Athena TC lowers own W50 world indoor record in 4×4 at Millrose
Hours before the national telecast, and while the Millrose crowd was still finding its seats, Athena Track Club’s fab four of Debra Hoffman, Lorraine Jasper, Julie Hayden and Joan Hunter scorched the Armory track Saturday in New York with a 4×4 of 4:26.18. That beats the listed world indoor W50 record of 4:27.73 set by same team two years ago but with Cheryl Bellaire as anchor. In other masters relays, Shore AC won the M60 4×4 in 4:13.04 with a team of Rick Lapp, Ronville Gravesande, Spider Rossiter and Tony Plaster. And Southwest Sprinters TC ran a 3:34.66 to win the M40 event with Andre Miller, John Cormier, Lyndell Pittman and Marek Wensel. In other highlights, Bernard Lagat, 39, set an American open best of 4:54.74 in the 2,000 (essentially a sub-4 mile with another sub-60 lap tacked on for fun). Sadly, USATF and WMA don’t keep age-group records for the 2K. But it means Bernard is a shoo-in to shatter M40 mile records next year if he’s still competing. Lemme know if I missed any other masters records at Millrose.