Through the efforts of USA Track & Field Foundation Director Mark James and fellow Foundation Board member and Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna, the use of a patented in-stadium green laser line was used for the first time to measure field event marks at the recently completed NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld today.
James and Lananna worked closely together to coordinate all the moving parts, including discussions and demonstrations with the NCAA, Tracktown USA and the developer of the technology, Thought Development, Inc.
“Since the days of Bill Bowerman, TrackTownUSA has been committed to enhancing the experience of the athletes and spectators,” said Lananna.
It was Mr. James’ desire when creating the John W. James Endowment in July 2010, to fund elite grants for men and women track athletes in the throwing events, which are traditionally under-funded, and to promote and highlight the throwing events at major competitions. The use of lasers during these Championships signaled a large step forward in realizing James’ vision.
Read original press release here: www.usatffoundation.org/News/Archives/2010/2010-07-16.aspx.
Unlike the computer generated “yellow line” seen during the broadcast of a football game, Thought Development’s patented “Green Line” can be seen from anywhere in the stadium. For this competition, the laser showed only the leading mark, but in the future, spectators will be able to see marks representing world, American, meet and stadium records.