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Kathy Martin’s W65 American record 3K is INSANE best ABQ mark

USATF has a nifty summary of Day 1 of ABQ indoor nationals, with newbie press staffer Ashley Mitchell giving proper attention to Larry Hart beating follow hammer Olympian Ed Burke’s M70 record in the weight throw. WRs always demand attention. (See results here.) But in my mind the best mark of the meet — which […]

February 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kathy Martin modestly notes 3K WR a month before ABQ nationals

Five years ago, Kathy Martin was profiled by The New York Times. A newbie W60, she was mowing down age-group records. The video below shows her setting the 3K indoor record (11:16.50) at the Armory on Jan. 19, 2012. A week short of five years later, Jan. 12, Kathy returned to the Fort Washington Avenue […]

February 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

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

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 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’s W65 mile WR sets up incredible finish: 800 as well?

Kathy Martin is in real estate, with the slogan “miles ahead of the competition.” That was never so true as on Day 2 of ABQ nationals, where she set a W65 world record of 6:01.46 for the mile. On the Age-Graded Tables, her mark Saturday is worth 4:06 for 20-30 age group. Talk about insane. […]

February 18, 2017   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

Clerical error blamed for results showing Kathy Martin defeat

Several sources are reporting here (in the comments) and on that Kathy Martin’s reported loss to a Jean Vernon was a clerical error. My original report mistakenly referred to an impostor. My deepest apologies for jumping the gun. But had the race been on the track, Kathy Martin would have smashed her own W60 […]

September 13, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  15 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

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

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 104% age-graded tops masters at Fifth Avenue Mile

Results of Saturday’s Fifth Avenue Mile show an amazing mark by Hall of Famer Kathy Martin. At age 64, she ran 5:50 for an age-graded 104 percent — worth a 4:02 mile for ages 20-30. (Last year was a mess with Kathy first being reported as a runner-up in her age group.) The listed W60 […]

September 3, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 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 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, 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 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

Sabra Harvey beats Kathy Martin as both break W65 WR for 800

Kathy Martin took a half-second off the listed W65 world record for 800 meters Monday in Perth. But nearly two seconds ahead of Kathy was fellow American Sabra Harvey, whose 2:39.61 crushed the listed WR of 2:41.81 by Canada’s Diane Palmason at Eugene nationals in 2003. Kathy clocked 2:41.34, six seconds ahead of bronze medalist […]

October 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Kathy Bergen’s latest W75 record not a jump or dash — try throw

It’s been documented that the National Senior Games has bigger fields than USATF masters nationals — but not the most talented. Well, that depends. Besides the other records noted, W75 Kathy Bergen added yet another record to her resume Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota. She beat a National Senior Games field of 17 in the […]

July 12, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments