Brian Marlier clears the air on posting to mastersrankings.comBrian Marlier is a bright and accomplished guy. He’s a senior VP in charge of sales at Cisco Systems, a big-time tech company. He also has a great family and supportive friends. But someone who knows his email address and DOB did him no favors when they entered 52.98 as a 400 time for him at an Arizona indoor meet. The time in official results was wrong, he told me by phone Tuesday night. In fact, he says: “I don’t know what I ran there.” Brian may have dug a deeper hole when he changed the mark to 62.98 in the M50 rankings. But now the mark is gone. (He took my advice to delete it.) Marlier (pronounced Marley-er) told me he probably ran about 60 seconds, finishing behind the winner in 47.94.
When Brian, 53, first saw the 52.98 attributed to him, he said he told his friend and trainer Dave Ashford: “Dave, there’s not a chance I ran that. I’m not that fast.”
He says Dave has been working him hard, and does “weightless” workouts like plyometrics and hill runs. (He also uses an electrical device that stimulates muscle contraction.) But his race on an oversized track at Northern Arizona University wasn’t anywhere near the 55 seconds Dave thinks Brian can run, Brian told me.
Brian is new to masters track and didn’t realize the repercussions of 52.98 being posted under his name вЂ” a time only a half-second off the M50 world indoor record.
In fact, he still hasn’t competed in a masters meet. He plans to race at Olathe masters outdoor nationals, he says. (And probably other meets earlier.) He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona (near Phoenix) during winter months and Chicago the rest of the year, so look for him in both places.
Brian calls himself a “big track guy” who gravitated to the decathlon in his college years. Now he’s happy to be competing in track again.
He’s also wiser to the ways of our culture, and he told me: “I’m personally dedicated to the integrity of the sport.” So I’d cut him some slack and allow a reboot of his masters relationship.
Best of luck, Brian. See you in Kansas!