November 17, 2000 |
USA Track & Field accused international officials of making unfounded allegations about its drug-testing practices as part of a "political agenda" against the American body. USATF issued a three-page statement yesterday in response to recent "finger-pointing" by Arne Ljungqvist, the anti-doping chief of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, and Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. At a WADA meeting Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, Ljungqvist reiterated his charge that USATF is withholding details of 10 positive cases, including two in which athletes were exonerated after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.
June 12, 1997 |
The latest saga in the Mary Slaney mystery took another weird turn yesterday, when USA Track & Field suspended her from the national championships but couldn't tell her lawyer why. The USA championships began yesterday in Indianapolis. Slaney allegedly had a positive drug test at last year's U.S. Olympic Trials. Slaney's lawyer, Jim Coleman, said he had received a letter from USATF saying it was incorrect that she had tested positive for high levels of testosterone. Coleman said he then asked USATF what the problem was, but didn't get a satisfactory answer.
June 9, 1997 |
USA Track and Field, reeling under a succession of blows to its public image along with diminished sponsor and fan interest, is expected to name Craig Masback as its new executive director here tomorrow. It remains to be seen whether Masback will be the right man for what amounts to a formidable rescue mission, but there is no denying he knows the sport and is highly aware of the federation's problems. A Washington lawyer and former world-class miler from Princeton, Masback has worked as a television analyst at several competitions, including the world championships and the Olympic Games.
July 3, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - It will be remembered as the most anticipated race never run: the runoff that turned into a walk away to conclude the U.S. track trials. Jeneba Tarmoh conceded the final Olympic spot in the 100 meters rather than meet training partner Allyson Felix at the starting line on Monday to break a third-place tie. She notified USA Track and Field early in the day of her intention to withdraw from the evening race, not specifying why she was stepping aside. In an e-mail sent through her agent to USATF, Tarmoh said: "I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event.
September 19, 1997 |
Mary Slaney, 39, may have been cleared of doping charges this week by the U.S. track and field federation, but it remains to be seen if America's greatest female distance runner will be allowed to compete anywhere during the next two years. Slaney's fate remains in the hands of the International Amateur Athletics Federation, the world governing body for track and field, whose doping commission probably will review the U.S. findings in late November. "If the IAAF doping commission believes the decision of the USATF is correct, there is no further action to take," said Giorgio Reineri, a spokesman for the Monaco-based federation.
February 23, 2001 |
USA Track and Field (USATF) formally announced yesterday what had hardly been a secret: In 2004, the U.S. Olympic track and field trials again will be held in Sacramento, Calif. It marked the first time in more than 20 years that a city had been selected twice in succession for the event. Eugene, Ore., was the host city for the trials in 1972, 1976 and 1980. Sacramento, the California capital, staged the trials last summer, and the eight-day meet at Hornet Stadium drew a total of 187,104 spectators.
December 3, 2012 |
Hugh Campbell started running for the same reason many of us do. "I just got a bug in my sod about trying to run," he said. He mapped a 0.75-mile route near his house in Wilmington, ran it, and then ran it again. And again. He kept adding distance until he worked up to three miles, after which he ran a 3k. One big difference, though: Campbell was 87 when he got that bug in his sod. Now, he's considered a world-class runner for his age group. At 88, Campbell has set U.S. records in the 5k and 8k distances for male runners ages 80 and up. Two weeks ago, he broke the USA Track and Field 8k record for his age group at the Rothman Institute 8k in Philadelphia with a time of 47 minutes, 40 seconds, as part of the Philadelphia marathon racing weekend.
September 29, 2000 |
Under fire for allegedly suppressing positive drug tests, USA Track & Field proposed that its entire doping-control program be handed over to an independent world body. Craig Masback, executive director of USATF, suggested today that the World Anti-Doping Agency handle all in-competition and out-of-competition tests for American athletes and investigate any positive cases. USATF also announced it was forming a special commission to review its drug-testing procedures and address allegations that a number of positive cases have been covered up. Arne Ljungqvist, the anti-doping chief of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said last week that USATF had withheld information on 12 to 15 positive tests in the past two years.
July 28, 1998 |
Dennis Mitchell, the world-class sprinter whose career began at Edgewood Regional High School in Atco, N.J., and Randy Barnes, the world record-holder in the shot put, have been suspended indefinitely for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs. Both were cited yesterday by the International Amateur Athletics Federation, the world governing body of track and field, for failing out-of-competition drug testing on April 1. The Monaco-based IAAF made its findings known to USA Track and Field last week, forcing Mitchell to withdraw from Saturday's U.S. Open meet in Edwardsville, Ill. Craig Masback, executive president of USATF, reacted with outrage at the decision.
February 10, 2009 |
A task force commissioned by USA Track and Field lashed out at the American relay system, recommending streamlining Olympic trials and calling for a more stringent policy for dopers who want to be reinstated. The report came in the wake of a disappointing showing at the Beijing Olympics. Americans led all countries with 23 track and field medals but their seven golds were the lowest total since the 1997 world championships. The task force is called "Project 30," a nod to the goal of winning 30 medals at the 2012 London Olympics.