Archive for February, 2010

Calling all Kamloops bloggers: Share your stories here

It’s time for worlds! Opening ceremonies at Kamloops are tonight. I can’t attend, sorry. But I can share the thrills and chills vicariously. I’ll be on the lookout for stories large and small, including those of bloggers like Australian Roger Pilkington, an M50 middle-distance runner and multi-eventer who wrote today:  “We then went and bought […]

February 28, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Bernard Lagat easily takes down M35 American 3K record

Bernard Lagat a couple minutes ago destroyed Chad Newton’s listed M35 American record-holder in the indoor 3000 at Albuquerque nationals. Official time not yet posted. But Bernard ran 8:12 — 30 seconds faster than Chad’s 8:42 two years ago at Boston indoor nationals. Bernard fell short of  the listed WR of 7:40.68 by Germany’s Dieter […]

February 27, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

USATF blogging real-time news from Albuquerque meet!

USATF has at least one blogger covering the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. USATF webmaster Katie Landry, a Twitter member, is one of them. She’s been updating the USATF live blog. Check it out here. We learn that Lisa Valle won the masters women’s 1500 exhibition in 4:54, for example. Men up next. This […]

February 27, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Italian masters nationals hoping to lure Golden Gala elites

Think of it this way: The day after the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, USATF masters nationals are held at the same Hayward Field site. That’s pretty much what FIDAL, the national track federation of Italy, did when it recently announced it was moving its masters outdoor nationals from the weekend of June 2-4 to the […]

February 27, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Marge Allison wins top prize in Aussie masters track: Landy Trophy

Chalk up another title for Marge Allison and Emu Oil. Australia has a masters nationals, but when it comes to bragging rights the top individual award is The Landy Trophy. Nobody votes on this award. You win it on the track. And this isn’t for each age group — it’s for the top racer among […]

February 24, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Kamloops athletes party open to all (except many 3K runners)

One of the highlights of any world meet is the athletes banquet. Even if the food and entertainment aren’t world-class, the conversation and camaraderie are. So it was a shock to learn that the “Polar Storm Party” at Kamloops worlds is scheduled smack in the middle of many 3,000-meter races. The current “revised schedule” posted […]

February 23, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  18 Comments

Irie Hill’s stock rises: she adds W40 world indoor record in pole vault

The listed world indoor record for the W40 vault is 3.60 (11-9 3/4) shared by Italy’s Carla Forcinelli and Holland’s Larissa Lowe. But the British masters site has posted this tie-breaking news: “Irie Hill has broken the W40 pole vault record, clearing 3.65m indoors in Sindelfingen on 29 January, the same venue where Carla Forcellini […]

February 22, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Willie Banks warms up for Boston nationals with 5-11 at age 53

He jokes about being overweight. His busy life includes consulting, representing Fieldturf in Japan and sitting on two major boards (USATF and the USATF Foundation). But when Olympian Willie Banks wants to bring it, the old legs can still deliver. Yesterday at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, the former world record holder […]

February 22, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Italy’s Ugo Sansonetti claims M90 world indoor record for 60 meters

Ugo Sansonetti, the Lahti sprint champ and Coca-Cola pitchman,  ran the 60 in 11.38 seconds over the weekend at Italian masters nationals in Ancona. Not impressive? Try keeping up with that when you’re 91!  Ugo beat the listed indoor WR of 11.47 by Sweden’s  Herbert Liedtke in 2007. (Ugo also beat Herbert at Lahti; see […]

February 22, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Pete Magill buries old slur about masters athletes once and for all

Dang if Pete Magill isn’t the most thoughtful writer on masters running (while at the same time being a superstar in his age group). His latest contribution to the genre: a defense of masters running against those who insist that geezers should hang up their spikes and help nurse the next generation of athletes. This […]

February 21, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  27 Comments