Don Isett, Earl Fee add to legends with vault, 400 world records

Charlie Rader later had close tries at WR 1.67.

Aside from Brad Barton’s sizzling steeple, two other world records were reported over the weekend. Don Isett raised his own pending M75 WR to 3.23 meters (10-7) Saturday at Jack Chapman’s Summer Fun II pole vault meet in Belton, Texas. (See results here.) And in Raleigh, North Carolina, Earl Fee of Mississauga, Ontario, became the oldest man to go sub-80 for 400 meters, clocking 79.04 at age 85. The listed M85 WR was 80.46 by Yoshiyuki Shimizu of Brazil at 2013 worlds in Porto Alegre. Earl’s mark came at the 44th Southeastern meet — the oldest masters meet in America aside from nationals. More than 210 athletes from 20-plus states and Canada took part, I’m told. Results are pending. The Pasadena Senior Games just missed seeing a WR when former M45 recordman Charlie Rader, now 66, almost cleared 1.67 meters in the high jump (5-5 3/4), which would have beat the listed M65 WR of 1.66 by fellow Californian Phil Fehlen. Here are some shots from that Caltech meet.

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June 9, 2014

8 Responses

  1. Peter Taylor - June 9, 2014

    As would be expected, “The Great Earl” was magnificent in the 400 at Southeastern Masters. He went out very strongly and then hung on to set a new world standard for M85. I glanced at the clock when Earl was on the far turn and thought that he was going to obliterate the record, just crush it.

    But not surprisingly, it looked like a bear jumped on Earl’s back in the final 60 meters. Still, he beat the old mark by 1.42 seconds, as indicated above. Earl is as game as they come.

    Having beaten the world record in the 400, Earl decided to drop the 800 scheduled for later in the day and asked to be put in the 200. Meet management accepted this change, and Earl ran a very nice race, although not a world mark.

  2. Milan Jamrich - June 9, 2014

    Both Charlie Rader and Jim Sauers jumped 163cm and failed on 167cm this year. It would be nice to see them in Nationals compete against each other. Maybe then we get a WR..

  3. Stefan Waltermann - June 9, 2014

    Myrle Mensey, W 65 set American Records in the weight throw and weight pentathlon.I think she bettered the weight throw record a few times!

  4. Earl Fee - June 9, 2014

    Thank you great Pete for your words and the valuable information. I am going to work on my final 60m in the 400. I skipped the 800 till later in the summer since the week before this meet was a recovery week from a hip problem—from running a 300m much faster than planned a week earlier. KTtape, active release massage and two laser treatments came to the rescue.

    I was actually thinking seriously of cancelling this Southeastern Masters meet, always very efficiently organized. But now I realize nothing ventured nothing gained. Also the training in the few weeks before stays with you. I was also very happy to have gained very financially at the banquet.

  5. Peter Taylor - June 10, 2014

    Thank you, Great Earl. You added a lot to the meet in Raleigh, and I have already informed interested people at my fitness club in Fairfax (Virginia) about your exploits in the Southeastern Masters. I am so glad you did not cancel your appearance, as you and Myrle Mensey turned out to be the big stars.

    Let me note that sprinters Charles Allie and Oscar Peyton also came up huge.

  6. Earl Fee - June 10, 2014

    Thank you Pete for the uplifting comments. But YOU are the “man”. You deserve many accolades for all your usual entertaining and accurate announcing at this super organized meet.

  7. Don Cheek - June 11, 2014

    Congratulations Earl—didn’t realize you hit the 85 year old mark before me (we are both in March, but I’m still at 84)–as usual, you got a head start on me–but I’ll be looking to catch you for the unfinished business in Spain—of course just wishful thinking because it is clear you’re getting even better with age— so keep setting the pace for the 80’s group and hope to see you soon.And hi to you Peter–it’s true—you are “The Man” with the mike.

  8. Roger Pierce - June 12, 2014

    The Great Earl Fee, Charlie Allie and Oscar Peyton strike again….Way to go guys!!!!

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