Kathy Martin mauls W60 world record in mile with stunning 5:42
Hall of Famer Kathy Martin, 61, has won so many honors she almost ceases to surprise. She took the 10K at Olathe nationals in an American record 41:10.57 вЂ” 33 seconds better than the listed W60 best. No sweat. But that was but a warmup for her latest shocker. At Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square, New York, she ran a mile Wednesday in 5:42.62. That’s the word from USATF Long Island Masters Chairman Rob Lemke. How good is 5:42? The listed W55 American record is 5:46.8. Rob graciously writes: “Kathy Martin beat the listed W60-64 World Record for the mile at a USATF-LI Summer Series meet. … The listed time is 5:48.94 by Gerda Van Kooten of the Netherlands in 1999. The listed American record is 5:57.39 by Marie Michelsohn in 2002. As Kathy is no stranger to record setting, I believe she got all the documentation she needs to have the record approved.”
OK, so all Kathy did was average 1:25.65 a quarter-mile, a little bit longer than 400 meters. At Olathe, 1:25 would have won bronze in the 400!
She probably didn’t enter the Olathe 400 because she was busy winning the 800 (2:44.12), 1500 (5:30.68) and 5000 (19:43.53).
On the Age-Graded Tables, 5:42.62 is equivalent to an open (age 20-30) time of 4:08. The actual women’s mile record is Svetlana Masterkova’s 4:12.56.
Rob says full results have not yet been posted, but will provide the link. Here’s where meet results are archived.
Meanwhile, I can’t help but note the winner of the Ironwoman Prize at Olathe вЂ” Flo Meiler of Vermont.
Flo Meiler of Shelburne and Barb Jordan of South Burlington competed at the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Olatha, Kansas July 11-14.
Hot it was, 93 degrees, and so were they. Meiler won 14 medals. Eight gold medals: Pentathlon (five events), long jump, pole vault, discus, 80m short hurdles, 200m long hurdles, 200m run, and 4Г—100 relay. Five silver medals: hammer throw, 100m run, triple jump, high jump, and weight throw plus a bronze medal in shot put. Jordan won six medals. Three gold: 100m run, triple jump, and 4Г—100 relay. Two silver medals: 200m run and long jump and a bronze in the high jump.