Archive for April, 2015

SoCal Track Club boasts ‘Rocket’ Easter Grant, 32, from Alabama

If Renee Shepherd is the “Jet,” Easter Grant is the “Rocket.” SoCal Track Club’s reach to the South is evident in an Army paper’s story on Easter, a 32-year-old Alabaman who won a bunch of medals at Winston-Salem nationals. “This is her second year competing in masters track,” says her base paper, the Redstone Rocket. […]

April 20, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

RuggleS’peedSled fun for start practice, but bulky for solo trainers

Joe Ruggles Jr., my Southern California Striders teammate, pronounces his name RUG-less. I pronounce his latest invention pretty neat. I used it for the first time Sunday at Cuyamaca College, where you can park within feet of the track. That’s helpful in the case of Joe’s product — the RuggleS’peedsled. Even if disassembled and packed […]

April 19, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Kathy Bergen crushes W75 world record in 100 at Mt. SAC Relays

Kathy Bergen didn’t win a masters exhibition event at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Relays. But the ladies and gentlemen who took the 100s and 800s (and a men’s hammer throw in the morning) were utterly overshadowed by the new 75-year-old from the L.A. suburb of La Cañada Flintridge. Kathy clocked 15.31 in a wind-legal race won […]

April 18, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Sri Lanka group has some ‘splaining to do as bogus WMA affiliate

Whoops! I just got a whole national governing body in trouble. Remember my post ripping Sri Lanka for mandating a masters national appearance to be eligible for Lyon worlds? Folks at WMA read it, too. And they were pissed! (Not at me, though.) WMA noticed the logo of a rival body, holding its own masters […]

April 17, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Indian masters nationals under way with 2,000-plus in Himalayas

The lower Himalayan city of Dharamsala is hosting India’s 36th annual masters nationals now through Sunday. Haven’t the faintest idea where results are. More than 2,000 are entered (in a country of 1.25 billion), according to this news report. The national affiliate is called MAFI, and its website is worthless. In any case, we learn […]

April 16, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Bob Weiner weighs in on Hightower quitting as USATF board chair

I surveyed USATF politics wonks to get their takes on the surprise news that Stephanie Hightower is stepping down as chairman of the USATF Board of Directors. (But she swapped jobs with Steve Miller, the vice chair, so she remains on the board while finishing up her final term as USATF president.) Our masters media […]

April 15, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Submaster hammer thrower pretty good as a bag inventor, too

Olympian Ed Burke shares news about fellow hammer dude Nick Welihowzkjy, a Stanford grad who is marketing a backpack-style bag called the “Wrascalcarrier.” Nick is a marketing whiz, too. He writes: “Just touching base real quick to tell you about a pre-launch giveaway of our new version of the Wrascal Carrier. I thought it’d be cool […]

April 14, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Canada Masters Athlete of the Month hates running, loves records

The StarPhoenix paper in Canada reports that 81-year-old Ted Rowan set national records for his age group in the 50- and 60-meter hurdles. Then he’s quoted as saying: “I hate running. But I’ve got to do that and that’s what I’m best at. Even at my age, it’s a nerve problem. It’s crazy. … When […]

April 13, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Why no masters women’s 100s at Penn Relays? Poor turnout?

Sunday on Facebook, Stephen Gould asked: “Why don’t the Penn Relays have individual 100m races for masters women? Men’s sprints take up only half an hour — can they really not find the time?” He later posts that Penn masters coordinator Phil Felton replied “that they did have a women’s heat and the first two […]

April 12, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Google Docs show status of American record applications in 2015

It’s only April, and guess how many marks have been submitted for American record review? Two dozen? Forty? Sixty? All wrong. Try 72 as of Friday. Jeff Brower as USATF Masters T&F Records Committee chair is keeping his Google Docs busy. He’s created two lists of submitted marks for 2015 — one is for everything […]

April 11, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments