Archive for June, 2006

Jeff Brower’s biggest hurdle: taming USATF Masters site

After years of ranting, I see progress in USATF Masters Track and Field making good use of its own section at As part of the USATF Masters T&F Strategic Plan, a Web site liaison has been named to make needed changes. Specifically, the plans calls for “(appointment of) a USATF website liaison to interact […]

June 30, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Should masters weights continue getting tweaked?

M75 Hall of Famer Bud Held has a column in the current National Masters News about the disappearance of masters records involving phased-out implements. M35 Norm Deep, a relative newcomer, is calling for even more changes in the weights. (See his proposal.) But both are on the same page. They want more attention and respect […]

June 29, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Check out masters national decathlon/heptathlon site

Becca Gillespy, webmistress of, writes: “I just wanted to let you know that my high school (in Washington state) is hosting this summer’s masters decathlon and heptathlon nationals. I made a website for the meet: It’s nothing fancy but it has the info, and I am trying to keep entries updated. I have some […]

June 28, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

RunBud recruiting members. Why not TrackBud?

Or ThrowBud or JumpBud. For those who have a leeeetle too much time on their hands, a new Web site offers the tools to create your own running-centric Web page. It’s called RunBud, and it hopes to piggyback the popularity of our kids’ (or grandkids’) MySpace. Of course, this kind of exercise risks fracturing the […]

June 27, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Ellina Zvereva correction: Discus, not hammer

Readers of this blog are amazing. Especially y’all out in Switzerland. Pino Pilotto, an M50 Swiss jumper, eagle-eyed a mistake in my June 19 post, where I wrote: “Also coming to our attention, belatedly — a W45 world record in the hammer throw by Sydney Olympic discus champion Ellina Zvereva of Belarus (born Nov. 16, […]

June 27, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Magill sets 3K record at Hayward Masters Classic

Results have been posted for the 25th annual Hayward Masters Classic, which again is one of the deepest masters meets in the country outside nationals. (The M70 discus had 10 entrants!) As expected, just-turned-45 Pete Magill of Southern California took down the M45 American record for 3,000 meters, clocking 8:37.52 to beat the listed age-group […]

June 27, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M35 world champ detained on doping charges in Belgium

Belgian sprinter Erik Wymeersch, who won the M35 title at 60 meters at the WMA world meet in Linz this past March, is being detained by authorities on drug-selling and doping charges (human growth hormone). According to reports on the Koops’ site and elsewhere, Erik, 36, denies taking “forbidden” substances, and says he took only […]

June 27, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Alisa Harvey goes sub-5 in Virginia street mile

The Winchester Star online reports that W40 Alisa Harvey — somewhat quiet since her record-setting indoor season and the Penn Relays — ran a road mile in 4:55 over the weekend. The story says: “Harvey, who was an assistant cross country at George Mason University last year, showed up and registered on the morning of […]

June 26, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Paul Edens becomes oldest to crack 12 seconds for 100 meters

M65 sprinter Paul Edens reportedly ran the 100 in 12.53 seconds at the Hayward Masters Classic over the weekend, but in the course of looking for meet results (still not posted), I came across a story that said Paul ran 11.99 at a June 10 meet elsewhere in Oregon. Here’s what the paper reported: “Former […]

June 26, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Geezerjock previews high jump showdown at nationals

The latest issue of Geezerjock magazine is online now, and the M45 high jump is a focus. The story is headlined: “Odd couple: Extroverted McBarnette and camera-shy Lewis set to square off in high jump at USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships.” And the author did his homework (phoning me, for instance, some months […]

June 26, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed