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USATF buries word of masters exhibition 400s at nationals Sunday

Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, between the semifinals of the women’s 200 and men’s high hurdles, packed fields of masters quarter-milers — women and men — take the stage at USATF open nationals. But online that stage has barely any spotlight. The 400s aren’t mentioned on the USATF results site. The entries aren’t listed on the […]

June 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Need relays, poles at LSU nationals? USATF pair have you covered

Aiming to improve the mid-July Baton Rouge nationals, USATF officials Jeff Brower and Bill Murray are working hard behind the scenes. Jeff sends word that he’s created this online tool for people looking to join a 4×100, 4×400 or 4×800 at LSU. Also the shuttle hurdles. (You can form an “ad hoc” foursome if you […]

June 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Meet Todd Straka, threat to beat Nolan Shaheed’s M50 mile WR

Buried in the open mile results of the Music City Distance Carnival nearly two weeks ago is a fifth-place 4:26.39 by Todd Straka. The Nashville results don’t reveal two key things: Todd is 50, and his time is less than 2 seconds off Nolan Shaheed’s listed world record of 4:25.04 from 2001. So yowza! I […]

June 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

USA Masters Games boasts big names, return of M60 Greg Pizza

The USA Masters Games come to UC San Diego on Saturday and Sunday, and the entry list is slim. But major names are entered, including M70 Steve Robbins (a former San Diegan) in the 100 and 200, M80 sprint gods Bob Lida and Bobby Whilden, M70 distance great Gary Patton (entered in the 8, 15 […]

June 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

2 birthdays, 2 WRs: M85 David Carr and W50 Nicole Weiling-Dissel

Setting a world record is special. Setting a WR on your birthday is incredible. So what do we make of this? Back-to-back WRs while aging up! On June 15, many time world champion David Carr of Western Australia ran 1500 meters in 6:27.3 on his 85th birthday at the Ern Clark Athletics Centre. That beat […]

June 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Kevin Castille crushes one of the oldest masters WRs on the books

In 1982, French Olympian Lucien Rault set the M45 world record in the 5000 of 14:23.6. It wasn’t a surprise. He’d run the 10K in the 1976 Olympics in 29:40.76 at age 40. But the shocker is that Lucien’s time would hold up as the WR for 35 years. Now we have Kevin Castille claiming […]

June 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

No discus records for M50, M60, but Grimes, Gault fast at West L.A.

Results of the June 10 Wine Country Games in Santa Rosa show that M50 Cameron Bolles and M60 Ralph Fruguglietti fell short of their American record goals in the discus. But they both threw pretty damn far — 57.85 (189-9) for Cameron and 54.59 (179-1) for Ralph. Not sure of the conditions, which matter in […]

June 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Ken’s moment of Zen: How the Dalai Lama played with my head

In journalism, you tell stories. Sometimes you become one. Friday at UC San Diego, wife Chris and I were covering His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the M80 Tibetan Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He arrived for a press conference and started shaking hands with reporters in the front row. Since Chris and […]

June 16, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Record gals Sabra Harvey, Jeanne Daprano plan more 2017 races

W65 Sabra Harvey and W80 Jeanne Daprano, recent record-setters at 3000 and mile, respectively, sent responses to my shameless interrogations. First Sabra: “Yes, WR was the ultimate goal, sub-12 being the expectation for at least the U.S. record. Conditions were wet, raining a bit, but temps were near perfect actually. Running with the younger ladies […]

June 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Carol Lafayette-Boyd eyes more records: Toronto 2017 and 2020

If you’re a W75 sprinter or horizontal jumper set for WMA regionals in Toronto, better get cracking’ on your training. Carol Lafayette-Boyd is coming. The new claimant to five world records says she’s planning to compete at that August meet, telling me: “I will be there. I am taking my granddaughter home to Ontario at […]

June 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments