair Earl Edwards will host the meeting. The address is: Holiday Inn Fort Washington, 432 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington, PA 19034.
Here are the dates and locations for the 2014 Junior Olympic championships: Mid-Atlantic Association Championships: June 21-22 at Widener University in Chester, PA. Region 2 Championships: July 1-6 at a location to be announced in New Jersey. National Championships: July 21-27 in Houston, Texas. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this posting incorrectly stated that a preliminary qualifier would be held on April 12 at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. That is a developmental meet (see above), not a qualifier.
Registration for the Broad Street Run will be by lottery again this year. The lottery will be open for registration from Feb. 1 at 12:01 a.m. until Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. The race always sells out, but USATF Mid-Atlantic members who enter the lottery and are not selected will still be able to enter the race -- so long as they follow the correct procedures. Two key requirements: You must be a USATF member of record as of Feb. 1, and you must enter the lottery. Full instructions are posted here.
The complete results for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Youth Indoor Track and Field Championships have now been posted. The championships were held Jan. 19 at Widener University. Also posted are the results for the 2013 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, which were held Nov. 9 at Belmont Park in Philadelphia. (Posted Jan. 23, 2014)
The Philadelphia Masters Track and Field Association will put on a series of indoor meets in January and February. The meets will be at Glen Mills School in Glen Mills, Pa., on January 12 and 26; at Albright College on February 9; and at Widener University on February 23. The meets are sanctioned by USATF Mid-Atlantic and are for athletes age 15 and older, except that the Albright College meet is for all comers. Read more.
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.
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 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 in 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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