Melanie Reske dies at 92; Oregon star set weight-throw records
Suzy Hess Wojcik
Melanie in 2006 newspaper story.
, former publisher of National Masters News, shares the sad news: “Melanie Reske,
92, of Springfield, Oregon, died Oct. 21, 2013. A celebration of life will be at 2:30 PM [Sunday] at Grace Community Fellowship in Eugene, Oregon. Melanie competed
at the Hayward Classic in Eugene last June, and was a thrower for many years. She held several age group records.” Melanie was featured in a May 2006 story
in the Eugene Register-Guard, where the headline was “Some ladies put up jam. She puts the shot.” She was quoted as saying: “It’s a good feeling to be old” and told of taking up the shot in 1989 after throwing a 7-pound rock found in her back yard 21 feet. In 2006, she was USATF Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Year
in the W85 age group. She set weight and superweight records that year. In 2007, she improved her (20-pound) superweight American record to 4.17 meters (13-8), a record that still stands. In late June, the Oregon student newspaper reported
on the Hayward Masters Classic: “92-year-old Melanie Reske was the oldest woman to compete in todayâ€™s event. Reske represented the local Oregon Track Club and threw an impressive 6.06 meters in the womenâ€™s javelin throw.” Our condolences to friends and family.
October 24, 2013