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    I'm a resident alien, where do I sign up? (Mindy didn't know)

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    According to the USATF site, particiaption in the club championships is restricted to US citizens or resident aliens. While I'm not an expert on immigration, isn't a resident alien about as close to being a citizens as you can get without being a citizen?

    My real question then is this... Should we assume that all athletes competing are in fact citizens or resident aliens? Or, does USATF not bother to enforce the rules?

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    >tafnut

    "USA is all about
    >INclusion"

    "foreign collegians use up
    >taxpayer money, resources, and roster spots with
    >less long range benefit"

    Which is it?

    The difference between inclusion and exploitation is in the attitude of the coach.

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  • blacklily
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    >>Not to
    >restart my NCAA rant, but foreign
    >collegians use
    >up taxpayer money

    So do
    >out-of-state athletes. No one is complaining
    >about them.

    For one, out-of-state athletes' families pay federal taxes. Federal funds flow to virtually every university in the land, due to Pell Grants & the like. I'm not opposed to foreign athletes in the NCAA. However, I am opposed to taxpayer funds usage to support these athletes, particularly since track & field isn't a revenue college sport. If their federations want to pony up training funds or private funds are raised, then I have no problem. It is not our responsibility to educate & train other country's athletes, using taxpayer money. Only in America...

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  • Trinity
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    I think Ms. Cox can PR in the 200m at Pan Ams, running with teammate Allyson Felix. Her 22.98 was pretty impressive, since it was her last race of the day I believe. She seems to be improving through the season, and this will probably be her last meet of the season, unless she is on the relay pool for WC, but she probably won't see any baton passing in Paris. As of matter of fact, Monique Hennegan may run at least a prelim in Paris. Her recent 51.4 shows that she is rounding into shape.

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  • BillCarr
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    let me clarify (apologies). Ms. Cox PR'd, but I don't think she realized before the race how fast Ms. Graham was. It was a pretty sizable PR for the Seton Hall standout as well, I believe.

    Tilastopaja lists Ms. Cox's PR's as
    100: 11.41
    200: 22.70
    400: 51.63

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    If I was a coach and I knew an athlete could not score at conference or nationals I would not recruit them either - whether they were from the USA or a foreigner. Coaches had better make themselves (and their programs) look damn good given the constant cutting of T&F programs.

    I'm not sure why the foreigners wouldn't score, though. I think I missed a point of yours. Do other NCAA sports have this rule? What would be the benefit?

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  • Trinity
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    Ms. Cox has no reason to be upset, I'm sure this is one of her better 100m times. Plus her performance of the meet was outstanding, considering she ran 5 races in one day, with some pretty decent times. What are her PR's anyway?

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  • tafnut
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    I TOTALLY agree with you el S. I think we SHOULD have foreigners in our colleges and on our teams, but . . . if the NCAA decided tomorrow that no foreigner could score at Conference or Nationals, how many coaches would still be willing to pay for them? That's where the nobility goes out the window - motive. They SAY the right stuff, but it's just about making themselves look better.
    -just my nationalistic (dirty word) opinion

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    tafnut

    "USA is all about INclusion"

    "foreign collegians use up taxpayer money, resources, and roster spots with less long range benefit"

    Which is it?

    I believe there are MANY long term advantages to having foreign athletes and students in the USA. It has been my experience that most (almost all) are exceedingly humble, willing to work/study very hard, offer a differing world view, and perhaps most importantly when they graduate they go "home" having experienced what the USA is about, and can become leaders in their country with at least an understanding of what the USA is all about.

    Many of my most valued experiences in grad school came not from class studies, but from friendships and training with several foreign athletes.

    I understand the tax-payer issues. However, we blow far more money in this country on causes far less worthwhile than educating a foriegn athlete.

    Finally, one must remember that the conditions and opportunities afforded many foreign athletes while growing up are SO minimal - the fact that they can even come to the USA an compete in the classroom (and they do) is truly inspiring. Our poorest kids have infinitely more opportunities than most kids growing up in poor African nations.

    I never met David Kimani (an overaged Kenyan) personally, but I'm sure based on what I have read that his contributions to Alabama and the students/athletes more than paid for whatever tax dollars he used.

    Just my opinion, though. Given the pathetic management of many state budgets - I respect yours as well.

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  • tafnut
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    because the cause is just

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    >Not to
    >restart my NCAA rant, but foreign collegians use
    >up taxpayer money

    So do out-of-state athletes. No one is complaining about them.

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  • BillCarr
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    Ms. Graham's upset definitely left her mark on Crystal Cox . . . she was visibly a little agitated after the 100 and took it out on the field in the 200 when she blitzed the sub-23 performance.

    In regards to the other comment about foreigners, the Indiana Invaders have a bunch, including Thompson, their top thrower Steve Ercegovac, their top male sprinter Tanko Braimah, and their top jumper Mark Dzradosi. I'm not sure about their citizenship status, but supposedly only US citizens were supposed to compete . . . .

    Although the meet became very quickly a David (everybody else) vs. Goliath (the Invaders) meet, the host team still put on a very well run competition. They might want to cut back on a relay or two . . . GBTC was plenty happy to come home to Boston with twice as much prize money as last year when we snuck by the Invaders and won the thing, even though this year (2003) we were only second place.

    We're also collectively praying that the State of Indiana pushes the funding for some lights so it can be a twilight meet . . .

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  • Trinity
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    And has improved since her days at Seton Hall. When was the last time she ran close to 11.21. I have my opinion on the track program at Seton Hall.

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  • dj
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    Nolle Graham is now a U.S. citizen, competed at USATF.

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