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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?
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.
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.
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.
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 | Helene Elliott
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.
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.
The U.S. Olympic Committee's former director of anti-doping programs, Dr. Wade Exum, offered at the beginning of this year to resign his post, claim he did so for "personal reasons" and not sue the USOC on condition that it pay him $5.5 million, sources told The Times on Friday. The USOC declined to accept that offer. Six months later, Exum resigned, charging as he left that he could no longer abide working at the USOC because it was "deliberately encouraging the doping of athletes."
January 31, 2003 | Helene Elliott
An athlete who trained with controversial coach Charlie Francis said Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery should ignore criticism they've received for working with Francis, who admitted he supplied steroids to sprinter Ben Johnson before Johnson won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. "There are only a handful of coaches in the world who can coach someone at that level.
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