News & Notes from the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting

12/05/2011 - 17:41

Courtesy American Track & Field
ST. LOUIS – The 33rd edition of the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting came to a close Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis with the Closing Session. Approximately 1,000 volunteers, officials, athletes, coaches and supporters of the sport were involved with the Annual Meeting.

The Closing Session featured site announcements for upcoming national championships and finalized business from the week’s meeting. It was the second time the Annual Meeting had been held in St. Louis as it was also there in 1994.

Traditionally being held the week following Thanksgiving, the 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.; 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.; 2015 in Houston, Tex.; and 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

Long Distance Running, Race Walking expands competition rules
The Annual Meeting led to a resolution to expand competition rules for LDR and Race Walking as it pertains to select U.S. citizens.

The amendment states that U.S. citizens who are not eligible to represent the United States in international competition are now allowed to participate in any USA national championship meet that does not count as the sole selection event for an international team.

Masters, Race Walk announce future sites
The Closing Session saw the announcement of numerous sites for national championship meets for 2012 for Race Walk and Long Distance Running. Masters and Youth also made announcements for national championships for 2013 and beyond.

Specifically, the 2014 Masters Indoor Championships will be held in Boston and the Masters Outdoor Championships will be held at Wake Forest University. Masters competition also announced a five-year extension to host its 8k Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

Youth announced sites for 2013 competition to include the Youth Outdoor Championships at St. Louis University, the 2013 Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C., and the 2013 Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, Tex.

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