Thursday, March 20, 2008

2008 Jim Bush Track & Field Championships

2008 Southern California USATF Championships
2008 San Diego USATF Championships
2008 USATF West Region Track & Field Championships

Bill Henry Track at Occidental College

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So Cal USATF High Performance Meet I

This meet is specifically designed to provide athletes with a late-season qualifying or tune-up opportunity for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and/or a competition to achieve the Olympic Games “A” standard.

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008
Santa Monica College

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

USA Masters / West Region 15K / 5K Race Walk

USATF West Region Open & Masters 15K Race Walk Championships
Mayfest 5K Grand Prix

MAY 18, 2008
Fairmount Park • Riverside, CA

7:30am: 15K Race Walk Championships
9:30am: Mayfest 5K Grand Prix

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Coaster Run ~ SCA 5K Road Championships

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wayne Joness (JO-ness), newly appointed Long Distance Running Committee Chairman for the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field, has announced the first USATF Road Championship for 2008.

The COASTER RUN 5K on Sunday, April 13th, in Buena Park will serve as the 2008 Southern California USATF 5K Road Championship. Produced by Renegade Racing, the race is a fund-raiser for the Speech & Language Development Center and also includes a 10K (which is not a USATF Championship) and a 1K Kids Walk/Run.

Race day registration, the start & finish, and post-race Expo are all located at Buena Park’s famous Knott's Berry Farm at 8039 Beach Boulevard. Last year’s 5K drew 655 runners and the 2007 men’s and women’s 5K winners over the flat, fast course were Julio Jimenez (16:08) and Ceci St. Geme (17:47).

This year’s race will feature a separate Elite 5K Race featuring cash prizes for the top-5 male and female finishers. Entry standards for the elite race are 17:00 for men and 20:00 for women. (Those running in this race will be exempt from receiving age-group division awards.)

In the Elite Race, all entrants must be 2008 members of USA Track & Field. In the Open 5K race, the top-3 USATF member finishers in the following 13 different men’s and women’s age groups will receive gold-silver-bronze USATF Championship Medals:
13 & under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+.

What’s more, all 5K/10K participants will receive 1/2 price entry to Knotts Berry Farm. Those raising $100 or more in donations for the Speech & Language Development Center will earn free entry to the park.

Elite Men: Elite Females:
1st Place $400 1st Place $400
2nd Place $250 2nd Place $250
3rd Place $150 3rd Place $150
4th Place $100 4th Place $100
5th Place $50 5th Place $50
USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10 USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10

6:00am Race Day Registration Opens:
7:30am 5K Elite Race
7:45am 5K Open Race
8:00am 10K Open Race
9:00am Kids 1K Walk/Run
9:30am Awards Presentations
6:00am-11:00am Finish Line EXPO

To register for the 2008 Southern California 5K Road Championships,
please visit

$25.00 5K Elite Race
$25.00 5K Open Race
$35.00 10K Open Race
$15.00 Kids 1K Walk/Run
$5.00 Late Fee Applied after March 30

“This is the first Southern California USATF Road Championship in more than 2 decades, says Wayne Joness. So we are very excited to partner with the Buena Park Speech & Language Development Center and Renegade Racing on their Coaster Run and hoping to grow both their race and our Southern California Road Championship Series.”

Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email:

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Joness Named New SCA LDR Chair

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Southern California Association of USA Track & Field has announced the appointment of Wayne Joness (pronounced JO-ness) as the new chairman of its Open Athletics Long Distance Committee.

A native of Appalachian Virginia, in 1985 Wayne received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Virginia where he also studied music—the field in which he now works since moving to Los Angeles in 1990. He became a distance runner in high school and, after that, was a recreational runner until relocating to the Los Angeles running mecca.

Over the past 18-years, Wayne has been actively competing in road racing throughout Southern California. He’s run more than 200 So Cal races in total, including 111 10K’s, 26 marathons, and 14 half-marathons. 3-weeks ago, Wayne ran the Tokyo Marathon in 3:38 and he will be returning to run the historic Boston Marathon in April.

Wayne has been a member of Track Club LA since 2004 and participated with the club in numerous masters level cross country events.

“Wayne Joness is familiar with the Southern California road racing scene, and with its most prestigious events and those with the most promise for growth, says SCA Open Athletics Vice President, Skip Stolley. He is the ideal candidate to chair our Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee. Wayne says he looks forward to expanding awareness of USA Track & Field development initiatives within the Southern California Road Running Community and in helping to expand our series of Southern California USATF Road Race Championships.”


Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athetics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email:

CONTACT: Skip Stolley
Vice President, Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Chairman, SCA Open Athletics Committee
825 16th Street /suite B
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tel (310) 453-7655

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Veterans Favored to Win 3,000M Race Walks

Johnson City, Tennessee-Sometimes in race walking, as in life, quality is better than quantity. As John Mayer sang, ìtwice as much ainít twice as goodî. This will certainly be true on Friday, March 7, at the NAIA Indoor National Track & Field Championships 3,000 meter race walks.

The fields are set at twenty one combined total for the walking event, set to go at noon local time. This year eight women and thirteen men will compete on the boards in Johnson City.

This is down from last yearís event when there were a total of twenty five competitors. The good news is that the quality the athletes bring to these championships translated to faster qualifying times than in the previous year.

To enter the championships the men had an A standard of 17:00 for 3k, and the women had a standard of 18:20. The NAIA is the only collegiate body that has the race walk as a national championship event.

In an interesting note, the womenís race is comprised of only freshmen and sophomores, the lone exception being Rachel Rhodes of Houghton the sole upperclassman, a senior. This bodes well for the future of not only collegiate walking but for USATF race walking on the female side if we can keep these young women walking past college.

The Veterans
Tina Peters, Goshen SO, (15:12.09) is the returning indoor and outdoor national
champion. She has won several meets this year indoors so looks to repeat.
Amanda Johnson, Lindsey Wilson SO, (15:50.70) has improved tremendously
from last year, racing regularly in USATF race walk events.
Rachel Rhodes, Houghton SR, (16:33.64) placed third at last years outdoor meet.
Katie Malinowski, Cornerstone SO, (18:11.78) ninth in Fresno, has cut her time
by over a minute.

The Challengers
Chelsea Adams, Houghton FR, (17:09.94) is the fastest of the freshman class.
Megan Wong, Westmont FR, (17:14.24) has set personal bests every time she has raced.
Emily Hansen, Concordia SO, (17:44.27) comes in with the sixth fastest time in the nation.
Janelle Brown, Cornerstone, FR (18:17.26) rounds out the field in eighth.
Tina Peters

Chris Tegtmeier, Concordia, is the overwhelming favorite in the menís race. Chris has qualified for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials-Menís 20km Race Walk to be held in Eugene. He has won several indoor meets this season in convincing fashion.

Thiago Ferreira, Missouri Valley, a newcomer, hails from Brazil and looks to make the race competitive.

Seth Campbell, Brad Sinick, Tom Stolee, Peter Muldoon, Nathan Dreher, and Geoff Karhoff are all veterans from last year's races and look to be in the hunt again this year.

For more information on the 2008 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship 3,000 meter race walks and results go to


1 Peters, Tina SO Goshen 15:12.09
2 Johnson, Amanda SO Lindsey Wilson 15:50.70
3 Rhodes, Rachel SR Houghton 16:33.64 HT
4 Adams, Chelsea FR Houghton 17:09.94 HT
5 Wong, Megan FR Westmont 17:14.24 HT
6 Hansen, Emily SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 17:44.27
7 Malinowski, Katie SO Cornerstone 18:11.78
8 Brown, Janelle FR Cornerstone 18:17.26
1 Tegtmeier, Chris SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 12:52.24 HT
2 Ferreira, Thiago JR Missouri Valley 13:52.66
3 Campbell, Seth JR Cedarville 14:10.81
4 Sinick, Brad SR Malone 14:34.31
5 Wiseman, Josh FR Cedarville 15:02.98
6 Stolee, Tom SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 15:03.24 HT
7 Muldoon, Peter SO Central Methodist 15:04.00
8 Dreher, Nathan JR Concordia( Neb. ) 15:16.24 HT
9 Bacon, Grant FR Cedarville 15:18.50
10 Karhoff, Geoff JR Central Methodist 15:26.85
11 Dehning, Chris JR Concordia ( Neb. ) 15:35.24 HT
12 Lew, Daniel JR Westmont 15:53.19
13 Adams, Zach FR Houghton 15:56.84 HT


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