Archive for November, 2015

Myrle Mensey invites masters to throw at meet, camp for girls

World champion and Hall of Famer Myrle Mensey is throwing herself into her Throwing and Growing Foundation event — her annual December camp and competition in St. Louis. She writes of the Dec. 28-29 event: “My camp is for females only — youth, open and masters. Events are shot, weight and superweight for masters.  Masters […]

November 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Nobody is bidding to host 2018 masters outdoor nationals

Robert Thomas, the M45 quarter-miler out of Indiana, was quick to reply to a query Sunday. He writes that USATF masters have only had two bidders for 2018 indoor nationals — Winston Salem and Landover. But “no outdoor bidders this year,” he says. “So we will bid 2018 and 2019 outdoors next year in Orlando” […]

November 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  36 Comments

Sub-4 miler Anthony Whiteman looking forward to M45 in 2016

Anthony Whiteman, the first outdoor sub-4 miler over 40, is profiled nicely in Athletics Weekly. He reveals his training habits and notes that he rarely runs roads slower than 6-minute-mile pace. Ruth Jones quotes Anthony: “I progress to the M45 age category in November next year. That’s my focus. I know my body better now. […]

November 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Erin Taylor-Talcott, 37, is USATF Athlete of the Week for 50K walk

Hey, we’ll take it. Erin Taylor-Talcott doesn’t consider herself a masters walker. But she’s of the age. In the wake of her WR-eligible 50K walk Sunday near San Diego (which I wrote about), Erin has been named USATF Athlete of the Week. “Talcott (Oswego, New York), a long-time advocate for allowing women to compete at […]

November 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Eurovets take M105 plunge, ratify first record in that age group

Remember my getting hot and bothered by the Japanese gent claiming an M105 world record in the 100? One problem is our governing bodies didn’t get around to recognizing Stanislaw Kowalski as the real WR man. Now they have. Well, at least the Eurovets. Our Polish correspondendent Janusz Nath shares a note from Wacław Krankowski, […]

November 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Thanks to all our readers and lively commenters after 5,000 posts

I’m thankful for my mom and dad (both living). They gave me skinny genes. I’m thankful for my wife, who supports my trackstar ambitions. I’m thankful for meet directors, USATF officials and my elite teammates in the Southern California Striders for treating me as an equal. (How elite? Candidates for the top award of the […]

November 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Awaiting first claimant of masters world record in the monkey run

Kenichi Ito has lowered his own world record in the 100 at age 32. You may not have heard of this Japanese gent because his event is running on all fours – monkey style. This month at Komazawa Olympic Park Athletic Field in Tokyo, he covered the distance in 15.71 seconds. “According to The Telegraph, […]

November 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

New Zealand’s Rough is a diamond Down Under: two W75 NRs

Kiwi media report a couple New Zealand national records at the South Island champs over the weekend — all by W75 Myrtle Rough. She ran 1500 in 7:01.64 and 5000 in 26:04.40. By comparison, the American records in that age group are 6:41.88 by Jeanne Daprano and 26:55.11 by Mary Harada. The listed WRs are […]

November 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Winter track meets begin soon in San Diego. Sorry, frozen friends

Rick Reaser at San Diego State University reminds us that track season is eternal — at least in warmer climes. His annual Red and Black meet Saturday, Dec. 5, is masters-friendly and cheap. (Check out details here.) The SDSU meet is the first of three in the local USATF Winter Track Classic Series, with all-you-can-eat […]

November 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Update: M60 hurdler Hahn expects 2-year term after guilty plea

Bob Hahn, my longtime hurdler friend, once told his local paper that he’s two-dimensional. “I don’t hunt, fish, play golf — just insurance and track,” he said. Now I’m pained to say he has a third dimension: criminal fraudster. On Friday, I was shocked to learn that he had pleaded guilty in a case called […]

November 21, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments