Nearly 140 athletes to comprise Team USA at Budapest worlds
USATF has graciously posted Team USA for Budapest indoor worlds in late March. The roster here is a who’s who of masters track. But of the 140 athletes listed (with hometowns and events as well), some aren’t competing after all. They include IAAF Best Master Bob Lida (calf injury) and Hall of Famer Phil Raschker, 67, who says she is taking the season off. (Not an injury, but life issues have emerged.) “It is time to step back and hopefully I’ll be able to come back next year,” she wrote recently. In any case, some great Yanks are going. Among the best: M65 Charles Allie (sprints), M45 Nick Berra (middle distances), M60 Bill Collins (sprints), W75 Jean Daprano (name any race up to 1500), M35 Antwon Dussett (sprints), W60 Kathy Martin (800-3K and cross country), M70 Steve Robbins (sprints), M60 Nolan Shaheed (800-1500), W50 Joy Upshaw (usual mix) and W85 Johnnye Valien (ditto). Longtime superstars Emil Pawlik and Larry Barnum appear to be making comebacks. The busiest American by far: W65 Mary Trotto, entered in a dozen events, including a relay. Ice yourself, Mary!