Long-time track and field advocate Cedric Walker passes away at age 49, Active as an association president, as a coach and manager on numerous international teams and a USA Track & Field President’s Award winner, long-time track and field supporter Cedric Walker passed away March 14, 2013. He was 49. A 2005 winner of the USA Track & Field President’s Award, Walker had become a staple as a manager, assistant coach or volunteer for Team USA at numerous events, which included the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 and 2005 World Outdoor Championships. Walker was also instrumental with USATF on the association level where he served as president of the Niagara Association from 1996 until 2000. In 1986, Walker helped to create the Flower City Track Club to help young athletes gain more opportunities to compete in the sport in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The club produced numerous big name athletes, which included Olympic silver medalist and National Track & Field Hall of Fame member Kim Batten. Walker served in the following roles: 1993 World University Games assistant coach; 1998 World Junior Championships team manager; 2002 World Junior Championships assistant coach; 2003 World Outdoor Championships assistant coach (sprints/hurdles); 2004 World Indoor Championships assistant coach; 2004 World Junior Championships relays coach; 2004 Olympic Games volunteer; 2005 World Outdoor Championships event manager; 2006 World Indoor Championships event manager; 2011 Pan American Junior Championships event manager; 2012 NACAC U23 head manager. Involved with the organization for the past 20 years, in 2002 Walker was a charter member on the board of directors for the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NASF) where he served until his death.
The USA Oldest Record holder and USATF Niagara masters Legend, Henry Sypniewski, 93 of Cheektowage, NY died at his home on April 1, 2012. According to family and friends, the cause of death was stomach cancer. Born on July 7, 1918, Henry was a veteran of World War II, in which he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Following a career as a machinist, Henry took up running at age 70 and seemed to excel more in each five year age group he reached. Following his 90th birthday in 2008, Henry set US records in the 90-94 age group in the 5km (33:46), the 15km (2:01:39), and the half marathon (3:03:56). In 2009 he also set the 10km record with a time of 1:13:40. Despite being hampered by a variety of injuries in the past two years. Henry managed to set US single age records for the 5km in each of the past three years: 38:53 at age 91, 41:00 at age 92, and a pending mark of 45:47 in his final race at age 93. Henry's performance, almost exclusively on the roads, earned his USATF Masters Age Division Runner of the Year honors in various years and three different age groups: M80-84 in 1998 and 1999; M85-89 in 2003; 2004 and 205; and M90-94 in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Accomplished Masters Runner, Niagara, and Genesee Valley Harrier Member, Brian Dodge of Fulton, NY, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Brian was a retired Health Education teacher. During College he was a four time All-American Cross Country and Track Star while attending Alleghany Community College and Plattsburg State. Recently Brian was on many successful Genesee Valley Harrier Masters team including the 2011 USATF National Grand Prix Masters 50+ Champions. Read More Click Here brian_dodge_1953-2012.