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. “The meet is USATF sanctioned and Irene Herman
was the meet referee (and did a really great job too),” Alan says. “Irene first ran 19.62 in the 80m hurdles into a 1.5 mps wind. This is a 4.72-second improvement on Johnnye Valien’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 Japan’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.”
My source adds:
Â Irene and I were acutely aware that the two previous marks could be considered “soft” (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 year’s best U.S. marks for both races for the W75-79 age group were Christel Donley’s 20.29 and Flo Meiler’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 (27″). Â Without them, we would not be celebrating another great performance from Irene today.
Results weren’t posted Sunday night, but they’ll be here eventually.
Irene should lower these at nationals, where Flo also is entered. Can’t wait.