Bruce McBarnette claims best in M55 high jump, indoors or out

Sorry, milers. This weekend belonged to the vertical jumpers. Besides John Altendorf and his M65 WR in the vault at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, we’ve been informed that Jill Starkey jumped 3.52 (11-6 1/2) at the same venue for a W40 American record, topping the listed mark of 3.50 (11-5¾”) by Brenda Bumgardner in 2010. Now comes word from Jim Barrineau that fellow M55 Bruce McBarnette on Sunday set an incredible world indoor record 1.87 (6-1 1/2) at the Sportsplex Track Showcase All-Comers meet in Landover, Maryland, site of the 2013 USATF Masters Indoor Championships. Bruce beat the listed WR of 1.85 (6-0 3/4) by Russia’s Vladimir Kuntsevich in 2008. Jim writes: “His progression was 1.67(xo), 1.72(o), 1.77(o), 1.82(o). 1.87(xxo), 1.92(xxx). I tried to keep up: 1.57(o), 1.62(ppp), 1.67(o), 1.72(ppp), 1.77(xxp), 1.82(x). Slightly hyperextended my back at 1.67, but had a big clearance so took some chances. Bruce rattled 1.87 and took so-so attempts at 1.92 (6-3 1/2).” Bruce turned 55 in October, so he’ll likely get the M55 outdoor WR as well — the 1.84 (6-0 1/2) by Germany’s Thomas Zacharias in 2006. Here’s the record jump, shot by Jay Wind:

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January 21, 2013

17 Responses

  1. Weia Reinboud - January 21, 2013

    Nice jump Bruce!

  2. Weia Reinboud - January 21, 2013

    Where are results of the meet? The US rankings also give 2.11 for Rob Muzzio M45, which would be a world record too. Typo?

  3. Jim Barrineau - January 21, 2013

    The 2.11 for Rob Muzzio is incorrect. That was Rob’s son Joey (age 19). This was an all-comers meet. Rob did post a 13.54 shot, his first competition since 1996 I believe. He was 5th in Barcelona Olympic

  4. Mary Harada - January 21, 2013

    Well done Bruce, I hope the record will be accepted and may you jump higher and higher this year.

  5. Jim Barrineau - January 21, 2013

    Bruce was actually forced to go for 1.87 (2 cm higher than the existing WR) instead of 1.86 since that was the normal progression in the all-comers format. No problem. Then another 5 cm – no problem. All the requisite measurements with a steel tape were accomplished, however. When he cleared 1.87, the packed house of several hundred roared.

  6. Matt McCubbins - January 21, 2013

    Congratulations Bruce! What a great camera angle to illustrate the speed of your approach.

    Jim, hope your back is okay.

    Is this the same venue that we’ll have for Indoor Nationals in March?

  7. peter taylor - January 21, 2013

    Yes, it is, Matt McCubbins. Hope you will be there.

  8. Matt McCubbins - January 21, 2013

    Planning on it, Pete, look forward to seeing you there! Hope it’s rocking at Nat’ls like it was for Bruce at this All Comers meet – – the energy in the building can make such a difference!

  9. mr cool satch - January 21, 2013

    cool jumping bro.

  10. BMo - January 21, 2013

    Amazing! Great job!!

  11. Rob Jerome - January 22, 2013

    Congratulations, Bruce. Great achievement. With you, Jim and Willie Banks all in the M55 category, that’s some tremendous jumping power that will undoubtedly translate into great future competitions. More records to come, for sure.

  12. Linda Carty - January 22, 2013

    Way to go Bruce! Congrats!

  13. Roger Pierce - January 22, 2013

    Keep soaring Bruce….way to go!!!

  14. peter taylor - January 22, 2013

    Very nice jump, Bruce. Look forward to seeing you in Landover in March.

    Note to others: Although the high jump at Landover nationals will be conducted on March 23-24, the deadline for regular entry appears to be just over a month earlier, on Feb 22. Right now it looks like we have 8 entrants in the high jump; in 2009 the list showed 98 high jumpers.

    Landover 2009 set a record for entrants in a masters nationals; it would be nice to see 100 high jumpers in this event when all is said and done.

  15. Birgit Dean - January 22, 2013

    Well done, Bruce! Beautiful jump, congratulations!

  16. Martha Mendenhall - January 29, 2013


    I jumped in Landover in 2009! You’re right Peter…there were a lot of jumpers that year. It helps us jumpers to have the stands full of people too, like they were in Landover. It’s very motivating.

    Jim Barrineau….I always seem to miss you! Hope I catch you at Outdoor Nat’s this year so we can catch up!!

  17. Tom - January 30, 2013

    This is awesome! That was a really cool jump. Until now, it still amazes me how they can do stuff like these. For someone like me who doesn’t really know the technical aspects of this field, I am simply astonished that they can do incredible stunts.

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