New altitude for Altendorf — M60 indoor WR in vault
M60 John Altendorf of Oregon added to his legend today at a University of Washington indoor meet, clearing 3.93 (12-10 3/4) and 3.96 (12-11 3/4) in the vault — both indoor world records. Becca Gillespy, who posted the first report, wrote: “He looked great! Definitely a few more inches in the tank this indoor season.” (Becca, BTW, tied for 24th in her event, clearing 3.05, or 10-0). Another witness, M40 runner Mark Alexander, wrote me: “When Altendorf’s mark was announced as an age-group world record, the crowd went wild!”
John, who turns 61 in March, beat the listed M60 world indoor record of 3.91 (12-10) by fellow American Dale Lance in Boston in March 1998. This mark equals John’s M60 outdoor world record, set in Eugene in 2006. In late July last year, John jumped 4.00, the world-leading mark for 2006, but it hasn’t been given record status. Probably because it came at an all-comers meet. Might be missing some USATF niceties.
In the same competition was M70 Gerard Dumas of British Columbia, a Canadian by way of France, who today jumped 2.46 (8-0 3/4). Gerard is better known as the world’s No. 1 statistician and historian of the pole vault. And 1972 Canadian high jump Olympian John Hawkins, an M55, went 3.56 (11-8) in the vault, ahead of M50 decathlete and scholar Russ Jacquet-Acea, who cleared 2.84 (9-3 3/4) — a subpar performance for him. But he “competed on a lark with no practice,” a source says..
Also competing today was M50 Bob Prather, who ran the mile (on an “oversized” track) in 4:40.03. (Bob, now 51, had the top M50 outdoor 1500 time last year in the United States, Mark notes.)
Mark writes: “The indoor series at Dempsey has become so popular that it is difficult for masters athletes to gain entry. Despite being an “open” meet, today’s meet had fairly tight qualifying standards (e.g., 4:42 men’s mile). In previous years, three open meets were included in the schedule; now it’s down to one. Today’s meet finished more than two hours behind schedule, so it’s possible we’ll see further tightening of entry standards in future years — good news for weary officials, but bad for masters athletes.”
Yesterday’s invitational race, the Husky Classic, featured a men’s masters 60 meters, won by Canadian (M52?) Tom Dickson, a volunteer coach at Simon Fraser University.
1 1002 Dixon, (Dickson actually) Tom Unattached 7.62
2 1026 Roberson, James Unattached 7.83
3 1024 Ortman, David (53) Unattached 7.89
4 993 Blake, Aaron Unattached 8.00
5 999 Copeland, Scott Unattached 8.13
6 1013 Hundley, Clyde Unattached 8.89
A note about Dave Ortman’s mark: Four years ago at this same meet, Dave took third — in 7.85 seconds. So he’s averaged a loss of one one-hundredth of a second a year for four years. Poor Dave. Isn’t aging a bitch!