AoY Myrle Mensey has new records to chase — her mom’s!

Daisy Edwards displays form taught by daughter Myrle.

Daisy displays form taught by daughter Myrle.

World record-holder Myrle Mensey, a recent masters Hall of Fame inductee, is an inspiration to more than the kids she mentors. She also moves her mom to compete. Last Saturday, Myrle’s mother, Daisy Edwards, entered three events at the Missouri State Senior Games in Columbia. Daisy is 89, but since she’ll be 90 at the end of the year, she’s W90 under Senior Olympic rules. “It’s awesome,” Myrle told the local paper. “I remember the first year we came here, three years ago, and I said ‘Mama, the record in the shot put of women 85-89 is like 10 feet, I know you can throw further then 10 feet.’ She said, ‘OK’ and I almost fell on the floor.” Saturday was Daisy’s third year competing in field events, having no prior experience before 2013.

Taz Lombardo's great shot of Myrle and Mom consulting at Missouri State Senior Games.

Taz Lombardo’s great shot of Myrle and Mom at Missouri State Senior Games.

W65 Myrle adds details:

She set three new state records — in shot put (3.99 or 13-1), discus (5.94 or 19-5 3/4) and javelin (5.54 or 18-2 1/4). This was her third year competing, but this year she competed in the 90-94 age group.

She already holds the state record in the shot put, discus, javelin, hammer and weight throw in the 85-89 age group. This photo put a big smile on my face because as a coach you always want your athletes to have good form.

I think her form is outstanding for a women about to turn 90 on August 27. And of course she grunted. We only practiced two times before this meet. She even said: “I know I can throw farther with a little more practice.”

I’m trying to get her to compete at Outdoor Nationals, not sure she will. She said she might go to see me presented my Hall of Fame award, but not to throw. I’m still working on that. I also threw very well for my first outdoor meet. Setting new state record in shot, discus, hammer, weight throw — with a throw of 54-6 — only 6 inches off my outdoor American record set last year.

Also check out other coverage of the senior games by the Columbia Missourian — a student paper of the University of Missouri.

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June 19, 2015

3 Responses

  1. JStone - June 19, 2015

    You go ladies! Keep on Throwing and Growing!

  2. Jackie Brooks - June 21, 2015

    Awesome and inspiring!

  3. Veronica L Harris - October 24, 2018

    This article is of my aunt and my grandmother. Sadly, though, my grandmother Daisy passed away on 10/3/2018. She will be missed. I hope to see those records she set in her 90s hang around for awhile. Maybe it is her daughter Myrle’s destiny to break them. Only time will tell. Love you and miss you dearly Nanny (Daisy Edwards).

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