Archive for July, 2011

Final day at Berea ends with premiere record in shuttle hurdles

Tuck this obituary away for 60 years. But I’m writing the lead now so we can appreciate the subject while he’s still alive: “Jeff Davison, who pioneered the shuttle-hurdle relay in masters track and won USATF recognition for the event with a first record at 2011 Berea nationals, died yesterday while negotiating the last barrier […]

July 31, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Bobby Whilden’s M75 American record beats Payton Jordan mark

The late Payton Jordan was the gold standard for older sprinters. Now the new standard is being set by Bobby Whilden of Texas, world champion at Sacramento. Saturday at Berea nationals, Bobby clocked an American record of 13.67 seconds in the 100 — at age 76. (At Penn Relays in April, he ran a wind-aided […]

July 31, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Videos posted of Mulazim and Wilson world records at Berea

These are amazing historical documents! Derek Lau posted videos of the M45 400 world record and the M60 100-meter world record at Berea nationals. We’re in debt to him for this. First comes Khalid Mulazim’s solo run. He had nobody to push him, so this is especially amazing. Thad Wilson’s hurdle record is below the […]

July 30, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Drug-testing debuts at USATF masters nationals, and not quietly

As promised, USATF has begun drug-testing at masters nationals for the first time in history. Berea entrants are the guinea pigs of an experiment to see whether “random” testing of a fraction of a small percentage of athletes will catch or deter cheaters. We’ll see. One athlete’s report follows. I’d love to hear more. The […]

July 30, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  21 Comments

Khalid Mulazim, Thad Wilson, Ralph Maxwell claim WRs at Berea

Running into a slight breeze, Thad Wilson of Oxnard smashed Courtland Gray’s WR in the M60 100-meter hurdles Friday at Berea nationals, clocking 14.37 seconds. In the 400, Khalid Mulazim took down the M45 WR for 400 meters as well — scorching a lap in 50.18 to nip the storied WR of 50.20 by American […]

July 30, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Masters rock Cleveland: Mike Soule’s group performs at club

Doug “Bubba” Sparks and others have shared this photo of Mike Soule’s vaulter-based rock group performing Friday night at nationals. Bubba writes: “Had a great crowd at Tony Ks for the geezer band. Bass is Mike Soule/vocals (M55 PV), Bob Banhagel/vocals on guitar, John Large on drums/vocals – both M60 PV. Don’t know the alternate […]

July 29, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Traffic alert for Berea nationals entrants: Beware the Browns

This is posted on the USATF website. Hope it doesn’t hamper the folks at nationals: “TRAFFIC ALERT: Athletes competing in the USA Masters Championships in Berea, OH should be aware of potential traffic issues on Sunday. The NFL’s Cleveland Browns are scheduled to begin their pre-season training camp on Sunday morning on the campus of […]

July 29, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Carol Young nails her W70 American record in hammer at Berea

Carol Young of Raschkerville, Georgia (aka Marietta) raised her own W70 American record in the hammer today as masters nationals started, heaving the sucker 29.66 meters (97-3 1/2). See details. Sprint icon Stephen Robbins, who moved to Cleveland Heights some years back from California, was the slam-dunk subject of a Cleveland Plain Dealer preview of […]

July 28, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Indian athletes were barred from worlds despite WMA ‘resolution’

Stan Perkins was misled. In his WMA president’s report to the Sacramento General Assembly, Stan said: “In India a problem that had been ongoing for some years was resolved after meetings conducted during the Asian Regional Championships in Kuala Lumpur. Two organizations had each claimed the right to affiliation but the claims of one group […]

July 28, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Trent Lane, 101, wasn’t alone: 684 were no-shows at Sacto worlds

Trent Lane would have owned the M100 age group at Sacramento worlds. He was the only one in it — entered in the shot and discus at age 101. But he never came. Finally, we learn why. His daughter Ruth writes: “Trent could not come to the Sacramento games because there were other commitments and […]

July 27, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments