Archive for January, 2018

Shocker for track world: Track & Field News folds print edition

This really hurts: Track & Field News on Tuesday announced that it has mailed its last print edition. (Only online from now on.) I’m preparing a story for Times of San Diego. If you have a “Bible of the Sport” story to tell, please post a comment or shoot me a note. I’ve been a […]

January 16, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Ontario Masters meets pioneering mixed-sex 4×400 relay records

Last April, the IAAF held a mixed-sex 4×400 relay, reporting thusly: “The beauty of the mixed relay is its anarchy, the absence of a set running order of sexes allowing for final legs like the one we witnessed here.” To Duncan Greenshields of Ontario Masters Athletics, the beauty is the record-setting opportunity. As OMA records […]

January 15, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

M75-plus, W70-plus sprinters sought for ABQ exhibitions Feb. 18

On Sunday, Feb. 18, masters exhibition 200-meter races are being held at USATF open indoor nationals in Albuquerque. Joy Upshaw is in charge of putting fields together in W70-plus and M75-plus. But the Status of Entries page shows nobody registered. Uh oh. The time standards are sub-30 for men and sub-34 for women. I suspect […]

January 10, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  22 Comments

Eurovets president, secretary accused of drug-positive cover-up

How could M50 Ukrainian high jumper Oleg Kramar compete at 2016 outdoor and 2017 indoor worlds despite having tested positive for banned stuff at the EMA indoor championships March 29-April 3, 2016? A European wondered the same. This person tapped contacts at IAAF and FIDAL (the Italian track federation) as well as EMA leakers to […]

January 9, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

American Masters T&F Classic in N.C. plans age-group tug-of-war

North Carolina-based Piedmont Pacers, a “running, track & field club,” has announced the “First Annual American Masters Track & Field Classic” on April 14, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. The website logo calls it “American Masters Track & Field Championship,” but that’s probably an oversight. In any case, this has potential to fill a gap […]

January 8, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Heart attack claims M50 Irish star Joe Conway; lived in Texas

Ireland’s Joe Conway, a national class middle-distance who lived in Texas, died last month of a heart attack, we sadly learn. He was 50 and competed as recently as 2017 Baton Rouge nationals. A friend, Conor O’Driscoll, wrote me: “Joe was always great company at national masters meets. He will be missed.” A former media […]

January 4, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Spanish club offers ‘Holding Camp’ for Malaga-goers for $1,900

If you’re planning to attend Malaga worlds in September, tourism is probably part of your sked. So why is La Nova Sporting Club selling a masters sports camp at Alicante, Spain — four hours away? And who’s willing to cough up at least $1,900 for the privilege? Those are my questions upon reading the promo. […]

January 2, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments