Archive for April, 2017

Meet North Carolina’s Musa Gwanzura: Daegu silver medalist in 3K

At 2015 indoor nationals, M40 Musa Gwanzura made up a 20-yard gap on the last lap to win the 3000 in 9:08.88. (See the video.) No wonder he made it look easy. He’s a former 4:04 miler who helped Abilene Christian win an NCAA Div. II indoor title in the late 1990s. Now he’s getting […]

April 19, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Joy Upshaw replaces Mark Cleary as head of masters exhibitions

Mark Cleary has lost his USATF role as coordinator of the Masters Invitational Program. Rex Harvey, the new national masters T&F chair, says Joy Upshaw will take over in a newly reconfigured Exhibition Events program. I’m hoping to learn details on this soon. Mark — who had run the program for better or worse since […]

April 18, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Peter Snell entered in World Masters Games (just the wrong sport)

M75 Olympian Peter Snell, one of New Zealand’s greatest middle-distance runners, says he and his wife, Miki, will compete at the World Masters Games in Auckland opening Friday. Too bad it’s only in table tennis. At least we have W100 sprinter Man Kaur to cheer. The New Zealand Herald reports: “Man Kaur has travelled more […]

April 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Southwest Sprinters double at Mt. SAC; Duff barely misses sub-2

At 47, world champion sprinter Reggie Pendland is way too young to be talking about “bucket lists.” But I get what he means when he says he’s always wanted to run at the Mt. SAC Relays. Even through the meet is away from Hilmer Lodge Stadium for the second year in a row (while it’s […]

April 16, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Dysfunction in the Eurovets: Kaschke clueless on WMA bidders

Like World Masters Athletics, the Eurovets hold general assemblies. I’ve obtained the booklet for one such gathering at the March 2016 indoor championships in Ancona, Italy. Notable on Page 10 of the EMA booklet are these “final comments” on the 2015 Lyon world meet. EMA President Kurt Kaschke of Germany writes: “Lyon had a great […]

April 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

W65 pair seeking $1,000 WR pay days at Sierra Gold Masters meet

Taking a page from kiddie track, the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival on May 20 is offering prize money for records — $1,000 for WRs and $500 for ARs (with a maximum of $1,000). At least two entrants have a good shot — W65s Kathy Martin in the mile and Myrle Mensey in […]

April 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Toronto to host WMA Regional Championships after Juarez bonks

Canada to the rescue! The NCCWMA regional masters championships will be held in Toronto, taking over at the last minute from Juarez, Mexico, which bailed last week. Official word on the rescue came Thursday morning via Doug “Shaggy” Smith, the camera-toting, steeplechase-running president of Ontario Masters Athletics. Doug writes: “The NCCWMA Executive contacted me last […]

April 13, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Secret German ‘Common Intention Declaration’ a threat to WMA?

Germans are touchy about dictators — for good reason. But a document I recently obtained suggests their track federation demands total subservience when it comes to the Eurovets — aka European Masters Athletics. Already the powerhouse of masters track on the Old Continent, the DLV (German Athletics Federation) has a 500-word “Common Intention Declaration” that […]

April 12, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Malaga 2018 worlds may let athletes talk back to WMA leadership

World Masters Athletics started as an athlete-driven group called WAVA, fiercely defending the right of every over-35 woman and over-40 man (at the time) to compete at worlds. But the late Al Sheahen sensed an upside-down change — with WMA leadership taking on the trappings of royalty. (Read his still-relevant “Which Way, WMA?“ from 2001. […]

April 11, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Hayward Masters Classic returns in late April at famed Oregon track

The Eugene Register-Guard reports: “Masters track meet: The early registration deadline for the 35th annual Hayward Classic is April 17. The meet, organized by Oregon Track Club Masters, is April 30 at Hayward Field. It is open to adults 30 and older, and offers a full slate of running, throwing and jumping events. Late entries […]

April 10, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments