No masters events at ‘Dream’ indoor meet in January
This coming January 21, Fresno State is putting on a world-class indoor meet called Run for the Dream (its name honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). But the dream is for the youngsters, not us. I wrote to several people associated with the meet, asking if perhaps (pretty please?) they might find space for a masters event or two. This week, Fresno State events director Nate Wills replied: “We will not be having any masters events at the Run for the Dream due to the revised meet schedule we will be using. Coach (Bob) Fraley has stated that this event will be run differently than any other meet in the past and therefore will not be able to accommodate additional events.”
Earlier, Fresno State assistant coach Ramona Pagel wrote me: “There is great demand in all categories and all events for indoor meets, with this demand I believe that in the future the administration will allow us more opportunities to hold meets. Keep and eye out for future meets.”
So maybe the venue is available to masters, at least.
Once upon a time, in the 1970s and early 1980s, indoor meets in San Francisco and Los Angeles offered masters sprint events — featuring the likes of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. It would be nice to have someone in USATF pushing for masters exhibitions at Fresno State’s meet in the future. Or better yet: Working Fresno State’s new track into the masters nationals indoor rotation.