provided by: Jeff Hartwig
This was my first time attending the Records Committee, and I was able to meet each of the committee members and have discussion as we vetted the applications received this year. Twenty one mens and 34 womens records in various categories were accepted and recorded. There was also discussion about the conditions in which athletes have to set records which was mostly open conversation and no action taken. A lot of discussion occurred about the acceptance of record done on track where lane curbing doesn’t exist due to the nature of how tracks are measured and striped if lane curbing is present. No action taken on this as well. Finally Bob Hersh expressed the desire to have a number of old results that have been brought to the attention of the committee but lacked sufficient evidence to be accepted as records be dealt with at future meetings in order to “clean up the books”
During the course of the meeting I discovered that we were accepting and ratifying American Junior Records for an athlete who possesses dual citizenship but has chosen to compete for Sweden. I called the question of how this could be possible and was shown the rule which was created years ago while specifying conditions by which an athlete may enter and compete at our national championships. It specifies any athlete that has American citizenship shall be allowed to set our national records. This includes athletes possessing dual citizenship even if that athlete has chosen to compete for another country. This is a rules committee agenda item that will be included in next years rules package. There has been much discussion on this matter and consideration of emergency measures to block this loophole were discussed. It was decided to wait until next year as emergency measures were not deemed necessary. General consensus through a number of sidebar conversations is that most committee members support the idea that US National Records should be limited to athletes who compete for USA.