Should athletes have say on 2-day or 1-day USATF region meets?
Mark Cleary is USATF West Region coordinator, an appointed post that puts him in charge of the masters championships for the states of California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. In July 2010, I noted complaints of some athletes to Mark’s insistence on holding two-day regional meets. Mark defends it (despite its extra cost) as a way of replicating the nationals experience. He repeated his argument in a comment Wednesday, saying in part: “If you are a serious athlete and are going to Nationals, you can not prepare the body for a 4-day Nationals off a one-day Region Meet.” My 2010 poll indicated another view: 42 votes for a one-day meet, 16 for a two-day (and 8 unsure). My poll isn’t scientific. But it suggests that further study is merited. Mark works hard to serve elites, but are elites on his side? And what do coordinators elsewhere do? According to his annual meeting report, the 2014 West Region meet is June 21-22 at Caltech in Pasadena. So that’s not likely to change. But shouldn’t the athletes have a say? For 2015, how about someone at USATF doing a survey? Mark may be on the wrong side.
Here’s the 2010 poll brought back for fun: