USATF Foundation brings use of in-stadium field event laser line marks to NCAA Championships at Hayward Field

USATF Foundation brings use of in-stadium field event laser line marks to NCAA Championships at Hayward Field

Photos Courtesy of Thought Development, Inc.

Photos Courtesy of Thought Development, Inc.

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.

Photos Courtesy of Thought Development, Inc.

Photos Courtesy of Thought Development, Inc.

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.



The USA Track & Field Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track & field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, and distance training centers. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants and participation in Run With US! Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, Click Here or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tjackovic@usatffoundation.org.