Straddler Sauers ties American indoor record in M60 high jump
Not everything righteous and good happens in Southern California. The Southeast has its masters moments, too. Our friend Bill Daprano writes from Atlanta about some recent record-setting. “James Sauers, who had been recruited by the meet’s namesake, University of Florida track coach Jimmy Carnes, tied the (American) masters indoor record in the (M60) high jump with a leap of 1.66 meters (5-5Вј). (David Montieth first cleared that height in 2006.) ‘I knew I could jump it, and probably should have beaten it,’ Sauers said, noting the ‘fantastic surface’ of the O’Connell Center track. The layout of the event, however, kept him from taking his usual run-up. ‘My usual approach would put me behind that wall about 16 feet,’ he said. “I had to sort of zigzag my way up there, but I got it out of my head and went for it.’ ”
Here’s a screen shot of the high jump results at the end of January, showing Jim clean through the record leap.
Bill also shared a photo of a W50 indoor record-setting 4×200 relay team of Atlanta Track Club members Linda Lowery, Loretta Woodward, Lesley Chaplin-Swann and LaVonda DeWitt. They clocked 2:08.78 for an indoor record during the USATF Southeastern Regional Championships at the Carl Maddox Field House at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Finally, says Bill: “Mary Richards, the newly elected captain of the Atlanta Track Club’s competitive team, held the team’s first meeting of the year on Sunday, January 23, 2011. Since Richards (second from right, front row) has taken over the helm, she has more than doubled the team’s roster. Aside from her recruiting efforts, she has attracted several benefactors to sponsor the team. Richards was a member of the W55-59 American record setting relay team last year.”