Winston-Salem nationals set for sprint races in both directions

At last year’s Olathe nationals, I was robbed of season PRs because my sprints were run into a Kansas gale. (Surrender, Dorothy!) But at Winston-Salem nationals in July, that won’t be a problem. Meet director Noel Ruebel says timing is available for sprints and hurdles in both directions. He also shared other cool features of a potentially hot meet: “Pole vaulting poles are available for rent. It’s on the meet website under Athlete Information and Implements and Spikes.” Noel also is curious if entrants would be interested in races for their kids or grandkids (maybe a 100 and 800). “We’re always asking for masters exhibitions in USATF events,” Noel says. “I think we should let the youngsters travel with their folks and compete at the same meet as mom, dad, grandpa and grandma.”

Wake Forest track will be ready for any wind direction in sprints and hurdles.

Noel continues:

I’ve already designed the shirt that shows an “elder” fella nipping a kid at the finish and it says, “I got a whoopin’ at Grandpas track meet.”

[Also,] we’re less than 200 miles from five ACC schools for those looking for college choices, (North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Clemson and Virginia Tech). We’re an hour from the mountains and four hours from the beautiful beaches of North and South Carolina.

Other highlights include minor-league baseball on Friday night with fireworks, athletes banquet with Karaoke at JDL facility – site of 2015 Masters National Indoor, all events are scheduled on site, two shuttle routes to transport to and from facility and downtown area free of charge, mega-tentage throughout the facility, and the “Voice of Masters Track” Peter Taylor will do the announcing.

What a revelation! Creativity in meet management. Hope it catches on!

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June 3, 2014

9 Responses

  1. Jason Purcell - June 3, 2014

    Some nice ideas!

  2. Noel Ruebel - June 3, 2014

    If you’re interested in bringing the kids or grandkids with the idea of running them in an event such as the 100M or 800M please let me know. We’ll do this if there’s enough interest, and they would run prior to the afternoon session in the Meet schedule, (day to be determined). Contact me at

  3. ncberra - June 3, 2014

    Who set the schedule for the meet – local officials or USATF folks? See some changes, don’t really understand what is trying to be accomplished….

  4. mike travers - June 4, 2014

    Our National Championship meet (indoor & outdoor) event schedules are set by the Masters Games Committee.

  5. Peter Taylor - June 4, 2014

    Nick (post 3), I believe you are responding in part to the scheduling of your 800 final for day 1 of the meet, a dramatic departure from long-standing practice. Can you expand on your concerns?

    For decades, masters T&F had 800 trials on opening day (I believe that Olathe was the first meet where these trials were not held). Countless athletes came in on Wednesday for their presumed Thursday trial, only to find in many cases that their age group had rolled to a final later in the meet (Saturday). Now we have a radical solution for the 800; do you like it, Nick?

  6. ncberra - June 4, 2014

    It’s tough to have 800 and 1500m finals on Thursday and Friday, with nothing on the weekend. The rollover issue was never convenient, but at least the crux of the meet always seemed to be held on Saturday and Sunday. If the middle distance folks have to have a final on Thursday or Friday, you’d think that at least the other event would be on the weekend – spread out the races a bit and give the participant’s family and friends a chance to come out and watch….

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there is significant thought put in to scheduling this meet, and I appreciate the efforts of the committee. I guess next year I’ll just have to round up a shuttle hurdle relay team in order to see the track on Saturday….

  7. Peter Taylor - June 5, 2014

    Thanks, Nick. I had missed the fact that you young guys are going to run your 1500 final on Friday after your 800 final on Thursday. Different, to say the least, but some people may like it.

    In the old days, as I recall, Sunday was “1500 day.” Let me go check the schedule again … OK, the 1500 this year will be on three different days. Young men like you, Nick, will be on Friday as noted. The women will be on Saturday, and the men with a bit more life experience (50+) will have their finals on Sunday.

    Interesting, and it will keep people on their toes. Seems like it would be harder for the FAT people, but perhaps I am wrong.

  8. Robert Thomas - June 6, 2014

    If I’m not mistaken, the reason for the change in the schedule is to try and minimize any distance races going on during the heat of the day. The last time we had Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina, The heat was unbearable and the Fire Department threaten to shut down the meet because they were called out several times due to officials passing out. This may not be the best schedule for those that would like family and friends to come visit, but you have to also keep in mind that the older athletes usually need family members to travel with them so they can come to the meet. So that may have played a role in which age groups went during the week and which went on the weekend. Just my thoughts from looking at the schedule.

  9. ebgrant - June 17, 2014

    When will the start times for each event be available?

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