All-star field listed for masters shot exhibition in New Mexico
Jamie Koch, organizer of the masters shot exhibition at USATF open indoor nationals, wrote me today to list the bulk of his 8-man field in Albuquerque. “The participants include Paul Economides in the 60s; Steve Ross in the 60s; Tim Miller from Arizona in the 55s; Mike Charas in the 55s, Jerry Vaughn in the 70s and my close competitor for over a decade, Bob Ward in the 75s; and myself,” he says. “I will be moving in to the 75s this year so am leaving the younger whipper snappers behind.” Except for Tim and Mike, I see great marks for everyone. This may be the first time that athletes in their mid-70s have been invited to compete at the open indoor (or outdoor) nationals. These gentlemen have great technique and will put on a wonderful show. Best of luck to all on February 28!
Jamie’s entire note to me:
Coach Joe Franklin of University of New Mexico Track and Field forwarded your email to me. Thank you for your request for information about the upcoming masters shot put exhibition in Albuquerque.
First off, let me be clear that this is an exhibition only. This event is not a sanctioned USATF sanctioned meet, nor was it ever intended to be.
Let me give you some background. I am on the Board of Regents for the University of New Mexico, from which I graduated in 1959. I lettered in football and wrestling and have long been a supporter of the athletic department.
I obtained $1.9 million to redo our outdoor track. I teamed with Brad Winter, a pole vaulter and Albuquerque City Councilor, Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez, and UNM to purchase one of the best indoor tracks available.
Coach Franklin wanted to do something to reward these efforts on behalf of UNM Track and Field.
He asked me to invite a few shot putters to participate in a masters level exhibition prior to the USA Indoor Championships.
Richard Ceronie, Meet Director of the USA Indoor Championships, will assure you that it is standard procedure for the Local Organizing Committee to host two exhibitions prior to the games, if the LOC so desires. The USA Indoor Championships Committee does not want these exhibits to be sanctioned. One of these exhibitions this year will be for the masters level shot put. This is NOT a sanctioned meet. It is NOT an event for the USA Master Association and is NOT intended to be.
The participants include Paul Economides in the 60s; Steve Ross in the 60s; Tim Miller from Arizona in the 55s; Mike Charas in the 55s, Jerry Vaughn in the 70s and my close competitor for over a decade; Bob Ward in the 75s; and myself. I will be moving in to the 75s this year so am leaving the younger whipper snappers behind.
I did not suggest this exhibition but I agreed to invite a maximum of 8 shot putters once Coach Franklin asked me to put together an exhibition. I hope this information answers your questions. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.