San Diego USATF

2004 AWARDS

On January 9, 2004, San Diego USATF held its 20th annual awards ceremony, organized by Arnie Robinson. Over 140 athletes, coaches, officials, and friends joined master of ceremonies Paul Greer in recognizing 2003 performances. The following awards were given: (click on the award for previous winners)

Bill Gookin Award Nazario Romero San Diego USATF Cross Country Series Champion
Mebrahtom KeflezighiRunner-up at 10,000m (27:57.59) at U.S. Outdoors, 16th at World Championships (28:35.08). Road National Champion at 20 km (Championship Record 58:57), 8 km (22:28) and 15 km (43:31). Runner-up in USA Running Circuit. Fastest 2003 American marathon (2:10:03) by over 2 minutes. 2nd in 12 km Cross Country National Championships, 11th in World Championships. Ranked 1st in the marathon, and 2nd at both 5000 meters and 10,000 meters in the U.S.
Donna Gookin Award Ursula Kremer San Diego USATF Cross Country Series Champion
Arnie Robinson Award Kenta Bell National Champion in Triple Jump (17.59 meters, 57' 8"). Ranked 7th in World, and 2nd in U.S.
Carl Brown National Champion in Discus Throw (66.66 meters, 218' 8"). Ranked 8th in World, and 1st in U.S.
Jamie Nieto National Champion in High Jump (2.30 meters, 7' 6"). Ranked 5th in World, and 1st in U.S.
Ramona Pagel Award Tracy O'Hara 7th Place at National Championships in Pole Vault (4.35 meters, 14' 3") with best mark of 4.40 meters (14' 5"). Ranked 7th in U.S.
Race Walking Curt Clausen Won six of eight National Championships (10 km, 15 km, 2 hour, 30 km, 40 km, and 50 km), and placed 2nd at 5 km, and 4th at 20 km. Ranked 4th in U.S. at 20 km, 2nd in U.S. at 50 km
Monique Henderson Award Brandon Bornes State High School Champion in 300 meter hurdles (38.00 seconds), yearly best of 37.34
Jared Bray State High School Champion in the Shot Put (19.28 meters, 63' 3")
Brett Campfield Junior Olympics National Champion at 3200 meters (8:46.89)
Tyson Gray Junior Olympics National Champion in the Javelin Throw (55.54 meters, 182' 3")
Derrell Hutsona State High School Champion in the Long Jump (w7.76m, 25' 5"), leading Helix to Team Title. Yearly best of 7.55m, 24' 9". Ranked 4th in U.S.
Claire Rethmeier State High School Champion at 3200m (10:27.32). Second in State Cross Country Championships, San Diego County's Top Finisher. Top California finisher in Footlocker Cross Country Championship
Masters Athlete Kettrell Berry National Masters Champion at 100 meters (11.08) and 200 meters (22.25) for Men 40-44. Regional Masters Champion at 200 meters (22.41). Association Masters Champion at 200 meters (22.40) and 400 meters (51.32)
Terry Cannon National Masters Field Athlete of the Year for Men 60-64. National Masters Champion in the Pole Vault both Outdoors (3.45 meters, 11' 3") and Indoors (2.90 meters, 9' 6"). Association Masters Champion at 3.45 meters
Franklin "Bud" Held National Masters Field Athlete of the Year for Men 75-79. Broke U.S. and World Records in the Pole Vault (3.05 meters, 10' 0"). Second at National Masters Championships
George Mathews National Masters Champion for the 20-lb weight (19.68 meters, 64' 6") and 56-lb superweight (8.48 meters, 27' 9") for Men 60-64. Second in the Hammer Throw (54.44 meters, 178' 7") at National Masters Championships
Jim Selby Won 14 of 15 Championship races. National Masters Champion at 800 meters (2:44.27), 1500 meters (5:53.90), and 2000 meter steeplechase (10:09.12), and runner-up at 400 meters (1:13.04) for men 75-79. West Regional and Association Champion at 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 meters, plus West Regional 2000 meter steeplechase Champion
Harold Tolson National Masters Outdoor Champion at 200 meters (25.86), and Indoor Champion at 60 meters (8.05) and 200 meters (26.36) for Men 65-69
Nadine O'Connor National Masters Field Athlete of the Year for Women 60-64. Broke World and U.S. Records in Pole Vault four times, topping out when winning National Championship (2.85 meters, 9' 4")
Open Athlete Tyree Washington Ranked Number 1 in World at 400 meters. Won Indoor World Championship (45.34) and placed second in World Outdoor Championship (44.77). Ran legs on both Indoor and Outdoor World Champion 4x400 Relay Teams. Won five Grand Prix Finals
Miesha McKelvy Ranked Number 4 in World in 100 meter Hurdles, Number 2 in U.S. Second in U.S. Championships (12.62) to Gail Devers by 0.01 second, and third at the World Championships (12.67). Seasonal Best of 12.51
Special Recognition Felix Sanchez International Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Ranked Number 1 in World in 400 meter Hurdles. World Champion with 47.25 personal record. 28 consecutive 400 meter hurdle victories over the last three seasons
So Cal Roadrunners National Junior Olympics Midget Girls Cross Country Champions
President's Awards Curt Clausen Your Efforts and Leadership have played a Vital Role in the Development of Track & Field in San Diego, and have been of Invaluable Assistance in USATF realizing its Purposes and Programs.
Susan Loveall Your Efforts and Leadership have played a Vital Role in the Development of Track & Field in San Diego, and have been of Invaluable Assistance in USATF realizing its Purposes and Programs.
Tony Salerno Your Efforts and Leadership have played a Vital Role in the Development of Track & Field in San Diego, and have been of Invaluable Assistance in USATF realizing its Purposes and Programs.
Bob Gilmore Award Ken Bernard Lifetime Achievement: More than 30 years of leadership and dedication to Athletics in San Diego, from the AAU in the early 1970s, through The Athletics Congress, and now USATF. His tireless efforts have produced programs for Youth, Open, and Masters competitors in Track & Field, Road Racing, and Race Walking which have encouraged Athletes of all abilities to pursue Excellence. His efforts have been an Inspiration to all who have worked with him.


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