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Caster Semenya all woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

     Enough already.  Lets leave this young woman alone.  After a spectacular performance in the 800m in Berlin at the World Championship final, South African runner Caster Semenya’s gender was called into question. After all, she not only performed exceptionally well, but she didn’t look much like a woman. The controversy can now be laid to rest, as testing shows that her testosterone levels were found to be higher than normal, but still within the range that will allow her to continue to participate in women’s races.

Sources within the Athletics South Africa organization said that she was tested three years ago. Semenya had reportedly taken a standard urine test, which is taken by all athletes, instead of a gender verification test to make sure that she was eligible to compete.

Sources stated:   “She was tested three years ago when she started competing and it was found that she is a woman. She may have rather high levels of male hormones but she is definitely a woman.”

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Events | , , , , , | 2 Comments

World’s Best Milers – Masterkova & El Guerrouj

Russia's Masterkova owns the world record in the mile

Russia's Masterkova owns the world record in the mile

It was August 14, 1998 when Siberian born, Svetlana Masterkova, set the world record for the women’s mile with her time of 4 minutes 12.56 seconds.

   Masterkova’s feat in the mile continues to stand as the world record for more than 11 years, due in part to track and field abandoning the distance in favor of the metric 1500 meter race.

El Guerrouj set the mile world record in 1999

El Guerrouj set the mile world record in 1999

MEN’S GREATEST MILER –Hicham El Guerrouj set the mile world record on July 7, 1999 with his time of 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.

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Irvin New AD at UHH

Dexter Irvin new AD at UHH
Dexter Irvin new AD at UHH

UHH Press Release

Dexter Irvin has been named Director of Athletics at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, effective September 1, 2009.

“To be a Vulcan, to be ‘Hilo,’ is very significant in my life and the lives of my family,” Irvin said. “I am looking forward to a great reunion with our Hilo community and our Athletic Department.

“I am appreciative of the job that Dr. Hong has done to stabilize the Athletic Department and the support and trust that she and the Chancellor have displayed in me and my abilities.”

Irvin spent the past decade as the Director of Athletics of fellow Pacific West Conference member Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. During his tenure, he increased fundraising and contributions to over $500,000 per year, and guided the program from junior college status to the NCAA Division II level.

Irvin’s experience includes coaching women’s basketball at Dixie State College (2001-05), Western New Mexico University (1988-93), Clarendon College (1985-88) and Utah Valley Community College (1978-79). In addition, Irvin was an athletic director for the Utah County Boys Club (1980) and Kirtland Central High School in New Mexico (1995-99).

As UH Hilo Director of Athletics, Irvin will oversee the University’s 13 NCAA Division II athletic programs.

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