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Report: USATF’s 2009 Annual Meeting

Written by Mark Winitz.

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Plus Interview with USATF President Stephanie Hightower - Indianapolis, Ind., December 2–6, 2009 – More than 1,000 officials, coaches, administrators, athletes, and supporters gathered for the 31st USA Track & Field Annual Meeting, perhaps its most important one for many years. Many of the delegates were wary and didn’t quite know what to expect, because of the need to meet USOC’s “restructure or else” demands. Thus the U.S. governing body of the sport, with its long and distinguished history, was forced to put its laurels—and constituent differences—aside and think seriously about its future.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Dazzles the Las Vegas Strip

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Carlsbad 5000 Champion Bekana Daba Runs 1:01:40 in Half-Marathon Debut - - Las Vegas, NV – December 6, 2009 – A momentous, entertainment extravaganza featuring two white Bengal tigers, Vegas showgirls, skydivers and a 15 minute fireworks show greeted more than 27,600 runners at the start line of the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon, powered by for the benefit of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For the first time in Las Vegas marathon history, the entire Strip was closed in both directions for the event.

Grabill and Shrader Capture First Place Titles in 31st Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional + Slide Show

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RACE HIGHLIGHTS: Molly Grabill of Poway, Calif., and Brian Shrader of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) West Regional today.  In the girls’ race, Grabill and Megan Morgan of Del Mar, Calif., took an early lead to set the pace for those vying for a coveted spot to the National Championships.  Included in the pack were Jessica Tonn ( Arizona), a four-time national qualifier, and Karlie Garcia ( California), the only freshman qualifier representing the West Region.

Injured Kibet shatters Singapore record

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from IAAF  - Singapore - Luke Kibet hobbled away from the finish of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon this morning. But the former World champion had staved off a troublesome achilles’ tendon long enough to shatter his own course record, and win in 2:11:25, an achievement made even more extraordinary by the 31C heat and 77% humidity.

2:05:18 course record and personal best for Kebede in Fukuoka

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from IAAF - Tsegaye Kebede, the defending Fukuoka Marathon champion, won the 63rd edition of the race in 2:05:18. It was a personal best for the Ethiopian by two seconds as well as a Japanese all-comers record.

The Fukuoka Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

Kebede became the first runner to defend his Fukuoka title since Gezehagne Abera in 2002. He improved on his personal best of 2:05:20, recorded in the 2009 London Marathon. However, he did not move up on the all-time list. Kebede also improved the course as well as Japanese all-comers record of 2:06:10, which he recorded with his victory here last year.

Dowling's Flood 1st at Nike Nationals

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Cross country: Dowling's Flood 1st at Nike Nationals - BY MATT YBALTOWSKI • SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER • DECEMBER 5, 2009 - Portland, Ore. - Last year at this time, Katie Flood remained hobbled by two sore knees as a 4-inch growth spurt kept her from competing for a national championship.