The truth is, USA Track & Field recently had a well run 2010 Convention. The USATF Cross Country Champs picked two of the best teams to run on the World Cross Country in years. The Millrose Games continues to be a challenge, but the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was a winner on all levels.
We asked Stephanie five questions and she answered all of them. We hope that you enjoy!
RBR, #1: How did the convention go?
Stephanie Hightower: I thought that the convention was extremely successful. One of the things that was most encouraging was the very good response to the coffee and tea sessions with the board. I found that event very successful. A couple of the folks complemented us on how well the events were run, and the content.
For the first time in many years, I think that the delegates really appreciated the one on one dialogue with the board. All of the board members were there, and a thoughtful dialogue was very encouraging for me. I have gone for many, many years, and I have been intimately involved with those meetings. Complements from a constituency member who has, in the past, been very antagonistic, is the kind of compliment that tells us that we are doing some things right. We have promised to become more transparent and engaged with our members, and I believe that we are trying to do that.
I think, for me, those meetings were some of the highlights of this convention.
RBR, #2: Can you give us an update on Doug Logan?
Stephanie Hightower: It is in the middle of litigation. Mr. Logan finally hired legal counsel. We( USATF) hired outside counsel, and they are doing what they do. Whatever has been filed is public record. We are going through the legal process.
RBR, # 3. What about LaShawn Merritt? Can you update us on his issues?
Stephanie Hightower: I want our folks to know that we are in conversations with the U.S.O.C. U.S.A.T.F. is in compliance with all the people that we need to be compliant with. It is a very important decision and we have to exhaust any option
All of the rules (pertaining to LaShawn) are being applied in this manner. If there is an opportunity for him to compete or if there is not, we have to investigate all that we can possibly do!
RBR, #4: Any comments on the Project 30 developments?
Stephanie Hightower: We want to be successful in London. Thirty medals? We are on track for many medals. The efforts that we are putting through with our High Performance team will help us be successful.
RBR, #5: Finally, how do you see 2011 working out for U.S.A. Track & Field?
Stephanie Hightower: I am excited for the many opportunities that are on the horizon for U.S.A.T. in 2011. With the boards’ assistance, I think that we are on the right track. Working with the National office, we are looking at new sponsorships. I also believe that we have a High Performance Plan that should net us some good performances!
Special thanks to Stephanie Hightower for giving RBR the time to catch up with her.
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