There are four particularly disappointing aspects to this whole chapter in US track history.
1) the way that race, age, and gender were brought into the debate. I understand and support the notion that organizations must strive for diversity, so it's appropriate that these issues would be factors in comparing these two candidates, but the inflammatory manner in which age, race, and gender were brought into the discourse by both sides was unhelpful and distracting.
2) the fact that disrespectful language and unhelpful ways of talking about race, age, and gender distracted from the PRIMARY element--track record and competence. Competence and track record should have outweighed the issues of personal identity in this debate. Some folks articulated the respective records of the candidates, but by in large these hard facts were buried in the hearsay.
3) that the USATF Board members--particularly the 12 who voted against the wishes of the 85%--devoted no serious energy in explaining their decision. They have been virtually silent, and only making half-hearted responses when approached. It is always incumbent upon those who represent to articulate the reasons for voting as they do, but it is ESSENTIAL when you vote against the popular position. By not doing so they have taken a bad situation and thrown gasoline onto it.
4) the fourth reason I am disappointed is that I will now end my nearly 40 years as a volunteer for this organization and its predecessor. I have had enough. Bye bye.