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.)

Results of the men’s dec are here. Results of women’s dec are here. And results of women’s heptathlon are here.

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.

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July 7, 2014

3 Responses

  1. BMo - July 7, 2014

    Nice Dec Brian…but what a goofball! Good luck w/ the survivor thing!

  2. Lindy Raney - July 8, 2014

    Some great performances in Missouri. I did my first decathlon in Dallas in 2011 and must say it was a great challenge. Wish I could have been there to compete with the 55-59 guys. Nothing like the camaraderie of decathletes.

  3. Christel Donley - July 10, 2014

    Returning from the most amazing “combined event”
    championships in Neosho, Jerry and I are still at AWE, THAT AND HOW … Tom Thorne, his family, friends and the officials, put that meet together.
    As Lindy said: it’s the cameraderie and the friendship amongst the athletes that makes it so remarkable.
    Jeff Watry, Jim Murray, Jim Shoemaker, just to name a few, plus Bruce and Jackie from the UK, you were simply a pleasure to work with.
    Hope, more of the athletes will read this blog and give their thanks to the named above.
    The results speak for themselves.
    Even the threat of hot-hot-humid weather did not happen. Some thunderstorms on Sunday delayed the meet but did not dampen the overall atmosphere.

    Maybe some one can comment on the UK -USA challenge,
    it was more than a friendly rivalry – friendship galore.
    Last – not least: Tom’s singing “AMAZING GRACE:” in
    CHEROKEE was another highlite!!

    Yours truly…. was not quite happy, pulling a muscle during warm-up for the hurdles, wss NOT planned,
    the meet – for me – was over, before it began.. yet being able to help officiate made it a bit easier.

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