Masters maestro playing host to W30 rehabber Marion Jones
Seth Brower, brother of world-class M50 hurdler Jeff Brower, is a meet organizer in South Texas of some repute. He’s a great friend of masters athletes and youth as well. And everyone knows how forgiving masters are. We all have “issues.” Now one of the top “issue” people of all time is coming to one of his youth meets in November. Here’s how Seth shared the news in email: “I’m sure you all know the name Marion Jones. Marion of course got caught up in the illegal substance thing and paid the price. Well, she is on a path to do what she can to make sure kids don’t make the same mistake. Marion will be doing some kind of youth talk and a clinic prior to the meet on Nov. 14.”
Don’t have all the specifics, but please use this opportunity to get the word out to your youth athletes and have them attend. The tentative plan is for her talk and clinic to take place in the morning, followed by the meet itself. I will keep you posted on the details as I get them.
This is interesting — Marion taking her Mea Culpa Tour to Texas! The Nov. 14 meet apparently is the Lions Club Relays in Austin, Texas.
Well, I realize the wider track and field community may ream her big time. But I want Marion to know she’ll have a more accepting audience among masters tracksters. Your reputation needs major rehab. But not a bad idea to start with kids and geezers. As if we’ve never done anything in our lives to be ashamed of!
And Marion is only a year away from turning 35! That happens after Sacramento masters nationals in 2010 but well before Sacramento worlds in 2011.
And since she’s a California girl, why not make WMA worlds your comeback meet? (And haul Stacy Dragila out of retirement while you’re at it; Stacy would be returning to the site of one of her vault world records.)
In any case, Seth Brower also had some other news in his email:
Hello, everyone: Have several updates so please bear with me.
1) Results from the USATF Open Championships on Aug 23 are ready at: http:usatfsouthtexas.org/results/20090823results.htm For those that attended, please look them over and let me know if any questions before I send off to National Masters News and USATF.
2) My relationship with North Austin Lions Club is ending after many years of putting on meets. This is primarily due to the club not being able to support me with volunteers and meet management.
The status of the Lions fields and the throwing meets is still up in the air. I’ll keep the throwing community updated on that. So what does this mean for future meets? Not much really. I will still be putting them on, it just won’t be that particular Lions club which receives the proceeds. May be other Lions clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society, who knows.
The main thing I will need is a group that can supply me with at least 40 volunteers. I can get the officials, just need the other folks. I will put these meets on anywhere. Doesn’t even have to be the Austin area. So if you have an organization you can hook me up with to bring a meet to your area, please contact me so I can get the 2010 calendar set. Know that I don’t have facility arrangments outside of Austin.
So, a key element would be the local folks using their contacts and get a good deal on the facility rental.
3) We now have access to the Finish Lynx Timing System. Yeah! Have not bought our own yet, but have a person who is letting us borrow the one he has. So, please know that for most meets now, we will have that system in place.
4) Nov 14. I still want to have one more full meet this fall. I need a facility in the Austin area. The ones I normally could use are not available due to other committments or are on hold in case certain football teams make the playoffs and need the field. So, if any of you have a contact in the Austin or surrounding area, let me know. . . .
6) Nov. 7 is our Associations Junior Olympic Cross Country meet in Marble Falls, Tx. All forms and info are at: http://usatfsouthtexas.org/youth.htm We realize many school meets are that weekend. We can waive students that are running in their school meets. They just need to fill out the form and let me know.
7) Also Nov. 7, before the JO meet, we are having an Open and Masters XC Championship run. It will be at the same location, Camp Champions, in Marble Falls We’ll have the entry form on the usatfsouthtexas.org website soon. It’s a 5k course.
8) Finally, some folks have asked me about a fall track program. I am looking into putting on about 4-6 mini-meets this fall, probably starting sometime mid-October and going through November, or even early December. Before I do a lot of work on this, I would like to know the level of interest.
So, if you would compete in these meets, every two weeks on either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, let me know. Here are the probable events: Races: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 4×1 relay, 4×4 relay, 100/110 hurdles, 300/400 hurdles. Field events: long jump, triple jump, shot, discus. Entry fees would be low, something like $15 unlimited events which will be reduced to $5 unlimited events if a member of USATF.
By the way, if you join USATF after Nov 1 your membership is good for the rest of 2009 and all of 2010. Here’s the link: https://www.usatf.org/membership/application/ Again, this will be in the Austin area, every two weeks. So give me a heads up if at all interested Thanks to all and see you on the track and in the field!
And Marion — stay focused on the positive and remember the good times. Like when you pleased your fans at the Mt. SAC Relays in April 2004: