Day 1 at Boston nationals: World records by Burke and Hewitt
Here’s a news release produced by Bob Weiner’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 day’s events, ensure safety at the track, because of Burke’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 “very 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.”
Also at the 2014 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships today, Irene Obera (Fremont, Calif.), on the meet’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 hadn’t competed in a nationals for three years, she said she had so much fun that she announced her intention to compete in this summer’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 Italy'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.