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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 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

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

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 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

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

Gosa, Arlin Genet claim masters exhibitions at USA nationals

Duane Gosa upsetworld 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

Long hurdlers claim two world records at Riccione

At Riccione, Saturday was a day of rest. But today (Sunday) at least three world records fell, and some athletes executed difficult doubles. In the W50 300 hurdles, Jan Horder of Britain ran 46.19 to beat the listed WR of 47.01 by Aussie Jan Hynes in 1994. In the M85 300 hurdles, Romain Henri Maynard […]

September 9, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Kathy Martin wins USATF Athlete of the Week at event she owns

Retire the award. Or at least name it for Kathy Martin. USATF on Wednesday announced its Athlete of the Week honor — and for at least the fourth time since 2011, it goes to our own Kick-Ass Kathy of New York state. She wins it for claiming the masters 5K cross country title (for the […]

November 14, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

N.Y. Times profile of Kathy Martin: Flying to Finland with issues

It took Kathy Martin 11:16.6 to set a W60 world indoor record in the 3000 this season. It took her 10 years to get the attention she deserves in The New York Times. Sunday’s edition carried a revealing profile by Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Bearak. Along with a must-see video, the 3,000-word piece, which quotes […]

April 1, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Kathy Martin, Joy Upshaw tell pride in joining Masters Hall of Fame

W60 distance legend Kathy Martin said: “What an honor and such heady company.” Joy Upshaw’s reaction to being named alongside Kathy and nine others to the USATF Masters Hall of Fame: “Wow! Really? That’s cool!” Kathy spoke for all when she said her induction “is a thrill and very humbling when I see the list […]

December 13, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Kathy Martin loses W55 indoor 1500 WR to Spain’s Aurora Perez

Aurora Perez, who holds the W50 world indoor record at 1500 meters, turned 55 in November and didn’t waste time going after the W55 global best. She got it Feb. 3, says the Eurovets site, “in the city of Antequera (Spain) with a time of 4:58.13 – a tremendous race, a great record! Congratulations! See […]

February 12, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Kathy Bergen: California sprinter jumps from record to record

Posted March 28, 2007 Kathy Bergen outkicks a younger sprinter, Lynn Naftel, in the 100-meter dash at the Club West Masters Meet in October 2002 in Santa Barbara, California. Kathy battles with Sullivan Award finalist Phil Raschker in the Age-Graded 100 race at the 2003 USATF National Masters Outdoor Championships in Eugene, […]

March 28, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Martin, Michelson claim indoor records at 3000

Last week’s Thursday Night at the Races at the NYC Armory saw three potential distance records — not just the one by Kathy Martin mentioned here earlier. Kathy crushed the listed W55 world and American indoor records for 3000 meters with her 10:42.9. (The old record: 11:00.10 by Italy’s Lucia Soranzo in 2005. The old […]

January 30, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Kathy Martin adds cross country award to 2014 superseason

Kathy Martin, to nobody’s surprise, has been named female Masters Harrier of the Year. Her male counterpart is Simon Gutierrez, an M45 legend. Kathy, 62, has now won the award eight times — more than anyone else in history. I normally don’t showcase XC. But the amazing thing about Kathy is she doesn’t take a […]

November 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No 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

Kathy Martin leads 2012 class of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame

Eleven track and long-distance legends have been inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, according to committee member Tom Bernhard, in charge of the LDR component. Distance superstar Kathy Martin was a choice from both sides of the spectrum. She’s joined in the Hall of Fame by “T&F Actives” Phil Byrne, Rita Hanscom and […]

December 1, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Kathy Bergen leads record parade on Day 3 at Sacramento

Kathy Bergen raised the W70 world record in the high jump twice Saturday at Sacramento nationals. She cleared 1.28 (4-2 1/4) and then 1.30 (4-3 1/4) before three misses, some close, at 1.32 (4-4). Tom Surber of USATF’s press office chatted with her for his daily highlights report, which listed other American and world records […]

July 25, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  25 Comments

Kathy Bergen runs W70 world record 100 into a slight headwind

At the Mt. SAC Relays today, Kathy Bergen ran 14.76 in the 100 meter-dash, becoming the oldest woman to run sub-15 with a legal wind. In fact, the gauge recorded a 0.3 mps headwind. She easily gapped the listed W70 world record of 15.16 by New Zealand’s Margaret Peters in 2004. But she was limping […]

April 17, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments