Archive for February, 2006

Big Apple dumps 2007 masters indoor nationals

Let the bad times roll. The Armory track in New York City has decided that, oops, it can’t host the 2007 USATF Masters National Indoor Championships. On Monday, Norbert Sander Jr., president of The Armory Foundation, notified USATF Masters T&F Chair George Mathews of its decision to scratch. George’s reaction? “I’m not happy about my […]

February 28, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Results are in: Willie Gault claims M45 record in 200!

Willie did it! Meet director Andy Hecker reports: Willie Gault beat the listed M45 world record in the 200 Sunday in Santa Ana. Willie’s half-lap, with a legal 1.0 mps (2.24 mph) wind, was timed in 22.08. That pips the 22.13 by Kevin Morning four years ago. In earlier races the same day, Willie ran […]

February 28, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Masters Hall of Fame being spiked in the Big Apple?

USATF Masters T&F Committee Chairman George Mathews has a meaty column in the latest edition of National Masters News. I couldn’t read the whole column in my copy, since my 10-month-old golden retreiver got to it before I did. For lunch. But USATF’s Web site came through, and I have copied it below. One dismaying […]

February 27, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Willie Gault’s M45 debut — a sizzling 200 in the low 22s

While sprinters in his age group were burning up a Boston indoor track thousands of miles away, new M45 dashman/hurdler Willie Gault was scorching the outdoor track today at Santa Ana College, south of Los Angeles. Official results aren’t in yet, but meet director Andy Hecker says Willie ran a wind-legal 21.9 hand-timed 200 at […]

February 26, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Devers out at open nationals; Tissenbaum a scratch, too

Too bad. Would have been nice to see how many kids ate Gail’s dust in the 60 hurdles. But IAAF reports: “The women’s 60m Hurdles should be dominated by 2004 Olympic gold medallist Joanna Hayes, and will be opposed by Danielle Carruthers, Nichole Denby and Jenny Adams…. Gail Devers, who is making her comeback after […]

February 24, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Phil Raschker is featured interview in new GeezerJock

Phil “The Legend” Raschker may be overexposed, but it’s always fun to read about her, especially when she has to deal with issues everyone else does: injury adversity. At San Sebastian, she couldn’t finish the W55 hep — but still won silver. A Chicago Sun-Times writer talked to Phil about how she dealt with not […]

February 23, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Which one’s the national relay record? Take your pick

I swear, USATF is trying to drive me wacko. Today I learned of an update in USATF’s masters national records dated 2/21/06. That’s great! New is good! What loosens my screws are the relay records. Instead of a cut-and-dried listing of records by sex and age group, we have to wade through competing pairs of […]

February 23, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Kiwi star has quite a range — from 100 to the 10K

One of the cool things about masters track is nobody tells you what to do. No coach saying, “That’s not your event.” I’m reminded of this by an article from Down Under about M85 runner/sprinter Eric de Lautour. “He burned it up at the recent Oceania masters athletes championships in Christchurch, setting Oceania age-group records […]

February 22, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Track and marriage go together like horse and carriage

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary, and Chris and I have a full day planned. I’d love to describe our wonderful marriage here, but it would take a book to do it justice — how my lovely sprintin’/shot-puttin’/discus-throwin’ wife and I have seen our love grow with masters track as a backdrop. Instead, I’d like […]

February 21, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

SoCal indoor championships again slated for outdoors

Masters hurdler Andy Hecker, the SoCal meet director and senior USATF official, sends details of his second annual Southern California Masters Indoor Championships (held outdoors). The meet is Sunday, Feb. 26, at Santa Ana College. It’s no joke. Just a serious effort to give sun-splashed masters a chance at running indoor distances before the masters […]

February 20, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments