Archive for June, 2015

Reggie ‘Reg’ Austin dies at 78; pioneering world-record sprinter

Reginald “Reg” Austin, a professional Aussie sprinter who fought to compete in masters track and ended up setting a slew of records and winning many world titles, died Tuesday (June 30), say Australian sources including WMA President Stan Perkins. He was 78. Reggie was among a small number of athletes to compete in all of […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Historic marks: First M105 athlete is Poland’s Stanislaw Kowalski

Aside from the legend of Larry Lewis, the 106-year-old San Francisco waiter who supposedly ran exhibition sprints, we’ve never seen an M105 masters trackster. Until now. As expected, Stanislaw Kowalski of Poland competed after turning 105 in mid-April. The Polish track site shares details, including a records roundup at its masters nationals in Torun over […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Italians wrongly claim WR in M50 400 relay at Diamond League

Here’s what happens when typos creep into the record books. The Eurovets website is reporting that an Italian M50 relay team lowered the world record in the 4-by-100 to 44.65. (The mark came June 4 at the IAAF Golden Gala in Rome, part of the Diamond League series.) However, World Masters Athletics erringly lists a […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Doug Osland sets M60 decathlon AR in outsoaring a big field

Masters decathletes are lucky to find competition in their age group, so Doug Osland was especially fortunate over the weekend in Texas. Ten entered the M60 decathlon at the USATF National Masters Combined Events Championships at UT San Antonio. Eight finished. And with a stellar 7638 points, Doug demolished the listed American record of 7287 […]

June 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Keith Bateman turns 60, turns eyes on basketful of world bests

Shortly after Australia’s Keith Batemen turned 55, he announced his goals — five world age-group records. He delivered with WRs in the 1500 (4:12.35), mile (4:35.04), 3000 (8:56.80), 5000 (15:29.7) and 10,000 (31:51.86). Today (June 29) Keith turned 60, and in the run-up to aging up, he posted (on Facebook) his latest goals. Five more […]

June 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Rita Hanscom, Christel Donley set heptathlon WRs at nationals

Rita Hanscom knew about the new W60 heptathlon record going into the USATF National Masters Combined Event Championships ending Sunday at the University of Texas San Antonio. And knowledge is power. She proceeded to blast a world record in the event, scoring 6043 points. (See results here.) The listed WR (with the 500g javelin) is […]

June 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

George Hanson wins 3K at open nationals; Lagat trails open 5K

George Hanson, 40, won his second major masters exhibition race this month when he outdueled some big names at the masters 3,000 exhibition at USATF open nationals. Two weeks ago, George won the Portland Track Festival masters mile in 4:34. Sunday, he clocked 8:50.96. Minutes earlier, another 40-year-old, Bernard Lagat, took a disappointing 10th in […]

June 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Sonja Friend-Uhl takes 3K at Eugene; look for a record in 2016

Sonja Friend-Uhl won the women’s exhibition 3,000 meters Saturday morning at the USA open nationals in Eugene, Oregon. Her time of 9:48.16 was short of Carmen Troncoso’s W40 American record 9:27.45. but Sonja turns 45 in March and is a good bet to challenge the listed AR of 9:57.27 by Monica Joyce in 2004. (The […]

June 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Will Anne Sluder be denied her W40 U.S. pentathlon record?

Results have been posted for the big Southeastern Masters meet June 19-20. They confirm that M70 Ty Brown ran the 80-meter hurdles (not the 100s as printed) in a world record 12.69 seconds. That crushed the listed WR of 12.96 by Germany’s Arno Hamaekers in 2010. But a question mark hangs over a potential W40 […]

June 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

‘Super-Nicole’ in France claims four W55 dash WRs in one month

The French athletics site calls W55 sprinter Nicole Alexis “Super-Nicole.” That’s apt. She became the oldest woman to go sub-13 in the 100 and sub-27 in the 200 with several recent marks, topped by 12.80 on June 20 and 26.52 on June 21. The listed W55 world records are Phil Raschker’s 13.30 from 2002 and […]

June 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments