Archive for April, 2009

Kevin Morning eyes 2010 nationals, 2011 worlds in comeback

We’ve missed sprint great Kevin Morning in recent years, but he’s begun coming back. Almost two years ago he had surgery on his left knee (torn meniscus).  “I now have arthritis, but I am able to move pretty freely,” Kevin writes from Northern California. “My biggest challenge is that I cannot do several hard workouts a week.  I […]

April 30, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Thinking Lahti? Entry deadline for worlds essentially May 15

Ski jumps loom over track in Lahti, Finland. Unless you want my tortoise legs anchoring Team USA’s M55 relays at Lahti worlds, you’d better get your entries in. No kidding. A glance at the Status of Entries page for my age group shows only a half-dozen or so men entered, and only two women — […]

April 29, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Aussies launch their own Masters Athletics Hall of Fame

Considering that Australia can make a claim to inventing masters track, this came as a surprise: They’ve just inducted their first class into a national Masters Hall of Fame.  Among the inductees: John Gilmour, who tells the story of beating a Japanese guard in a 100-meter challenge when he was POW during World War II.  Another […]

April 28, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Siddons Games results repaired; M50 hurdle mark amazing

After several complaints, and the intervention of top officials at Santa Ana College, meet director Miriam Mitzel has issued this new set of results from the April 5 Al Siddons Games. Some question marks remain, but she promised to fix these as well. Miriam wrote an entrant: “I would like to apologize for the results again. […]

April 28, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Masters chair Snyder apologizes for Landover results mess

Complete and accurate results of the Landover masters nationals apparently will never be known. That’s my reading of today’s blog posting by Gary Snyder, USATF masters track national chairman. He promises that the order of finish will be correct — and that these results will be made available for online posting by the end of […]

April 27, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Penn Relays masters records count, except when they don’t!

In the wake of the two masters WRs at Penn over the weekend, I had the pleasure of chatting via email with one of the record-setters. He noted, in passing, that Houston Elite’s M55 4×4 team had indeed set a world age-group record Saturday — but that the record it beat was its own. On […]

April 27, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  20 Comments

Happy birthday to Roald Bradstock, spearchucker deluxe!

Last year on the Fourth of July, one-time British Olympian Roald Bradstock lived a Yank’s javelin fantasy. He threw in the U.S. Olympic Trials. At age 46, he was long a U.S. citizen — but not done with the sport. He was the oldest male entrant at Hayward Field. And he made the most of […]

April 26, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Berkeley and San Diego also boasted good masters action

Penn didn’t have a monopoly on masters speed. At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, 44-year-old Aaron Thigpen ran the 100 in 10.93 and deuce in 22.30. (He’s on the far right in this video.) At the UCSD Triton Invitational on Saturday, M45 Kettrell Berry won his 200-meter heat in 24.24 — into a 2.4 […]

April 26, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Houston Elite team shatters M55 WR in messy finish at Penn

Averaging 55.27 a leg (well under their age), the Houston Elite team of Charles Allie, Bill Collins, Horace Grant and George Haywood today shattered the listed M55 world record in the 4×400 at the Penn Relays. They might have gone faster, since both Houston anchor George Haywood and Central Park’s Anselm LeBourne dodged several women at the […]

April 25, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  18 Comments

Landover champ Hartley takes masters mile at Drake Relays

Replicating his Landover nationals double, where he won the 800 and mile, M45 Scott Hartley again turned back John Hinton and won the Drake Relays masters mile today. Scott clocked 4:25.77 to defeat John, who was 6 seconds back. The race was fast, top to bottom, as 59-year-old Nolan Shaheed took last in 4:57.72.  The […]

April 25, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment