This weekend The LA Times reported on the controversy regarding Dr. Frank Meza. It was reported that The L.A. Marathon is in the process of disqualifying Frank from the 2019 race.
Meza Addresses The Loyola Track Team
On Saturday morning, Frank addressed the Loyola HS Track Team at practice. Frank denied that he cut any courses and told the team that he would prove himself at Chicago – reiterating a statement that he made to Canadian Running Magazine.
Shortly after telling his team that he would be running in Chicago he addressed the coaches separately, and contradicted what he told the team. He told coaches that he was diagnosed with a heart condition and that his running days may be over.
What More is Needed?
Lalo Diaz is a colleague of Meza’s, a coach at Loyola. He has been a supporter of Meza’s. And was quoted in the L.A. Times article.
“With them, he is guilty until proven innocent,” Diaz says. “The burden should be on them to say this is irrefutable, this is what you did and we caught you. Why is the burden on him?”
The proof has been presented. It is irrefutable. Below is just a sampling of what has been included in previous articles.
- Frank was photographed off of the course prior to three different timing mats at The 2019 LA Marathon. He was never seen exiting the course, he was only photographed as he entered the course.
- The pace over stretches where it can be proved that Frank was on the course is significantly slower than his full marathon pace.
- He was disqualified from The California International Marathon in 2014 and 2016. He was banned after the 2016 race. He did not dispute the disqualifications. He admits he could not have run the pace that he recorded, but offers no explanation. He was disqualified by a USATF official, not by some internet trolls or an ‘amateur investigator’.
- At the Phoenix Marathon in 2019, there was a video camera set up at mile 22. Frank never appears on the video. He never passed the camera. He never ran that section of the course.
- After suspicions regarding his 2015 finish, LA stated that they would require Frank run with an observer for The 2016 race. Frank skipped the race, saying that he wanted to run with some former Loyola runners at The Oakland Marathon. The article referenced Robert Brandt as one of those runners. Brandt did not run the Oakland Marathon in 2016.
Lalo Diaz is the same coach that sent a voicemail to Amby Burfoot (former Runner’s World executive and 1968 Boston Marathon winner) stating that Frank had retained legal council. He requested that anyone with questions regarding Frank’s performances contact Lalo directly.
I previously reached out to Lalo since he asked that Amby direct anyone with questions to him.
“Please…Contact Dr. Meza’s attorneys. No comment. Thank You.
I asked him for contact information for the attorneys, he responded:
“You’re the cracker jack investigator”!!!
He never did provide me with any contact information for any attorney.
Last night, I reached back out to Lalo to get his reaction to Frank’s contradictory statements to the team and the coaches. He did not reply.
More to Come
I am digging through all available information from all of Frank’s past results. There are anomalies going back many years. I plan to present detailed analysis in the near future.
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