- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 18, 2003

Ever come across the perfect employment ad?

POSITION AVAILABLE: Must be willing to relocate to the idyllic Monterey Peninsula, live there year-round, work with people of similar interests, prepare to accomplish goals and objectives, serve the USA as a goodwill ambassador, casual work attire provided, unlimited opportunities for advancement.

I started to update my resume to be selected for the Team USA Monterey Bay Distance Running Training Center, but then I realized that you have to begin with some distance running talent to be considered.

News of the new camp, to complement the other Team USA locations around the nation, is encouraging to the future of American distance running. Team USA Distance Running has been in operation just since mid-2000 and already includes some of the biggest names in the sport, including U.S. marathon record-holder Deena Drossin.

The camp hopes to kick off July15 with four athletes, plus another four in place by the end of 2003, if enough money is raised.

Great news for the camp recently occurred with the hiring of Bob Sevene as coach and director of athlete development. Over several decades, Sevene, 58, has guided some of the hottest runners out of New England, including 1984 Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. marathon record-holder Joan Benoit Samuelson.

I don’t know how Team USA could have convinced the longtime Yankee to give up the waist-deep snow and freezing winds of Boston for the perfect training weather of Monterey, just south of San Francisco. Couldn’t have been for the money.

Let me know when a camp is proposed for Lake Tahoe. I’d work that one for free.

Help our vaulters — In high school, athletes have car washes and bake sales to raise money for their teams. But when you’re a starving professional track and field athlete, you need to be more creative. Introducing the 2004 Vaultgirls calendar.

This isn’t the first time our female athletes have posed for a calendar. That was done a few years ago when a number of track and field women clad only in body paint graced the pages of their own calendar.

The Vaultgirls calendar showcases elite women pole vaulters in action, some even in pole vaulting action. According to the Web site vaultgirls.com, “These women are among the top-ranked athletes in the USA: Olympians, NCAA champions, and former American record-holders. Athletes include Mel Mueller, Tracy O’Hara, Mary Sauer, Jillian Schwartz, Jill Starkey and Kellie Suttle.”

The 12 monthly shots are divided evenly among vaulting poses and glamour beach shots, revealing but not over the bar. The vaulters plan to use profits to support the costs of preparation for the 2004 Olympics. I might be able to convince my wife that I am making a tax-deductible donation to a worthy cause by ordering a calendar of my own.

Fast lifestyles — Area prep runners currently on the Track & Field News national top-performance list include DeMatha 200-meter sprinter Anthony Wiseman, Lake Braddock 300-meter hurdler Craig Gallimore, West Springfield’s 4x800 relay team and distance medley team and Robinson shot putter and discus thrower Steve Huntzinger.

Girls on the list include Eleanor Roosevelt 200/400 specialist Tiandra Ponteen, Paint Branch high jumper Toni Aluko, Atholton shot putter Lindsay Grigoriev and Gar-Field shot putter Tiffany Evans.

Track shorts — The One Hour Track Run scheduled last Thursday at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington was postponed because a high school meet was in progress at the same time. A new date has not yet been set. … NBC will carry the Pre Classic next Sunday between 2 and 3:30 p.m.

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