Noble goals for Lyon-goer Stacey: W45 hurdle, long jump records

Stacey Noble teaches sixth grade in Elk Grove.

Stacey Noble teaches sixth grade in Elk Grove.

Stacey Noble, a W45 multi-eventer headed for Lyon worlds, has a few modest goals: Do well in the heptathlon, 80-meter hurdles and long jump. And if she’s lucky, set a few records. She tells her local paper south of Sacramento “she’d also like to set the women’s age 45-49 national and world records in the long jump and 80-meter hurdles,” the El Grove Citizen reports, which quotes her as saying: “I’ve always enjoyed the freedom of running and jumping and the personal challenge of improving my marks on my own terms. So I re-entered the world of track and field with USA Masters Track and Field at the age of 44.” Stacey is 45 now. At Jax nationals, she took silver in the pentathlon with 2013 points, clocking 17.34 in the hurdles and spanning 4.24 meters (13-11) in the long jump. The W45 American records are 12.07 and 5.37 (17-7½) — both by Joy Upshaw. But she’s probably taking the long view, so good for her.

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July 31, 2015  2 Comments

Finally! USATF Masters has Twitter, Facebook, Instagram feeds

It took years for USATF Masters T&F to launch its own website. It took only months to establish a social media presence — after my rant of November 2014. Thanks to the efforts of several ladies, we now have an official USATFMastersTrack account on Facebook. Our Twitter handle is @USAmasterstrack. On Instagram, we are also usatfmasterstrack. Credit national sprint champ Sandy Triolo for the latest breakthrough. She follows efforts by another woman, who contacted masters media czar Bob Weiner with an offer of help. The is a great reference site, but it’s lame for newsy news. (In fact, it still bears this note: “Outdoor Nationals (Jacksonville, FL) are around the corner!”)

USATF masters track has joined the 21st century at last with social media accounts.

USATF masters T&F joins the 21st century with social media accounts.

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July 30, 2015  No Comments

Lyon note on guests, uniforms from Team USA manager Mary

Mary Rosado is nonstadia team manager for Team USA (helping Phil Greenwald) at Lyon worlds, and she has some notes for folks: “The need for all non-athlete guests to buy a non-athlete credential at the Technical Information Center (TIC). Unlike past years when anyone could attend any of the venues without a credential, this meet has very strict security regulations. In order to enter any of the venues when events are going on, both the athlete and any guests with them must have official WMA credentials.They must take their passports with them to obtain the official credentials at the TIC. After that it is best to leave their passports in the safety of their hotel and carry a color copy of their passport.” Mary also has info on uniforms.

That’s Mary at right at 2009 Lahti worlds General Assembly, with Carroll DeWeese (left), national chairman Gary Snyder and Jerry Donley.

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July 30, 2015  One Comment

VICTORY! USATF will pay the way of Anselm, Renee to Beijing

Anselm LeBourne and Renee Shepherd can relax now. They won’t have to pay their own way to compete in masters exhibition races at IAAF Beijing worlds. Today (Wednesday) I got confirmation from both that USATF will take care of travel expenses. “I sent my passport info to USATF yesterday and they booked the flight to Beijing,” Renee said via email. Anselm says details are still being worked out. But this is wonderful — and the news comes exactly one month before Renee runs the 400 and Anselm the 800 at the Bird’s Nest stadium. I’m hoping to learn what brought about this change of heart. I won’t credit my petition just yet, since other factors may have been at work. But THANK YOU to all 104 who showed support for this effort!

USATF did the right thing — and will handle travel expenses for U.S. stars.

USATF did the right thing — and will handle travel expenses for U.S. stars.

July 29, 2015  4 Comments

Dates and place of 2016 Michigan masters nationals confirmed

Lou Andreadis

Lou da man

It’s not too early to talk 2016 masters nationals. (In fact, I’m urging my 87-year-old dad to put the shot at Grand Rapids, since he lives west of Detroit.) But some folks are asking about the relatively early dates: July 14-17, 2016. So I wrote the head guy. “My name is Lou Andreadis, and I will be the Meet Manager for next year’s championship,” he replied this week. “To answer your questions: Yes, those dates are correct, and yes, that is our track that will be used.  We look forward to have you come to Grand Rapids next year.” Grand Valley State University’s track is shared with lacrosse, but not football. More photos of the track are here.

Grand Valley State University will host 2016 masters nationals.

Grand Valley State University will host 2016 masters nationals in mid-July.


July 28, 2015  13 Comments

American record in W55 4×4 fills USATF gap, but others remain

At Jax nationals, the top three finishers in the W55 400-meter run were Daphne Sluys (68.15), Vicki Fox (70.36) and Susan Loyd (72.88). Someone noticed that USATF has no listed record for the W55 4-by-400. So the trio joined with veteran relayist Cheryl Bellaire and clocked a 5:03.58 (average time 75.9 in the muggy weather Sunday). Instant nonclub American record! Cheryl, the W55 winner of the 2000 steeple in 9:11.21, was on the Athena TC team that set a W50 club American record in the same event at the 2013 Penn Relays. Give them credit for seizing the moment and filling in the vacant space between W50 and W60. Now all we need are records in the age groups W75 and up.

Susan, Vicki, Cheryl and Daphne finished hard meet with 4x4 record at Jacksonville.

Susan, Vicki, Cheryl and Daphne finished brutal meet with 4×4 record.

July 27, 2015  6 Comments

Anthony Bailey breaks historic M55 triple jump record at Jax

How the M55 record was reported in 1975.

How the M55 record was reported in 1975.

In January 1975, a gentleman from Van Nuys traveled a couple hours east to a Southern California resort and triple-jumped 41 feet, 5 inches (12.62 meters). Unless you knew his age, you wouldn’t think much. But at age 57, he was hailed as a masters Bob Beamon. David Pain’s USMITT newsletter reported: “One of the top Masters performances ever occurred Jan. 18 in Palm Desert, Calif. In the light desert air, Gordon Farrell triple jumped a prodigious 41-5, easily an age-57 best. … You have to go back to age 43 to find a better effort.” It was an M55 world record that stood for 14 years — until Finland’s Olavi Niemi beat it by one centimeter. Why bring this up now? Sunday at Jacksonville nationals, Anthony Bailey of Alpharetta, Georgia, triple-jumped 12.76 (41-10 1/2) to finally displace Gordon’s American age-group record. Let that sink in. The record held for 40 years! USATF’s news release didn’t mention Anthony’s mark until 11 paragraphs into the Day 4 report.

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July 26, 2015  5 Comments

Hurdlers notch shuttle record amid crazy winds at Jax nationals

With tailwinds topping 10 mph, sprinters at Jax nationals had a field day Saturday. Records were negated, including a stunning 14.12 by M80 Bobby Whilden Jr. (with the listed WR being Payton Jordan’s 14.35). Bobby won by an incredible 2.5 seconds! But contrary to USATF’s Day 3 news release, W75 Kathy Bergen didn’t set a WR of 15.70. (Her wind was reported as 3.6 mps — nearly twice the allowable. Besides, she had a wind-legal 15.31 at Mt. SAC in April.) Given the crazy air, it’s even more remarkable that hurdlers finished a relay. But the foursome of Anne Sluder, Melanie Blake, Lisa Edwards and Shara Coletta clocked 1:14.60 to become the first W35s to run the event. Hence an American record. Anne dropped down from W40, in fact, a couple days after raising her own AR in the pentathlon to 3746 points (from 3727 in June). We also get late word of a W50 record in the 1500 — claimed late Friday (after a rain delay) by Marisa Sutera Strange at 4:51.86. The listed AR is 4:52.55 by Kathy Martin in 2012. (The listed WR is 4:40.7 by Denmark’s Gitte Karlshöj.)

Your W35 shuttles American record-holders: Melanie, Lisa, Shara and Anne.

Your W35 shuttles American record-holders: Melanie, Lisa, Shara and Anne.

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July 26, 2015  13 Comments

Brown, Pye hurdle ‘records’ highlight Day 2 of hot Jax nationals

Derek Pye was 2014 world champ at Budapest.  At Jacksonville, he ran out of Lane 1.

Derek Pye was 2014 indoor world champ at Budapest. At Jacksonville, he ran out of Lane 1.

Sigh. I can report two hurdle records from Jax nationals Friday. But they’re not hurdle bests. M70 Ty Brown lowered his own pending world record in the 80-meter hurdles to 12.61 (from 12.69 a month ago), but James Stookey has an unrecognized 12.18 from 2000. And M45 Derek Pye ran the 110s in a sensational 14.46 — crushing the listed AR of 14.79 set 20 years ago (nearly to the day) by Tom Gilliard. But Willie Gault ran an unratified 14.41 in 2006, equal to the listed WR by Jamaican Karl Smith. So it goes in the wacky world of masters records. USATF also reports how W30 Chaunte Lowe fell short of an IAAF worlds qualifying mark in the high jump at Jax but committed to coming back: “Olympian Chaunte Lowe (Loganville, Georgia) delivered a new meet record at 1.85m/6-0.75. The seven-time USATF Outdoor champion, including her most recent 2015 title, was hesitant in her efforts due to a tender ankle, but hopes there is much more to come. “This is just the beginning,” Lowe said. “I’m looking forward to a long career in masters track & field.”

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July 25, 2015  5 Comments

Please sign petition on behalf of Renee and Anselm for Beijing

The British are paying for three masters athletes to compete at the IAAF Beijing exhibitions next month — joining several other countries but not the richest in the world. Bridget Cushen, BMAF secretary, writes: “I am very pleased to inform you that UK Athletics are funding the travel cost to the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Beijing of our three WMA selected Masters athletes, Sally Read-Cayton, World and European 400m Hurdler Virginia Mitchell and David Heath. Official British apparel is also included. British Masters Athletic Federation is most grateful to UKA with whom we enjoy good working relations, and to WMA for funding the hotel cost.” So I’m reminding you again to sign our petition calling on USATF to pay for air fare for Anselm LeBourne and Renee Shepherd. Let’s get to 100 signatures by July 29 — a month out from the 800/400 races in China.

Here's my latest petition. But hey — sometimes they work! Please click and sign.

Please click and sign — and share this link via social media. We can do this!

July 24, 2015  2 Comments