Jearl Miles Clark suffers MES (masters embarrassment syndrome)USATF is well-trained now. In its interview with Track & Field Hall of Fame inductee Jearl Miles Clark, the M-word arises: “In recent years you’ve dabbled some in masters track and field. Will that continue?” Jearl replied: “I may just to see what my body can do. I just might, I don’t know. The ladies are very competitive. They have a great spirit and I don’t want to go out there half-steppin and get my butt spanked. I don’t like losing, and if I’m going to do something I’m going to put 100% into it. The camaraderie and the passion is great and it’s a great spirit to be around. It would be interesting to go back and see what I could do in masters track.”
We’ve heard this before вЂ” that an elite Olympian would love to do masters track, but only if they do well.
In fact, the story is told (by me) that Tommie Smith once promised to jump into masters sprinting, “but only if I’m sure I’ll never lose.” Of course, he’s never shown up.
Many Olympians have, in fact, checked their egos at the check-in table and run (and lost) in masters competition. I love those guys and gals. Too bad some elites have a self-image to protect. They’re missing tons of fun!