McBarnette claims M50 American indoor HJ record
Bruce McBarnette is 50, so it’s no surprise he’s flopping over records. Nineteen months after clearing 2.00 meters (6-6 3/4), Bruce went a relatively modest 1.86 (6-1) yesterday at the site of the 2009 masters indoor nationals in Landover, Maryland, to set an American indoor record. He broke the listed AR of 1.85 (6-0 3/4) by John Hartfield in 1996 — which also had been the No. 2 best M50 indoor jump in history, according to mastersathletics.net. The M50 world record is miles higher, however — the 2.00 by German Thomas Zacharias in 1997.
Bob Weiner saw Bruce’s jump and reports:
(There were) 3000 people in the full stands for the bi-weekly all-comers meet, announcer set it up by telling everyone of the pending record, people cheered as Bruce tried and made third attempt. Everyone roared. Was wonderful drama for masters track and field – -in the setting/facility of the upcoming 2009 USA Masters Indoor Championship, in DC areaâ€™s Prince George Sports and Learning Center.
Here’s the press release Bruce sent early this morning:
Attorney from Loudoun County Breaks USA High Jump Record
Bruce McBarnette, an attorney from Loudoun County, broke the USA high jump record for men over 50 with a leap of 6 feet 1 inch (1.86 meters) at the Sportsplex Track Showcase at the Prince Georgeâ€™s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland on December 16.
Recently, USA Track and Field chose McBarnette, who just turned 50, as Athlete of the Year for 2006 for men 45-49 years old. McBarnette, who is also president of the real estate investment firm, Summit Connection, has broken several age group world records, has won 4 world masters championships, and 18 USA Masters Championships for his age group.
He will be representing the United States at the World Masters Championhships in Clermont-Ferrand, France on March 20th next year. McBarnette is a member of the Potomac Valley Track Club. His personal record is 7 feet 1 inch (2.16 meters), set at the Rutgers Relays in 1984.
In addition to track and field, McBarnette is an actor and had roles on TV shows such as West Wing, The Wire, Law and Order, and on movies such as Rendition, Shooter, Along Came the Spider, Contact, Deep Impact, and Jackel. Also as a philanthropist, he has hosted events benefiting hurricane victims and other charitable causes at the Embassies of Finland, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Czech Republic.
McBarnette, a graduate of Princeton University and New York University Law School, was a former legal counsel to the United States Senate, a former senior counsel for Fannie Mae, and a former Judge Advocate attorney for the US Army.