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Big weekend for masters exhibitions — and exhibitionists in red

Chris Gentile won the Drake Relays masters 800 Saturday, and masters hurdlers debuted at Penn, where tens of thousands cheered our quartets and sprinters. OK, enough of that (for now). The real history was made at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational, where my sprtime marks led to creation of a new timing system. First […]

April 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

M45 Nick Berra claims another Drake Relays masters 800 title

Looks like Pennsylvania’s Nick Berra, 46, is going for another wild “trains, planes and automobiles” double this weekend. On Friday, he won the Drake Relays masters men’s 800 in 2:02.85. He also won in 2013 and 2010. Here’s what I wrote in 2010: “Nick Berra says he had ‘a crazy couple of days’ over the […]

April 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

World Masters Games 2017 offering a free trip to New Zealand

The World Masters Games will be in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2017 — a year after WMA worlds in relatively nearby Perth, Australia. That isn’t news. This is: “Here’s your chance to win a trip to Auckland to compete in the Games, with return flights and your Games entry on us. To celebrate two years […]

April 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

India insanity! 3 federations vie for masters tracksters at 3 nationals

The soap opera of Indian masters track just got soapier. I wrote an Indian masters athlete the other day to see how things were going in the saga of competing federations (one is WMA-affiliated, the other not). I’ve written about how pay-to-play is in effect. But the note I got Wednesday blew my white-cotton socks […]

April 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Relay ARs easy pickings at Penn if teams are formed properly

WMA and USATF both list relay records in 5-year increments (with America adding a “Club Relay” wrinkle), but some records are missing from the American record list. Since Penn is this weekend, teams should be aware of the “vacant” records, especially the 4-by-400. For men, no U.S. records are listed in 45-49, 55-59, 65-69 and […]

April 21, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

SoCal Track Club boasts ‘Rocket’ Easter Grant, 32, from Alabama

If Renee Shepherd is the “Jet,” Easter Grant is the “Rocket.” SoCal Track Club’s reach to the South is evident in an Army paper’s story on Easter, a 32-year-old Alabaman who won a bunch of medals at Winston-Salem nationals. “This is her second year competing in masters track,” says her base paper, the Redstone Rocket. […]

April 20, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

RuggleS’peedSled fun for start practice, but bulky for solo trainers

Joe Ruggles Jr., my Southern California Striders teammate, pronounces his name RUG-less. I pronounce his latest invention pretty neat. I used it for the first time Sunday at Cuyamaca College, where you can park within feet of the track. That’s helpful in the case of Joe’s product — the RuggleS’peedsled. Even if disassembled and packed […]

April 19, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Kathy Bergen crushes W75 world record in 100 at Mt. SAC Relays

Kathy Bergen didn’t win a masters exhibition event at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Relays. But the ladies and gentlemen who took the 100s and 800s (and a men’s hammer throw in the morning) were utterly overshadowed by the new 75-year-old from the L.A. suburb of La Cañada Flintridge. Kathy clocked 15.31 in a wind-legal race won […]

April 18, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

Sri Lanka group has some ‘splaining to do as bogus WMA affiliate

Whoops! I just got a whole national governing body in trouble. Remember my post ripping Sri Lanka for mandating a masters national appearance to be eligible for Lyon worlds? Folks at WMA read it, too. And they were pissed! (Not at me, though.) WMA noticed the logo of a rival body, holding its own masters […]

April 17, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Indian masters nationals under way with 2,000-plus in Himalayas

The lower Himalayan city of Dharamsala is hosting India’s 36th annual masters nationals now through Sunday. Haven’t the faintest idea where results are. More than 2,000 are entered (in a country of 1.25 billion), according to this news report. The national affiliate is called MAFI, and its website is worthless. In any case, we learn […]

April 16, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment