Tony Young’s latest (non) world indoor record: 1:55.7 800

Tony Young, 46, collected another never-to-be-ratified world indoor record yesterday at the Husky Invitational at the University of Washington, running 800 meters in an astounding 1:55.70 on its “oversized” 307-meter track. The listed M45 world indoor record is 1:56.29 by Anselm LeBourne in 2005. The video below shows Tony (in trademark Northwest orange top) going out hard, settling into last, passing the 400 in about 57 seconds and kicking past two collegiate kids. How good is 1:55.7 at Tony’s age? Under the Age-Graded Tables, that mark corresponds to  an Open (ages 20-30) equivalent of 1:44.16. Thanks go to Mark Alexander of Seattle for alerting us to various link locations! Congrats to Tony and his wife, Heather, who of course deserves special credit for letting Tony exert himself on Valentine’s Day! 


A couple “mixed masters” 60-meter dashes also were contested at Husky..
In the first race (shown here), M55 Canadian Tom Dickson challenged M30 Jason Sims. Tom’s 7.80 wasn’t far behind the Canadian M55 record of 7.73.


Section 1
1 1115 Sims, Jason M Masters 7.60
2 1117 Dickson, Tom M Masters 7.80
3 1118 Ortman, David M Masters 7.91
4 1119 Copeland, Scott M Masters 8.13
5 1114 Sanders, Steve M Masters 8.19

And here’s a link to video of Race 2, won by M40¬†Keith Johnson.¬†¬†And Martha Mendenhall, looking like a W30 instead of a W50, clocked a great 8.82 — eight-tenths off Phil Raschker’s world record.


   Section  2  

  1  1121 Johnson, Keith       M Masters                   8.25  
  2  1125 Mendenhall, Martha   W Masters                8.82  
  3  1120 Turock, Art          M Masters                     8.83  
  4  1123 Kuhnly, Gail         W Masters                    9.49  
  5  1122 Turner, Kwame        M Masters                 10.01  


Results from the 800:

Men 800 Meter Run
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     Dempsey: ! 1:47.38  2/15/2003   Zach Whitmarsh, Pacific Sport             
   NCAA Auto: A 1:48.00                                                        
   NCAA Prov: P 1:50.50                                                        
    Name                    Year School                  Finals 
================================================================
Section  1  
  1   723 Castro, Spencer        Stanford               1:54.40  
  2   651 Lucas, Myko            Sacramento St.         1:55.72  
  3  1055 Smith, Ian             Washington St.         1:55.77  
  4   277 Bradwell, Cody         Eastern Washingt       1:56.16  
  5    32 Mickens, Terrell       Alabama                1:56.68  
  6   787 Gaston, Andre          UC Davis               1:59.07  
  7   653 Mitchell, Cameron      Sacramento St.         2:01.10  
  8   604 Groulik, Brent         Portland               2:01.39  
Section  2  
  1    15 Graham, Drew           Adams State            1:52.37  
  2   655 Rabinowitz, David      Sacramento St.         1:53.05  
  3   649 Kirtz, Terrell         Sacramento St.         1:54.29  
  4   218 Surh, Brad             California             1:54.80  
  5   537 Kwiatkowski, Chris     Oregon                 1:55.20  
  6   391 Christmas, Peter       Michigan               1:55.29  
  7   351 Dalton, Josh           Idaho                  1:55.33  
  8   877 Young, Tony          Unattached       1:55.70  
  9  1090 Chirchir, Eliud        Wyoming                1:58.08  
 10   472 Cleary, Brendan        Northern Arizona       1:58.85  
Section  3  
  1   216 Sam, Sebastian         California             1:50.54  
  2   617 McCormick, Iain        Queen City Strid       1:51.05  
  3   978 Govier, Brian          Washington             1:51.94  
  4    50 Mara, Jordan           Arizona                1:52.01  
  5  1048 Lemenager, Luke        Washington St.         1:52.36  
  6   741 Reed, Justin           Stanford               1:53.10  
  7    45 Eichberger, James      Arizona                1:53.32  
  8   528 Casteel, A.J.          Oregon                 1:53.34  
  9   618 Simair, Chris          Queen City Strid       1:53.66  
Section  4  
  1   230 Strickler, Eddie       Club Northwest         1:52.14  
  2    13 De La Cruz, Corey      Adams State            1:52.53  
  3  1071 Bofa, Emmanuel         Whitworth Univer       1:53.09  
  4   580 Malizia, Mike          Penn State             1:53.26  
  5   451 Steadman, Ryan         New Mexico             1:53.39  
  6   576 Fuller, Kevin          Penn State             1:53.43  
  7   225 Saizew, Mike           Caltaf                 1:53.64  
  8    62 Kline, John            Arizona State          1:55.73  
Section  5  
  1   570 Borchers, Sam
uel       Penn State             1:48.90P 
  2    63 McHenry, Mason         Arizona State          1:49.71P 
  3  1079 Ludwig, Steven         Wisconsin              1:50.13P 
  4  1075 Beth, Zach             Wisconsin              1:50.47P 
  5    35 Stockstell, Aaron      Alabama                1:51.85  
  6   993 Soberanis, Ryan        Washington             1:52.05  
  7   106 Weirich, Brian         BYU                    1:52.53  
  8   458 Chapa, Joaquin         Nike                   1:52.90  
  9   204 Gadayan, Francis       California             1:55.24  
 10   475 Holbrook, Kameron      Northern Arizona       2:08.37  
Section  6  
  1   482 Sherer, Steve          NYAC                   1:49.02P 
  2   729 Ferris, Dylan          Stanford               1:50.10P 
  3   385 Freitas, Alex          Long Beach St.         1:50.25P 
  4   749 Everett, Tevas         Texas                  1:50.38P 
  5   388 Luna, Anthony          Metropolitan St.       1:50.53  
  6   202 Carey, Sean            California             1:50.76  
  7   460 Jager, Evan            Nike                   1:50.79  
  8   767 Mazzei, Darren         U. of Victoria         1:53.06  
  9   344 Barquero, Cesar        Idaho                  1:53.53  
Section  7  
  1   559 Hicks, Kevin           OTC                    1:48.21P 
  2  1133 Emmen, Tetlo           Unattached             1:48.27P 
  3   561 Shaw, Brandon          OTC                    1:48.74P 
  4    65 Lara, Nick             Asc-Elite              1:49.40P 
  5   587 Williams, Lionel       Penn State             1:49.58P 
  6    57 Barbosa, Nectaly       Arizona State          1:49.74P 
  7   867 McGrath, Michael       Unattached             1:50.38P 
Section  8  
  1   550 Wheating, Andrew       Oregon                 1:47.03! 
  2   748 Everett, Tevan         Texas                  1:47.82A 
  3   562 Wieczorek, Mark        OTC                    1:48.27P 
  4    66 Brown, Ryan            Asics                  1:48.55P 
  5   971 Abbott, Austin         Washington             1:48.56P 
  6   854 Bayley, Tim            Unattached             1:49.43P 
  7    98 Jensen, Keith          BYU                    1:52.75  
 

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February 15, 2009

16 Responses

  1. Marie-Louise Michelsohn - February 15, 2009

    It is not right to even compare a time on a 307m track with a time on a 200m track. Indoor records are slower than outdoor records because of the turns. It is all about the turns. There is no wind indoors and wind slows you down in anything 400m or more. All the gain comes from fewer turns.
    Anselm’s 1:56.29 indoors on a 200m track is decidedly better than 1:55.7 on 307m. Note that the outdoor WR & AR on a 400m track is Sal Allah’s 1:54.18 run in 2005. More than 1 1/2 seconds faster than this 1:55.7.
    This is like comparing a time in the Fifth Av Mile with a track time.

  2. Mark Alexander - February 15, 2009

    Marie-Louise -
    Marks set at the University of Washington’s Dempsey indoor track are good enough to qualify for NCAAs, a topic of much current debate on the letsrun.com forums:

    It’s official: to make NCAA’s as a distance runner you have to run at UW.

    The UW track turns in fast times for sure, but I’ve competed there and I don’t think it’s all about the turns. The surface itself is magic. Still, a comparison to the downhill Fifth Ave Mile is over the top.

  3. Anonymous - February 15, 2009

    Dang Marie-Louise, don’t you think a simple “Congrats to Tony” would be in order?

  4. Marie-Louise Michelsohn - February 15, 2009

    Mark-
    So you can qualify for the NCAAs at UW. But you can’t run an NCAA record there.

  5. KP - February 15, 2009

    I am proud to know and have had the pleasure to be in the same races with Tony, Anselm and Sal. Congratulations to all three. I thank them for inspiring me to keep at it.
    KP

  6. John H - February 15, 2009

    Louise is right!!

  7. Scott Copeland - February 15, 2009

    Tom Dickson M55 clocked a 7.73 at the UW on January 17 equalling the Canadian M55 record.
    Jana Gedde, not present at this meet, clocked an 8.22 in the 60m on January 31—One of the top five all-time W50 performances.

  8. Lindy Raney - February 15, 2009

    Whether it’s a record or not it is a great run for a M46. TY is a serious butt kicker. Read his training log sometime on the masters thread on Let’s Run. How his 46 yo body can handle the training he does is amazing.

  9. Liz Palmer - February 15, 2009

    Record or no record, it was an awesome race. Great job Tony!!

  10. Marie-Louise Michelsohn - February 16, 2009

    Tony’s time was a great accomplishment and I congratulate him on his fantastic time. However, it is disrespectful of Anselm to say he “collected another never-to-be ratified world indoor record”. This is simply my point.
    Indoor records are kept separately because there are more turns. And everybody knows turns slow you down.
    A regulation indoor 800m has 8 turns. on a 307m track it has 5 turns. An outdoor 800m has 4 turns.
    The smaller track also has tighter turns, the larger has longer straightaways.
    In the open when a low time is reported on an oversized track it is just reported as such. No mention is made of record. We should be just as respectful of masters.

  11. Tony Young - February 17, 2009

    Nothing but respect for my Masters brethren, especially those setting the marks ahead of me. I would love to race these events on a 200m track, but not privy to one out here. Fortunate to have the one of the fastest tracks in the land up here in the PNW.
    Still see a lot of improvement (as long as there are no injuries) going into Outdoors. So glad that these are all 400m!
    Go Masters

  12. saladin allah - February 17, 2009

    Hey Tony,
    Great running, and excellent time……no matter what track you ran it on! Glad to see you back on your game. Stay healthy.
    Sal

  13. tyoung - February 18, 2009

    Thx Sal ~ it has been a couple years since I felt the “bounce” again.
    Health to you!

  14. Mike L - February 18, 2009

    Tony it would be nice, if you Jim and Carnegie race at Mt SAC this year.

  15. Anonymous - February 19, 2009

    …. That bounce again…..I know what you mean, Tony. I’m hopeful I’ve found the course to experience that again -if it’s his will.
    My day-to-day is a test in itself, but this is such the case with strong-willed masters athletes. We seem to find a way…I’ll find mine.
    Wishing you and your family health & prosperity.
    Saladin (Sal)Allah

  16. Martha Mendenhall - February 21, 2009

    Scott Copeland!!! I’m trying to get in touch with you? Can’t seem to find any contact info for you. PLEASE contact me at me email or phone.
    herdlr@msn.com OR 253-861-8783

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