World records set at National Senior Olympics
Reluctantly and with agonizing slowness, the National Senior Olympics is posting women’s track results – even though the track meet started a week ago and is almost over. Actually, the NSGA isn’t posting results at all. This function is being performed by an affiliated site (the one involved in marketing photos of the event). But what results! Three world age-group records by W75 Leonore McDaniels alone!
Leonore high jumped 1.13 (3-8 1/2) to beat the old listed WMA W75 WR of 1.10 on 8/6/1999 by Helgi Pedel.
Leonore long jumped 3.38 (11-1, with a legal 1.4 mps wind) to beat the listed WMA W75 WR of 3.34 on 7/19/1997 by Paula Schneiderhan.
And in her favorite event, Leonore added the W75 world vault record to her W70 mark, clearing 1.72m (5-7 3/4) to beat the listed W75 WMA world vault record of 1.70 on 8/10/2000 by Johnnye Vailen of Los Angeles, who took a few runner-up spots to McDaniel in this meet.
However, Leonore lost one of her American records when W65 Evelyn Wright, 66, of Maryland high jumped 1.30 (4-4) to beat the listed American W65 record of 1.27 set by Leonore in 1993. Wright’s mark is especially awesome given the fact that the W60 American record is 4-4 3/4 1.34.
Meanwhile in the throws, Jean Brubaker, 76, of Pennsylvania put the shot 7.96 (26-1 1/2) to beat the listed WMA world record for W75 of 7.91 in 6/5/1992 by Anny Binder.An American W85 shot put record was set by Ohio’s Mary Bowermaster at 5.59 (18-4), beating the listed USATF W85 record of 5.08 on 7/25/2001 by Juanita Brookover .
But North Carolina’s Brookover, now 88, collected another American W85 record, throwing the discus 12.97 (42-6 3/4) to beat the listed AR of 12.76 on 8/11/2000 by Betty Jarvis. Brookover also smashed the American record in the W85 javelin throw, chucking 11.89 (39-0 1/4) to break her own listed record of 11.46 on 5/5/2001.
And in the W90 shot put, Margaret Evans of Louisiana threw 4.08 (13-4 1/2) to beat the listed AR of 3.39 by Margaret White in 1992.
Last but not least, TWO women broke the listed WMA world W90 record in the 100-meter dash.
Josephine Gregg, 91, of Ohio, ran the 100 in 35.77 with a legal 1.4 mps wind to beat Eleanore Pease, 91, of Tennessee, who clocked 46.01. The old WR for M90 was set by blind Canadian legend Ivy Granstrom, who ran 47.84 on 6/22/2002. However, Pete Mundle’s “Masters Age Records” lists a W90 best of 100 of 31.53 by Zora Lux of Washington. So take your pick. Lots of records to go around!
Here’s how the site explains the (skimpy) results posting:
“It wasnâ€™t part of our original mission at SeniorChampion.com to post results for the National Senior Games, 2003 â€” our focus was on the big job of making thousands of photographs available via the world wide web. But after numerous requests by our users, we asked the National Senior Game Association for permission to publish the results and they are making the data available to us and our readers!
“We will post everything we get here at our Event Results pages. Check back often to see if your event results are here. But please be patient â€” we and the helpful Senior Games staff are working hard to post results as quickly as possible, but the work takes careful processing and that takes time. To recieve an e-mail when a specific eventâ€™s results are posted, click here and tell us the name and date of the event and that youâ€™d like to recieve an e-mail when results are availble.
“PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT SOME RESULTS WILL BE POSTED AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE GAMES.”
Also keep in mind that world records set at Senior Olympics rarely are certified by USATF or WMA as official records. I’m hoping that record-savvy types such as McDaniels know to keep record applications with them.