Archive for November, 2008

The real pole vault summit: Ritte, Bubka and Isinbayeva

Ya know how competing in nationals or worlds makes you feel as if you’re really being treated like a serious athlete? Think how Wolfgang Ritte and Christine Müller must have felt being honored alongside Usain Bolt and the other Olympic legends at the World Athletics Gala a week ago in Monaco. Ritte and Christine Müller […]

November 30, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Louise Tricard truly remembered her friends in her will

Louise divided her estate among track friends, kin. When track historian and masters athlete Louise Mead Tricard died in late September, she had no immediate family in her adopted home of Florida. No children. Her husband, John, passed away two months earlier. So how would her estate be distributed? Would she leave anything to USATF, […]

November 29, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Info posted on USATF masters national multi-event meet

It’s officially called the USA National Masters Combined Events Championships, but it’s basically the nationals for decathlon and heptathlon. Pole vault maven Becca Gillespy of Seattle has posted the rudimentary information about the event August 15-16, 2009, at Woolsey Stadium at King’s High School in Shoreline, Washington. Should be well-run, since they did it back […]

November 28, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Canadians mourn masters friend, runner Dave Reed, 54

Dave Reed: master of friendship, running He ran a 2-minute 800 at age 40 and was a 4:30 miler on the roads. He competed at Buffalo worlds in 1995 and the Hartshorne Masters Mile in 1997. But Dave Reed, who died last week at age 54 of complications from a staph infection, was known to […]

November 28, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Be thankful we’re not masters tracksters in Thailand

Americans today celebrate Thanksgiving, a day for gratitude and gorging on flightless bird cadavers. (I’ll have my share, thank you!) And what should we as masters athletes be thankful for? Well, that we’re not living in countries beset by airport protests, for one. The situation in Thailand is terrible. How bad? This note was sent […]

November 27, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Wooden hurdles! Sawdust pits! Life photos galore!

Google is God when it comes to researching stuff. The latest tool is access to old-time photos from Time and Life magazines, including images of track in the early and mid-20th century. Check out this archive of Time/Life magazine covers and iconic photos of tracksters famous and forgotten. I remember running over heavy-duty hurdles like […]

November 26, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Olympian tells masters club: Primadonnas drop batons

Inger Miller bemoaned pro track as a “narcissistic sort of society.” Olympic and world champion sprinter Inger Miller was a breath of fresh air Saturday night. Speaking at the annual awards banquet of the Southern California Striders (check out my photos here), she told riveting stories about her dramatic track career, its emotional ups and […]

November 25, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

M45 slowster closing in on 1,000 medals, he claims

You’ve heard of speedsters? Meet Ganga Prasad, an Australian slowster. I rarely use such language in describing a fellow sprinter (since I’m not much faster than this gent.) But this guy ticks me off. In a local Aussie newspaper, he boasts about winning eight medals at this month’s Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold […]

November 24, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  17 Comments

Would you give up sex to stay legal in masters track?

Last June, news services reported that the World Anti-Doping Agency was thinking about classifying Viagra as a PED (performance-enhancing drug). No joke, despite the inherent humor. Now comes news that athletes at Marywood University in Pennsylvania are being given Viagra to see “whether the diamond-shaped blue pills create an unfair competitive advantage in dilating an […]

November 23, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

In 2004, Hightower rival wrote about her ‘three faces’

Stephanie Hightower, the apparent front-runner for USATF president, likes to highlight her tenure on the Columbus (Ohio) school board. She led the board for five years. But a one-time rival of hers, who later ran for governor of Ohio, has a different take. And in January 2006, her local paper did this profile as she […]

November 22, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments