Archive for January, 2017

2 American records fall at USATF indoor masters hep nationals

Two years after setting an M40 American record in the indoor heptathlon, Jeferson Souza of Miami upped it over the weekend with a score of 5055 — 45 above his listed AR. He can credit competition from Mike Kuoppamaki, a San Diego coach and chiropractor with solid all-time PRs, including 7451 in the decathlon. Mike […]

January 31, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Sonja Friend-Uhl thought 9:50 possible for 3000 before W45 AR

In the early summer of 1984, 12-year-old Sonja Friend ran a 400 meters in the ARCO Jesse Owens Games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Months later, she recalled watching Joanie Benoit on TV, winning the 1984 Olympic marathon at the same site. On Saturday, Sonja Friend-Uhl broke Joan’s American record for 3000 meters in the […]

January 30, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Indoor WRs reported for M80 Bob Lida and M45 Anthony Whiteman

According to results and a tweet, Bob Lida of Kansas has his first M80 world record — in the 200 — and Britain’s Anthony Whiteman has taken down the M45 WR in the 800 by more than a second. Despite a URL with 2016 in it, Bob is denoted as 80 in these results from […]

January 29, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Sonja Friend-Uhl’s 3000 AR, Peter Brady’s mile top Boston marks

Boston was veddy veddy good to masters over the weekend. On Friday, Sonja Friend-Uhl ran 3000 meters at Boston University in 9:53.04 to shatter the listed W45 American record of 10:02.55 (at 2003 Boston nationals) by Olympic champ Joan (Benoit) Samuelson. (See results here.) On Saturday, a masters mile kicked off the New Balance Grand […]

January 28, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Jeff Laynes submits American record 7.02 as M45 time for nationals

Former world-class sprinter Jeff Laynes — whose 10.50 in 2011 in the 100 should be an M40 American record (but isn’t) — is back for another go at indoor nationals. Last year at ABQ, he was edged in the 60 and 200 by Karnell Vickers, now M50 but not entered. So Jeff has M45 to […]

January 27, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Karl Smith smashes WR in 60 hurdles at Southeast Region meet

Some great marks emerge in results of last Sunday’s USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Championships at JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem. At 44, Jeff Mack should be biding his time for M45. But no — he scorched a 60 in 7.12 and 200 in 23.34. M70 record-holder Ty Brown had a great double in the 60 […]

January 26, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

No deluge of Daegu entries? Sign-up deadline extended a week

In a sign that entries aren’t flooding in, Daegu has pushed back its entry deadline for WMA indoor worlds by eight days — to Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Not a shock. Happens all of the time. So why don’t they just pick a drop-dead deadline to begin with, and not play this game? In any […]

January 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  19 Comments

Roland Gröger adds to his 400 legend with M50 indoor WR 51.92

Germany’s Roland Gröger broke 52 (his age) over the weekend in an indoor 400, shattering his own listed M50 world record of 52.39 two years ago. Daniele Biffi, Roland’s coach, sent video of the 51.92 Berlin effort on a banked track. He beat a taller kid in his mid-20s. (See results here.) I asked Daniel […]

January 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Masters media chair Bob Weiner asks questions at White House

Bob Weiner, recently re-elected as chair of the USATF National Masters Media Committee, also hangs onto his White House press credential. At Sean Spicer’s first full press conference Monday as President Trump’s press secretary, Bob asked two questions from the back of the room. His Social Security query (of interest to masters tracksters of a […]

January 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Credit Trautman with an assist for Kevin Burke in masters mile field

Kevin Burke, who was 43 in October, is entered in the masters mile at this coming Saturday’s New Balance Games in Boston. That’s not the news. The cool part is how much Kevin is cherishing his experience and how he came to get it. The Buffalo News reports that Kevin got a kickstart from his […]

January 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments