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November 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Bob Larsen, who coached UCLA's men's track team to two NCAA outdoor titles and guided Bruins alumnus Meb Keflezighi to a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon, and shot putter John Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion who competed under Larsen at UCLA, were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. The honors were announced Wednesday by USA Track and Field, the sport's national governing body. Their induction will take place Dec. 7 in Indianapolis at USATF's Jesse Owens Hall of  Fame banquet.
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May 8, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Frank Shorter's 1972 Olympic gold medal was the high point in the history of American marathoning, Sunday's U.S. Olympic men's marathon trials in Pittsburgh may well qualify as rock bottom. With no runner reaching the Olympic qualifying standard of 2 hours 14 minutes, the United States will send only one runner--trials winner Rod DeHaven of Madison, Wis.--to this year's Olympic marathon, an all-time American low.
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January 18, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
USA Track and Field has agreed to act as an escrow agent to ensure that elite athletes who compete in the venerable but financially troubled Millrose Games will get their money, Craig Masback, USATF's chief executive, said Monday. The 98th edition of the Millrose Games is scheduled for Feb. 4 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The track and field event, in its second year under the ownership and management of Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc.
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April 4, 1993 | Associated Press
Carl Lewis and his Santa Monica Track Club teammates didn't let a steady rain slow them down Saturday as they blazed to a Texas Relays record with the fastest 400-meter relay this year. Lewis, holder of eight Olympic gold medals, anchored the invitational event victory by a solid 20 meters over the Prime Time Sports team with a clocking of 38.94 seconds. Prime Time Sports was second in 40.29.
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December 16, 2000
Helene Elliott admirably lays out the strategy put forth by USA Track and Field's CEO, Craig Masback, for bringing track back into the big time. Masback identifies Los Angeles as one of four major U.S. track centers, then states (quite rightly): "Successful events in track and field are those with tradition, and you can't snap your fingers and have tradition." So could Elliott please explain why she writes extensively about the inaugural edition of the L.A. Indoor Track and Field championships on Feb. 11 at Staples Center, but says not one word about the 41st L.A. Invitational Indoor Track Meet on Jan. 20 at the Sports Arena?
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August 12, 2001 | Helene Elliott
Marion Jones won her final race at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, anchoring the U.S. women's 400-meter relay team to an impressive victory in 41.71 seconds. The men's 400-meter relay team feared it had run its final race when it was disqualified in the semifinals Saturday, but it got a reprieve when the decision was reversed and it was reinstated. The problem arose when leadoff runner Jon Drummond felt a cramp in his right quadriceps about 40 meters into the race.
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October 16, 2001 | Associated Press
Inger Miller, a former world champion at 200 meters, tested positive for caffeine during the 1999 world indoor championships and will be stripped of her bronze medal. The failed drug test for high levels of caffeine had not been disclosed previously by USA Track and Field, the sport's domestic governing body. USATF said it upheld a February ruling of its appeals board. The International Assn. of Athletic Federations said Miller's letter of explanation in January 2000 was insufficient.
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March 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ernest Van Leeuwen, 94, who for the last several years had been the oldest man in the field at the Los Angeles Marathon, died in his sleep Friday at his Encino home, said his wife, Nina. He had a stroke several weeks ago, causing him to miss this year's race, which would have been his 13th. Van Leeuwen, who took up distance running in his 50s after reading a magazine article about the health benefits of physical fitness, watched the March 4 race on television. In 2006 he was awarded the L.A.
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August 14, 2000
Bill Knocke of Huntington Beach added a second gold medal Sunday at the USA Track and Field National Masters Championships in Eugene, Ore. Knocke, 60, won the men's 60-64 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 47.22 seconds. Knocke also won the 100 hurdles in his age group on Friday. Elaine Iba of Trabuco Canyon, who won the javelin on Saturday in the 30-39 age group, took first in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet 1 1/4 inches.
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