Archive for June, 2017

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  5 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  7 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

2 birthdays, 2 WRs: M85 David Carr and W50 Nicole Weiling-Dissel

Setting a world record is special. Setting a WR on your birthday is incredible. So what do we make of this? Back-to-back WRs while aging up! On June 15, many time world champion David Carr of Western Australia ran 1500 meters in 6:27.3 on his 85th birthday at the Ern Clark Athletics Centre. That beat […]

June 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Kevin Castille crushes one of the oldest masters WRs on the books

In 1982, French Olympian Lucien Rault set the M45 world record in the 5000 of 14:23.6. It wasn’t a surprise. He’d run the 10K in the 1976 Olympics in 29:40.76 at age 40. But the shocker is that Lucien’s time would hold up as the WR for 35 years. Now we have Kevin Castille claiming […]

June 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

No discus records for M50, M60, but Grimes, Gault fast at West L.A.

Results of the June 10 Wine Country Games in Santa Rosa show that M50 Cameron Bolles and M60 Ralph Fruguglietti fell short of their American record goals in the discus. But they both threw pretty damn far — 57.85 (189-9) for Cameron and 54.59 (179-1) for Ralph. Not sure of the conditions, which matter in […]

June 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments