National Senior Games generates gobs of older age-group records
National Masters News, which got a wonderful print redesign this month, offered a great summary of records set at Humble, Texas, at the National Senior Games last week. I haven’t checked the accuracy or completeness of this list, but it’s amazing what our elites did in the headwind conditions. With USATF partnering with NSGA for the first time, records set at Texas should be automatically accepted. But who knows? I’d love to USATF collate all American and world records set at Senior Olympics and send out a press release.
Here’s what NMN sent out in its email blast to subscribers:
Records Continue On National Senior Games Final Day
Friday was the final day for track and field competition at the 2011 National Senior Games in Humble, Texas. The last day wrapped up with finals in the 200, 800, pole vault and javelin for athletes 65 and older. The weather was still hot and humid and the sprinters battled headwinds.
In the 200 Kathy Bergen, W70, completed her 100/200 double winning the 200 final in a meet record 32.44 into a 1.3 meters per-second headwind. Bergen earlier won the 100 in a meet record 15.22. The W85 200 was a barnburner with three runners bettering the listed American record of 1:00.31. Winning was Partricia Peterson who blasted the old mark with a 51.73 into a 2.1 meters per-second headwind. Second was Lorma Bauer, who is 89, with a 57.04 and third was Dottie Gray in 1:00.07. Gray won the 800 in 5:33.71. In the W75 200 Jeanne Daprano won running 35.83 with Barbara Jordan next in 36.23.
In the M75 200 Bob Lida bettered Payton Jordan’s 28.14 American record running 28.11 into a 1.9 meters per-second head wind. In the M65 race 200 Bruce Covey battled a 4.2 meters per-second headwind to win in 26.74. Harry Brown got a meet record in the M80 furlong, running 32.19. The W80 800 saw the 200 meter winner take on the 1500 winner. as both smashed the meet record. Nessie Holicky who would also win the 200 ran 4:22.22 to edge 1500 winner Lois Gilmore who ran 4:22.84 as both were 19 seconds under the old mark. Hollicky won the 200 in 47.40. Gary Patton, M65, added to his 1500 win running 2:21.79. In the M70 800 Maurice McDonald the 400 champion came back and edged the 1500 champion, Sherwood Sagendahl, 2:40.43 to 2:41.14.
Johnnye Valien smashed the W85 meet record in the pole vault with a first attempt clearance of 1.20 (3′ 11 1/4″) and got a meet mark in the javelin with a 13.80 (45′ 3″). In the pole vault Joe Johnston, M65, equaled the meet record with a 3.35 (10′ 11 3/4″) leap. In the pole vault, Don Isett got a meet record jump of 2.95 (9′ 8″) that he cleared on his second attempt.
Trent Lane, M100, got another American record throwing the javelin 8.47 (27′ 9″), bettering John Whittemore’s 5.98 set in 2000. In the W70 javelin Madelaine Cazel bettered the meet record by nearly 2 meters with a 28.18 (92′ 5″) throw. Gloria Krug added the javelin title to her medal collection throwing 16.08 (52′ 9″). The M65 javelin was a good battle between Arthur Lawrence and Delmon McNabb. Mc Nabb took the lead in the first round with a 42.01 throw. Lawrence came up with a 43.67 (143′ 3″) on his third that took the lead for good. McNabb came close with a 43.46 (142′ 7″ on his fifth throw. In the M70 javelin Pete LaBarge bettered his own meet record of 44.78 with a 45.10 (147′ 11″). In the M75 javelin Stanley Koster beat the meet mark throwing 38.08 (124′ 11″).