Archive for December, 2017

Q&A with WR man Gary Patton: Hall of Famer was a late bloomer

I’ve seen barrel-chested Gary Patton run many times, but never buttonholed him for a chat. He had a game face up or was warming down. But after he added an M70 mile indoor WR and was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame, I had no choice. I emailed him and he graciously consented to […]

December 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

USATF Masters Inclusion Subcommittee explained: Q&A with chair

Some have noted a new group in the masters universe — the USATF Masters Inclusion Subcommittee. But it’s not really new, having succeeded the Masters Diversity Committee. No matter the name, its mission is still a mystery to many. So I sent questions to its chair, George Melichar. He graciously replied Wednesday. “I work in […]

December 13, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

In NYC, Gary Patton pulverizes 30-year-old M70 indoor mile WR

His mile was worth an age-graded 4:00.3, but Gary Patton isn’t sweating how close he came to virtual sub-4. At last Thursday’s Armory track races in New York City, Gary at nearly 72 was the 49th of 73 male finishers when he clocked a 5:29.81 to beat the listed M70 indoor WR of 5:32.4 by […]

December 12, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Ted Ensslin dies at 90; was pioneering masters meet organizer

Ted Ensslin, a pioneer masters athlete and meet organizer based in the Central California town of Porterville, died Nov. 30 in Gilbert, Arizona. He was 90 and much-honored by his hometown. My masters track friend Roger Drummond wrote me: “Ted competed in multi events in masters meets for many years. He was instrumental in organizing […]

December 11, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Linda Cohn calls shot, sets W65 javelin WR after advance work

Setting a masters world record takes a lot of work — training, supreme talent and a little luck. But Linda Cohn went a step further — making an all-comers meet into a record-eligible meet for the javelin. Starting in mid-November, she was making sure the Dec. 9 Red-Black open meet at San Diego State University […]

December 9, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  15 Comments

When will Kim Collins be recognized as the M40 WR man at 60m?

Kim Collins is still making money running fast in his skivvies at age 41. Now the IAAF reports he’ll make his seventh appearance at the PSD Bank Meeting “when he lines up for the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Dusseldorf on 6 February 2018. … Collins, the 2003 world 100m champion […]

December 8, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Deadline is Friday for Oceania WMA regional meet, open to all

Mastersrankings.com reminds us that the deadline to enter the late-January Oceania WMA regional meet in New Zealand is Friday, Dec. 8. Americans are welcome. Especially their money, because the point is tourism. (See the travelogue video below.) Fees are very reasonable: $80 to register, and $10 per event or $15 per multi-event. Also noted: “Athletes […]

December 6, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Bob Lida: Honoring M80 as Masters AoY ‘bodes well for the future’

M80 Bob Lida, my fellow Jayhawk, is not only a stellar sprinter but also a top-notch wit. I wrote him for reaction to his second USATF Masters Athlete of the Year award, and he had some clever replies. Asked for his advice, he said: “As you get older, pay attention to muscle mass; somewhere along […]

December 6, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Malaga money and Snyder candidacy: Big news on WMA worlds

Rex Harvey is thinking big — hoping to get more elite USATF masters to 2018 Malaga worlds. Our national masters chair wants to adopt the kiddies’ “No. 1 track team in the world” motto for masters. But this could cost USATF $200,000 — to subsidize travel and reward medalists — and it’s a long shot. […]

December 5, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

John Seto among 5 inducted into 2017 Masters Track Hall of Fame

Six age-group greats, and a great administrator, are newly minted Hall of Famers. Committee chair Mary Trotto released the list Sunday night after taking part in the USATF annual meeting in Ohio. She writes: “The following athletes and an administrator have been approved, at the annual convention by the Masters Track and Field committee members, […]

December 3, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments