Don Neidig claims American record in 400 at Fort Collins
The Rocky Mountain Masters Games over the weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado, produced some great marks, including a 5.10 vault (16-8 3/4) by 41-year-old Pat Manson, the former world-class athlete now entering masters events. (Meet results are here.) Perhaps the star was M65 sprinter Don Neidig, whose 400 time of 57.47 blitzed the listed American record of 58.05 by Paul Johnson in 2001. (The listed M65 world record is 56.37.) Don — a former astronomer and solar physicist in New Mexico — didn’t compete at Oshkosh or Lahti. But at Fort Collins, he also lit up the 200 in 25.37, just off Steve Robbins’ WR of 25.20. The marks are equivalent on the Age-Graded Tables to 19.77 and 45.49. Also impressive was Doug Spainhower, 75, who won the 80-meter hurdles (16.23), high jump (1.29/4-2 3/4), long jump (3.99/13-1) and triple jump (6.80/22-3 3/4). Also M45 Milt Girouard, who put the shot 14.24 (46-8 3/4) and Ross Aragon, 70, who threw the javelin 40.65 (133-4), about 7 feet short of the American record. And yes, the meet was USATF-sanctioned!