3 reliables set 4 world records at Ontario Masters Championships

Ageless Earl now owns outdoor WRs in 800 in four age groups.

Ageless Earl now owns outdoor WRs in 800 in four age groups.

It’s not unusual to see world records at masters nationals, but regionals are blessed to see one or two. If you live in eastern Canada, though, it’s par for the course. That’s because of Karla Del Grande and Earl Fee, aka Record Machines of Masters Athletics. Alice Cole is bidding for RMMA status as well. According to results over the weekend from the Toronto Track and Field Centre, W60 Karla ran the 100 in 13.66 to beat the listed WR of 13.75 by Germany’s Ingrid Meier in 2008. Later she ran the 400 in 65.95, lowering her own WR of 66.24 at Porto Alegre worlds. Earl set an M85 WR in the 800 by clocking 3:15.15. That bettered the listed WR of 3:17.45 by 3:17.45 Brazil’s Francisco do Carmo Oliveira. (Earl owns the 800. He also has WRs for M65, M70 and M80.) Alice, of Montreal, ran the 8 in 3:43.62 to break the listed WR of 3:45.00 by Russia’s Nina Naumenko in 2005. Karla also had a sensational 200 (with an illegal wind of 2.2 mps). Her 28.31 was two-tenths off her own WR of 28.11 set last year at Porto Alegre.

Karla appears to be running against younger age groups in her 400 WR. Photos by Doug Smith

Karla creams younger runners in her 400. Photos by Doug “Shaggy” Smith

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June 29, 2014

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  1. Peter Taylor - June 30, 2014

    Karla is beyond superb, and thus her records come as no surprise. Let’s see, 13.66 in the 100, and she’s in her 60s? Really? I’m from Virginia, and the women’s 100 record at the Univ of Virginia is 11.36, a mark that has stood up for 27 years. Karla can run just 2.30 seconds slower?

    I’m glad to see that “The Great Earl” has done it again. At Raleigh (Southeastern Masters) he was entered in both the 400 and 800 but scratched the 800. His time for the 400, however, was a world record of 1:19.04. Good to see that Earl now has the 800 mark as well. He is entered in nationals at Wake Forest and should strengthen that program.

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