Archive for August, 2017

Kathy Martin’s 2 WRs at Toronto highlight Team USA at WMA meet

Bob Weiner, USATF national masters media director, writes what I didn’t have time to. Bless him (and Jeff Brower and Mary Trotto who helped with the stats). “Masters are on a tear! Master Chair Rex Harvey wants the USATF Masters to be the number one masters track and field team in the world, and it […]

August 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

I stand with the alt-left: So should masters track and field community

With the certainty of offending and losing some readers, I want to say something about our M70 president and his failure to show moral clarity on the Charlottesville horror. Tuesday’s press conference — in which Trump said “both sides” share blame for Saturday’s death and injuries — was sickening and shameful. But my disgust — […]

August 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  54 Comments

Bob Lida lowers own M80 ARs in 200/400 at Toronto WMA meet

London wasn’t the only great meet over the weekend. Toronto WMA regionals had some tight competition, especially in the sprints. And with W75 Carol LaFayette-Boyd in the mix, she’s eligible for WMA Best Athlete consideration for her record-setting season. We also finally saw Olympian Walter Dix run a masters 200. He clocked 21.30 to win […]

August 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Anthony Whiteman claims M45 outdoor mile WR with insane 4:10.0

Sub-4 masters mile legend Anthony Whiteman, who turned 45 in November, finally found an outdoor mile race. Saturday at the “Night of Endurance” at Leckwith Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, he predicted a 4:05. Pretty gutsy, since the listed M45 WR is Tony Young’s 4:16.09 from 2008. But Tony tore through four laps in a hand-timed […]

August 12, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Gia Lewis-Smallwood bows at London, but her mark beats W35 AR

Gia Lewis-Smallwood, 38, had a bad day at the office. She failed to advance to the discus finals of IAAF London worlds, despite being the American record-holder at 69.17 (226-11), which she did at age 35 in 2014. But now it’s time for my recurring rant. Why isn’t she also the W35 American record-holder? Carol […]

August 11, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Angela Copson WRs stamp her as favorite for WMA Female AofY

So who’s going to challenge W70 Angela Copson of Britain for WMA Best Athlete of the Year? As her local paper reports: “Angela Copson came away with six individual gold medals and two team silvers from the European Masters Championships at Aarhus in Denmark last week. The Rugby & Northampton AC star is in her […]

August 10, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Neni Lewis leads record barrage with 3 ARs at Throws Nationals

W55 Neni [knee-knee] Lewis, who’s battled injuries over the years, set three American records last weekend at the USATF Masters Throws Championships in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ten ARs were set overall at a meet described by Jerry Book-Weiner as having intermittent heavy rain on Saturday and gorgeous weather on Sunday. Jerry says 94 took part in […]

August 9, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Meet Ruben Whitney, saying farewell to his M35 USA 100 record

In response to an email, Ruben Whitney gave me a call Monday morning. Yes, THE Ruben Whitney — holder since 1980 of the M35 American record of 10.3 seconds for 100 meters. By inattention, ignorance and incompetence, at least seven Yanks besides Justin Gatlin who ran sub-10.3 have failed to get credit for beating Ruben’s […]

August 7, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Nearly 80 Americans set for Toronto are world or national champs

Bob Weiner’s news release on WMA Toronto regionals includes a nifty chart by Mary Trotto noting the Yanks with current world or national titles — 77 by her count. “In addition to USA and Canada, nations represented at the meet include Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Belize, Panama, Trinidad and […]

August 6, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Clock starts! When will the M35 records for 100 meters be updated?

The August 1980 issue of National Masters News carried this buried item on page 3: “Bill Seldon reports that on June 14 Ruben Whitney of San Antonio, Texas, tied the 35-39 world mark for the 100. Whitney’s 10.3 would break the existing American mark of 10.4. set by Mel Pender in 1973. It would tie […]

August 5, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments