Bay Area stars Davey, Paaso take 1500 masters races at Trials

Kris was a happy winner in the Trials 1500.

Kris was a happy winner in the Trials 1500.

NBC’s Live app failed to show the masters 1500s Sunday at the Olympic Trials, switching to swimming instead. What a missed opportunity. Eugene witnessed incredible races by W45 Kris Paaso, who led from start to finish in winning the masters women’s event in 4:36.34, and M40 Neville Davey, a training mate, taking the men’s event in 3:57.67 with M50 Brad Barton lowering his own American record to a jaw-dropping 4:01.77 in third, equivalent to a 4:19 mile. Dave Albo posted great shots. should post video of both races eventually under its 1500 category. Also worth noting is W50 Sylvia Mosqueda clocking 4:53.66, less than 2 seconds off the American record of 4:51.86 by Marisa Sutera Strange. And how about Chaunte Lowe becoming the first submaster to compete in a U.S. masters nationals and win a top spot on a U.S Olympic team! Do it again in Rio!

Minutes after winning the 400, LaShawn Merritt congratulates Brad Barton for his 1500 AR.

Minutes after winning the 400, LaShawn Merritt congratulates Brad Barton for his 1500 AR. Photos by Dave Albo

Here’s how Kris’ track club reported her victory:

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July 3, 2016

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  1. Cheryl - July 4, 2016


  2. Matt B. - July 4, 2016

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  3. Ken Stone - July 6, 2016

    Mark Cleary’s report:

    The Masters Olympic Trials 1500 Meter events made history on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016.  The Women’s Field was won by Kris Paaso (Age 45) of Menlo Park, CA, Strava Track Club, with a time of 4:36.34, over Jennifer St Jean (Age 44) of Darien,CT, Westchester Track Club, who finished second with a strong kick in 4:43.06.  The other 10 Women in the field ran between 4:44.23 and 4:55.05. 

    The Men’s race produced a (M50-54) American Record, with Brad Barton (Age 50) of Orem, UT, smashing his own record of 4:04, running 4:01.77 and finishing third overall, after leading the first half of the race.  The eventual winner wasNeville Davey (Age 45) of Sacramento, CA, West Valley Track Club, 3:57.67, overRandy Wasinger (Age 40) of Kansas City, KS, Kansas City Smoke, 3:58.30.

    The rest of the field was tightly packed with Peter Brady (Age 44) of Jersey City, NJ, Central Park Track Club – New Balance, (4:03.06), holding off John Gardiner (Age 44) of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Cal Coast Track Club, (4:03.41) and Mark Williams (Age 43) of Blairstown, NJ, Garmin Runners, (4:03.69).  The other six competitors finished between 4:05.35 and 4:08.83.

    Fans of Hayward Field and Track Town USA really were cheering loudly for these athletes.  Mark Cleary, Masters Invitation Director stated, “I think we accomplished the goal of running the fastest, and deepest Masters 1500M races in history, not just in the US, but anywhere.” 

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