Records set at National Senior Games should be automatic
A masters mole writes: “I note that there are a number of postings across the web concerning the validity of marks at the NSGA Nationals for record consideration. . . . You may be in a position to refer those with concerns to USATF Rule 262.3(a) that states ‘no record shall be acceptable unless it was made in an event that had been sanctioned by USATF, a member organization of USATF or another member Federation of IAAF by competitors eligible to compete under IAAF Rules.’ National Senior Games (NSGA) is a member organization of USATF and is listed as such in the USATF Governance Manual.” I’ve forwarded this note to records chair Sandy Pashkin, national masters chair Gary Snyder and others for comment and action. If this is the case, then Kay Glynn’s vault WR at the USATF Pacific Association meet in June 2008 also should be ratified, as well as any other record set at an “unsanctioned” USATF championship meet.
My source also writes:
This is not a loophole. If you think about it, we apply this Rule routinely to record applications from foreign meets (including Lahti). We also apply it to marks set at NCAA sanctioned meets, and, in theory, JC meets or high school meets. Those bodies sanction their meets, USATF typically does not co-sanction them. NSGA falls into the same category.
This also harkens back to the John Hinton mile debacle — resolved when it was learned that the January 2008 Hartshorne indoor meet (lacking a specific USATF sanction) still was eligible for records because it fell under the NCAA umbrella. And the NCAA is a member organization of USA Track & Field.
If the same logic applies here, then Flo Meiler, Don Pellmann, Audrey Lary and others should automatically see their Palo Alto records ratified (as long as the paperwork is in order, dates of birth are confirmed, etc.)
Thus it’s wrong to say — as Gary did last month — “We all know that the rules state no sanction, no record.”
But this also raises a haunting question: How come our records chair didn’t know this?
So much sturm and drang for nothing?