Open letter to WMA Prez Stan Perkins: Sack Sandy as records czar
Dear Stan: Sandy Pashkin has failed in her role as WMA Records Committee chair. You should take a page from USATFâ€™s Gary Snyderâ€™s playbook and remove her for incompetence and aggravation â€” to media and athletes. The latest example came Thursday morning, when Soar Running reported an M45 indoor mile world record by Anthony Whiteman at a Lee Valley meet in London. Anthony ran a fantastic 4:12.94. But the listed American record is John Trautmannâ€™s 4:12.33 from 2015. The listed WMA record is Brad Bartonâ€™s 4:16.83 from 2013. Meanwhile at the same Wednesday meet, W50 Lucy Elliott ran 5:03.60 to shatter the listed WR of 5:07.32 by Clare Elms in 2015. Two weeks ago, I noted errors in M70 pole vault records. This is a recurring shame. Ten years ago, I called for Sandyâ€™s ouster as USATF records czar. Donâ€™t take that long to act. At the least, have Sandyâ€™s group do a thorough review of all national and region records to make sure WMAâ€™s list reflects the best marks. As it stands, WMAâ€™s record books are an embarrassment to the sport. Sincerely yours, Ken Stone.
â€” soarrunning (@soar_running) February 2, 2017