to compete at USA National Masters
Track and Field Championships
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[AUG. 7, 2003]
Illinois State's head coach for track and field and cross country,
Elvis Forde, has stayed active as a runner during his coaching
career, and this week is no exception.
Forde signed on to compete in the
USA National Masters Track
and Field Championships taking place on Thursday, Aug. 7, and
Friday, Aug. 8, in Eugene, Ore. Forde will participate in the
400-meter dash in the 40-44 age group.
A native of St. Andrew, Barbados, Forde
joined the ISU staff in July of 2002 after a 13-year coaching career
at Austin Peay State. He earned a number of accolades as a
collegiate athlete at Murray State and Southern Illinois-Carbondale.
He was a four-time NCAA all-American as well as a two-time national
amateur champion. Forde also competed on the 1984 and 1988 Barbados
Forde sees a number of benefits to
staying active and competing in these particular meets.
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"I use it as a health benefit," Forde
said. "I'm still able to compete on a high level, and I have a lot
of camaraderie with the other runners. My competitiveness comes out
in these events and it helps me to stay sharp."
Running in these meets is also a
recruiting benefit, according to Forde.
public relations for me," Forde said. "A lot of the guys I run with
are coaches at the high school level. This gives me the chance to
stay in contact with them for recruiting purposes."
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