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A belated cheer for Dave Bickel: Mt. SAC masters hammer champ

The least appreciated track and fieldsters? I nominate hammer throwers. So thankfully, Joy Upshaw sent me some shots of the masters throwers at the Mt. SAC Relays, who competed Saturday morning while I was driving up from San Diego. To recap: M40 David Bickel won the masters hammer event at Mt. SAC with a best […]

April 18, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Ashford runs 42-inch highs in 15.54 at Mt. SAC Relays

David Ashford can three-step the highs at age 45. No, I mean the HIGH highs. Competing in a university/open heat today at the Mt. SAC Relays east of Los Angeles, David came close to the listed, unofficial single-age WR for 42-inch hurdles of 15.2 with his 15.54 in a three-man heat. But David can claim […]

April 18, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

It’s Kingdom vs. Ashford for ‘greatest masters hurdler’

Roger Kingdom last September issued a challenge: Come to my April 21 meet, and let’s see who’s the best masters hurdler. Despite six world-class M40 or M35 hurdlers expressing interest at first in the event — only one will show up: M40 world champion David Ashford. Roger writes: “Right now only David and I are […]

April 17, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Ashford is king of masters hurdlers

On a fortuitous 7/11, David Ashford of Illinois put his money where his spikes are — shattering the M40 world record in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.73 seconds (into a slight wind). Highlighting a season in which he and his agent promised a masters record in the event, Ashford beat the […]

July 11, 2003   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Ashford threatens masters hurdle record

Dave Ashford of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, came THIS close to breaking the M40 world record in the 110 hurdles yesterday in Puerto Rico. Running with a legal (0.2 mps) wind, Ashford clocked a sensational 14.02 in the prelims — nearly two seconds ahead of the runner-up in Heat 1.

July 10, 2003   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Brian Marlier clears the air on posting to

Brian Marlier is a bright and accomplished guy. He’s a senior VP in charge of sales at Cisco Systems, a big-time tech company. He also has a great family and supportive friends. But someone who knows his email address and DOB did him no favors when they entered 52.98 as a 400 time for him […]

January 30, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Mt. SAC masters hurdle field touted as greatest of all time

Richard Holmes reports a finalized field for the masters 110 hurdles exhibition next month at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. It’s a doozy. In a note to meet official Brian Yokoyama,  Richard declares: “Believe-you-me, this is the best Masters 110HH field ever assembled.  If you look to each athlete’s accomplishments within the open […]

March 20, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Masters all-star hurdle race in the works for Mt. SAC Relays

Richard Holmes, a world-class M40 short hurdler in Southern California, is working with Mt. SAC Relays honcho Brian Yokoyama to offer an invitational masters 110 hurdles race (39-inch barriers, I assume) at the Relays this coming April in Walnut, California. Richard is the point man — meaning he picks the nine-man field. So if you’re interested, write him […]

February 6, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

The consummate announcer adds Boston reflections

What do mafioso and masters have in common? They get nicknames. Well, at least the athlete superstars do. I refer to Phil “The Legend” Raschker. Pete Taylor coined Earl “The Great” Fee. And now in his latest thoughts on this past weekend’s Boston masters nationals, where he was meet announcer, Pete dubs M45 hurdler Karl […]

March 28, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Antonio Palacios claims M45 American indoor record in long jump

M45 champ Antonio Palacios long jumped 6.85 meters (22-5 3/4) Dec. 17 to smash the listed American indoor record of 6.69 (21-11½) by Aaron Sampson in 2008, according to these results at the Ted Haydon Holiday Classic at the University of Chicago. Antonio is only 5 inches short of the listed WR of 6.97 (22-10 […]

January 1, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments