Brad Barton takes down Hal Higdon’s legendary M45 steeple record
In 1977, competing at the second world masters championships, Hal Higdon
set an M45 world record in the 3000 steeplechase of 9:39.0. The WR fell eventually, and now is held by Norway’s Nils UndersÃ¥ker
at 9:16.1. But who would have predicted Hal’s mark lasting as an American record for almost 36 years? On Saturday, competing at the West Coast Invitational at Willamette University in Oregon, Brad Barton
ran the 3K steeple in 9:22.0 â€” his first steeple since the 1992 New Orleans Olympic Trials (where he ran 8:34.31 in the heats and took 12th in the semis). See results here
. “I’ve got the paperwork in order and will be submitting it for a new American record,” writes Brad, who earlier this season set an M45 world indoor record
in the mile. “It was a beautiful night in Salem.” And it was a beaut of a mark, Brad. Congrats!
Brad says he felt rusty over hurdles, but this shot by Scott Bassett indicates he was pretty nifty.
May 12, 2013