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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

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

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

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

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  One Comment

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

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  2 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

Sabra Harvey (800), Quenton Torbert (SP) set American records

Day 1 of masters nationals saw at least two American records. At Wake Forest University, W65 Sabra Harvey gutted out an 800 in 2:42.14 to lower the listed AR of 2:44.43 by Jeanne Daprano in 2002. Jeanne, in the same race, won W75 in 3:32.23. Sabra was running just her second 800 of the season […]

July 17, 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

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

American records in M50 and W40 decathlon fall in Missouri

More than 50 men and women gathered over the Fourth of July weekend in Neosho, Missouri, for a renewal of the USA vs. UK decathlon rivalry, also serving as USATF masters nationals. The result? American records in the M50 decathlon (officially recognized) and W40 dec (not). According to results posted on Jeff Watry’s decamouse site, […]

July 7, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 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

Irie Hill clears W45 world vault record to crack 3-way deadlock

In a WMA rarity, three women are listed as world record holders in the W45 vault. All went 3.50 meters (11-5 3/4) between 2002 and 2006. They are Aussie Dawn Hartigan, Italian Carla Forcellini and Holland’s Brigitte van de Kamp. So it’s appropriate it took Irie Hill of Britain three meets this season to up […]

June 28, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Jean-Luc Duez destroys M50 world decathlon record in Lyon

In 2010, Sacramento hosted nationals a year before worlds. Lyon did the same this year. French masters nationals, held last weekend at the site of 2015 worlds, drew a record 1,100 entrants, including more than 40 athletes from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia and Portugal. And at least one Yank — multi-eventer Chris Bates, who […]

June 13, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Nationals return to North Carolina, with many stars in the blocks

Bob Weiner and his marketing team have produced another detailed preview of nationals, beginning: “More than 40 reigning world masters track and field champions who won gold at the last World Masters indoor or outdoor championships and at least six Olympians will be among over 1100 athletes 30-95+ years old, including the world’s and nation’s […]

July 13, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

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