Pacific Assocation of USA Track and Field

Elite Athletes

Elite Athletes

Meet your Athletes Committee Pacific Association Executive Board Representative, Athlete’s Chair Kendall Spencer (650-387-3565, [email protected]). Kendall, a San Mateo native, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in business and sociology from the University of New Mexico. During this time he was active with NCAA governance issues. Spencer won a national championship in the indoor long jump in 2012, he earned First Team All-American honors in addition to numerous conference honors and has competed at the Olympic Trials. Learn more about Kendall in this January, 2018 Ted Talk “What Can We Learn From College Athletes?” YouTube presentation.

  • Definition of a USATF elite athlete: an athlete who has competed or who has qualified to compete in a USA National Track & Field Championship or U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
  • Below are links to Pacific Association elite athlete news, and to the right are links to information to assist you with your pursuit of athletic excellence.

2020 Open T&F Championships postponed, future date TBD

Due to the current COVID 19 Pandemic and resulting uncertainty and consideration for the safety and health of membership, the Open and Master’s T&F Champs scheduled for 31 May at College of San Mateo has been postponed, with a new date yet to be determined.

The Open and Master’s T&F Chairs will work to offer some type of competition opportunities when local health authorities determine it is safe to do so, and the safety and health of our membership in no way would be compromised.


2020 USATF Pacific Open Track & Field GRAND PRIX
suspended until further notice due to the cancellation/postponement of regional competitions

News for Elite and Emerging-Elite PA/USATF Athletes

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Archived PA News


MUT PA’s Backstrom & Hanna: 2021 MUT Runner of the Year Nominees

Posted by on Nov 20, 2021 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, pausatf, Road Racing | 0 comments

  PA’s Jonah Backstrom & Rich Hanna: 2021 MUT Runner of the Year Nominees   Jonah Backstrom – age 48 – San Francisco, CA USATF 100 Mile Road Championships 3rd master 19:08:25 (8th overall male) USATF 50k Road Championships 1st master 3:30:40 (11th overall male) Rich Hanna – age 56 – Sacramento, CA Jed Smith 50 Mile New American Age Group Record of 5:50:52, breaking a 39 year old record. Complete list of Open and Masters Men and Women Nominees USATF MUT Webpage Share this:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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RR PA’s Jenny Hitchings sets pending W55-59 Half Marathon AR; PA’s Jacob Nur does the same for Men’s 65-69!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Road Racing | 0 comments

At the Clarksburg Country Run Half Marathon race in Clarksburg, CA today, Nov. 14, 2021, Jenny Hitchings, 58, broke her own American Age Group 55-59 record for the Half Marathon road racing distance (pending) by running a 1:20:20 at this USATF Pacific certified and sanctioned race. Her previous record’s time was 1:21:14 set in 2018. Jacob Nur, 66, also broke the American 65-69 AG record in the half marathon at Clarksburg. His time was 1:18:25 which broke the previous record of 1:23:50. Results Share this:Click to print (Opens in new...

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MTF Welcome Back Meet Results

Posted by on Nov 8, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking, Track & Field | 0 comments

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RR PA Masters runner, Brian Pilcher, sets 7 ARs in one race!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2021 in Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Road Racing | 0 comments

Yesterday, 10/30/2021, Tamalpa Runners’ Brian Pilcher (65) ran the River Oaks Invitational Half Marathon in Houston TX. The event features a certified course consisting of multiple loops of ~1.0 mile with verified splits of: 8K, 10K, 12K, 15K, 10 Mile & 20K. Here are Brian’s M65-69 AR splits and H Mar finishing time: 8K – 29:12 (old M65 American Record, 29:41) 10K – 36:35 (old M65 American Record, 37:04) 12K – 44:04 (old M65 American Record, 46:58) 15K – 55:15 (old M65 American Record, 55:16) 10 Mile...

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RR PA’s Jenny Hitchings wins the Boston Marathon W55-59 Division!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Road Racing | 0 comments

More about this performance: Jenny’s 2:45.32 finish time also beat the leaders in the W50-54 division and all but one in the 45-49 division. Her closest competitor in the 55-59 division was an hour behind her. According to https://www.usatf.org/special-pages/usatf-american-records, she also demolished her 2019 NY Marathon American and World Marathon Records of 2:50:36, but since the Boston course parameters keep it from qualifying for American and World Records, this performance will be categorized as American and World...

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PA USATF Annual Meeting details

Posted by on Oct 5, 2021 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Officials, pausatf, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

2021 USATF Annual Meeting update:  Due to ongoing COVID concerns, this years USATF Annual Meeting will be a hybrid meeting of virtual and in-person attendance.  The meeting will take place from Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5, and you once again can participate from the comfort of your own home! In-person registration will be limited to primarily one representative per association, national committee chairs and members of executive committees, AAC athletes, and national office staff.  Individual members not in one of these...

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MTF Registration is OPEN! for the PA’s Welcome Back Track Meet

Posted by on Sep 30, 2021 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field | 0 comments

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RR PA’ers Jenny Hitchings and Jacob Nur set Pending 10-Mile AR Records

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Masters News, PA Masters TF News, Road Racing | 0 comments

  At the Buffalo Stampede 10-Mile Road race in Sacramento yesterday (Sept. 12, 2021), USATF Pacific Road Racing speedster Jenny Hitchings, 58, broke her own American Age Group 55-59 record (pending) by running a 1:01:15. Fellow USATF Pacific Road Racing speedster, Jacob Nur, 66, set a new American Age Group 65-69 record (pending) by running the certified and sanctioned course in 1:01:00. Share this:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick...

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MTF Masters T&F “Welcome Back” Meet Page with Event News & Updates

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters News, Masters T&F, PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking, Track & Field | 0 comments

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MTF SAVE the DATE! Sunday, NOV. 7 for the PA Masters Track & Field “Welcome Back” Meet.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Masters T&F, PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking, Track & Field | 0 comments

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