Joy, in Costa Rican hurdles, also starred at 2014 Budapest indoor worlds. Rob Jerome photo
has tallied votes of her USATF Masters Awards Committee (including mine) and announced that Bill Collins
and Joy Upshaw
will be America’s nominees for IAAF World Best Masters honors at the end of the year. The WMA Council chooses from among WMA regional picks for the top spots, who get all-expenses-paid trips to the IAAF Gala in November.
So what about Flo Meiler
and Irene Obera?
Don’t think too hard. This is WMA, remember. According to their rules, the 2014 track season consists of two meets â€” WMA indoor worlds and any of the WMA regional meets. If you don’t run WMA, you don’t count for the Gala gig. To their credit, several members of Mary’s committee rebelled at this. But she patiently reminded them that WMA makes the rules, and her hands are tied. My idea? As a protest, don’t nominate anyone. In fact, USATF and Canada should unite to back posthumous recognition of Olga Kotelko
, who went bonkers at Budapest.
BTW, if Bill eventually wins the best male award, he’d be the first double American winner (fixed after comment below)
. He won in 2006.
Here’s the note Mary sent announcing the picks:
Thank you all for your considerations.
The vote was for Joy w50 and Bill m60.
Just to review.
Joyâ€™s three events that I selected (could only pick three)
The 200m indoor at Budapest AG95% she ranked #1 in world ranking in this event
200m outdoor- Costa Rica AG 93% 27.40
60m Hurdles indoor in9.48 at Budapest which ranked her #1 in world ranking.
She earned 2 gold’s at Budapest and 5 Golds at Costa Rica.
She has world records in the w50 Indoor 200m and long jump.
For Bill, he won two Golds in Budapest, the 60m and the 200m.
In the 60m, he ran 7.54 just .02 from the current world record.
AG 104%; the second Gold was in the 200m which he ran in 24.70 AG 99%
He already holds the current Indoor 200m record of 24.52.
He also hold the world records in M55 Indoor 60m, and the world record in the
M45,50,55, and M60 indoor 200m. He is also the current M55 world record holder
for the outdoor 100m and 200m.