Brad Barton having a son-of-a-gun great season, with Trials to come

Our honey-making friend Brad Barton is having one sweet season as a new M50. His American record 4:05.4 for 1500 on June 18 was matched by his son Garrett running a leg on Ogden High School’s national record 4×1 mile relay team (a 4:16 leg), breaking a 40-year-old record. But the best may be yet to come. Brad has qualified for the Olympic Trials masters 1500 on Sunday, July 3 — just minutes before Ashton Eaton runs his own 15. He’ll be going against guys in their early 40s. But no matter. He’s a force. Recently, Brad shared details on his 1500 AR. Here’s what he posted on Facebook.

Brianna Scroggins photo of Brad training for rtturn to the Trials. He made steeplechase semis in 1992.

Brianna Scroggins photo of Brad training for return to the Trials. He made steeplechase semis in 1992.

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June 24, 2016  One Comment

Germany’s Lothar Fischer ties M80 world record in triple jump

Lothar was born in the Berlin Olympic year of 1936.

Lothar was born in the Berlin Olympic year 1936.

Alfred Hermes reports on a masters meet Sunday in Ingelheim, Germany, which included an M80 world record 8.95 meters (29-4 1/2) in the triple jump by Lothar Fischer. That equals the listed age-group WR by Japan’s Mazumi Morita at 1993 worlds in Miyazaki. See results here. Germany’s track site notes that Lothar also set an M65 WR in the long jump that was tied by an Italian seven years later. But Lothar holds the M75 TJ record outright at 10.10 (33-1 1/2).

Here's Lothar's series at a Southwestern German Masters Championships.

Here’s Lothar’s series at a Southwestern German Masters Championships.

June 23, 2016  No Comments

Free flight to Perth worlds being offered (after signup)

Perhaps imagetaking a cue from the 2017 Auckland World Masters Games, Perth is offering one lucky athlete a free flight to WMA worlds. But you have to enter first. So says WMA. “All you have to do is register for one or more events at the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships prior to 11.59pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) Thursday 30 June 2016,” WMA sez. (That’s 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time.) “The winner will be drawn at 10.00am (AWST) Friday 1 July 2016 and will receive flights for you and a companion up to the value of AU $3,000.” Unsure if this applies to folks already signed up. But nice gesture.

June 22, 2016  No Comments

Detailed, hourly sked for Grand Rapids nationals due June 30

At the 2008 convention in Reno, Nevada, the USATF Masters T&F Committee adopted a set of timelines for masters nationals, including: “14 Days prior to first day of competition, Detail Schedule Available.” Since Grand Rapids nationals start July 14, that means we can expect hourly (or even by minute) event schedules posted by June 30. But the nationals website says: “The final time schedule for each day will be set following the close of entries on June 16.” Almost a week later, we’ve seen no change in the tentative sked. June 30 is a drop-dead deadline, but many would appreciate knowing detailed schedule sooner. But don’t count on it from an LOC that posted this about outdoor nationals: “Track events will range from 60 meters to 3,000 meters.”

June 21, 2016  6 Comments

Spain’s José Vicente Rioseco crushes Aussie M75 WR in 800

Results from masters meet.

Results from WR 800 masters meet.

Spanish and social media are reporting that José Vicente Rioseco, who turned 75 in late April, ran 800 meters in 2:30.59, crushing the listed WR of 2:34.3 by Australia’s David Carr in 2007. “Not bad. It was not terribly difficult,” José was quoted as saying after Saturday’s meet in Vilagarcía, Spain. He confessed that “the second part was the hardest, besides having enough wind. Between 500 and 700 was the hardest part.” I’m still looking for link to results. (I was sent the image.) But they’ll be here eventually. Here’s the LOC site.

June 20, 2016  3 Comments

Distance stars Barton, Patton, Bruess set BIG American records

Laura Bruess also excels off the track (and roads).

Laura Bruess also excels off the track (and roads).

M50 Brad Barton of Utah smashed one of the oldest American records on the books over the weekend, clocking 4:05.41 for 1500 at the Portland Masters Track Classic in Oregon City. (See results here.) That beat the listed mark of 4:05.8 by Ray Hatton in 1982. At the USATF West Region Masters Championships, Gary Patton lowered the M70 AR in the mile to 5:35.03. (The listed record was 5:37.8 by Charles Rose in 2003.) In the 10,000 at the same Cerritos College meet, W55 Laura Bruess clocked 39:37.05, just beating Kathy Martin’s listed AR of 39:37.78 from 2007 Orono nationals. (See results here.) Also notable in Norwalk (Cerritos) was an M55 Canadian record in the mile. David Guss ran 4:49.94 to beat the listed Canuck record of 4:54.72 by Paul Reimer in 2010. Kudos to all.

June 19, 2016  One Comment

Adam Nelson vows to ‘fill void’ with meets, seminars for over-40s

Olympic champ Adam Nelson, aiming for his July 1 Olympic Trials shot event, is getting ambitious at 40. He’s starting a biz he calls Strong at 40 that will fill “the massive void of information and opportunities” for athletes over 40. Hoooo-kay! He’s promising to hold seminars and meets for fellow geezers — and also start “an amazing community.” Adam especially wants our money — seeking donations at tiers from $25 to $10,000. We wish him luck, even if he’s clueless about the masters and Senior Olympic circuits, National Masters News, decades of research, and serious clubs and coaching in older-adult T&F.

June 18, 2016  3 Comments

Pete Taylor on last legs as USATF masters nationals announcer?

Pete (left) had help at 2014 masters nationals.

Pete Taylor, 71, has wisened since my last full-blown interview with him in 2002. He’s also been through several medical wringers. But Pete is always worth listening to — either as a meet announcer or masters observer — so here’s another Q&A. This time, I delve into his day job. And his boss at Palladian Partners graciously offered his thoughts as well. Robert “Rob” Wald, director of editorial services, told me: “People in the masters track and field world probably don’t know how multitalented Peter Taylor is. I’ve been in the health and science communications business for more than 20 years, and I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of editors. The simple truth is that Peter is the best editor I’ve ever run across.”

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June 17, 2016  30 Comments

High jumper Debbie Brill joins Canadian Masters Hall of Fame

Unlike USATF, which formally announces Masters Hall of Famers and Athletes of the Year in December, Canada’s top awards are revealed in June. So we’re happy to learn that Olympian and masters record-holder Debbie Brill (the real inventor of the Flop) is one Famer. (I met her at 1999 Gateshead worlds.) The other is Richard Graves, who died in February. He served for 20 years as a Canadian Masters Athletic Association leader. Awards will be presented at Canadian masters nationals Aug. 13 in Toronto.

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June 16, 2016  2 Comments

Deadline for lowest entry fee at nationals is 11:59 p.m. June 16

Champion Goldy hands off to Orville Rogers at 2014 nationals in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Starting Friday, entering Grand Rapids nationals will cost $50 more, so if you’re planning to compete in Michigan, now’s the time to enter here. The drop-dead deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern June 24. The oldest entrant so far is 99-year-old Champion Goldy Sr. — down for four throwing events and the 100. W95 Jeanette Baas, whose name is unfamiliar to me, is the oldest woman. She’s in the 100. It’s too soon to say the meet’s fields are anemic, but I suspect Perth worlds and the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver are bleeding Grand Rapids. Even so, Canada is sending some stars, including record-holders M85 Earl Fee and W60 Karla Del Grande. Among the most ambitious entrants are 91-year-old George Roudebush, paying for 11 events, and W60 Rita Hanscom, in nine.

June 15, 2016  26 Comments