Archive for May, 2010

Tahoe masters meet sees sizzling hurdle races and hot 100s

Carmel Papworth-Barnum of shares some tidbits from Tahoe, where the USATF Pacific Association held its masters championships yesterday. Complete results eventually will show up here. Among other highlights, Joy Upshaw Margerum won the 80-meter hurdles in 12.20 from W45 rival Liz Palmer in 12.22. “Great race,” says Carmel. “Liz got out early and Joy […]

May 31, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  23 Comments

Rod Jett takes hurdles title at California Relays; Morning is back!

Rod Jett ran 14.99 in the 110s into a good wind yesterday at the California Invitational Relays at Sacramento City College. Then he came back and won the masters 100 as well — in 11.82 into a breeze. The meet used to be known as the Modesto Relays. (See complete results.) Notable in fourth was […]

May 30, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

L.A. all-comers series kicks the bucket. Track season needs more

In masters track, the two most common questions are: Where’s the meet? And: How do I compare to the competition? So when meets drop out of the deck, it’s a shame. Yesterday, my Ventura friend Andy Hecker wrote about the demise of a Los Angeles series of all-comers meets. (If these meets could be monetized, […]

May 30, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Puerto Rico may get 2010 WMA regional championships by default

Canada’s Brian Keaveney, president of North and Central America and Caribbean World Masters Athletics, has announced that he’s just received a bid for his region’s WMA 2010 championships. Brian wrote Doug Smith of Ontario: “Mayagűez, Puerto Rico, which is on the west coast of the island, has just submitted an official bid to host this […]

May 29, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  26 Comments

Let Jesse Squire know that his ‘oldest T&F blog’ claim offends

I should let this bounce off me, but I’ve had it. For years, an Ohio track fan named Jesse Squire has labeled his blog “The oldest track & field blog on the internet.” Pshaw. I beat him by more than three years. Here is Jesse’s Track and Field Superblog. He does good work. But his […]

May 29, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  17 Comments

Details released for Chuck McMahon masters meet in San Marcos

Steve Kleinstuber, an M50 multi-eventer, has shared details on the revived Chuck McMahon Memorial Masters meet, which wasn’t held last year. He writes: “I have attached an updated flyer for the Chuck McMahon Masters meet on July 17th (at Cal State San Marcos, north of San Diego). Spread the word to the other masters athletes […]

May 29, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Kamloops Daily News quotes tight-lipped WMA leader on drug case

Behind the scenes, officials at World Masters Athletics are struggling with Geraldine Finegan’s drug positive at Kamloops. They still don’t have enough information to deal with her case. Today’s Kamloops Daily News quotes WMA Prez Stan Perkins as saying: “The matter is still being investigated and whilst some decisions have apparently been made, there are […]

May 28, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Bernard Lagat adds M35 outdoor 3K world record to indoor mark

It was only a matter of time. The listed world record for the M35 3,000-meter run is 7:38.28 by Abdellah Behar of France in 1998. But buried in a USATF news release yesterday about the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic was this: “2010 World Indoor champion Bernard Lagat ran a strategic race, […]

May 28, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Bud Winter’s ‘So You Want to be a Sprinter’ revived for new era

Jimson Lee, a Canadian masters sprinter and blogger (at, has been working to revive the wisdom of Bud Winter, the legendary coach at Speed City in the 1950s and 1960s — San Jose State. Bud coached Lee Evans, Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Ronnie Ray Smith — among many other stars. Jimson writes: “His […]

May 28, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Adolph Hoffman aiming for vault world record — at age 87

“Most folks Adolph’s age are not pole vaulting. They’re under the ground instead of above the ground,” says Cris Allison, who coaches multi-eventer Adolph Hoffman of San Antonio, Texas. Adolph is 87, making him one of the oldest vaulters in the world. (Don Pellman, 94, may be the oldest.) But recent stories and videos of […]

May 27, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments