Archive for January, 2016

IAAF Portland men’s 800 race: Battle of 3 world-record holders

With the Lyon gold and silver medalists and a 1500-meter indoor WR man joining Hall of Famer Nolan Shaheed, the men’s 800 masters exhibition at IAAF Portland worlds should be a doozy. At least three have set world records. Top seed in the March 19 race is Ireland’s Joe Gough, the M60 800 WR man, […]

January 31, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

3 Americans make field for IAAF Portland indoor 800 exhibition

American Lesley Chaplin and Britain’s Karen Brooks, who took 2-3 at Lyon worlds in the W55 800, headline the masters invitational 800 at IAAF Portland worlds on March 19. Lesley is one of three Yanks in the elite-woman field, joined by Julie Hayden and Cheryl Bellaire. The Lyon champion, Karin Wåhlstedt of Sweden, apparently didn’t […]

January 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Should masters be allowed to take testosterone under a TUE?

USATF Masters T&F national Chairman Gary Snyder replied Friday to my query on the Greg Pizza HRT case. Gary wrote: “After reading NMN, Times and MTF, it once again becomes apparent there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding regarding banned ‘stuff.’ I would support a change, but any change must be across the board […]

January 29, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  51 Comments

Masters trackster of Malta went from Euro 35th to Lyon fourths

M40 sprinter Rachid Chouhal of Malta had a busy year in 2015. He competed in the European Indoor Athletics Championships (the open meet) and also Lyon worlds. He didn’t do so hot against the pups in Prague, taking 35th of 37 in the 60-meter dash (7.06 seconds). But he managed fourth in the Lyon 100 […]

January 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Facing 4-year ban, Greg Pizza makes call to arms: Fight USADA

My Striders teammate Greg Pizza, 62, reveals in National Masters News that he’s facing a four-year drug ban after testing positive for testosterone at Jacksonville nationals in July. (He was tapped after taking third in the 100.) In a Times of San Diego article posted Wednesday night, I added the NMN piece as well as […]

January 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  67 Comments

M70 Glyn Sutton adds indoor 60 best to his 200 WR from Lyon

Glyn Sutton ran an amazing 200 to win one of his three M70 golds at Lyon. He clocked 26.47 (a time I haven’t seen since about age 44.) On Saturday, he notched another WR, this time at a meet in Cardiff. “Delighted to announce another world record,” Glyn posted on Facebook. “This time breaking the […]

January 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

USA Masters Games in North Carolina: latest USATF challenger

Hooboy. On top of the National Senior Games, the World Masters Games and other regional meets like the Americas Masters Games 2016 in Vancouver, add another upstart: the USA Masters Games. I wasn’t aware of this until Monday night. Saw it on the T&FN homepage. This 20-sport event (including track and field for age 21 […]

January 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Bill Collins after WR: ‘I will never fully recover’ from Guillain-Barre

Bill Collins didn’t expect to break his friend and Houston Elite teammate’s indoor world record for 200 meters a couple weekends ago. But Charles Allie’s M65 mark fell anyway at Texas A&M — in 25.25 seconds out of lane 2. “This was a practice meet for us, and I had no idea we would run […]

January 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Mark Williams runs away from Hartshorne M40 elite mile field

Lapping a runner on the last of eight circuits, Mark Williams conquered a storm-weakened field Saturday to win the M40 elite race of the 49th Hartshorne Masters Mile at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Clocking 4:33.04, Mark, 43, stretched out his lead every lap as Peter Taylor narrated the race. See results for all […]

January 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Back to being Bill Collins: Legend blasts M65 WR at indoor 200

Masters Hall of Famer Bill Collins quietly turned 65 in late November. But he made a big noise on Jan. 16 at a Texas A&M indoor meet, lowering the world record for 200 meters held by his friend Charles Allie. The listed WR is 25.41. Bill clocked 25.25, which age-grades to 19.68 as an open […]

January 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  24 Comments