Colleen Barney shows off snazzy medal from 100 exhibition at open nationals.
American record-holder Darnell Gatling
is 54, but he tackled the 36-inch hurdles Saturday (instead of his age group’s 33-inch barriers) when he won the masters exhibition in the 400s at the USA national track championships
at Sacramento State. His time of 61.61 was almost exactly the same mark as mine in the 300s at almost the same morning hour at the Chuck McMahon meet in San Marcos, California. (See photos here).
(And I ran the 30-inch sticks). Amazing. Darnell posted on Facebook: “Thank you all for your blessings and moral support. Over 5 years since I ran over 36-inch hurdles. The Lord lifted me and He never felled me yet. It wasn’t easy, but I have the gold.” Second place, and only a step behind, went to California legend Peter Grimes,
whose 61.95 was possibly more impressive. He’s 55. Third was 51-year-old Kerry Sloan
in 67.10. Too bad they weren’t allowed to run the 33-inchers. A record might have been produced. Too bad the trio were the only entrants and lanes were left naked. Same for the women’s 100, won by 53-year-old Joy Upshaw
in 13.25. Only four in that race. Sigh. But special thanks to Diane Pomeroy
, who traveled from Massachusetts for the event.
Results of the masters women’s 100 exhibition at Sacramento:
1 Joy Upshaw 13.25 +1.7
2 La Shon Nedd-Johnson 13.71 +1.7
3 Colleen Barney 13.73 +1.7
4 Diane Pomeroy 14.26 +1.7