Impossible dream: setting a single-age American record that counts
Larry Barnum is Don Quixote in a track suit. He’s a world-class M65 long sprinter who ran an amazing 58.62 for 400 meters last weekend at Long Beach State вЂ” the same meet where Clare Look-Jaeger set her W45 American record in the high jump. (See results here.) So what windmill is Larry tilting at? He’d like to get recognition for being the fastest 67-year-old American quarter-miler of all time. The problem: The only one who kept track of such marks is Pete Mundle, and he hasn’t updated his Masters Age Records booklet in years. And his booklet is unofficial, a hobby. But he raised expectations for years with the annual delivery of his MAR. He trained people to think such records count and were always collected. They don’t and they aren’t.
Larry writes from Reno:
“I’ve already had knee surgery, so the doc says I’ll need a new hip and a knee replacement sometime soon. Individual mileage may vary. Turns out that my time appears to be one of those “single age” records for a 67-year-old American and, apparently, second to Guido’s world mark for 67. (It age-grades at about 95.95% and I turn 68 in November). So how is this communicated, who keeps track anymore, and does anyone care?”
I told him not to get his hopes up. Mundle has been incommunicado for years.
I also informed him that my attempt to jump-start a Wiki for single-age records fell flat as well. Few people updated it.
If someone wants to become the next Pete Mundle, God bless ‘em. Short of that, we’ll have to recognize marks piecemeal. Like on this blog.
Think you have a single-age record? Ship it to me, and I’ll give you an attaboy (or attagirl).
It’s all we got at this point.