Archive for July, 2017

Meet Steve Jarvis — world’s fastest M40 kidney transplant recipient

A local UK paper tells the amazing story of an M40 sprinter who has a leg up on 2018 Malaga worlds. In 2004, Steve Jarvis got a kidney from his mother (as detailed here). Originally a judo champ, he turned to track and the World Transplant Games, which recently were in Malaga. In Spain, he […]

July 19, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Dave Albo laps field when it comes to masters track shots at LSU

Dave Albo was among the youngest M60s in the 400-meter dash at LSU nationals. He squeaked into the final with an eighth-place 68.85. In the final, Ben James won his 5,000th national one-lap title at 58.43 with Dave nearly 10 seconds behind at 68.12. But Dave’s shutter speed and masterful eye made him a champion […]

July 18, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

M60 walker Scott McPherson handed 4-year doping suspension

Scott McPherson, an M60 race walker, is the latest masters athlete to be penalized for doping. USADA announced Monday that Scott — who took fifth in the 3K and 10K walks at Daegu worlds — tested positive at Albuquerque indoor nationals for “presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites.” He was the […]

July 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  20 Comments

Bob Lida sets second M80 sprint record; Karnell Vickers was a beast

According to weather charts, LSU nationals dodged a bullet — rain — on Day 4, giving sprinters and middle distance runners good footing and field-eventers a chance to breathe outdoor air. Also a slew of relay records. (Results here.) Sunday’s highlights included Bob Lida nipping Payton Jordan’s 20-year-old American record in the M80 200, clocking […]

July 16, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

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  4 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