Archive for June, 2017

Brent Cottong tells rest of the story about USATF ‘Dream Day’ 400

For the record, M45 Antoine Batiste didn’t take last (in 59.80) at the USATF nationals 400-meter exhibition in Sacramento (as I reported earlier, having transcribed the results ineptly). Now I’m proud to present the true seventh-place finisher: 60-year-old Brent Cottong, who indeed beat his age. (He ranks third in the world this season.) But Brent […]

June 30, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

W60 newbie Carol Finsrud adds WRs in discus, throws pentathlon

Carol Finsrud, who entered the USATF Masters Hall of Fame 10 years ago, turned 60 in February, and she’s taking full advantage of her new age group. Also home-field advantage. Last weekend, she set two world records at her donated Atlas Field venue near her home in Lockhart, Texas. According to results from a Texas […]

June 29, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Ruebel, Souza, Stephanie ‘Beast’ Colby star at hep-dec nationals

Four dozen combined-eventers competed last weekend at USATF masters nationals in hep and decs at Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, including five women in the decathlon. Meet Director for Life Jeff Watry, second in the M60 dec, writes that conditions were “breezy but very good weather both days — cool at start of day — mild and […]

June 28, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Set DVR to tape National Geographic Explorer at 10 p.m. Monday

In late April, I was contacted by a documentary filmmaker shooting a short about the 119-year-old (bogus) sprinter in India, Dharam Singh. I gave my thoughts to a film crew for three hours at the San Diego State University track. Tonight (Monday), their efforts will be shown on the “Explorer” series of National Geographic Channel. […]

June 26, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Dussett, Henry win USATF masters 400s; Gröger goes sub-51 at 52

Antwon Dussett easily won the masters men’s 400 exhibition Sunday at Sacto open nationals, clocking an M40 world leading 49.01. (No. 2 is 50.13 by a Brazilian.) His mark is less than six-tenths of a second off the listed American record of 48.44 by James King in 1989. Nice! The women’s winner was W40 Angee […]

June 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Charlie Rader’s big confidence-booster: 5-3 high jump at age 69

Charlie Rader is 69. He once held the M45 American record in the high jump, doing the straddle. On Saturday at the USA Masters Games at UC San Diego, he delighted himself by clearing 1.60 meters (5-3) — his best mark since 2014. More important: He’s on a roll toward challenging the listed M70 world […]

June 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

USATF buries word of masters exhibition 400s at nationals Sunday

Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, between the semifinals of the women’s 200 and men’s high hurdles, packed fields of masters quarter-milers — women and men — take the stage at USATF open nationals. But online that stage has barely any spotlight. The 400s aren’t mentioned on the USATF results site. The entries aren’t listed on the […]

June 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Need relays, poles at LSU nationals? USATF pair have you covered

Aiming to improve the mid-July Baton Rouge nationals, USATF officials Jeff Brower and Bill Murray are working hard behind the scenes. Jeff sends word that he’s created this online tool for people looking to join a 4×100, 4×400 or 4×800 at LSU. Also the shuttle hurdles. (You can form an “ad hoc” foursome if you […]

June 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Meet Todd Straka, threat to beat Nolan Shaheed’s M50 mile WR

Buried in the open mile results of the Music City Distance Carnival nearly two weeks ago is a fifth-place 4:26.39 by Todd Straka. The Nashville results don’t reveal two key things: Todd is 50, and his time is less than 2 seconds off Nolan Shaheed’s listed world record of 4:25.04 from 2001. So yowza! I […]

June 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

USA Masters Games boasts big names, return of M60 Greg Pizza

The USA Masters Games come to UC San Diego on Saturday and Sunday, and the entry list is slim. But major names are entered, including M70 Steve Robbins (a former San Diegan) in the 100 and 200, M80 sprint gods Bob Lida and Bobby Whilden, M70 distance great Gary Patton (entered in the 8, 15 […]

June 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed