Americans may outnumber Europeans 3-1 at Kamloops
With three weeks before the drop-dead deadline of February 1, it appears from the USATF Status of Entries page that about 210 Americans will vie for medals in Kamloops this March. Team USA at indoor worlds will be a powerhouse — with W60 Phil Raschker entered in her usual gazillion events, W55 Rita Hanscom looking for a pentathlon WR to go with her hep record from Lahti, and M55 Bill Collins going for another 60-200-400 sweep despite being one of the oldest in his age group (he turned 59 in late November). Our oldest team members are M90s Ralph Maxwell (WR hurdler) and Orville Rogers (WR miler). Between them, they’re entered in 15 events. So who’s the competition from Europe? Not much. The Koops in Germany report “Only 53 German masters athletes (19 of them women) have entered. . . . By comparison, two years ago in Clermont-Ferrand there were . . . 368.” No Austrians entered, they say. Only two to four from Switzerland. The Brits’ deadline is January 9. No entrants list yet.