American records in M50 and W40 decathlon fall in Missouri
More than 50 men and women gathered over the Fourth of July weekend in Neosho, Missouri, for a renewal of the USA vs. UK decathlon rivalry, also serving as USATF masters nationals. The result? American records in the M50 decathlon (officially recognized) and W40 dec (not). According to results posted on Jeff Watry’s decamouse site, M50 Brian Coushay’s 7467 and W40 Jessica Reifer’s 5515 are ARs. Brian fell just 89 points short of the listed WR of 7556 by Italy’s Hubert Indra in 2007. (But a pending WR of 7897 was claimed by France’s Jean-Luc Duez a month ago.) The listed AR is 7022 by Jim Russ at 2007 worlds. Brian’s marks were: 100 in 11.93, long jump 6.33, shot put 11.63, high jump 1.75, 400 in 56.68, 100 hurdles in 16.99, discus 40.53, pole vault 3.20, javelin 44.14 and 1500 in 5:47.36. Jessica did 100 in 13.87, discus 17.47, pole vault 2.70, javelin 26.06, 400 in 1:06.53, 100 hurdles in 14.01, long jump 4.37, shot put 6.95, high jump 1.34 and 1500 in 5:36.15. (Ladies do events out of standard order.)
An also-ran at Neosho High School was 1972 Olympian Jeff Bennett, who dropped out after four events.
The local paper covered the event.
Brian, aka Coush, apparently tried to get on the “Survivor” reality show in 2010.