No time like 80 to start running hurdles! Go Irene!
ran hurdles in competition for the first time Saturday. Crash and burn? How about two world records? As a W80, she runs 80- and 200-meter hurdles. Proper, 27-inch sticks were used at the Pride Meet
at Chabot (pronounced Shah-BOW) College in Hayward (south of Oakland and north of San Jose). Her friend Alan Kolling
reports that the marks are her sixth and seventh WRs this year. â€śThe meet is USATF sanctioned and Irene Herman
was the meet referee (and did a really great job too),â€ť Alan says. â€śIrene first ran 19.62 in the 80m hurdles into a 1.5 mps wind. This is a 4.72-second improvement on Johnnye Valienâ€™s
24.34 record from the 2005 worlds. Irene then followed this with a 48.27 in the 200 hurdles, with a 1.1 wind reading, hacking off 14.43 seconds off the previous record set in 2011 by Japanâ€™s Michiko Yamane
.Â In between the two hurdles races, Irene logged a 17.26 hundred meter dash, no wind reading available. The time is surpassed on the all-time list only by her runs of 16.91 and 17.07 this year.â€ť
My source adds:
Â Irene and I were acutely aware that the two previous marks could be considered â€śsoftâ€ť (even for the 80-84 age group) but I do think she should get credit for bringing the records down to truly respectable levels. By comparison, last yearâ€™s best U.S. marks for both races for the W75-79 age group were Christel Donleyâ€™s 20.29 and Flo Meilerâ€™s 52.03, respectively.
Irene is especially grateful to meet director Andrew Bundy and Leroy Milam for finding and furnishing the appropriate size hurdle for the records (27â€ł). Â Without them, we would not be celebrating another great performance from Irene today.
Results werenâ€™t posted Sunday night, but theyâ€™ll be here eventually.
Irene should lower these at nationals, where Flo also is entered. Canâ€™t wait.