Masters exhibition events: 800 indoors, mile outdoors
The latest issue of National Masters News is out, and it reveals the masters exhibition events to be contested at the USA national (open) championships in 2007. Amid the Indy convention summary, Jerry Wojcik writes: “(Mark) Cleary, Masters Invitational Program, reported that a masters 800 for men and women will be held at the USA Open National Championships and a mile at the Open Outdoor Championships.” (I suppose the word “indoor” was dropped from the 800 meet reference.) The qualifying standards are stiff — 2:04 for men, 2:32 for women at the indoor meet and 4:35 men, 5:45 women outdoors. More details should be in Masters Invitational Program section at usatf.org in a week or so.
So it’s another year in which masters throwers and jumpers are out of the loop.
However, I think Mark is just mindful of some new M40 talent coming into the masters program that might challenge some old records. (Jim Sorensen will debut as an M40 in 2007. In 2006, he ran the 800 in 1:50.89 and the mile in 4:02.66, well under the M40 American Record of 4:09.61 set by Tony Young in 2002.).
Still, the 800/mile axis has seen more than its share of exhibition races in recent years. Time for a change.
Speaking of change, the January 2007 issue of NMN is the first under publisher Randy Sturgeon and editor Juliet Wahleithner. But you’d know that only if you looked at the page 2 credits. Everything else about the monthly publication looks the same as it has for the past 15-20 years, including the formula layout of the cover and the mix of columnists inside. The postage was paid at Eugene, Oregon, so obviously the move to Sacramento (or technically Orangevale, California) is still to come.
I’m guessing that the transition has yet to take effect, and Randy/Juliet relied on Suzy Hess and Jerry to put out this last issue.
I’m looking forward to real change in the February 2007 issue. (Ann on the NMN Web site.)
Best of luck, guys!