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Jess Brewer unveils Age-Graded calculator with 2014 WMA factors

As legend has it, Jess Brewer posted a note to an ancient track message board about crossing some desert to masters track. And then Ken Stone said aha, and started a website. (The legends are true, BTW.) But Saint Jess isn’t done inspiring. His latest miracle is taking the new WMA Age Factors and fashioning […]

April 6, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  21 Comments

Age-Graded Tables get Guardian attention and blogger confusion

The Guardian — home to Ed Snowden’s revelations — is normally a first-class news outlet. But Ian Williams’ blog on the British site makes a mash of the Age-Graded Tables, saying: “Let’s concentrate on that 60-year-old man, and imagine him running his 10k at four-fifths of world record speed. WAVA automatically gives him full marks […]

December 12, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Olga Kotelko went bonkers in Budapest (nine W95 world records)

In the 2010 movie “Herbstgold,” Italy’s Gabre Gabric is shown being peeved at Lahti worlds. She got beat in the W90 discus by Canada’s Olga Kotelko. But Olga stole the scene by comforting her rival and reminding her that, at 94, Gabre gave away a few years. Gabre got her revenge this week. In 10 […]

March 31, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Masters Madness: WMA website snores while athletes go all-world

March Madness is under way. And the NCAA homepage is all over it. Meanwhile, Budapest worlds are halfway done, and the lead item on the WMA website is: Updated Budapest Schedule (22.03.2014). Come again? No news of world records set, Olga Kotelko’s W95 debut, incredible turnout (nearly 4,000 from 70 nations)? So here goes my […]

March 27, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Day 3 at Boston nationals: Irene Obera makes it 3-for-3 in records

If it’s Sunday, it must be Obera record day. Of course, Irene Obera — the comebacking W80 from Fremont, California — also set records Friday and Saturday at Boston nationals. So after claiming the age-group 400 American record on Day 1, she followed with WRs in the 60 Saturday and 200 Sunday. Irene ran the […]

March 16, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Race of the Sexes uses WMA age-graded tables to declare winner

The BBC cites World Masters Athletics and quotes various age-grading experts in a story posted yesterday. It basically tries to answer the question: When is a woman equal to an older man in distance running. Lucy Proctor, 28, says she challenged her 52-year-old colleague David Lewis to race in the Great North Run half-marathon. “Then […]

September 24, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Ed Whitlock, Karla Del Grande get big indoor WRs in mile, 200

The era of “soft records” in masters track ended years ago. Now we need a new category: “stunning records.” In that group you have to include M80 Ed Whitlock and W60 Karla Del Grande, whose latest WRs were set Sunday at the third Ontario mini-meet. (See complete results.) As Doug “Shaggy” Smith reports: “Ed Whitlock […]

February 3, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Hy-Tek meet software updated to reflect 2010 Age-Graded Tables

Charlie Hodgson, who wrote the software to run swim and track meets, reports that his Hy-Tek program now incorporates the WMA 2010 age factors used to score combined events in masters meets. This is great news. The bad news: Not everyone scoring masters decathlons, heptathlons and throws pentathlons has the latest software from Hy-Tek. Hence, […]

July 6, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

Costa Rica to host WMA regional meet for our neck of the woods

Jim Proctor posted this note on Facebook: “It’s OFFICIAL! The NCCWMA North America-Central America-Caribbean [Regional] Masters Championships will be held August 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Rainbow taken from the Crown Plaza Hotel before signing, a good omen, with President Marcos Fourier ADEMA, President NCCWMA Sandy Pashkin from Oregon USA, Brian Keaveney, Vice President […]

January 18, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  18 Comments

Calculate age-graded points on iPhone? There’s an app for that!

Stefan Waltermann shares this news for decathletes, heptathletes and everyone involved in the so-called combined events: “Jumpin’ Joe Johnston asked me last year if I could help with an Apple app, a combined-event point calculator for Apple Notebooks, iPhones and iPads. I politely declined but it stayed in the back of my mind. Now I […]

March 23, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  28 Comments

Bob Lida better than Mo Greene? Lowers own M75 WR in 60

Competing at Wichita State University, world champ Bob Lida clocked 8.44 seconds for 60 meters Saturday, blasting his own M75 world indoor record of 8.56 set at Jyväskylä worlds in 2012. Results of the Bill Butterworth Invitational are here. Bob, the 2012 IAAF Best Masters Athlete, writes from Kansas: “It [was] a well attended meet. Had […]

January 6, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Multi-event age-graded calculator is online, updated for 2010

The Holy Grails keep on coming. Once upon a time, I wished aloud for an online Age-Graded Tables calculator. Those online lookup forms eventually popped up. But one of the harder online forms to find is one that calculates masters age-group points for the multi-events — decathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon and so on. Now we see […]

September 18, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Germans giving new Age-Graded Tables some test runs

Stefan Waltermann at Spokane nationals. Get ready for a new Age-Graded Tables. As we telegraphed in December, WMA is rolling out a new set of tables that treat some age groups more fairly. The AGT make it possible for multi-eventers to use the IAAF tables to score their events, no matter what their age. The AGT […]

April 25, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Greater Philly TC ran age-graded track and throws extravaganzas

Chuck Shields of the Greater Philadelphia Track Club has sent results for a demanding “track pentathlon.” Races were run in this order: 3000, 800, 200, 1500 and 400. Winners were determined by the Age-Graded Tables. Chuck writes: “This competition was held Sunday, August 15, at Gwynedd Mercy Academy in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. . . . […]

August 22, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Time flies when you’re miling fun: Enter 10th annual Portland mile

Dave Clingan writes about his Oregon Masters Mile on June 14: “Yes, we are about to celebrate our 10th year of world-class masters mile competitions during which 
four American records and three world records have been broken in Portland, Oregon. As usual, prize money in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100 will be given […]

March 19, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Age-Graded Tables getting an expedited redo, WMA says

Just when we’re getting used to the 2006 Age-Graded Tables, work is under way on the 2010 tables, says World Masters Athletics. WMA Prez Monty Hacker reports: “WMA has decided to accelerate its periodic modification process of the Age Grading Tables to remove various deficiencies that have developed over several years as a result of […]

July 22, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

New mess for masters: boogered Age-Graded Tables

Houston, we have a problem. The latest set of WMA Age-Graded Tables appears to have flaws. Gary Duncan has written me about these (see way below). And Rex Harvey, the WMA’s pointman on the tables, even admits problems with scoring the latest USATF Indoor Masters Multi-event Championships (also see below). On top of all this, […]

March 29, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Chris Chataway dies at 82; Bannister pacer ran 5:48 mile at age 64

Media worldwide have reported the death of Chris Chataway, the famed broadcaster who helped pace Roger Bannister to the first sub-4 mile in 1954 and was a 1952 Olympian and later a member of Parliament. He also ran masters track of a sort. I doubt he competed in UK nationals or worlds, but he was […]

January 21, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Chuck Phillips updates his own Age-Graded Tables

Last April, I wrote about an Age-Graded Tables project by Chuck Phillips. Last week he gave me an update, writing: “While it still takes WMA five or so years to update their age-graded tables, I just updated mine in one week. On 19 November I downloaded 40 pages of published USATF records, entered the improved […]

December 1, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Hurdler brews simple Age-Graded Tables utility

Jess Brewer, the cancer-conquering physicist in Vancouver, spends his weekdays studying muons and other quantum cuties. The rest of the time, he trains for M60 hurdles (in which he recently set a Canadian record in the 100 hurdles). He took a break from both this week by posting his own version of the 2006 Age-Graded […]

May 18, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed