Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field


Youth Cross Country, Track & Field, Race Walking

LOC Page for the 2019 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships

Find all you will need to know there!

Latest News: Regional Combined Events venue will be held at Chabot College, Hayward.

Today’s USATF Pacific youth athletes are tomorrow’s champions!  As the #1 youth participatory sport, every child competes alongside their peers in 2-year age divisions, from age 8 & younger up to 18. Everyone trains and competes  – no one is left on a bench! Track & Field events take place in the spring and summer; Cross Country events are held in the Fall; Race Walking competitions are held year round. All offer a variety of both competitive and fitness opportunities, and they lead up to regional, national and even international competitions. Only USATF members may participate in USA Track & Field’s Junior Olympic program.

The Pacific Association is the largest youth program Northern California, with nearly 4,000 young athletes competing each year. Success at the Junior Olympic level can led to college scholarships. Many of America’s top collegiate and post-collegiate athletes began their road to fame by competing in the USATF Junior Olympic programs. They include stars such as Amber and Ashton Purvis, Javid Best, Jordan Hasay and Olympians such as Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, and Lauryn Williams.

JOIN USATF today and make your Olympic dreams come true!

Latest Youth News

YTF Your chance for front row seats: volunteer at the Junior Olympics!

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, Coach, Masters News, Officials, PA Masters TF News, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

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The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in this event.

On July 22 – July 28, more than 7,000 young athletes will converge on Sacramento for a chance to be that next Olympic star. Help us cheer them on!

    • Volunteer opportunities include competition and field event support, expo & awards staffing, hospitality, parking and information booth attendants, and more…
    • Location: Sac State University, Hornet Stadium
    • Volunteer t-shirt, backpack, and USATF hat will be provided. FREE parking!
    • To register, visit,, then log in and begin choosing your volunteer assignment and shift time. It’s that easy!
    • Questions? Contact Danielle Ferroni, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, 916.808.7781 DIRECT, 916.849.4995 MOBILE

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YTF Countdown to the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, Coach, Officials, Youth | 0 comments

Calling all PA youth track & field athletes! This year the National JOs are being held in your back yard – at Sacramento State’s Hornet Field, home of National Track & Field Championships, U.S. Track & Field Trials, and NCAA Championship meets.

This is an awesome opportunity to qualify and compete, since you only have to compete in one meet to qualify, and because you don’t have to travel long distance to get to the Nationals.

Plan to achieve your qualifying mark at the Region 16 Track & Field Championship meet, July 5-7 at Modesto JC, or for Combined Event athletes at the Region 16 Championships on July 13-14 at Chabot College, Hayward.

To learn much more and view the most up to date news, visit the USATF Pacific’s LOC page:

Good luck!

PA PA Strategic Plan 2017-2020 (Revised 6.14.19) – Check it out!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to view USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan (Revised June 14, 2019).

This document is updated with information from the March 19, 2019 Board of Athletics meeting, where the ongoing Strategic Plan was discussed and conclusions were achieved, under the guidance of the Strategic Plan Coordinator, Mark Winitz. The primary emphasis for this Olympiad is “membership growth”. There are five planning areas:

  • Administration and Governance
  • Athlete Development and Competition
  • Communications
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Resources and Education/Training

At the meeting, after breakout sessions for each planning area, the leader of each session gave a report to all the meeting’s attendees, answered questions, and accepted additional input.

Following the meeting, the leaders of each of the planning areas updated their planning area’s strategic plan and submitted the information to Mark Winitz, who then compiled all five of the planning areas’ information into this document. USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan is a very useful document to show how PA Committees join forces to set goals for the USATF Pacific’s future. Review this document to understand how USATF Pacific plans to move forward as we approach the 2020 Olympics. If you have questions or suggestions, direct them to the “responsible party(ies)” listed for each planning area.

PA Statements for Contested Positions on PA Youth & Coaches Committees (rev. 1 June); post includes ballot details.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Board of Athletics members: Watch for an email arriving May 25 with the ballot for candidate voting.
Elections for these positions will take place from 25 May-26 June, with results announced before 30 June. Details below:

  1. June 26 at midnight is the deadline for ballots to be returned.
  2. Send ballots to [email protected]
  3. Email addresses that have opted out of Constant Contact will not receive the ballot. Please contact Secretary Stephanie Trafton if you think you have not received a ballot in error. Those in the Coaches Committee and Youth Committee (eligible clubs with SafeSport, 3+ athletes, etc.) and other eligible voters will receive a ballot for only the contested positions in their committee.

Direct questions to USATF Pacific Secretary, Stephanie Trafton.


Posted by on May 30, 2019 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, Coach, coaching education, coaching education, Officials, Youth | 0 comments

FREE javelin clinic with Karin Smith & Channing Wilson!!! Youth and High School, too!
FREE TURBO JAV and JAV CLINIC!!! This weekend in conjunction with the Golden West meet and Michael Carter Throws Clinic there is a FREE javelin clinic with Karin Smith, 5 time Olympian in the jav and Channing Wilson, 2016 Olympic Trials participant. Open to all who want to learn jav. This Saturday June 1 at 10AM, at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado hills. BBQ lunch after the clinic. Go to for more info.
PA Assoc Committee Election Results

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Coach, coaching education, coaching education, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, Pacific Association USATF Foundation, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

2019 Pacific Association Committee Election Results

Thanks to all these members who have stepped up to represent and serve our Association!
New Committee Chairs assume their roles 1 July for two year terms

Athletes Committee Chair: Kendall Spencer

Women’s Track and Field Chair: Carl Rose

Men’s Track and Field Chair: Fred Baer

Master’s Track and Field Chair: Joseph Ols

Long Distance Division:

Women’s Chair: Angie Longworth

Men’s Chair; Andy Crawford

Masters: Allan Stanbridge

Cross Country Chair: Don Porteous

Race Walk Chair: Jon Price

Officials Committee:

Chair: Phil Leake

Vice Chair: John Shirey

Secretary: John Lilygren

At Large Board Members: John Murray and Joe VanZant

BoA Representatives: Bob Thompson, Jim Hume, Jim Manha, Charles Murphy

Youth Committee:

Chair: Carl Bryant

Vice Chair: *ELECTION: Joanne Camargo, Ken Hunter, Juliet Kelley

Secretary: Sylvia Jones

Treasurer: Duane Wolterstorff

Track and Field: Debra Sample

Cross Country: Cris Houston

Race Walk: Beth Price

Multi Events: Lee Webb

High School Rep: Jerry Craft

Officials Rep: Don Harding

Communications: Michael Davidson

Records: *ELECTION: Evangela Dixon, Greg Neuman

Coaches Committee:

Chair: Dave Shrock

Youth-High School Rep: *ELECTION: Cris Houston, Debra Sample

Open-Collegiate Rep: John Rembao

Coaching Education: Dave Shrock

*= Elections will be held for a 30 day period in the Youth and Coaches Committees from 26 May until 26 June with results published 28 June.

YTF 2019 Mark Springer Travel Grants for USATF Youth & National JO Champs

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Coach, Youth | 0 comments



2019 Mark Springer Travel Grants

The 2019 USATF Mark Springer Travel Grant application is now open. Funds are awarded for travel expenses associated with the USATF Youth and National Junior Olympic Championships, in an effort to allow young athletes the opportunity to compete amongst the best in our sport.

The grant award is up to $750.00 and must be used as a part of your club’s participation in one of the Following 2019 USATF National Championship events:

June 25-30

USATF Youth Outdoor Championship

Durham, NC

July 22-28

USATF Hershey National J.O Track & Field Championships

Sacramento, CA

Dec. 14

USATF National J.O Cross Country Championships

Madison, WI


Apply Today

Application Deadline is May 6, 2019

For program history and complete grant provisions, visit:—/Clubs/Benefits/Travel-Grants.aspx

USA Track & Field – Travel Grants –

History of the Grant Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs & Planning and originator of the program, the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program offers travel assistance grants to eligible youth clubs across the country.

Notification of Awards

Clubs being awarded the 2019 Mark Springer Travel Grant will be notified on June 3, 2019.

We wish every USATF member club the best in 2019 and look forward to seeing you at our Youth and Junior Olympic Championships!