Rex Harvey wins national masters T&F chair; Spokane nationals
Spokane (site of 2008 nationals) and Ames, Iowa, will host outdoor nationals in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and indoor nationals will return to JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem in 2019.
There was some discussion of North Carolina House Bill 2 and some opposition to going there as a result, but the final (secret ballot) vote was pretty overwhelming (11 dissenting votes), one source told me.
Voting on the active athletes rep on the Executive Committee was close for a second straight year.
In the first vote Friday morning, it was a tie between Latashia Key of Indiana and Venus Jewett of Pepperdine in SoCal with 27 votes each. ‚ÄúVenus agreed to a proposal co-chair, but Latasha said no and wanted the revote, same as last year when Mary [Trotto] agreed to co-chair but Latasha wanted the revote,‚ÄĚ I was told.
They couldn‚Äôt do a revote Friday because too much else was pending so the revote was on Saturday. Latashia won that one 23-20.
One source told me: ‚ÄúThe biggest piece of news that hasn‚Äôt gotten much play anywhere since last year is that NCCWMA [regional WMA meet] will be in Juarez, Mexico, in July the weekend after the national outdoor meet in Baton Rouge. Sandy Pashkin (NCCWMA Prez) said there will be online registration coming after the new year (no specific target date for that going up).‚ÄĚ
New USATF President Vin Lananna spoke to masters delegates and took questions.
He spoke for 15 minutes, with a statement of about five minutes and then answered questions. He said he wanted to be an advocate for the constituencies including masters and will listen.
Most of the questions asked him to press for more funding for masters and to support masters drug testing. He said he wants concrete and focused proposals. He was well received.