Archive for April, 2015

Rose Green the new Mo Greene? Sprint novice is shattering records

Card this lady, please. National sprint champ Rose Green of Maryland is 76 but looks 36. We learn from her local paper: “She had always been fit,” her coach said. “She trains like crazy and I was in masters track. I said, ‘Why don’t you come out and run.’ So, she started running with me […]

April 10, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Allen Woodard is USATF Athlete of Week for oldest sub-50 in 400

Houston, we have a superstar! The latest masters trackster to win USATF Athlete of the Week is Texan Allen Woodard, who set an M45 world record at 400 Saturday and became the oldest human to run a lap under 50 seconds. USATF reports on his 49.69 at Rice: “I felt good during the race, but […]

April 9, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Joanna Harper retells transgender story in Washington Post op-ed

Back in 2010, we introduced Joanna Harper of Portland, Oregon. She used to be a man but still competes as a distance runner. Only now she is W55 instead of M55. A week ago came a wonderful update in the form of Joanna’s opinion piece in The Washington Post. “Some of my fellow runners have […]

April 8, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Masters track featured in Eliquis TV spot? At least it’s legal drug

“I accept I’m not 21. I accept I’m not the sprinter I was back in college,” says a fiftysomething gent going out for a jog in running shoes and green longsleeves top. He’s an actor, probably. But the commercial for the anti-stroke medication Eliquis appears to be using masters track as a setting to promote […]

April 7, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Book review: ‘Growing Old Competively’ is rich in images, stories

Many self-published books are vanity affairs. But not the marvelous photo-and-profile effort by Britain’s Alex Rotas. As noted recently, “Growing Old Competitively” focuses exclusively on masters tracksters. She attended major meets and captured dozens of stars in sharp relief. The last of the 43 images is haunting. It shows Belgium’s Emiel Pauwels savoring victory in […]

April 6, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Sri Lankans must compete in masters nationals to enter Lyon

How would you feel if USATF said you couldn’t enter Lyon worlds unless you competed this summer at Jacksonville nationals? That’s the scenario facing Sri Lankans, according to a story in The Nation. “The annual open athletics championships of the Masters Athletics Sri Lanka will be held on 16 & 17 May at the Mahinda […]

April 5, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Allen Woodard, 46, claims WR for 400 — oldest sub-50 one-lapper

Allen Woodard, a recent national indoor champion at 200, became the oldest man to go sub-50 for 400 meters after clocking a magnificent 49.69 Saturday at the 33rd Annual Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University in Houston. Allen is 46. He beat the listed M45 world record of 50.18 by American Khalid Mulazim at 2011 […]

April 4, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Masters shuttle hurdles to debut at Penn Relays, thanks to efforts

The Penn Relays have been good to geezers — with 100s, 4×1 and 4×4 relays in prime time, plus the crowd favorite over-75 men’s sprint race on Saturday, April 25. But something was missing: a shuttle hurdle relay for masters. That was remedied last week. Masters events coordinator Phil Felton wrote me: “You’ll no doubt […]

April 3, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  21 Comments

Kim Collins subject of greatest Facebook graphic in world history

So what makes Kim Collins such a sprint guru? Well, everything. He’s fast and long-lived and will appear in his fifth Olympics at the rate he’s going. He has the three fastest indoor 60 times this season at age 38. And when he runs the 100 (eventually) this season, he’ll join this IAAF Top List. […]

April 2, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Another notable WR 200 at Eurovets meet: Charles Eugster at 95

So Darren Scott thinks he’s hot by running an M45 world indoor record in the deuce? Let’s see him beat Charles Eugster’s time in 50 years. Yes, the Web sensation (via viral video) also set an indoor WR at 200 at Poland Eurovets meet. As Athletics Weekly notes, “Charles Eugster broke his own world M95 200m […]

April 1, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment