USATF Ohio Association - Officials News ~ Jan. 2016

2016 is looking to be a vary busy year for USATF Ohio Association officials. As there are several things that have to be completed within the next several mouths, i e Background Screening and completion of the USOC SafeSport course, than later in the year, last quarter, re-certification for all officials for the new Olympiad (2017-2020). Click to Continue Reading. . .  


One of our association members put forth a proposal to create an award that would be created to recognize an outstanding official for the Ohio Association.

The Ohio Association Awards Committee took the proposal, created criteria and an application for this award. The committee then took the proposal to the executive committee and general meeting in September of 2015 for discussion, changes and adoption of the proposal.

Final changes were made and you can now find the criteria and application on the website.

Outstanding USATF Ohio Official Criteria

Application to nominate an Outstanding USATF Ohio Official


I am looking for news items regarding Ohio Officials. If you have a news items that you would like to see posted, please forward to the web master.


Gordon Bocock, USATF National Officials Committee Vice-Chair of Awards is taking reservations for the upcoming Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet at the USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim California. This years Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Laurie A. Boemker of the New England Association
  • James P. Flanik of the Ohio Association
  • Len A. Krsak of the Ohio Association
  • Daniel M. Reynolds of the Arizona Association
  • Eric D. Zemper of the Michigan Association
If you are attending the Annual Meeting, get your reservation now. Last year on October 15, Gordon had just two reservations. This year he has received 72 as of October 15 and there is only a limited number of seats available. Don't delay, get that reservation form in the mail today to Gordon Bocock to insure that you will have a seat to honor this year's inductees and award winners.


Date: September 7, 2014

To: USATF Ohio Association Executive Board

From: Len Krsak ~ Officials Certification Chair

Subject: Officials' Report

Ohio Association Certified Officials

As of this date the Ohio Association has certified 201 Officials for the current Olympiad (2013-2016). The breakdown by levels is as follows: continue reading...



On Saturday, June 14th, Samuel R. Gomer and James Russell Heller were inducted into The Ohio High School Athletic Association “Officials Hall of Fame” as Track and Field Officials.

Samuel R. Gomer has been an OHSAA track & field and cross country official since 1981 and a USATF official since 1984. Sam has been the local rules interpreter for the Western Ohio TR/CC Officials Association. Sam has worked 26 State Cross Country and 32 State Track & Field Championships. In addition Sam has worked 3 Olympic Team Trials, 4 Junior Olympics, 9 Masters National Championships and 13 Collegiate National Championships. Sam has previously been honored with OSHAATF&CC Contributor Award and the “Frederick E. Cope Award”.

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James Russell Heller has been a track and cross-country official for 20 years. He has been the Secretary / Treasurer for the Eastern District Track and Field and Cross Country Association for 14 year. Jim has also been a head coach in track and field where he mentored many young coaches. The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Officials has recognized Jim with the Contributors Award in 1995 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and 2009. Jim was the Ohio Track Official of the Year in 2003.


Congratulations to all of the Ohio Association officials selected by the USATF Selection Committee to work the 2014 USA Track & Field National Championships and the IAAF World Junior Championships. If any were missed, I apologize. Please forward missed names to the web master.

John R. Austin ~ Indoor Championships
Jeffrey Bauer
~ Indoor Championships and Senior Outdoor Championships
Scott Bauer ~ Indoor Championships and Senior Outdoor Championships
Larry Dixon ~ Indoor Championships and Senior Outdoor Championships
Terri Eldridge-Tutt ~ Indoor Championships, USA Juniors Championships and World Juniors Championships
James Flanik ~ Indoor Championships and World Juniors Championships
Ed Gorman ~ World Juniors Championships
Randal Hopkins ~ Indoor Championships, Senior Outdoor Championships, USA Juniors Championships and World Junior Championships
Michael Kempf ~ Senior Outdoor Championships and World Juniors Championships
Karen Krsak ~ Indoor Championships, Senior Outdoor Championships, USA Juniors Championships and World Junior Championships
Stephen Lower ~ Senior Outdoor Championships
Scott Rose ~ Indoor Championships, Senior Outdoor Championships, USA Juniors Championships and World Junior Championships
Duane Shaul ~ Indoor Championships
Elinor Tootle ~ Indoor Championships
Roger Weaver ~ Senior Outdoor Championships (Alternate)


If you are planning on attending the 2013 USA Track & Field Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, it is highly recommended that you attend the 2013 USATF National Officials Committee Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday night, December 6th at the JW Marriott of Indianapolis. This will be the 7th Annual N.O.C. Banquet and is guaranteed to be another great evening. Tickets are limited so get your 2013 Banquet Reservation's Form to Gordon Bocock as soon as possible but no later than November 26th. The cost is only $49.00.


The USA Track and Field Ohio Association conducted their Summer 2013 Board/General Membership meeting at Spring Hollow Lodge in Westerville, Ohio. Prior to the start of the General Membership Meeting, the Officials' Committee met at which time Len Krsak, Ohio Certification Chair presented his report. The report included updates on certifications for the 2013-2016 Olympiad, the upcoming USATF National Championships including the IAAF World Juniors Championships in Eugene, the NCAA National Division III Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University and the new EDM equipment that we hope to get several officials trained to use. Check out Len's report here.




Today, November 30, 2012, Len Krsak was reelected as chair of the National Officials Committee at the Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach.


Ohio's Certification Chair, Len Krsak, presented the Officials' Report at the Summer 2012 Ohio Association Board and General Membership Meeting at the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs, Ohio on September 8, 2012. Topics discussed were officials certification, recruiting, upcoming training and clinics, 2013 championship application and the USATF Annual Meeting. In addition, Len thanked all officials that worked the various championships this past Spring and Summer. The complete text of Len's Report can be found here.



The Ohio Association Officials will be meeting at 11:00 a.m., prior to the September Semi-Annual Members Meeting is on September 9, 2012 at the Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. All officials are welcome to attend.

The general meeting will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. The general membership agenda is posted else where on the Ohio Association web page.


As you all are aware with the conclusion of the past Olympiad (2008 – 2012) all officials will have to re-certify for the new Olympiad (2013 – 2016). As a Reminder before re-certification can take place you must be a current member of USATF. Consider purchasing a four (4) year membership to coincide with your re-certification.  By purchasing a 4 year membership your certification stays intact for a 4 year period. In addition by purchasing a multiple year membership you will save a little money.  

The 2013 – 2016 officials credential will be color coded by levels i. e., Apprentice (green), Association (blue), National (red), Master (black), Emeritus (silver) and Hall of Fame (gold).
As in the past each individual will be required to complete a rules review at your current level.  Now is the time to advance levels if you have met the Associations’ requirements.  Information regarding re-certification will be sent in mid-September.

Any questions please do not hesitate to call 614-899-6073 h, 614-395-4592 c, or e-mail

Len Krsak
USATF Ohio Association Chair
USATF National Officials Committee Chair


Congratulations to the Ohio Officials who represented the Ohio Association at the 2012 Junior National Outdoor Championships in Bloomington Indiana (Indiana University) and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene Oregon (University of Oregon). As usual they were the best of the best. Representing the Ohio Association were:

Junior Outdoors Championships: Walter Armes, Les Chih, Terri Eldridge, Sam Gomer, Randy Hopkins, Steve Lower, Linda Melzer, Brian Stephens, Carolee Stephens, Fred Thomas and Elinor (ET) Tootle.

Olympic Trials: Jeff Bauer, Scott Bauer, Bill Buttermore, Terri Eldridge, Sam Gomer, Mike Kempf, Kip Kinn, Karen Krsak, Len Krsak, Brett Newsome and Scott Rose.

If any were missed, I apologize. Please forward missed names to the web master.