USATF News & Notes: 2/9/2005

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    Gilreath wins at Millrose

    After setting a world-best in the women’s weight throw January 28 with her win at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Erin Gilreath was victorious again Friday at the 2005 Millrose Games in New York.

    The 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials women’s hammer throw champion, Gilreath won the Millrose Games with a toss of 23.93 meters/78 feet, 6.25 inches. Candice Scott was the runner-up with a best throw of 23.47m/77-0. Gilreath set the world best mark of 24.11m/79-1.25 to win the women’s weight throw event in Chapel Hill.

    In the men’s weight throw competition at Millrose, Thomas Jacob Freeman won the event with a heave of 22.55m/73-11.75, with Manhattan College’s Zoran Loncar the runner-up with a best of 19.95m/65-5.50

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    U.S. vaulters top latest IAAF rankings

    By overtaking Russia’s Igor Pavlov by moving up one place in the IAAF Men’s Pole Vault Event Ranking to third with his win last week at the 2005 Millrose Games in New York, 2004 Olympian Derek Miles completed a 1-2-3 sweep for USA vaulters.

    With 2004 Olympic gold medalist Tim Mack and silver medalist Toby Stevenson ranked first and second respectively, this marks the first time in the history of the IAAF World Rankings that U.S. athletes comprise the top three ranked competitors for that event. The 32-year-old Miles won in New York with his clearance of 5.70 meters/18 feet, 8.25 inches, which earned 1,268 points.

    Phillips honored at Running USA Conference

    USA Track & Field Women’s Long Distance Running Chair Elizabeth Phillips was honored Saturday at Running USA’s 2005 Conference, February 3-5 at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, Calif. Phillips was recognized for her contributions to the sport at Saturday’s Celebration of Women in the Industry luncheon presented by MarathonFoto.

    U.S. Olympic and Team Running USA coach Bob Larsen and Peachtree Road Race director Julia Emmons were among the six people honored for their service to the sport by being selected for the Running USA Hall of Champions at the Friday evening banquet presented by The National Sports Network. In addition to Larsen and Emmons, the other honorees included Rich Benyo, Marathon and Beyond publisher and co-race director of the Napa Valley Marathon, Jim Davis, president of MarathonFoto, Ed Froehlich, Quad-City Times Bix 7 race director, and Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon race director and the president of DMSE, Inc.

    More than 240 leaders in the road running industry gathered at last week’s conference to learn, network and celebrate the sport. The annual industry conference, powered by The Active Network and National Sports Network, featured a variety of keynote speakers and workshops which covered the spectrum from economic impact to youth fitness to event production to media operations to sponsorship trends and more.

    Elections were held for 12 seats on the expanded Running USA Board of Directors. The board was expanded from 15 to 17. President Bill Roe and LDR Chair Fred Finke represent USATF on the RUSA Board.

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