Archive for July, 2017

Bill Collins, Julia Hawkins collect insurance WRs (both 2nd best)

Bill Collins guaranteed himself another world record Saturday. At LSU nationals, for the second time this season, he beat the listed M65 WR of 12.37 for 100 (by Steve Robbins and a Slovak) with his 12.34 into a 0.8 mps wind. At Penn in April, Bill zipped 12.33, which really should be vetted and posted […]

July 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

400s sizzle at LSU nationals, but rain/lightning hamper hurdlers

Another day of contrasts at LSU nationals. Day 2 saw American records in the M50 and M80 400-meter dashes — and a near-miss in M40 and W50. And lightning led meet officials to delay seven short-hurdles finals until Saturday morning, along with some throws. But USATF jumped the gun declaring M50 Khalid Mulazim’s 51.13 a […]

July 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Mensey, Friend-Uhl, Williams and crazy weather star at LSU Day 1

LSU’s facility was heaven. The weather was, well, hell. Hot and humid were the words most often seen on social media, describing Baton Rouge masters nationals, where Day 1 was Thursday (and results are here). And when lightning struck at the 50th nationals, people were told to drop metal objects and head indoors. Fortunately, events […]

July 13, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

‘Grandpa’ Bell poised at 95 to be Oldest Human Vaulter at nationals

Don Pellmann barely missed becoming the oldest vaulter in human history when, at age 100, he couldn’t time his leg pull at the 2015 San Diego Senior Olympics. Don’t expect the same mistake Saturday from William Bell. Now 95, the M90 WR man is a shoo-in for the debut WR in his age group. Proof […]

July 12, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Stephanie Colby in pole vault comeback eyes W40 USATF records

At 39, Stephanie Colby had her “welcome-to-masters” moment late last month when she ruptured her left Achilles tendon a few steps from a pole plant. She was hoping to set a W35 American record in the decathlon at the USATF Masters Combined Events Championships in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Steph asked meet maven Jeff Watry if […]

July 11, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Sizzling world records by Angela Copson, David Carr, Ingrid Meier

Results from Australia, Britain and Germany show some incredible world records being set in events from the 100 to 5,000. I noted Jane Horder’s W60 hurdle marks, but another British masters nationals star was W70 Angela Copson, whose 5000 mark of 20:56.13 crushed the listed WR of 21:34.08 by Aussie Lavinia Petrie in 2014. But […]

July 9, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Charles Ross dies at 94; war hero made relay, steeplechase history

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles G. Ross was an ironman in war and masters track who once said: “Every person is unique. Most don’t know what they can do until they try. I believe it’s better to try and fail than to not try.” Charles tried and excelled, and I’m sad to report that he’s […]

July 8, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Walter Dix, Julia Hawkins highlight LSU masters nationals in 100

LSU will be Speed City in mid-July when two big names compete at masters nationals. As noted in Bob Weiner’s latest meet preview, Olympian Walter Dix and Senior Olympian Julia Hawkins are entered. Walter has Olympic bronze in the 100 and 200 [thanks to two DQs]. Julia has something even more special — claims to […]

July 3, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Jane Horder clobbers W60 WR in 300 hurdles at least four times!

Jane Horder is a BEAST! While scanning results from the recent British masters nationals in Birmingham, I came across a stunning result — Jane’s 51.25 for 300-meter hurdles in W60, which would have easily won silver in the M60 event. And it beats the listed world record of 51.64 by Aussie Marge Alison at 2005 […]

July 2, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Tom VanZandt’s manifesto for elite track: Try pro tennis formula

Tom VanZandt of Redondo Beach, California, is a former masters high jump champion looking to raise the bar on pro track’s horizons. Using the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours as a model, he argues elite track and field (ET&F in his parlance) should have four or five times as many invitational meets as the […]

July 1, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments