Archive for July, 2007

David Pain, our patron saint, turns 85 today in San Diego

David Holland Rose Pain was born 85 years ago today in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on the river Thames, west of London. You’ve come a long way, baby. Today he lives near San Diego State University with his wife, Linda. Although he hasn’t been involved in track for many years, he still takes a keen interest in […]

July 31, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Many folks star at the blustery British masters nationals

Tom Phillips, a masters sprinter across the Pond, sends this great report on the British masters nationals in Birmingham, where results are now online. Tom writes: “A great weekend, aided and abetted by an occasional blustery wind, but the forecast heavy rain for Sunday stayed away. Some great performances across the age groups. That man […]

July 30, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Canadian masters nationals results, pics and lobster BBQ!

Results have been posted for Canada’s masters nationals in Saint John, New Brunswick, a meet described by Doug Smith as “cool and foggy . . . in the AM — clearing for a nice afternoon.” A number of Yanks competed there, including Steven Robbins, who won the M60 100 in a wind-aided 12.44 and the […]

July 30, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Weight pentathlon record tops Texas masters champs

Results have been posted from the Texas Masters Championships, and they include a new American record in the M45 weight pentathlon (consisting of shot, discus, hammer, javelin and weight throw). Ken Jansson of Wichita, Kansas, totaled 4,283 points to beat the listed AR of 4,106 points by Dan John in 2003. And here’s the kicker: […]

July 29, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Event overkill? Hammer guys mull new event at nationals

The IOC is always worried about having too many sports at the Olympics. Now it seems that folks in USATF are worried about having too many throws at masters outdoor nationals. I’ve been cc’d an exchange of email between Jerry Bookin-Weiner, USATF Masters throwing events coordinator, and former USATF Masters T&F Chairman George Mathews on […]

July 29, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Another M90 track star in the news: Bob Matteson

Bob Matteson of Vermont is 91 and good to go for Orono. And he got a great send-off from his local paper today. Check out this article, which I’ve also reproduced below. Bob’s coach, Pete Farwell, says: “They say if you don’t use it, you lose it, and here is a guy who’s kept using […]

July 28, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Orono meet schedule posted, but it may be wrong

USATF has posted this schedule for the Orono masters nationals next week. Meanwhile, meet director Rolland Ranson has distributed this schedule (which I’ve converted into a PDF file). I’ve been told that they’re pretty close but may be a few minutes off in certain places. Go with the PDF one for now. Also, be thankful […]

July 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Every 70 years, Leland McPhie gets a major writeup

The Web is bursting with masters track stories — from profiles of M65 decathletes in Australia to stories about masters moms training with discus sons in Nebraska. But I especially like the one running today in The San Diego Union-Tribune. And not just because my wife wrote it. This feature on M90 star Leland McPhie […]

July 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Michelsohn tells of 1500 AR; racewalk records emerge

Marie-Louise Michelsohn has broken so many W65 world and American records this year it’s hard to keep track. One fell through the cracks. Marie-Louise writes: “I never got a chance to let you know about the 1500 I did at Icahn Stadium June 12 — 5:45.4 for a new American Record. This was at the […]

July 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Webcast planned for Orono nationals — a major first!

Holy guacamole! USATF has announced that the Web site Sportnet will Webcast the USATF masters outdoor nationals starting a week from today in Orono, Maine. The same outfit is currently putting live video online from the national Junior Olympics at Mt. SAC in Southern California. And within a day or so of the live feed, […]

July 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment