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Kathy Martin mauls W60 world record in mile with stunning 5:42

Hall of Famer Kathy Martin, 61, has won so many honors she almost ceases to surprise. She took the 10K at Olathe nationals in an American record 41:10.57 — 33 seconds better than the listed W60 best. No sweat. But that was but a warmup for her latest shocker. At Valley Stream North High School […]

July 18, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Another record: Kathy Martin repeats at USATF Athlete of the Week

This is rare. W60 distance star Kathy Martin has been named USATF Athlete of the Week — for the second time in three months. This just adds to her legend. And not a second too soon. I spoke at length recently to a New York Times sportswriter who is preparing a story about Kathy. I’m […]

December 24, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kathy Martin crushes W60 world indoor record for 1500 meters

Thursday Night at the Races at the Armory in New York yielded a stunning time this week: a 5:12.2 world record for W60 Kathy Martin in the indoor 1500, chopping 10 seconds off the listed WR of 5:22.50 by Britain’s Pat Gallagher in 2006. When I heard about this, I wrote Kathy. She replied from […]

February 25, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Kathy Martin on a records rampage; 3000 AR reported

Kathyrn Martin’s time for the indoor mile Jan. 11 has now been posted. According to the New York Road Runners site: “Kathy Martin’s world record in the mile (was) the highlight (of the Armory all-comers meet).” But no sooner we learn of the 5:26.0 hand-time mark that we hear she set another W55 indoor best […]

January 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Report: Kathy Martin lowers W55 indoor mile record

From one of my masters moles: “I don’t know if anyone has let you know yet about more great performances from the amazing Kathy Martin. This was a New York Road Runners meet at the Armory in New York last night (mile, 800, and 2 mile). Kathy broke the world indoor record in the mile […]

January 12, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Kathy Martin, Oscar Peyton marks among 9 new last-minute records

Nobody’s perfect, so it’s no surprise that Sandy Pashkin’s list of USATF masters records nominations fell short. But the official list of ratified records shows nine that escaped Sandy’s notice or nod. Among them were Kathy Martin’s W60 outdoor mile record of 5:42.65, Oscar Peyton’s M60 outdoor 200 record of 24.23 and Ty Brown’s M65 […]

December 9, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Bard Barton lowers own steeple AR, falls short of world record

Two months ago, Brad Barton of Ogden, Utah, broke a 37-year-old American record in the M45 steeple. Saturday in Seattle, he shot for the world record but fell 1.5 seconds short. In the process, however, he became the fastest steepler over 40 in U.S. history (by bettering the listed M40 record). Kathy Martin and Nadine O’Connor […]

July 21, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Strong reception for Toland M45 record in ultraweight pentathlon

“I thought I felt earthquakes this weekend.” That was one of dozens of reactions Sunday on Facebook to Patrick Toland’s report that he’d set an American record in the ultraweight pentathlon at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Results weren’t immediately posted, but an image of scores shows M45 Patrick with a total […]

August 3, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Legendary masters 100 record falls (at last) to Kim Collins (9.96)

Ratification is another matter, but there’s little doubt that 38-year-old Kim Collins ran 100 meters in 9.96 seconds Sunday in London. That breaks the listed M35 world record of 9.97 by British Olympic champ Linford Christie in 1995. By contrast, Chris Ricketts won the M35 century at North Carolina nationals in 11.84 (into a 1 […]

July 21, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

WMA records updated, but guess which ones missed the cut

WMA’s records pages were updated Friday, but the insanity continues. M85 Earl Fee and M75 Guido Müeller get recognition for 2014 marks. So do M45 Brad Barton and M55 Wolfgang Knabe. But M35s Kim Collins (100) and Chris Brown (400) do not. The historic M90 4×100 team of Ross, Rogers, Englert and Goldy is listed, […]

August 9, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

M90s stole thunder of Southwest Sprinters TC 4×4 world record

In my hyperventilated excitement over witnessing gents in their 90s handling a baton at nonwarp speed, I overlooked a stunning WR at North Carolina nationals. The Southwest Sprinters TC team of Leon Bullard, 40; Blair DeSio, 43; Edward Winslow Jr., 45; and Antwon Dussett, 38, clocked a 3:19.45 to nip the listed M35 world record […]

July 30, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  18 Comments

Party time follows record-setting day at North Carolina nationals

The shuttle hurdle relay came of age Saturday. Three age-group records were set at North Carolina nationals on a day when the weather was near perfect for all events. Rain early in the day and later in the afternoon kept things cool mostly. World records were set in several events, aptly detailed by USATF intern […]

July 19, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

13 American records claimed at USA Masters Throws nationals

Jim Burgoyne graciously shares details on the 2014 USA Masters Throws Championships: “This two-day event was held over this past weekend. We were visited by showers, winds and even a little sun towards the end of the days. The Athletes and Officials Banquet (we renamed it this year to include all involved) was held on […]

August 6, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Kathy Martin again named USATF Athlete of the Week for great 5K

USATF reports this week from Indy: “Kathryn Martin has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning her age-group title at the USA Masters 5km Championships. Martin (Northport, N.Y.) ran 19:06 at the 2013 USA Masters 5 km Championship, hosted by the Syracuse Festival of Races on Sunday. Martin’s time is […]

October 10, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Gosa, Arlin Genet claim masters exhibitions at USA nationals

Duane Gosa upset world champ Robert Thomas today to win the men’s masters exhibition 400 at the USA open championships in Eugene, Oregon. Duane, about 44, went 49.92 in windy conditions on a sunny day in the low 70s. Robert, with the best seed time of 49.76, was inexplicably assigned to lane 1.  Minutes earlier, Aeron […]

June 28, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  31 Comments

Dethroned recordman Phil Fehlen reacts to new M65 HJ WR

Former Marine Phil Fehlen, whose 1.66 world record in the M65 high jump had lasted since 2000 Eugene nationals, was a trooper Wednesday when I informed him of the new WR of 1.67 (5-5 3/4) by Dusan Prezelj of Slovenia at the Eurovets meet in Turkey. Phil, a fellow San Diego County resident, wrote me: […]

August 28, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

3 American records set at USA masters throws pentathlon

Who’s the best all-round U.S. masters thrower? That’s not a question for the Hot Stove League. The title is decided this weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the USA Masters Throws Championships. Saturday was the throws pentathlon at College of the Holy Cross, and Sunday is the ultraweight pentathlon. They’re also contesting a superweight championships for […]

August 2, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

50 years later, Otis Burrell still hoping to leap into record books

Otis Burrell turned 70 in May, and when I met him for the first time at the Chuck McMahon meet Saturday, I was in awe. Sorry. Greats of the 1960s have that effect on me. He never made it to the Olympics, but he was often world-ranked and had a best of 2.19 (7-2 1/4) […]

July 1, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Oh so close! Barton, Shaheed miss major barriers by whisker

Brad Barton almost went sub-4 in the 1500 and Nolan Shaheed missed setting a world record on his 65th birthday by only 1.5 seconds. So it went Friday on another lucky weather day at North Carolina nationals. At 48, Brad won the M45 15 by 11 seconds (beating middle-distance star Nick Berra) and clocked 4:00.32 […]

July 18, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Carol Finsrud W35 discus record beaten at last (or yet again)?

Hall of Famer Carol Finsrud, now 57, has set American records in the discus in every age group she’s been in since 1992, when she was 36. She holds ARs in W35, W40, W45, W50 and W55. Quite a run. But Sunday at the USA nationals in Sacramento, 35-year-old Gia Lewis–Smallwood won a national title […]

June 30, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment