Archive for September, 2016

Cute beyond words: Grandparent-grandchild relay at San Diego

A tradition at Senior Games in Pasadena, San Diego and elsewhere is the Grandparent-Grandchild Relay, which usually involves kids running 50 meters and touching hands with Grandma or Grandpa, who race back to the start. But at Sunday’s San Diego Mesa College meet, a 3-year-old named Ellie stole the show. She started in a down […]

September 18, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

John Seto seeks sponsors for mastersrankings.com: Spread word

John Seto is throwing a wider net to fund mastersrankings.com. He’s looking for corporate sponsors. He also writes: “The [$25 a year minimum] membership program has yielded results so far ($39.3K) which covered D&O plus liability insurance in early August plus paid some of the owed license fees. My goal was $75K raised by the […]

September 16, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Teaching an old WR man new tricks: Earl Fee becomes a jumper

Earl Fee wrote the book on becoming a masters track champion (actually two or three). Now at M85, he’s writing a new chapter in his storied career — becoming a high jumper and long jumper. Gotta love it. He cleared 1.05 (3-5 1/4) at Michigan nationals. His local paper tells how and why: “At 87, […]

September 15, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

WR man Charles Eugster will have rivals in M95 sprints at Perth

M95 sprint star Charles Eugster is focus of a BBC story and video, and he’s as funny as he is fast. (He holds several sprint WRs.) “Even at 87, I wanted an Adonis body, in order to turn the heads of the sexy, young 70-year-old girls on the beach,” he says. “I wanted a six-pack, […]

September 14, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

British masters nationals urges entrants to keep cool amid squeeze

According to Mike de Silva on Facebook,‎ 808 athletes have entered British masters nationals Sept. 17-18 at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham — the second-highest turnout ever. He adds: “More than 100 volunteer officials will arrive at the Stadium at 08.30 on Saturday and most will work through to 19.00. 08.30 to 18.00 on Sunday. Some […]

September 13, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Bernard Lagat hanging up spikes? He’s too young to quit WR chase

Letsrun.com and IAAF have posted tributes to Bernard “Kip” Lagat, saying his 3000 runner-up showing a few Saturdays ago in Berlin was the last track race of his career. “I have no regrets,” Kip told SPIKES, which said: “The 41-year-old is reflecting on two decades of international running during which he has won a whopping […]

September 12, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

What a birthday celebration! German sets M50 pentathlon WR

Germany’s Thomas Stewens turned 50 on Saturday and claimed the WR in the outdoor pent. Thomas scored 3886 points to beat the listed M50 WR of 3834 by Austria’s Georg Werthner in 2006. Here’s how our friend Alfred Hermes broke the news: “Thomas Stewen (M50, TV Bad Vilbel) reached at the German Senior Pentathlon Championships […]

September 11, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

W70 thrower Cindy Wyatt joins Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

W70 thrower Cindy Wyatt, who won shot and discus at Michigan nationals, has a new title to celebrate. In October, she’s being inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. “All join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those who starred in and around the Buffalo Niagara region during their playing […]

September 10, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Art Parry claims another indoor pole vault WR at Fort Collins

A couple weekends back, I got word that Arthur “Art” Parry vaulted 3.35 meters (10-11 3/4) for an M70 indoor world record at the Rocky Mountain Masters Games. Apparently, it’s a tradition at Colorado State to hold the event indoors. In fact, Art set the M65 WR there in 2011. Friday, I got the results (see […]

September 9, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Johnny Appleseed of vaulting looks to plant a new Florida home

Joe Johnston, our favorite East Coast vault maniac, is the subject of a new profile by the Orlando Sentinel. (Here’s one from 2011.) This week’s story reviews the history of his backyard “Joe Dome” vault center. But it’s in disrepair and “critters” are using it to crash. So now he’s looking to build an indoor […]

September 8, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment