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September 30, 1989 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Saying there is "general concern of the athletes about the integrity of the sport of track and field," the Athletes Advisory Committee of The Athletics Congress held an emergency meeting in suburban Washington and Friday released a position paper that called for an independent investigation of the drug problem in U.S. track and field. The meeting was prompted by recent allegations by sprinter Darrell Robinson that some top American athletes have used performance-enhancing drugs.
July 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The approach lights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport went out while the runways were shrouded in heavy fog, forcing 21 incoming flights to be diverted or grounded. No flights landed at Sea-Tac for nearly two hours, airport spokesman Bob Parker said. Some flights were grounded at their point of origin, and others were diverted to Bellingham; Wenatchee; Portland, Ore.; and Victoria and Vancouver, Canada. The lights went out after a part failed, the FAA said.
March 30, 1988 | United Press International
Willie Banks, the world record-holder in the triple jump, denied Tuesday ever saying he feared that The Athletics Congress might rig drug tests. Banks was quoted last Wednesday in The Times as saying: "There's a distinct possibility that TAC could rig the drug testing (for the Olympic trials), even though I've never even thought of taking drugs. "I know it could happen because an official of TAC accused me of being on drugs when I set the world record."
June 24, 1992 | JULIE CART
Shotputter Randy Barnes is a day closer to competing in the Olympic track and field trials Tuesday because The Athletics Congress took no court action to prevent the banned world record-holder from throwing on Friday. Barnes received a preliminary injunction from a state circuit court judge in West Virginia on Monday, giving him the right to compete in the shot--even though he is serving a two-year suspension for steroid use.
An appeals panel of The Athletics Congress has upheld the two-year suspension of Randy Barnes, world record-holder in the shotput. The ruling, announced by TAC on Tuesday, effectively exhausts Barnes' appeal with the U.S. track and field federation. He may appeal for arbitration through the U.S. Olympic Committee. Barnes, 24, tested positive for methyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid, at a meet in Sweden on Aug. 7, 1990. His suspension began last November and runs through Nov.
March 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Stanford University's weekend track meet will go on without the sponsorship of The Athletics Congress, which wanted random drug testing of the competitors. Stanford Athletic Director Andy Geiger on Monday said the Stanford Festival, slated for Friday and Saturday, was chosen for drug testing, and the school quickly decided to reject the testing and TAC sponsorship.
July 11, 1992 | Associated Press
Kamy Keshmiri, winner of the discus at the U.S. Olympic trials and the collegiate record-holder, said Friday he has been notified by The Athletics Congress that he tested positive for drugs at a random, out-of-competition test. TAC, the national governing body for track and field, said it would not have any comment on the matter. It is customary for TAC not to announce positive drug tests until an athlete has exhausted his appeals process. Keshmiri said from his Reno, Nev.
The Athletics Congress drug net widened Friday night as Larry Myricks, the 34-year-old world class long jumper, was suspended for three months, April 13-July 13, for taking Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus. The action follows by one day the suspension of hurdler Greg Foster for the same offense. Myricks tested positive at the TAC indoor championships Feb. 23 in New York. He told TAC officials that he was taking the medication to combat flu symptoms he says persist.
June 21, 1987
Quincy Watts had trouble in the turn and finished second Saturday night in the 200 meters at The Athletics Congress junior national championships at the University of Arizona. Watts, a junior from Taft High, had a time of 20.67 seconds--eighth fastest in high school history. John Drummond of Odessa, Tex., College, won in 20.64. Watts qualified for the U.S. junior national team that will compete in international meets in Vancouver, B.C., and Pullman, Wash.
June 17, 1989
Darcy Arreola of Cal State Northridge advanced to the 1,500-meter final in The Athletics Congress national championships Friday, finishing sixth in her qualifying heat in 4 minutes, 20.68 seconds. Arreola's heat was won by Wisconsin's Suzy Favor, the NCAA champion, in 4:19.28. Diane Richburg, the national leader in the 800 meters, won the other heat in 4:18.41. Favor and Arreola are two of five collegians who qualified for this evening's 12-women final. The top two collegiate finishers in today's race will earn berths on the U. S. team for the World University Games in Duisburg, West Germany, in August.
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