About Ken Stone

Ken Stone with his Lahti bronze for 4×100 relay.

Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials, two as a blogger. (See the first-ever real-time Trials blog here.)

Ken was born in Detroit in June 1954 but grew up in Orange County, California, and Omaha, Nebraska, where in 1972 he was the top high school hurdler in the city. He was a walk-on hurdler at the University of Kansas for two years. At KU he interviewed mile great Jim Ryun several times and covered his retirement press conference for Track & Field News.

Ken has competed in masters track since 1995, attending 14 outdoor nationals and three WMA world meets (in 1999, 2009 and 2011). His marks are top-secret.

After 17 years as a copy editor with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Ken joined the paper’s website, SignOnSanDiego, in July 2003. Along with most of the SignOn staff, he was laid off in June 2010, but was hired a month later as a local editor for Patch.com. His site, now called La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch, launched in late September 2010. In March 2012, he was promoted to associate regional editor of San Diego County, overseeing 10 Patch sites. AOL laid Ken off (along with hundreds of others) in August 2013.

A member of Track and Field Writers of America, Ken posted the original Wikipedia article on masters athletics. In June 2009, he won TAFWA’s first annual Adam Jacobs Memorial Award for excellence in blogging.

In late 2009, he won blogger Pete Magill’s All The President’s Men Award for Masters Track Investigative Journalism. In summer 2010, two of his photos from the Lahti world masters meet won honorable-mention awards at the International Photography Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. He has won dozens of writing and photography awards from the San Diego Press Club, mostly for work as a contributing editor with Times of San Diego. His LinkedIn profile address includes his personal record in the 440-yard hurdles.

Ken can be reached at TrackCEO@aol.com or kens@timesofandiego.com.

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5 Responses

  1. flo meiler - October 14, 2016

    Great article Ken. Wish my picture appeared with the other three runners of which I was the 4th., with Fei-Mei. I am not proficient on the computer? Enjoy your articles. Flo Meiler

  2. Vickie Ford - January 30, 2017

    Would like to notify Masterstrack that Coach WAYNE DOUGLAS (ELITE HEALTH TRACK CLUB) HAS PASSED AWAY ON 1/24/2017
    FEBRUARY 12TH 2017 AT 11:00A SUNDAY
    5835 W.SLAUSON AVE.
    CULVER CITY CA. 90230

  3. Frank Irizarry - February 13, 2017

    How can I get an application for the 2017 outdoor decathlon on June 25-26 2017

  4. John Dennehy - August 17, 2017

    David Carr bettered Ed Whitlock’s M85 WR in Perth, Western Australia on August 16. He posted a time of 7:16,7. Since entering the M85 age group, David has set pending world marks for the 800m, 1500m, 2km steeples and now thei mile. An exceptional achievement for an exceptional athlete.

  5. John Duda - June 8, 2023

    Do you know the address of a certain library that has LA City track records? appreciate…thanks

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