Jay Silvester makes rare guest appearance at Huntsman
Olympian Jay Silvester, a discus legend who had the bad luck of throwing against Al Oerter, made one of his rare masters track forays last week at the Huntsman World Senior Games, throwing 157-3 in the M70 age group to win by 38 feet. A year ago, shortly after turning 70, Jay set a world age-group record at Huntsman (but now just an American record). Jay lives in Lindon, Utah, an easy drive to the Huntsman meet in St. George, Utah. The three-day meet ended Wednesday, but results are now trickling onto the Web site. The meet attracted a few USATF masters circuit athletes.
Still, a number of familiar names show up in the results. W65 Kathy Bergen and husband Bert (M70) both won high jump gold, for example — and at the same height: 4 feet 2.
W55 javelin star Linda Cohn won some jumps and throws.
In his Huntsman debut at age 50, Jim Chinn of San Marcos, California, reports winning the 50, 100, 200 and 400 (although he’s given a tie gold in the 50). Fellow San Marcos resident Greg Pizza (PIE-zuh) won the M55 200. And M90 Dan Bulkley of Oregon swept his events.
W70 world-class sprinter Audrey Lary swept her sprints.
But one of the “odd duck” events held nowhere else had an impressive result. M50 Donald Watson of Walnut Creek, California, won the standing long jump with a leap of 9-10 1/2.