March 1, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS - Beginning on Saturday, February 28 fans are invited to join USA Track & Field in selecting the Top 25 moments in American track and field during the past 25 years. Accomplishments from six Bruin greats - Evelyn Ashford, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith Joyner, Mike Powell, Kevin Young and Gail Devers will be included in the voting. Until June 20, 2004, fans will be able to vote for what they consider to be the top moment in the sports of track & field, long distance running, and race walking by visiting www.usatf.org.
In 2004, USA Track & Field will celebrate its 25th anniversary as an independent, national governing body (NGB). In 1979, The Athletics Congress - later renamed USATF - became the NGB for track & field and held its first Annual Meeting, in Las Vegas.
To help mark the 25th anniversary, track & field fans were invited from January 5 to February 22 to nominate any 'moment' on or off the field of play in any of the sport's disciplines, at any level - from youth to masters. Events must have occurred between 1979-2004. They need not have taken place at a USATF event, but all athletic performances must have been recorded by an American athlete.
Fans submitted more than 900 nominations online at www.usatf.org. The final list of 38 nominees, on which fans will vote, is included below. The Top 25 moments will be selected by a panel of the sport's experts, in conjunction with fan voting.
Beginning the week of June 28, the Top 25 moments will be announced, one per week, in reverse order. At the opening general session of the 2004 USATF Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore., the top 3 moments will be announced.
To place your vote online, visit www.usatf.org
To cast your vote, visit www.usatf.org