Archive for May, 2016

Allen Woodard anchors M45 4×4 relay WR in astonishing 47.5

M45 supersprinter Allen Woodard warmed up with a 49.38 in the 400 Sunday at Langston Hughes High School near Atlanta. Then he and three others destroyed the listed M45 world record in the 4×400 relay set by an all-star team at 2011 Sacramento worlds. Allen anchored with a running start 47.5, he says, providing a […]

May 31, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Germany’s Rolf Geese grinds up Yank’s M70 WR in decathlon

Last time I saw Rolf Geese he was making mincemeat of the M65 world record in the decathlon. That was at 2009 Lahti worlds. Now he’s back in M70, doing the same. According to these results from a Stendal meet, Rolf scored 7943 points to crush the listed world record of 7678 by American Phil […]

May 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Willie Banks claims M60 American record in high jump at SCA

Two months after turning 60, National T&F Hall of Famer Willie Banks straddled 1.73 meters (5-8) for his first American M60 record. He topped the listed AR of 1.72 (5-7¾) by fellow San Diego County jumper Phil Fehlen in 1998. I’ve heard that his was one of two ARs set at Saturday’s USATF Southern California […]

May 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

USATF fires entire national Youth Committee in vendor dispute

USATF’s Masters Track & Field Executive Committee, led by chairman Gary Snyder, has its moments of drama. But nothing like the Youth Executive Committee. Or should we say former committee. On Wednesday, Indy HQ fired the youth overseers. “Since January, the USATF National Office and its volunteer Youth Executive Committee have been in a dispute […]

May 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

ESPN discovers Adam Nelson talking about 4th Olympic Games

ESPN reports on an open secret — that Adam Nelson, who turned 40 last July, is shooting for his fourth Olympic Games. That’s not news to this humble blog. We reported last September that he was targeting Brian Oldfield’s 70-3 WR in the M40 shot (same 16-pound ball that elites throw). He has work to […]

May 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Germany’s Norbert Demmel ups M50 WR in throws pentathlon

Our German blogger friend Alfred Hermes reports a sensational WR in the M50 throws pentathlon. According to these results, countryman Norbert Demmel scored 4,696 about 10 days ago to beat the listed WR of 4,590 by Britain’s Stephen Whyte in 2014. Norby’s marks were 6kg shot 16.18 meters (53-1), 6kg hammer 52.51 (172-3 1/4), 1.5kg […]

May 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Celebrating India’s M90 walk champion Vallabhajosyula Sriramulu

It’s the habit of India’s papers to abbreviate first names. That’s what happened when The Hindu profiled Vallabhajosyula Sriramulu. He’s 92 and does the race walk, winning the 5K event at the Asian WMA regionals. But the paper referred to him as “V. Sriramulu.” No matter. At least we get the full dope on his […]

May 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

W70 Toy Ungerer sweeps all 3 sprints at South African nationals

Toy Ungerer, a South African star who medaled at least three times at Sacramento worlds, was the queen of the sprints last weekend at her country’s masters nationals in Pretoria. She won the 100, 200 and 400 in great times of 15.66, 32.26 and 1:18.44. M80 Monty Hacker was the top male sprinter, clocking 15.47 […]

May 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

The whole story behind Ella Mae Colbert’s 100 WR at age 100

You’ve seen the video. Now read the backstory. On Friday, I spent nearly 20 minutes on the phone with Paul Humphries, the 42-year-old football coach nephew of Ella Mae Colbert, who broke Ida Keeling’s W100 WR in the Penn Relays 100. Paul hatched the plot to get “Miss Ella Mae” onto the track. He’s also […]

May 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Indonesian W35 short hurdler aims to qualify for Rio Olympics

It’s a long shot, but Indonesia’s Dedeh Erawati, 36, “is not giving up hope of qualifying for August’s Rio Olympics,” said a national paper. She used the recent Asia Masters Athletics Championships as a tuneup. “The three-time South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medallist (2007, 2009 and 2013) and Asian Games bronze medallist (2009) stepped up […]

May 20, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments