Archive for February, 2007

Kathy Jager is masters version of Rulon Gardner

W60 sprinter Kathy Jager of Arizona, were she a cat, has used up three or four lives now, athletically speaking. And like Rulon Gardner, the Olympic wrestling champ who recently survived a plane crash after losing a toe to frostbite some years earlier, Kathy knows triumph (Gateshead medals) and tragedy (an unfair doping suspension). Now […]

February 28, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Julie Hayden’s inside look at Boston 800 experience

Julie Hayden of Athena Track Club graciously shares an inside account of what it was like to compete in the Boston indoor nationals’ masters 800 exhibition. Julie writes: “I flew out from Washington D.C. (Dulles) on Saturday morning. The weather was fine. Alisa (Harvey) was going to fly out on Sunday, but Jet Blue canceled […]

February 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Roger Kingdom issues final call for hurdle challengers

Coach Roger Kingdom in Pennsylvania writes about his elite hurdles race: “We are in the final stages of putting together our meet info. I need to know what masters hurdlers and 5K runners are seriously interested in competing. I need to have some indication of their participation by March 9, 2007. The cutoff standards are […]

February 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Cold weather, warm friends at Santa Ana “indoor” meet

Just posted a few photos from the USATF Southern California Association Indoor Championships, held Outdoors — an annual meet put together by Andy Hecker to allow SoCal masters to compete at distances they’ll face at Boston indoor nationals (like the 60, mile and 3000 meters) in a few weeks. Although I’m not going to Boston, […]

February 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Without Alisa, USATF masters 800s are close races

Alisa Harvey and Catherine Stone-Borkowski are listed as DNS in yesterday’s masters exhibition 800s at the USATF indoor open nationals in Boston. Alisa (who lives in Virginia) reports that she simply couldn’t fly to Boston, writing me today: “I did not make it out of Washington, D.C. The area had a snowstorm early Sunday morning […]

February 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Hartwig tops 19 feet at age 39 to win USATF nationals

So what else is new? Jeff Hartwig continued his magical masters tour in Boston yesterday, opening at a first-try clearance of 18 feet before going 5.80 (19-0 1/2) and missing three tries at 5.93 (19-5 1/2), which would have been an M35 age-group world record (indoor or out). And come late September, when he turns […]

February 25, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M70 foursome aims to bury world record for indoor 4×2

The Armory track in Manhattan may see yet another masters world record this season — but this time in a sprint relay. My masters moles inform me that four 70-year-olds will team for a 4×200 on Saturday, March 3: Bob Lida of Kansas, Rich Rizzo of New York, Larry Colbert of Maryland and Dick Camp […]

February 24, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Devers is human, takes fourth in French 60 hurdles

After winning her heat in 8.11 seconds, 40-year-old Gail Devers took fourth in the final tonight in the 60-meter hurdles at that Paris indoor meet. She clocked 8.00 seconds. But her 7.86 at Millrose still ranks as second-fastest of the season worldwide. It’s looking doubtful that she’ll compete Sunday at Boston open nationals, since she […]

February 23, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

M60 newbie targets American record for 5000 meters

Ron Wells of Alpine, California, retired from teaching in June and, according to Union-Tribune writer Don Norcross, “started a fanatical training program in August” that included pushing a wheelbarrow with sand up and down hills. That led to a third-place finish at the USATF club cross country nationals in San Francisco. Ron ran 10K in […]

February 23, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Track-laden GeezerJock magazine has senior moment

In the new edition of GeezerJock magazine, publisher Brian Reilly writes that the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Athletes for a Cure program “will partner with several Masters organizations, including USA Track & Field.” That was news to me — and USATF press honcho Jill Geer. I suspected that he meant to say “USA Triathlon.” So I […]

February 23, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments