Masters records were denied national champs, London Olympians
Itâs an article of faith that a record set at masters nationals is a slam dunk for ratification. Not this year. Itâs also conventional wisdom that if your name is Charles Allie, Bob Lida, Jim Barrineau, Marie-Louise Michelsohn, Renee Henderson, Amy Acuff or Jamie Nieto, your marks are as good as gold. Think again. Those established stars and M35 newcomer Donelle Dunning were dissed at the Daytona annual meeting when their names were left off the final records list. The USATF masters indoor and outdoor records were updated Dec. 19, and many records remain nonsense. Have a seat.
Donelle Dunning, a sprint coach with the Chattanooga Jets Track Club, was hailed as the American record holder for 60 meters after beating the listed AR of 6.98 at Bloomington nationals with a 6.95 in the prelims and 6.93 in the finals. USATF itself said he got the record. But his name is nowhere to be seen on the official list from Dayton. Whatâs with that?
Bob Lida does get credit for records set at nationals in his IAAF Best Master season. But his best indoor times werenât noted in the records report. Whatâs with that?
Jim Barrineau held the M55 outdoor AR for a few months before Willie Banks blasted his 6-footer in San Diego. But no outdoor AR recognition for Jim. WWT?
Marie-Louise Michelsohn traveled across the country to crush the W70 WR for 10K by 31 seconds. No record shown.
World champ Renee Henderson in May lowered her own W45 American record for 200. No mention in final list.
W35 Amy Acuff, making her fifth Olympic team at 6-4 3/4, and M35 Jamie Nieto, also making the London team, both crushed their listed age-group records at Eugene but are absent from the USATF masters records books. (And Jamieâs best seasonal mark of 7-7 was even better than his Trials jump.) The listed marks? Jane Frederickâs 6-1Âź from 1988 and Jim Barrineauâs 7-0 1/2 from 1992. Completely unacceptable.
I could go on. Neni Lewis, Kevin Castille, Mike Blackmore and Ken Ernst also were denied records. Maybe yours, too.
The shame of masters records continues.
I am writing USATF Masters T&F Chairman Gary Snyder and USATF masters records chair Sandy Pashkin for an explanation.