Gatling lowers own M45 American record in 400 hurdles
Last August, Darnell Gatling was running in the M45 finals of the Charlotte nationals 400 hurdles when he caught a spike, crashed a hurdle and took a tumble. Yet he still got up and won the race. Yesterday, he had smooth sailing out of lane 8 at the USATF National Club Championships at New York’s Icahn Stadium — and lowered his own American record in the long hurdles to 55.72. The listed AR is the legendary 55.7 hand-time of Jack Greenwood in 1972. Darnell took 14th out of 22 entered yesterday, but was pressed by M40 Getulio “Tony” Echeandia, who ran 56.04 despite a bout of bronchitis (not flu as earlier reported)! Darnell’s next goal: the M45 WR of 55.18 by Germany’s Guido Mueller in 1986.
Darnell ran 55.82 on July 7 — still technically superior to Greenwood’s 55.7 of 35 years ago.
DG also ran on the Central Park TC 4Ч1 with fellow M45s Randy Frey, Mitch Lovett and Val Barnwell and took ninth with a great 44.40.
In the 4Ч4, M40 Southwest Sprinters David Jones (name corrected on 7/16) (50.96) passed to Robert Thomas (51.22) to Tony Echeandia (51.25) to Khalid Mulazim (49.10) to win their heat their heat in 3.22.73. Thomas also reportedly was ill. (The splits are unofficial.)
In additon, Frank Schiro reports:
The best story of the day. . . . Yesterday Bob Andrews (age 49) and his son Robbie (16) both running for Elliot Denman’s Shore AC of New Jersey were both called into action. Shore was in a real battle for the team title — which in the end came down to the very last race, the 4Ч400 and needed every single point it could get. Andrews and his son ended up as teammates on the 4Ч800 and the distance medley. In the 4Ч800 Robbie, who attends Manalpan HS and will be entering 11 grade next year, handed the baton to his dad after a fine 1.59 opening split. Andrews senior took the baton and ran a 2.12.
Shore ended up placing eighth, which was good for 1 precious point!
Talking to Bob and his son Robbie on the track after the race for me was a resounding moment of Masters excellence.
“This is a dream come true — to be out here in this level of competion running with my son, actually getting the baton from him and in the end scoring points for our team is awesome.” Robbie added: “It’s incredible to see that my dad can still run this fast”
In the distance medley, Robbie led off with a 3.34 1200 meter split and again handed off to Dad who ran a fine 57.24 400 split. Once again Shore AC placed eighth and received one precious point toward the final team standing.
In the end it was Shore AC over the Executive TC Men. — 123 to 119 and Women 153 to 148.
Here’s the 400 hurdle results:
Men 400 Meter Hurdles
Name Year Team Finals H# Points
Champ. Re.: # 49.67 2006 Adrian Findlay, Executive TC
1 Findlay, Adrian Executive Track Club #49.41 3 10
2 Clark, Ben VS Athletics 50.37 3 8
3 Peresta, Andrew U.S. Elite International 50.89 3 6
4 Tard, Marqueth Executive Track Club 51.48 3 5
5 Threets, William Southwest Sprinters 51.78 3 4
6 Mann, Adrain Jacksonville TC 52.83 2 3
7 Delice, Steve Executive Track Club 53.02 3 2
8 Forsgren, Eric NTC Break AW 53.12 2 1
9 Mayers, Emanuel Shore AC 53.33 3
10 Chambers, Winston SSouthwest Sprinters 54.16 2
11 Collins, Matthew Philadelphia Panthers 54.18 2
12 Nugent, Shane Executive Track Club 54.77 1
13 Baker, Jermaine Executive Track Club 55.66 2
14 Gatling, Darnell Nike Central Park TC 55.72 2
15 Echeandia, Getulio Southwest Sprinters 56.04 2
16 Dolan JR, Patrick Shore AC 56.36 1
17 Cahill, David Greater Boston TC 56.81 1
18 Beard, Ronnie U.S. Elite International56.93 3
19 Shen, Francis Greater Boston TC 57.50 2
20 Palermo, Justin Nike Central Park TC 58.69 1
21 Soule, Jason Greater Boston TC 58.75 1
22 Godek, Kennth ConnQuest 1:00.39 1
Finally, another great showing by Shore AC’s 47-year-old wonder woman, Neni Lewis. She won the shot and 10 points. It was her third gold medal of the meet and led Shore to the women’s team title.
Geezers are good for sumthin, huh?