In her latest Merry Christmas photo greeting, W60 multi-eventer Kay Glynn poses with her pole-shortening tool. She writes: “Weâ€™ve barely had any snow this year in our part of Iowa, but just having a little on the ground made it an appropriate day for my 7th annual Christmas card photo session! This year entitled: Fact AND Fiction. Fact? I really DO saw, split and gather wood for our stove and fireplace. Fiction? All right, I donâ€™t wear this outfit for gathering firewood.” Kay says she has two months left before her resurfaced right hip is cleared to “freestyle with tapping, jogging and cartwheeling! However, via videos, my doctor in South Carolina cleared me to do a few specific fun things (modified) once a week until I hit that 6-month mark. Iâ€™m happily rehabbing in Iowa. Check it out on YouTube.” Kay is such a crackup. But unlike my jokes, she’s the real deal athletically. Holiday greetings to Kay and everyone else.
Orville Rogers, likely the oldest Athlete of the Year in USATF history, is a model for overcoming adversity. He suffered a stroke in 2011 but mowed down world records in 2013. He had a heart full of blocked arteries and began running at 50. He didn’t run in high school â€” back in the mid-1930s in Sulphur, Oklahoma. “No track program at our high school,” Orville wrote in response to a Q&A. “I did play football and lettered two years (before attending Oklahoma University). I think I owe my athletic success in later life to my childhood swimming. I and several friends would play tag in and around the pool, running and swimming for what might have been hours on end. My last physical at the Cooper clinic showed that my (lung) vital capacity was 45% above predicted for a man my age and weight.” Orville, who turned 96 in late November, adds: “I must tell you that Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the author of ‘Aerobics,’ is my personal doctor, and has ‘kept me going’ for more than 40 years.”
M50 sprinter Mike Travers graciously provides details on theÂ 2014 USATF East Region Masters Indoor Championships set Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Providence Career and Technical High School in Rhode Island. USATF has online entry form here. Print entry and meet info is here. Eventually, you’ll see who else is competing on the Status of Entries page. The school held the meet in 2012 and 2013 as well. Here are 2013 results.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sandy Pashkin’s list of USATF masters records nominations fell short. But the official list of ratified records shows nine that escaped Sandy’s notice or nod. Among them were Kathy Martin’s W60 outdoor mile record of 5:42.65, Oscar Peyton’s M60 outdoor 200 record of 24.23 and Ty Brown’s M65 hurdles record of 15.20. Which begs the question: How did Sandy miss these originally? Or why did she reject them? The annual meeting in Indy was supposed to have discussed how to improve the MTF records system, based on the Steve Robbins committee report. Anyone have a summary of what executive actions Gary Snyder took? What changes are expected after 2014 annual meeting in Anaheim? Also, check out the Document Library for masters reports. For example, Masters Invitational czar Mark Cleary says the USATF open nationals will have a 100-meter women’s exhibition and a men’s 400 hurdles race (or possibly a 1500). For those interested in rules changes, see the final scorecard. Original proposals are here.
It’s official. I’m a fifth-grader in terms of speed. On Saturday, the Red and Black All-Comers Meet at San Diego State University charged $10 for all-you-can-eat competition. I got my money’s worth in the 60-meter dash. Held in cool temps (about 55 degrees) with the clouds about to open, my heat pitted me against a pair of grade-schoolers. The spikes-wearing lad in Lane 4 got the jump on me and led for at least 30 meters, but I bore down, lengthened my stride and prevailed by a couple feet. I was ecstatic, and dozens of bleacher creatures went wild upon my dip-at-the-tape effort. I yelled “59! 59!” and the third-place kid, possibly irked at my hot-dogging, said: “What does 59 mean?” I shared the news with glee at home, and wrote to meet director Rick Reaser for the phototimer shot. Rick gave me the address of timer Jim Waters, who graciously provided this image for the ages. Now my goal is to work on speed â€” so I can beat a sixth-grader next time. My fantasy: The runner-up becomes Olympic champ.Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile is always a thrill.Â All awards this year will be based on age-graded times. And you won’t want to miss the post-race banquet to watch the race video, meet your friends, family, and competitors at the awards ceremony, enjoy superb food and drink, and for those who still have their legs, get out on the dance floor!” Entry forms are here. For more info, write Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie at email@example.com.
Marilyn Mitchell reports from the USATF annual meeting in Indy that Albuquerque (sole bidder) has been awarded the 2016 indoor masters nationals. “Dates not yet chosen,” she writes.Â “Looks as though it will be mid- to late-February or early March 2014.” The 2016 outdoor masters nationals went to Grand Rapids, Michigan, which beat out a bid from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (LSU).Â “Dates not yet set,” Marilyn says.Â ”In both cases, the USATF Masters Committee is awaiting verification of final dates on other meets before establishing the masters’ dates.” The Michigan meet apparently is at Grand Valley State University, which also boasts a big fieldhouse with an indoor track (hope we can warm up there.) Grand Valley is actually 12 miles west of Grand Rapids â€” in Allendale, Michigan. Albuquerque last hosted indoor nationals in 2011, and it took a beating for timing snafus that cost folks a number of 60-meter and other records. That shouldn’t happen again, given new policies tightening who can do the timing. East Lansing 1995 nats (my first) were the last nationals held in the Wolverine State.
Charles Allie didn’t get an email or a phone call. He learned he’d been chosen as IAAF World’s Best Master from the WMA president himself â€” flying home from Brazil worlds. “This was one of the most exciting news I have ever received in my lifetime, but flying at 35,000 feet, I couldnâ€™t [immediately] really share this great news with anyone.” The world learned the news eventually, and this week in Indy he also shared the title of USATF Male Athlete of the Year with M95 Orville Rogers. Charlie responded to a quickie Q&A this week, adding to our store of knowledge on this modest masters trackster. For example: “In 2012, after turning 65, I competed in a meet in Virginia and set the world record in the 200m and 400m only to later have both records nullified. In 2013, a year older, I was more motivated and determined toward fulfilling my goal.” World records (and even age-group PRs) don’t come at will, so thank goodness Charlie could summon another set of amazing efforts. His persistence serves as a role model as much as his graceful style.Tom Phillips, who I’ve dubbed the Worldâ€™s Fastest Masters Photographer, is â€” like Earl Fee â€” an artist at heart. But he paints with a camera. Tom is a well-traveled landscape lensman who says: â€śIâ€™ve been shooting stuff in the mountains around Europe for many years. More recently, Iâ€™ve had the time and inspiration to turn some of my material into watercolors and other arty forms. I think I got a little carried away with it, and soon ran out of wall space at home to display it. The only answer seems to be to have an exhibition!â€ť Tom’s show is set for all of February 2014 at the â€śBelow 65â€ť Gallery in Tomâ€™s hometown of Maidstone in Kent, England â€śThere will be something for all tastes, I hope. Iâ€™ve got some masters shots Iâ€™ll definitely be including. And if nothing else, working on the exhibition is taking my mind off passing the big 6-0 in March, just two days before the World Masters Indoor Champs in Hungary. Iâ€™ll be there!â€ť Jolly good show, Tom.
An indoor track meet Dec. 27-28 in Birmingham, Alabama, is masters-friendly, reports Don Drummond. It’s being held at the Crossplex, a public multi-use center with a banked Mondo track. “Timing will be FAT,” Don writes. “Admission for adults will be $8 for 1 day or $14 for 2 days. 65 & older will be $5 for 1 day or $8 for 2 days. Students and children are free. Coachâ€™s cards will be accepted. … Weight throw implement available for use, but you are encouraged to bring your own. … 13 & over may enter up to 4 individual events and the relay. Registration will be online at coachO.com. Go to the meet calendar and find this meet. Entry will be $20 per athlete. 4×200 relay teams will be $20/team. Pentathlon will be $35/athlete. All payments should be made on-line at the time of registration. Entry deadline is Tuesday, December 24th, 11:59 pm CST. Late entries will be accepted until Wednesday, December 25, 11:59pm CST with a $5 late fee/athlete.” The meet is USATF-sanctioned. (So you can set records here.)