There are six IAAF council seats designated to be filled by women and there were ten candidates. Of the ten, Hightower received the most votes.
USATF has issued a press release showing it will spend more than $15 million on elite athletes in 2015 - a total which represents more than 50% of its projected budget.
Barring legal action, Team USA won't have Nick Symmonds, its top 800m runner at Worlds, because it wouldn't write a new Statement of Conditions for athletes defining when they needed to wear Nike branded apparel at Worlds.
According to Nick Symmonds, USATF wants to control what athletes wear to coffee.
USATF has quietly hired convicted doper Dennis Mitchell to lead the USA Relays program. Sadly, they are afraid to take ownership of the decision and have Dennis and Max Siegel discuss why Dennis is the best man to lead Team USA or have Dennis publicly account for his doping past.
We take one more look at Jenkins vs. Cheserek and our first at Jenkins vs. Rupp and Solinsky and Leah O'Connor vs. Simpson and Coburn. Plus a look at the worst cross-country coach in America, whether Ryan Hall went out too fast, and Ryan Gregson and Andrew Wheating.
Read Hightower's letter to Baker and Leach's reply to Hightower and decide for yourselves. #USATFchange
*MB: Stephanie Hightower tries to bully Law & Legislation Secretary, gets called out by Lionel Leach
*LRC USATF Controversy Archive
Next week, the USATF Board has the opportunity to do the right thing and honor the wishes of 85% of USATF delegates and nominate Bob Hersh to the IAAF Council. The track and field community that the Board is supposed to serve could not have made it more clear - Bob Hersh, not Stephanie Hightower, should be the USA nominee to the IAAF Council.
You can discuss Hersh's memo here.
Peter has harsh criticisms of Stephanie Hightower, citing a time when she broke rules to kick people out of an AAC meeting. She praises Bob Hersh and says he played a role in getting the DMR added to the 2015 World Relay Championships.
Many have poken out after the USATF board of directors rejected the 85% membership vote which chose Hersh for IAAF Council and instead chose Hightower. The board states, "We fully understood that our choice of Stephanie Hightower would not be popular among the delegates who voted for Mr. Hersh. We fully understood that our selection was in direct conflict with the recommendation, and that some people would be (and are) very upset by the fact that we didn’t simply accept the recommendation. But we also fully understood that our function was to select the best – and not necessarily the most popular – candidate based on everything we know."