Archive for August, 2011

Guido Müller making guest appearance at Euro Masters Games

I missed Guido Müller at Sacramento. He’s a god of long hurdlers and quarter-milers. He’s 72 but still is a threat to break 60 seconds for the lap. Dunno why this German superstar didn’t compete at worlds, but he’s entered at the European Masters Games in two weeks. See the entry list here. The next […]

August 31, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Parry, Glynn raise indoor vault WRs at Rocky Mountain Games

In 1970, Jan Johnson set an indoor vault WR at the outdoor NCAA meet in Des Moines. It happened again over the weekend — at the Mid-America Championships and Rocky Mountain Masters Games. Twice! Kay Glynn, 58, upped her own W55 indoor WR to 2.98 and Arthur Parry, 65, set an indoor vault WR of […]

August 30, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Courtesy of Seth Brower: Texas vs. Louisiana masters dual meet

Seth Brower puts pizzazz into track. Seth (Jeff Brower’s brother) runs meets in Texas. And come October 22, when the weather begin to cool, he has a great one planned in Houston: Texas vs. Louisiana masters, called the La-Tex Challenge. Of course, folks from the other 48 states can enter as well. Here’s the meet […]

August 30, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Newsletter features Bob Cozens in classic 1960 Peter Snell photo

M75 sprinter Bob Cozens is a featured subject of the debut issue the Houston Elite Track Club’s newsletter, which includes a great primer on running the 400 by Richard Riddle. But easily the best shot in the newsletter (see it here) is of Bob starting an 800 in 1960 against Olympic legend Peter Snell. Bill […]

August 28, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Masters sprinter Kim Collins to challenge Bolt at Deugu worlds!

The sun just rose in the west. A masters-age sprinter will be in the 100-meter final at IAAF worlds. M35 Kim Collins (shown below in a heat) will challenge M25 freak-of-nature Usain Bolt later today. According to this Twitter feed, “At 35yrs and 144days @kimcollins100m becomes the oldest ever World 100m finalist, beating @christielinford’s 35yrs […]

August 28, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

Bernard Lagat fends off graybeard vultures at IAAF Daegu worlds

The M35 5000-meter champion at Sacramento worlds was Fabrice Thiery of France, who clocked 15:15.20. Bernard Lagat, 36, should beat that time by more than 2 minutes at Daegu worlds. He may not take gold, but his biggest rival is the culture of shock that he’s even in South Korea. (Men’s 5K heats are September […]

August 26, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Elaine Iba, masters jumper and football star, dies at age 50 in SoCal

Elaine Iba, one of my first friends in masters track, was legendary for her winter sports and football loves. She died August 20 at age 50. A huge shock. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer after a football injury, and it spread throughout her body. Her husband, Randy Messenger, has been sharing information via […]

August 25, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  22 Comments

Update: Phil Shinnick world record long jump gets wind-tunnel OK

Two years ago, we raised the issue of Phil Shinnick’s lost world record in the long jump — 27-4 at Modesto in 1963. Phil has stayed on the case, and this week he sent a scientific examination of film that depicts his jump. (See it here.) The conclusion by Grant Birkinshaw: “Comparing the video footage […]

August 24, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

It ain’t Armageddon, folks! But share your earthquake stories

I posted a story on La Mesa Patch with the headline: “East Coast Wimps? 5.9 Quake Leads to Evacuations and Vast Media Focus.” Left Coasters yawn at this, with one person posting a great shot of DC Earthquake Devastation. But I realize this is new for our Atlantic, Southern and Midwestern masters friends. So take […]

August 23, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  19 Comments

Bruce Rash, Bill McNelis claim Philly track, throws pentathlons

Chuck Shields of the Greater Philadelphia Track Club graciously writes: “Attached are the results of our event held on August 7 at Larry Wilson Stadium. Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Lower Gwynedd, PA. We lucked out with the weather as predawn storms subsided by meet time but it remained overcast and muggy. Winners were determined by applying […]

August 23, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments