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?
August 12, 2001 |
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.
October 16, 2001 |
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 |
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.
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.
January 12, 1996
El Toro's Damian de Beaubien has committed to play football at San Diego State, his father, Gary, said Thursday. De Beaubien, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker, was a Times Orange County first-team selection and helped the Chargers win the Southern Section Division V championship. He set a school record with 147 tackles, 80 of which were solo, this season. * Laurie Lamb, a forward for the girls' soccer team at Edison High, has orally committed to attend UC Irvine, her mother, Sharon, said.
August 10, 2005 |
USA Track and Field officials are investigating a possible incident in which two veteran members of the U.S. men's track team allegedly hazed and intimidated three younger teammates last week. The incident allegedly involved veteran sprinters Maurice Greene and John Capel against younger sprinters Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon Jr., and 400-meter hurdler Kerron Clement, all here for the World Championships.
October 2, 2000 |
NBC's ratings for the Sydney Olympics dropped to a new low for a second consecutive night. Saturday's show, which included four track relay finals and live coverage of the men's basketball final on the East Coast, drew a 10.5 rating and 20 share. That is a tenth of a point lower than Friday's rating, dropping the cumulative Nielsen number to 14. These are the lowest-rated Summer Olympics since 1964, when only 14 hours of the Tokyo Games were televised.
July 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Members of the U.S. track team placed a premium on experience when they chose a pair of four-time Olympians as captains of the men's and women's delegations for the London Games. Angelo Taylor, who has won two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles and a third gold in the 4x400 relay, and 35-year-old discus thrower Aretha Thurmond were honored by their teammates in voting made public via Twitter on Tuesday. A USA Track and Field spokeswoman confirmed the selections late Tuesday.
September 3, 2000
Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track and Field, likes to boast that Marion Jones "has the chance to be the first female international athlete to transcend sports . . . only three people have done that: Pele, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan" ("Just Do It," by Mike Penner, Aug. 6). Sorry, but that's one race where Jones won't be the first woman across the finish line. That distinction already belongs to the amazing Billie Jean King, who blazed trails in social change before Jones was even born.