Joe Smith scorches an out-of-nowhere 10.92 WR for 100 at 58?
Paging Willie Gault! If a mark at WMA regionals is to be believed, you have some competition in the over-50 sprints. According to semifinal results Friday, 58-year-old Joseph “Joe” Smith ran the 100 in a wind-legal 10.92 seconds. Say what? That’s a half-second better than the listed M55 world record of 11.44 by that snail of a guy Bill Collins. And his best listed time of 2014 before Friday? Try 12.57 at a mid-June meet in San Mateo. So what gives? He’s primarily a horizontal jumper, whose previous listed dash foray was at 2010 Sacramento nationals. He ran 12.24. So I’m looking for an explanation. He ran on the M55 silver-medal 4×2 team at Budapest worlds this year, but I haven’t been aware of his world-beating speed until now.