Archive for May, 2008

Tony Young smashes M45 mile world record in Oregon

Tony Young of Seattle and Club Northwest today lowered the M45 mile world record, clocking 4:16.09 at age 46. The listed WR is 4:16.75 by New Zealand’s David Sirl in 1987. (The listed AR is 4:18.83 by Ken Sparks in 1990.) Pete Magill of South Pasadena, California, also 46, pushed Tony with a runner-up time […]

May 31, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Masters high jumpers invited to specialty meet in Minn.

W35 multi-eventer Kimiko Nakatake sends word of a big-time single-event meet in Minnesota. Kimiko reports the 2nd Annual Kangaroo High Jump Festival. It’s Saturday, June 21, at Apple Valley High School — 20 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. “They are contesting HS division and College/Open division,” Kimiko says, “but the meet director has extended the […]

May 31, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  52 Comments

Ron Lee coaches 7-foot high jump stud named Steed

Many masters athletes are coaches. But not many are tutoring 16-year-old sophomores who high jump 7 feet. That’s the privileged position held by M40 jumper Ron Lee, who assists at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, in south Orange County. This weekend, the supersoph, Harrison Steed, will compete in the California State Meet, […]

May 30, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Georgia governor honors multi-eventer Bill Daprano

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue likes guns and geezerjocks. This month, he gave the NRA another popsicle. “With Perdue’s signature, restaurant patrons will be permitted to carry a firearm, but would be barred from drinking while doing so,” reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Violations would be a misdemeanor. Concealed weapons will now be allowed in state and […]

May 30, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Larry Barnum nails NMN dilemma: Niches or riches?

G’bye, Larry. Larry Barnum, a world champion masters sprinter, had his own farewell piece in National Masters News. Writing under the heading “A Little Off Track,” Larry mused about the trend at NMN to focus on distance runners: “How do you keep NMN’s base of track and field athletes if you feature long distance road […]

May 29, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Outgoing NMN editor: ‘I’ll be cheering you on’ at Spokane

G’bye, Carmel. Carmel Papworth-Barnum wasn’t managing editor of National Masters News for long. Just short of a year. But she made many friends at the helm of our flagship publication. Now she’s done with the NMN gig, as reported here recently. Her cheerful editor’s column will be missed. But her valedictory is worth more than […]

May 29, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

David O’Meara is 4-for-4 in sub-5 masters miles so far

David O’Meara is 20 percent done with his quest to run 20 mile-runs under 5 minutes this summer. His results page shows he’s clocked 4:42. 4:50, 4:28 and 4:47. (That third one was a road mile downhill, which helps.) On Memorial Day, his most recent race, he ran in Boardman, Ohio. His blog has no […]

May 28, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Magill barely missed his own 3K record at Striders meet

Among the many great events at Saturday’s Striders Meet of Champions was a deep and fast 3,000-meter run. I’ve posted complete meet results, but consider these unofficial (I note a few typos). Also posted are results from the Southeasten Masters meet (aka Bob Boal Open and Masters) May 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the […]

May 27, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M65 Steve Robbins on record sprints: ‘I was in the zone’

Steve Robbins of Washingon state thrives on cold weather, it appears. While some athletes fretted over temps in the 50s or 60s at the Striders Meet of Champions last Saturday, Steve rode legal winds to an AR-equalling 100 and WR 200 in the M65 age group. I sent Steve a quickie questionnaire, and he speedily […]

May 27, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M55 Wolfgang Ritte ups own vault world record to 14-6

Germany’s Wolfgang Ritte raised his own M55 world age-group record in the vault Saturday from 4.27 (14-0) to 4.42 meters (14-6), and his jump was posted on YouTube. At the start of the year, the world age-group record was 4.26 by Sweden’s Hans Lagerqvist in 1996. The Koops report that Wolfie went 4.32 first and […]

May 26, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments