Celebrate Global Running Day!
Join members of Janes Elite Racing team on Wed, June 6th at the north entrance to Santa Monica Pier at 6:00pm for a group run. FUN in the SUN! The IAAF created IAAF Run 24:1, a series of 24 one-mile runs that will be contested around the world. The IAAF selected Janes Elite Racing to run a mile as part of the global initiative. Read full story.
April 8 dawned cloudy at the Claremont High School in Claremont, CA as dozens of volunteers arrived for the 3rd Annual Claremont Classic – the first as a Southern California USATF Championship event. The cooler weather proved to be a boon for the racers.
The tents and tables went up, lap counters gathered for orientation as judges and timers evaluated the track and put their equipment and staff in place.
Southern California USA Track and Field, Kaiser Permanente and Pomona Valley Hospital erected their displays, including a CPR demonstration. Some of the exhibitors participated in the races as well.
Kay Held, the Meet Director, was everywhere, answering concerns, filling slots, overseeing set up.
Then the racers came. The air was energized as people re-met long-time friends or chatted with first timers.
And energy accelerated as youth joined the crowd. They came from two SoCal clubs – The Road Runners and the Pacific Coast Shockwaves and included racers aged 9-12.
All in place and the first race, a 5K, was underway.
Medalists in their perspective age categories were: Jamie Fiddler, 28; Adrian Zamudio, 42; Susan Armenta, 43; J Torres-Cancino, 48; Catherine Caporale, 49; Jochen Strack, 51; Des Jaravata, 53; George Papacalos, 58; Yolanda Holder, 59; Leah Key Ketter, 55; Kwang-hee Park, 57; John Phillips, 64; Paula Rasmussen, 63; Marlou Russell, 61; Yoko Eichel, 70; Carol Bertino, 70; Gesine Robinson, 73; Carol Dyar, 77; Ann Stromberg, 75; Jacqueline Chase, 77; Carlos Acosta, 84; Philip McKean, 82; Stanley Moore, 84; Shirley Capps, 83; Grace Moremen, 87.
In the interim between races, Susan Armenta, USATF gold medalist, conducted a clinic for anyone wanting to learn more about race walking technique or to get personal attention. Definitely a highlight.
An 800m fun walk attracted people of many ages who wanted to try race walking and a good time was had by all.
The youth were scheduled to join the final 1500m race and as the gun went off they propelled from the starting line, taking everyone’s breath away. The medalist were: (Boys), Joel Mendoza, 10; Aris Mayorga, 11; Smooth Watkins, 10, and (Girls), Noemi Chavez, 9; De Chavez-Barban, 11; Leilani Centeno, 12 and Sienna Ozier, 10. Other medalists in their age groups included Jamie Fiddler, 28; Adrian Zamudio, 42; Rima Shah, 43; Roselyn Singh, 41; J Torres-Cancino, 48; Phalana Tiller, 46; Catherine Caporale, 49; Des Jaravata, 53; Yolanda Holder, 59; Marlou Russell, 61; Cheryl Suson, 66; Paul Lawson, 73; Sylvia Ellis, 70; Yoko Eichel, 70; Gesine Robinson, 73; Carol Dyar, 77; Ann Stromberg, 75; Yvette Lavigne, 78; Philip McKean, 82; John Denham, 87; Grace Moremen, 87; and William Moremen, 90.
Medals were awarded at the end of the morning with much applause and cheering.
USATF Youth Coaches:
Please be aware that the relay exchange rules have changed:
Competition Rule 170/Relay Races/Paragraph 3:
- In the 4x100m, and the 4x200m, the first and second exchanges in the ‘Swedish’ Medley and the outdoor Sprint Medley relays, each takeover (exchange) zone shall be 30m long, of which the scratch line is 20m from the start of the zone.
- In other words, the exchange zone is now 30m long.
This rule is currently in effect.
March 9, 2018
Dear USATF Southern California Members,
It has been over a month since I was elected as Interim President of USATF Southern California Association (SCA) by our Board of Directors. I am happy to report that the support and enthusiasm among our Board and members has created powerful momentum moving this Association forward.
I would like to start with a brief introduction of myself and my background. I come to Southern California Association as a USATF member for over 25 years and have been serving as your Treasurer since 2016. I bring both legal and business experience to my current role serving our Association in finance and operations. As a participant in our sport, I have over 35 years of athletic experience as a competitive athlete in high school, college, open elite and now at the Masters level. I was a mid distance collegiate athlete at the University of Texas at Austin and then Villanova University. Post collegiately, I represented Asics and then competed with Nike at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 800m/1500m. Locally, I have competed with two elite clubs – the former VS Athletics T.C. and now the Janes Elite Racing Team.
I have set an ambitious agenda for the future goals of this Association. In the next few months, I pledge to strive for success in all activities for our membership, clubs, committees, officials and our SCA Board. I will work to be inclusive and engage all members. My philosophy is to take a hands-on approach in our team-environment, promote communications, transparency and corroboration among our membership, and our Standing Sports and Administrative Committees. I will continue to support our Committee Chairs in executing their roles and duties, pursuant to our Bylaws. Most importantly, I will continue to listen and learn from our constituents in all disciplines of our sport – Cross County, Track & Field, Mountain Ultra Trail, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Officials.
I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year and encourage you to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. I am excited to meet some of you in person in the near future.
Christine Gentile, Interim President
USATF Southern California Association
Eddie Hart – Disqualified
Friday, March 9th at 7pm
Barnes & Noble, Burbank
Join us this Friday, March 9th at 7:00 pm to hear from Olympic Track & Field athlete, Mr. Eddie Hart! Mr. Hart is the author of “Disqualified”, a book that sheds entirely new light on what really happened at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. 1972 Olympic Gold medalist, Eddie Hart will be signing his recently published book, “Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, And The Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics.” (Kent State Press) at Barnes & Noble Store Bookstore in Burbank (731 N. San Fernando Blvd.) on Friday, March 9th at 7pm.
Eddie Hart was a strong favorite to win the 100-meter dash at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Then the inexplicable happened: he was disqualified after arriving late for a quarterfinal heat. Ten years of training to become the Worlds’ Fastest Human,” the title attached to an Olympic 100-meter champion was lost in a heartbeat. But who was to blame?
An outdated schedule knocked him out of the 100 meters. He, his coach and two teammates had the wrong starting times for the quarterfinals. It was one of the great snafus in Olympic history witnessed by millions of television viewers across the globe.
Hart’s disappointment, though excruciating was just one of many subplots to the most tragic of Olympic Games, at which Palestinian terrorist shocked the world and killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches.
“Disqualified” includes Eddie’s recollection of the 1972 Olympic Games and follows him on a return trip to the stadium which was the sight of one of his greatest disappointments and triumphs. Later in the games, Eddie earned a Gold Medal in the 400-meter relay, but his disqualification from the 100-meter individual race denied him his chance to win the Gold Medal against the world’s best and left him wondering “What if?”
Eddie’s running rival from the Soviet Union, Valery Borzov would go on to win the Gold Medal in the 100-meters.
“Disqualified” also includes interviews with Olympic Swim Champion Mark Spitz, other American Olympic athletes who competed in 1972 and conversations with two Israelis who escaped the terrorist attack.
As Dr. Cornell West relates regarding Eddie Hart’s story in the Foreword to “Disqualified,”
“His courageous response, not reaction – to his heartbreaking experience of disqualification is a life lesson to all of us as to how to be spiritually fortified and morally majestic.”
Eddie Hart earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 1975 and masters from Cal State-Hayward before embarking on a career as a teacher and coach at the college level. He currently lives in the Bay Area.
March 9th, 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
731 N. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Yanique Johnson: Community Business Development Mgr.
John Chavez, Publicist
The Claremont Classic will take place Sunday, April 8, 2018!
Registration is open now: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Claremont/ClaremontClassic
Registration closes April 1st. Entry fees: $39 for one race, additional $10 for a second race. Youth entry fees are $5 per race. Day-of Registration will be accepted on a limited basis, for an additional $10.
5000m judged (2 heats)
800m non-judged (racewalk or powerwalk)
Races will use a rolling start, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Judged races will have five USATF official judges with fully automatic timing.
5000m- USATF Championship Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age groups:
Youth (9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18)
Masters (30& Up, 5 year age groups)
1500m- Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age groups:
Youth (9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18)
Masters (30& Up, 5 year age groups)
Sign-up for USATF So Cal Youth notifications from Sanoma Evans, VP/Chair: https://www.remind.com/join/scayou
COME JOIN US & BECOME A CERTIFIED OFFICIAL!
Enjoy the experience of seeing track and field “up close and personal” by becoming a Certified USATF Official. We work meets ranging from Youth to NCAA Division I to USATF Championships. It is fun, challenging, very rewarding and a fun way to earn a little extra money. No prior experience required!
We are planning special training clinics for new officials in February and/or March that will teach you the ABC’s of officiating in a fun, relaxed and hands-on environment. All paperwork is taken care of at this clinic. We have a team of officials standing by to answer any and all questions you may have. All you have to do is send a quick email with your contact information to either Duke Fuller, Certification, email@example.com or Anthony Young, Membership, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See videos below of officials at work and information on what is required to become certified. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully you will join our team of officials in time for the 2018 season.
2018 Rule Changes
(from Jim Hanley)
- There will no longer be acceleration/international zones in USATF and International Relays. (Instead, runners must be stationed entirely inside a 30 meter take-over zone and batons must be passed entirely within the same 30 meter zone.) See diagrams explaining the high school and college relay markings as well as the new IAAF and USATF relay rules: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx_ooaZmRzgPa1ZpUGpmbW5LbG5CZzUzUXVILWczR0o3OFBz/view?usp=sharing
- Race walkers who receive three red cards, will now serve time in a pit lane (penalty box).
- The field event time limit will now be 30 seconds—even in the high jump—after a competitor’s name is called. Youth Athletics still has one minute when there are 3 or more competitors at the start of a round.
- Rotational throwers will now be allowed to touch the top of the circle in certain circumstances without receiving a foot foul.
USATF Competition Rules Book
http://www.usatf.org/About/Competition-Rules.aspx – 2018 coming soon
USATF rules were voted on and approved at the Annual meeting last month in Columbus, OH and are in effect since Jan. 1, 2018: