Archive for April, 2012

This guy is living my honest-to-goodness real-life track fantasy

About 10 years ago, whenever I saw Steve Scott at Cal State San Marcos, where he coaches, I would say, “Hey, Coach! I still have two years eligibility left!” That was a reference to my having run track for two years at Kansas and then kicked off the team. (Actually, my NCAA eligibility expired somehow.) […]

April 29, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Nolan Shaheed nails 3000 record at Striders Meet of Champions

Nolan Shaheed set his latest American record yesterday morning at the Striders Meet of Champions at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. He clocked 9:49.76 for 3000 meters to beat the listed M60 AR of 10:11.24 by Douglas Winn in 2010. Amazing as that is, Nolan three weeks ago ran 3K even faster — but didn’t […]

April 29, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Mike Blackmore blazes to M50 American record in the 5000

Newbie M50 Mike Blackmore set an M50 American record in the 5K Friday at the Pacific University Twilight Meet in Forest Grove, Oregon. His time of 15:16.77 crushes the listed M50 AR of 15:41.67 by Mike Heffernan in 1991. (See results here.) The listed WR is 14:53.2 by Britain’s David Martin Rees in 2003. But […]

April 28, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

Dozens get Philly love in Penn Relays masters relays, races

At least one American masters record was set today at the Penn Relays: The Houston Elite TC 4×1 team of Ron Johnson, Charles Allie, Richard Riddle and Bill Collins clocked 48.44 to beat the USATF club record of 50.9 by the legendary Corona Del Mar TC quartet of Bill Morales, Payton Jordan, Clarence Killion and […]

April 27, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Vaulter Jerry Cahill gets second wind: double lung transplant

A week ago Wednesday, M55 vaulter Jerry Cahill “received a call he has been waiting for a number of years,” reports the Armory track site. “[His] double lung transplant was approved and performed. He received his new lungs that day, thanks to a very generous donor. There are plenty of challenges ahead for Jerry, including […]

April 26, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Sonja Friend-Uhl makes Olympic Trials B standard at age 41

W40 runner Sonja Friend-Uhl was hoping for a speedy 4:22 or 4:23 last Friday night when she came to the starting line of the 1500 at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville. Boy, was she way off. She writes: “I wanted to share the news with you that I ran my 4th fastest 1500m EVER Friday […]

April 24, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Help needed to finance masters exhibitions at Olympic Trials

Marilyn Mitchell writes from New York: “Several of us are trying to raise money in order to facilitate getting a stellar field of masters athletes to the Masters Invitational in Eugene, for the June 30th exhibition at the Olympic Trials competition. Unfortunately, except for the several people who had previously verbally indicated interest in helping, […]

April 23, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Max Siegel ascends to CEO of USATF; supposed marketing genius

Expect USATF to sell the sizzle now that Max Siegel has been hired as CEO of USA Track & Field. Six months after being touted as a marketing guru, USATF Prez Stephanie Hightower today announced Max as its latest Moses. [He answered some of my questions last November.] But at least USATF has a leader […]

April 23, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

China’s hurdling icon Liu salutes masters after meeting Germans

The former world record holder and 2004 Olympic champion had some nice things to say about us a couple weeks ago. Writing in his IAAF diary, Liu Xiang said: “During my training period in Dusseldorf, Germany, in March, I observed four older people training over several days. They were full of vigor, always starting with […]

April 23, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Flashback to 1984 Olympics with theme music for Finland fotos

Like a favorite rock melody of youth, the John Williams composition “Summon the Heroes” will always be associated in my mind with where I heard it first — as the fanfare for medal ceremonies at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. It has a powerful pull on my heart. So I was delighted to see […]

April 20, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments