Archive for October, 2007

Happy Halloween, especially to wild and crazy vaulters

Does Bubba Sparks have this big a head? Only while jumping. World medalist Doug “Bubba” Sparks in Texas again shares his photos of the Halloween vault over the weekend. The one where you have to dress up to plant a pole. (Bubba came as the matricidal-genius-baby Stewie from the “Family Guy” cartoon.) But if that […]

October 31, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

M40 Geezerjock editor achieves aim, beats M80 guy

Sean Callahan of Chicago, the track-friendly editor of Geezerjock magazine, competed in a semi-Olympic triathlon Sunday in Orlando, Florida. He wrote about his involvement in this prostate cancer research fund-raiser in the most recent issue of the magazine. Sean’s goal was specific: to beat an 81-year-old man. (Sean is 42.) And did he do it? […]

October 30, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Hoping to goose a bidder, Boston may forgo 2010 meet

Steve Vaitones, a USATF New England Association honcho who helps direct the Beantown masters nationals, says Boston “likely” will not seek the 2010 indoor meet. This contradicts what USATF Masters Chair Gary Snyder, a fellow New Englander, told me a couple weeks back — that Boston is bidding to host the 2010 indoor nationals. In […]

October 30, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Gail Devers a mom again. Another comeback in offing?

USATF reports: “Five-time Olympian Gail Devers and her husband, Mike Phillips, have welcomed their second daughter into their family. Legacy Brielle Phillips was born October 23, measuring up at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 19 inches long. Legacy’s 2-year-old big sister, Karsen, is busily helping mom with feedings and diaper changes . . . Devers […]

October 29, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Raschker named IAAF World Masters Athlete of the Year

No surprise here. Phil Raschker has been named IAAF-WMA Female World Masters Athlete of the Year by World Masters Athletics. It helps when you win 10 gold medals in worlds in a season of W60 world records. Winston Thomas of Great Britain, secretary of WMA, announced the selection yesterday on the WMA Web site. The […]

October 29, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Who’s the world’s fastest master sprinter? Take pick

Now that 35 is the new 40 (in terms of masters entry age), it’s getting easier to identify the fastest masters sprinter in the world. Or not. For the past few seasons, the fastest M35 has been Jeff Laynes of Northern California. But not anymore. Check out the IAAF Top Lists. Back at Osaka worlds, […]

October 28, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

A new masters superstar is born: Maria Mutola is 35

Happy birthday, Maria de Lurdes Mutola! You turn 35 today, which means you have a chance at setting lots of new middle-distance records. Your specialty is the 800, of course, and your 2007 season best of 1:56.98 is just short of the listed W35 world age-group record of 1:56.53 by Russia’s Lyubov Gurina in 1994. […]

October 27, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

The Hep from Hell: Christel Donley’s tale of Riccione

Christel Donley, 72, of Colorado Springs proudly wears her gold medal from the W70 heptathlon at worlds. She earned it. You can read the results, see her marks. But nothing on the Riccione Web site does justice to the conditions that faced Colorado’s Christel Donley and her fellow over-65 heptathletes on Sept. 4-5, 2007. In […]

October 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Happy 80th birthday to 2X Hall of Famer Bud Held

I doubt Bud Held will ever forget this birthday. Today he turns 80, a couple days after an evacuation order was lifted for all residents of Del Mar, his coastal abode north of San Diego where fires have forced 500K from their homes. I had hoped to tell some cute stories about Bud, but recent […]

October 25, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

George Mathews relents on bid to zap the pentathlon

Nine days ago, I posted an item about a rule-change proposal by George Mathews: to strip the pentathlon from the masters indoor and outdoor nationals. After a robust exchange of views and a poll favoring that USATF keep the pentathlon where it is (and not spinning it off into a separate championship), the former USATF […]

October 25, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments