Nadine O’Connor adds indoor hurdles record to collection
Multi-eventer Nadine O’Connor of Del Mar, California, smashed the W65 American record in the 60-meter hurdles Sunday at the USATF West Regional Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Arizona. Nadine, 66, clocked 11.03 to beat the listed AR of 12.53 by Barbara Jordan at Idaho nationals in 2005. The listed indoor WR is 10.58 by Belgian Edith Graff in 2007. Results are posted here from the meet at Northern Arizona University’s Skydome track. Ralph Haynie, 54, vaulted a nice 4.12 (13-6 1/4) — which happens to be the listed M55 American indoor record. So hold on another year, Ralph! But the coolest thing is that masters competed at the same time (but not alongside) kids as young as 4 years old! The oldest entrants were Sumi Onodera-Leonard, 80, and Tom Patsalis, 87 — both of Southern California. How did they fare against the munchkins? Sumi ran the 60 in 12.96 and 4 in 2:25.41, which would have lost to the sub-bantam girls. But Tom ran the 60 in 11.90, which would have beaten a couple dozen 7-and-under boys and girls. Tom is a 7-year-old at heart.