Sprint star Darren Scott aiming to becoming decathlon world champ

Darren is good to go in the deca 100, 400 and maybe hurdles. The skill events will test him.

British M45 sprinter Darren Scott’s local paper reports that he’s looking to become a decathlete — and become world champ by the time he’s 50 in three years. The story says: “Scott is back on the gold trail after winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres races in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships in Birmingham. The veteran fitness instructor at The Heath Leisure Suite in Runcorn is world, European and UK champion over 200 metres and has been undefeated for 11 years in his main event. Now the super sprinter has his sights set on further athletics glory as a decathlon competitor. The 47-year-old said: ‘The decathlon is a challenge I’ve always fancied competing in but I’ve never really trained for field events and have always concentrated on my running with sprint races being my number one priority. I’ve never pole vaulted in my life but went for a training session to see if I could achieve the opening height of two metres.’”

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September 27, 2016  7 Comments

From cripple to WR man, Thomas Stewens eyes return to decathlon

Thomas has 7669 deca PR.

After setting a startling M50 world record in the pentathlon, Germany’s Thomas Stewens became my latest Q&A target. He responded immediately. But I forgot about his email. My apologies. He’s had rougher treatment. In 2004, after severing the rectus femoris muscle of his takeoff leg quadriceps, he rejected a diagnosis that his leg was shot forever. “For motivational purposes, I also decided to sign up for the World Indoor Championships in Stuttgart in 2004.” The result? A WR in the M35 pentathlon. Now he’s hoping to resume his decathlon career in 2017. His all-time PR is 7669. He’ll have plenty of fans. He’s the father of five kids, “who all support their Dad a lot in his sports and came to many of my events!” Here’s an email interview conducted Sept. 13:

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September 26, 2016  One Comment

M45 sprinter/hurdler Karnell Vickers using GoFundMe for Perth

Karnell Vickers

Karnell Vickers

The good news: USATF’s suggestion of masters using GoFundMe to raise money for Perth travel is spreading. The bad news: Karnell Vickers is only halfway to his $5,000 goal via GoFundMe. His local paper in Georgia says Vickers considers running more than a hobby, and “if he gets his chance to fulfill his dream of representing his country, he intends to win.” “I’ve been stepping it up,” he said of his crowd-funding efforts. “I’ve been posting on Facebook and messaging friends. I know how it goes. People see my posts, but it slides by. I want people to know I need their help.” USATF is helping Sabra Harvey and Don McGee with $1,500 travel grants, but that’s it for the track contingent.

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September 25, 2016  One Comment

Ed Whitlock’s next WR goal: M85 marathon under 4 hours at Toronto

Ed would be expected to win age group.

Look for Ed to beat many guys half his age.

Sometimes tracko Ed Whitlock holds the marathon WR in three age groups: M70 (2:54:48), M75 (3:04:54) and M80 (3:15:54). On Oct. 16, if the wind cooperates, he hopes to add M85 — and be the oldest to go sub-4 hours. The listed WR is 4:34:55 by Aussie Robert Horman in 2004. A Canadian running magazine spilled the beans Friday on Ed’s marathon goal at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Ed says: “My only real goal for the rest of this year is this race upcoming. I finally made up my mind to do the full instead of the half in the last couple of days. Yesterday, I finally managed to get up to a three-hour training run which is the first three-hour training run I’ve had in three years because of various issues I’ve had. … I’m a broken down middle distance runner and I’ve made myself into a marathon runner.”

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September 24, 2016  One Comment

Fiji sending throws star Mereoni Vibose to Perth worlds in October

It's only 4,000 miles from Fiji to Perth.

It’s only a short 4,000-mile hop from Fiji to Perth.

With Perth starting in a month, we’re seeing hometown media celebrating entrants. Fiji will send two, including Mereoni Vibose, who turned 65 in April and holds national open records in the discus (47.76 or 156-8 1/4) and old javelin (53.18 or 174-5 3/4). The other Fijian is M40 steepler Noel Singh. A story in Fiji Times reported that Mereoni “received the news of the competition through an old friend and former Australian javelin champion, Mary Thomas…. Since last year, she has been training at her village in Raiwaqa in Nadroga. She said she had been training using a javelin and a discus, but for shot put she had to resort to getting a rock from the Ruwailevu River which ran beside her village for her training.” She told the paper: “All of the first three events’ equipments I have, but as for the hammer throw I will try it during the competition.” She expects to finish in the top 10. I hope she goes for the gold!

Mereoni Vibose is shown with some of her old awards. She'll seek new ones in October.

Mereoni displays some of her old awards. She’ll seek new ones in October.

September 22, 2016  No Comments

Anyone in San Diego want free trip to USATF annual meeting?

Paul Greer (left) helps conduct elections at San Diego USATF meeting.

Paul Greer (left) helps conduct elections at San Diego-Imperial USATF meeting.

The San Diego-Imperial USATF Association held its annual elections Wednesday night at Road Runner Sports, a megashoe store. I attended even though I’m a member of the Southern California Association (in order to join the Striders). In any case, I learned that nobody has taken over for Steve Kleinstuber as Masters Track Committee chair. He’s served this role for some time — which required him to be meet director of the annual Chuck McMahon Memorial Meet. He put in his service and called it quits this year, however. So now San Diego-Imperial is looking for a successor. One of the perks is that the association pays your way to the annual USATF meeting, which is in Orlando this year (where Rio Olympic coach and Tracktown boss Vin Lananna is likely to be elected USATF president). Interested? Write new San Diego-Imperial President Marco Anzures at president@sandiego.usatf.org. BTW, I’m told that the McMahon meet director might be a paid gig in future years.

September 21, 2016  No Comments

Race for 2020 WMA worlds is down to Toronto vs. Gothenburg

View of potential main track at 2020 Toronto.

View of potential main track at 2020 Toronto.

Ontario meet maven Doug “Shaggy” Smith said Tuesday on Facebook that Tampere, Finland, has dropped out of the running to host the 2020 WMA outdoor worlds. “That leaves Gothenburg, Sweden, and Toronto in a one-ballot vote in Perth on Sunday, October 30th,” Doug says. I haven’t confirmed the Finnish finish yet, but I trust Doug on this. At the start of the year, four cities were potential bidders (including Bogotá, Colombia). The Toronto 2020 site (which can be read in dozens of languages, including Esperanto) is a model bid site. For example, it posts technical details on the main stadium at University of Toronto. The Swedish 2020 bid site is basically a PDF and is scarcely more than a tourism brochure. But at the Perth General Assembly, European delegates will outnumber North/South Americans and Oceania reps. So it could still go to Gothenburg (aka Göteborg). Doug is playing nice. He writes: “2022 is the 45th anniversary of the 2nd World Championships that were held in Gothenburg. Seems fitting that they get that one :-)” Since 2018 worlds will be in Spain, it only seems fair that another hemisphere get 2020.

Here's info from Gothenburg 2020 bid site, which isn't easy to find.

Here’s info from the Gothenburg 2020 bid site, which isn’t easy to find.

September 20, 2016  7 Comments

Steve Peters sweeps M60 sprints at British masters nationals

Steve at BMAF 2016 meet, winning 1,2 and 4.

Steve at BMAF 2016 meet, winning the 1, 2 and 4.

Our M60 psychiatrist friend Stephen Peters won the 100, 200 and 400 over the weekend at British masters nationals. See results here. Steve’s margins of victory were even more impressive — 12.42 to 13.09 for runner-up Simon Barrett, 24.90 to 26.55 for silver medalist Ian Broadhurst and 58.23 to Simon’s 60.87. An even crazier set of results was the men’s pole vault, where the M50 winner (Mark Johnson at 4.20) beat the winning heights of M45 (4.00) and M35 (3.80). Admittedly, the turnout was weak by U.S. standards. But kudos to M40 100 winner Esmei Ossai on his 10.97 and M70 champion Victor Novell at 13.75. Alfred Hermes in Germany reported two Eurovets records set at BMAF: M80 Tony Bowman in the 80-meter hurdles (14.93) and W65 Caroline Marler in the 400: 72.37. More details at Athletics Weekly.

September 19, 2016  No Comments

Cute beyond words: Grandparent-grandchild relay at San Diego

Ellie Nenow races back to the start line.

Ellie Nenow races back to the start line.

A tradition at Senior Games in Pasadena, San Diego and elsewhere is the Grandparent-Grandchild Relay, which usually involves kids running 50 meters and touching hands with Grandma or Grandpa, who race back to the start. But at Sunday’s San Diego Mesa College meet, a 3-year-old named Ellie stole the show. She started in a down position (as she had seen some relatives do) and tagged up with her great-grandfather George Larch-Miller, 90. She didn’t stop, though. She chased Grandpa back to the finish line. The meet was great, again, with temps in the high 70s and light winds. Willie Banks had three close misses at an M60 American record 1.75 meters (about 5-9). Photos of him and other stars of the meet are on my Google Drive. So check them out, and please credit Ken Stone / masterstrack.com if used on social media or published. No charge. I’ll share meet results when I get them.

George Larch-Miller took last in Grandparent-Grandchild Relay but won the most hearts with teammate Ellie.

George Larch-Miller took last in Grandparent-Grandchild Relay but won the most hearts with teammate Ellie.

September 18, 2016  2 Comments

John Seto seeks sponsors for mastersrankings.com: Spread word

Here's PDF being circulated to pitch mastersrankings.com

PDF being circulated on mastersrankings.com

John Seto is throwing a wider net to fund mastersrankings.com. He’s looking for corporate sponsors. He also writes: “The [$25 a year minimum] membership program has yielded results so far ($39.3K) which covered D&O plus liability insurance in early August plus paid some of the owed license fees. My goal was $75K raised by the end of September and I am still optimistic that it is possible – it will mostly come from this fundraising effort as membership income has tapered off as expected. The operations side is going extremely well (using the primary goal of inserted performances as the metric). I’ve been working on process and software to ensure scalability and the biggest impact area is 95%+ complete. 25-30k inserted performances was a good month for 2015 (which would require hundreds of hours to convert and process performances). Almost 73k performances have been inserted since the newsletter less than 2 weeks ago.”

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September 16, 2016  3 Comments