San Diego USATF


2820 Camino del Rio South 130
May 25, 2005

  1. President Graeme Shirley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the President, the attendees were Lolitia Bache, Kettrell Berry, Philip Dunn, Lillian Mahoney, Jennifer Nanista, Sharon Powell, and Jim Skelly.
  2. The Board unanimously approved the minutes of the April 20 meeting.
  3. Treasurer Lolitia Bache reported that the checking account balance was $17,431.66, while the certificates of deposit were another $16,000. Bache indicated that, except for long distance running, the other committee chairs had not drawn money from their budgets, which was one reason why the balance was still high.
  4. Nanista reported that the Association Track & Field Championships are now set for June 16th, the same time as last year. The Hammer throw will not be contested at SDSU and Nanista was going to see if it can be contested at UCSD. If so, both the Hammer and Discus will be thrown there, possibly on Saturday. Direct Athletics is going to do online event entries. Nanista will send Shirley copies of the schedule and other pertinent information so that it can be put up on the website.
  5. No report was received from the long distance running committees, but Shirley noted that, although there were small fields, the Distance Carnival had gone very well and should grow in future years. Junior AJ Acosta's 4:10.08 mile ranked him second among all US high schoolers through mid-May.
  6. Dunn reported on the Pan American Race Walking Cup May 7-8. John Nunn was second American (1:29:44) behind Tim Seaman in the 20 km race, with the US team finishing fifth. In the 50 km race, Dunn led the Americans with an 8th place finish (4:18:32), as the US finished second behind Mexico. In mid-May Dunn attended a race walk retreat in Portland. Two more race walkers will be in residence at the Training Center, Matt Boyles (6th in the 2004 20 km Olympic Race Walk Team Trials) and Mike Tarantino, as race walking continues to develop young athletes.
  7. Berry reported that registration is underway for the Association Masters Track & Field Meet, the Chuck McMahon Memorial Track & Field Meet. More than 40 entries have been received. Berry's promotion of the meet nationally should provide more than 50 athletes from outside the Association. The Board discussed the use of a non-secure site for online processing of registrations.
  8. Skelly updated the recertification process for officials. 73 are complete, and 20 are in progress. The toughest part of the track & field schedule, with double and triple meets, is complete. There is still a need for more throws officials. The USATF certification program for National Master Referees, which Skelly heads, is up and running. Locally, officials have worked meets conducted by the Olympic Training Center. In one, Estonia's Gerd Kanter threw the discus 70.10 meters, the second-longest mark in the U.S. in twenty years. In another, Akiba McKinney long jumped 6.63 meters, and Tim Mack and Toby Stevenson vaulted 5.85 meters and 5.75 meters, respectively. Finally, a May 4 article by Steve Brand in the San Diego Union-Tribune publicized the efforts of the Track & Field Officials.
  9. Shirley gave the registration report. As of May 25, the Association had 1299 members (951 youth, 136 open, 212 masters), 54 behind 2004 on the same date. Accounting for athletes from southern Riverside County returned to the Southern California Association, 2005 remains ahead of record pace. He repeated his encouragement to event directors to promote USATF membership among open runners.
  10. Shirley stated the need to designate an alternate site for Board meetings in the event of the unavailability of the current location. The subject will be discussed at the June meeting. Shirley suggested the room should be available at 6:30, and that at least two Board members should be able to open the room.
  11. The President reminded the Board that event sanctions are handled by the Association office, not by him. Further, no Board or President's approval is required for writing checks for routine expenses by committees within their budgets.
  12. The meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

    Lillian Mahoney
    Recording Secretary

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