Archive for February, 2018

Hall of Famer Wendell Palmer dies at 85; ‘Coach’ set many WRs

A great man has left this earth. Sad word arrives that Masters Hall of Famer Wendell Palmer, known as “Coach,” who set more than 20 age-group WRs in his amazing throwing career, died Feb. 23 in his home of Pampa, Texas. The discus specialist was 85. “In 2002, Coach was inducted into the Texas Senior […]

February 28, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Nolan Shaheed loses M55 indoor mile WR to Guy Bracken in UK

Three weeks ago, the British Milers Club held an indoor meet at London’s Lee Valley track, contesting the mile and 3000. In Heat 3, a gent named Guy Bracken took second in 4:39.84. But it wasn’t until a week ago that news media revealed the import of that sub-4:40. It was an M55 world record, […]

February 26, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

WRs for Charles Allie, Ida Keeling, M70 4×4; new Sonja sub-5

WMA Prez Stan Perkins reports that voting has been completed on the 2017 World Masters Athletes of the Year, and says: “waiting for release statement.” Not a moment too soon. Athletes already are staking claims to 2018 AoY honors, topped by weekend world records by M70 Charles Allie, W100 Ida Keeling and an M70 4×400 […]

February 26, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

M65 Joe Gough of Ireland adds another indoor world record at 800

Irish middle-distance star Joe Gough on Thursday set an M65 world record for the indoor 800, according to his club — West Waterford AC — in a Facebook post. Joe, who was second in the masters 800 exhibition at IAAF Portland worlds in 2016, clocked 2:16.65 to nip the listed WR of 2:16.80 by Canadian […]

February 22, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Watch the scorching 200-meter masters races at Albuquerque

W40 social media star Stephanie Colby of Maryland made my day by uploading to YouTube her videos of the 200-meter masters exhibition races at Albuquerque over the weekend. First posted on Facebook, clips of races won by Kathy Bergen and Bob Lida weren’t viewable by all. Now we get a gander. I look forward to […]

February 20, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Lida, Bergen smoke younger fields at ABQ masters exhibitions

Ageless Bob Lida at 81 and Kathy Bergen at 78 dominated the masters exhibition races Sunday at ABQ indoor nationals, missing their own 200-meter world records by fractions. Kathy clocked 33.23 on the banked track at altitude – just off her listed WR of 33.06 in 2015. Bob broke the 30-second barrier again with his […]

February 18, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Indoor-Outdoor meet in Santa Ana returns Sunday with 30m dash

West Coast athletes interested in a tuneup for Landover indoor nationals are invited again to my friend Andy Hecker’s annual “Southern California Indoor Meet … Outdoors.” Andy writes: “I encourage same-day registration as I have for the last 30+ years … and keep demonstrating it can be done….Despite the $5 penalty for EARLY registration, I […]

February 16, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Carol Lafayette-Boyd takes down Kathy Bergen’s W75 WR for 60

Carol Lafayette-Boyd has to be fast to set W75 indoor world records in the long jump and triple jump, as she did last month. Now we know how fast. At the Regina Indoor Games last weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan, Carol clipped SoCal Kathy Bergen’s listed world record for 60 meters — clocking 9.40 seconds. Kathy […]

February 13, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Does USATF New York really want to discourage masters records?

Heat sheets are posted for this Sunday’s USATF New York and New Jersey Championships — an indoor dual meet at the Ocean Breeze track in Staten Island. But according to one athlete not on the list, a potential record-setting masters relay is being rebuffed. Stephen Gould, an M60 sprinter, says meet organizers are barring athletes […]

February 9, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Regional reporting delays WMA Athletes of the Year announcement

So who are the 2017 World Masters Athletes of the Year? A Feb. 5 announcement was promised, but WMA has been having trouble herding cats. WMA President Stan Perkins writes: “There have been delays in getting the nominations from regions – for a variety of reasons – and this has resulted in some nominations requiring […]

February 7, 2018   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments