Day 1 at Boston nationals: World records by Burke and Hewitt
Hereâ€™s a news release produced by Bob Weinerâ€™s crew:
BOSTON, Mass. â€“ UPDATE: Three-time Olympian Ed Burke, the US flagbearer at the 1984 Olympics, broke the world record for men 70-74 three times in the 16-pound weight throw with a toss of 20.93 meters/68 ft. 8 inches in a special night session at the USA Masters Indoor Track Championships in Boston. [Listed M70 WR is 19.64 by American Robert Ward in 2005.] The special session, at the conclusion of the dayâ€™s events, ensure safety at the track, because of Burkeâ€™s distances. The throwing area was reconfigured to allow for the record throws. Burke, 74, from Los Gatos, CA, broke the existing record three times. Burke said he is â€śvery pleased with the result. I did it because I stayed healthy. Masters track is a wonderful, motivating outlet. Proper preparation played into it. I started in November throwing heavy weights. Masters track is a wonderful, motivating outlet.â€ť
Also at the 2014 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships today, Irene Obera (Fremont, Calif.), on the meetâ€™s first day, obliterated the world W80 400 meter mark by over 20 seconds minute and the US mark by almost a half minute. The Fremont, Calif. native isnâ€™t done yet, as she competes in the womenâ€™s 60m, 200m and shot put over the next two days. Though she hadnâ€™t competed in a nationals for three years, she said she had so much fun that she announced her intention to compete in this summerâ€™s July 17-20 outdoor USA Masters Championships in Winston-Salem, NC.
Another world record was set Friday, as Robert Hewitt (Gresham, Ore.) turned in a score of 4,349 points in the M80 pentathlon, shattering the previous record [3879 by Italyâ€™s Bruno Sobrero in 2001] by nearly 500 points. Hewitt bested the field of M70-84 competitors in the long jump (4.00m â€“ 1,048 pts) and put forth top-two finishes in the 60mH (11.72 â€“ 979 pts), shot put (9.64m â€“ 814 pts) and high jump (1.23m â€“ 915 pts) to position himself within striking distance of the record. Hewitt needed just 123 points to set the new world record and did just that, registering a 5:14.95 finish in the 1,000m for 593 points.
Nolan Shaheed (Pasadena, Calif.), 64, was tremendous in the M60-64 3,000 meters, besting the field by nearly a minute and crossing in 10:23.42. This is the first of three events for Shaheed in Boston, competing in the 800m and the mile later in the meet.
Wayne Sabin (Milwaukie, Ore.), 80, set a new American record in the super weight throw (25 lb), tossing a mark of 9.01m/29-6.75. [Beating the listed AR of 7.94 (26-0) by Val McGann in 2008.]
Leland McPhie, a World War II veteran and former San Diego sheriff captain who turned 100 March 10, competed in the menâ€™s weight throw and super weight throw. McPhie (San Diego, Calif.), a fan favorite at the meet, will also compete in the menâ€™s high jump and shot put on Saturday afternoon. As the first centenarian ever to compete in the indoor high jump, McPhie would set the world mark in the event.