San Diego USATF


2820 Camino del Rio South 130
April 20, 2005

  1. President Graeme Shirley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the President, the attendees were Nelson Alexander, Lolitia Bache, Kettrell Berry, Philip Dunn, Paul Greer, Thom Hunt, Lillian Mahoney, Sharon Powell, and Jim Skelly.
  2. The Board unanimously approved the minutes of the March 16 meeting.
  3. Treasurer Lolitia Bache reported that the checking account balance was $19,309.14, while the certificates of deposit were another $16,000. The increase in the account balance over March was the receipt of sanction fees for three large races.
  4. No report was received for Track and Field, but it was noted that no firm date has been set for the Association Track & Field Championships.
  5. Hunt reported on the May 7 Distance Carnival. Online registration is available through Both Hunt and Greer are actively promoting the Distance Carnival at various running events. Hunt reported that from talking to many athletes, the event is being well received and anticipated that attendance should be high. Except for the timing system, all other plans are in place for the meet.
  6. Greer reported that he and Hunt are preparing a bid for the 2007 National Winter Cross Country Championships. The local community seems to be very supportive of having this event held in San Diego. Greer hopes to be able to present a draft bid proposal to the board at the next meeting. After approval, he and Hunt will present the bid package at the USA Track & Field championships in June.
  7. Dunn stated that he did not participate in the international race walks March 19 and 20 in Tijuana, the first event in the 2005 IAAF Grand Prix Series. John Nunn and Tom Seaman did compete in the 20 km race. On May 7 and 8 Dunn and John Nunn will compete in the Pan Am Race Walk Cup in Lima Peru. Nunn will compete at 20 km and Dunn at 50 km.
  8. Alexander reported that he was working on the Regional Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships to be held at Rancho Buena Vista High School June 24 and 25. Problems with the long jump pit at Rancho Buena Vista have forced a move of the horizontal jumps to Mira Costa College Friday, June 23. Alexander also reported that the Youth Committee is purchasing railing to be placed around the Rancho Buena Vista track. Alexander indicated that he was the Meet Director of this event; with the committee consisting of himself, Mo Haneef and Denise Smotherman. The Association Junior Olympics meet will be conducted two weeks prior.
  9. Berry announced that the Association Masters Track & Field Championships (to include the Chuck McMahon Meet) was set for July 9 at Patrick Henry High School. Flyers have been distributed and all equipment and timing systems will be in place.
  10. Berry also reported that at the April 17 Mt SAC Relays he won the masters 200 meter dash (22.52w), with James Chinn third (23.43w). Nadine O'Connor was first and Rita Hanscom third in the masters women's age-graded 100 meter dash, while Greg Pizza was second in the men's race. Berry will be competing in a 1600 meter relay at the Penn Relays.
  11. Skelly stated that he has recertified 68 officials, with paperwork due for 20 to 25 more. The hardest part of the track season is over, but there is still a shortage of throws officials.
  12. Mahoney reported that the Association provided timing and documentation at the April 3 Carlsbad 5000 for Tirunesh Dibaba's 14:51 which tied the women’s world best set by Paula Radcliffe.
  13. Shirley gave the registration report. As of April 20, the Association had 1216 members (900 youth, 117 open, 199 masters), down 60 from 2004 on the same date. Accounting for athletes from southern Riverside County returned to the Southern California Association, 2005 is ahead of record pace. He encouraged event directors to promote USATF membership among open runners.
  14. The chairman noted Hal Goforth's performance at the Boston Marathon: second in his age group in his 30th race (28th consecutive).
  15. The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

    Lillian Mahoney
    Recording Secretary

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