USATF notes Kirsten O’Hara-Leetch 10K AR — after a little nudge

Kirsten is a road warrior, too.Kirsten is a road warrior, too. Photo via

A couple days after Kirsten O’Hara-Leetch set a W50 American record in the track 10K (the only one that counts), I posted the news as part of a Mt. SAC Relays roundup. Per custom, I shot a note to USATF communications to let them know. Sometimes my suggestions get Athlete of the Week recognition. But days passed, and USATF didn’t announce a winner. Finally, today (almost a week after AoWs are typically posted), I wrote my Indy contact: Did you pick an AoW? The answer: “Yes, we did! Posting got lost with all the Penn/Drake business but it is up now.” My source gave the link, which showed a reasonable pick: USC freshman Twanisha Terry, who won the invite 100 in 10.99. Thankfully, Kirsten’s 10K rates an honorable mention. So that’s a happy result. Later today, my heart sank to learn that Mt. SAC was dropped as host of the 2020 Olympic Trials. (Bidding is reopened.) I quickly posted a story to Times of San Diego, and updated with quotes from the lady behind the lawsuit that led to the crash-and-burn. (She says USATF chose Mt. SAC fully aware of her litigation and potential for stadium delays.) In any case, I’m pumping for a Trials at UC San Diego. (So I can sleep in my own bed.) Where would YOU like the Trials held — with its usual masters exhibitions?

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!

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