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Petition: USATF should pay for pair’s travel to IAAF Beijing worlds

When I heard that the IAAF world meet would have masters exhibition races, I assumed that USATF would help with expenses if Americans were chosen. Boy, was I wrong. On Friday, Anselm LeBourne launched a GoFundMe drive to raise $3,000 to cover travel costs to Beijing and his masters exhibition 800. God bless the folks […]

July 4, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

TV profiles Oscar Peyton, Kay Glynn, timed for Senior Olympics

The National Senior Games start today in Minnesota, with track on tap for more than a week beginning Tuesday. (Here’s the sked.) TV stations are spotlighting entrants including Iowa’s Kay Glynn, who is recovering well from shoulder, hip and knee issues. We’re also getting attention from The New York Times, where a blog post about […]

July 3, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Irie Hill climbs higher still — tops 12 feet in latest W45 vault WR

Britain’s Irie Hill submitted a qualifying mark of 3.62 meters (11-10 1/2) for Lyon worlds. Sigh. It’s already out of date — a second time. Less than a month after raising her own W45 world record to 3.65 (just under 12), Irie did it again Tuesday. Back in her lucky country, Switzerland, she jumped 3.70 […]

July 2, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Reg and me: Peter Crombie’s last years with the sprint legend

Peter Crombie, a disciple of fellow Aussie legend Reg Austin, shared his memories of the late sprinter — plus photos. Peter tells of how Reg apparently collapsed from a stroke, leading to his death. He writes: “I have been visiting Reg in his nursing home for some years now, and Magosia (Peter’s partner), and I […]

July 1, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Reggie ‘Reg’ Austin dies at 78; pioneering world-record sprinter

Reginald “Reg” Austin, a professional Aussie sprinter who fought to compete in masters track and ended up setting a slew of records and winning many world titles, died Tuesday (June 30), say Australian sources including WMA President Stan Perkins. He was 78. Reggie was among a small number of athletes to compete in all of […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Historic marks: First M105 athlete is Poland’s Stanislaw Kowalski

Aside from the legend of Larry Lewis, the 106-year-old San Francisco waiter who supposedly ran exhibition sprints, we’ve never seen an M105 masters trackster. Until now. As expected, Stanislaw Kowalski of Poland competed after turning 105 in mid-April. The Polish track site shares details, including a records roundup at its masters nationals in Torun over […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Italians wrongly claim WR in M50 400 relay at Diamond League

Here’s what happens when typos creep into the record books. The Eurovets website is reporting that an Italian M50 relay team lowered the world record in the 4-by-100 to 44.65. (The mark came June 4 at the IAAF Golden Gala in Rome, part of the Diamond League series.) However, World Masters Athletics erringly lists a […]

June 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Doug Osland sets M60 decathlon AR in outsoaring a big field

Masters decathletes are lucky to find competition in their age group, so Doug Osland was especially fortunate over the weekend in Texas. Ten entered the M60 decathlon at the USATF National Masters Combined Events Championships at UT San Antonio. Eight finished. And with a stellar 7638 points, Doug demolished the listed American record of 7287 […]

June 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Keith Bateman turns 60, turns eyes on basketful of world bests

Shortly after Australia’s Keith Batemen turned 55, he announced his goals — five world age-group records. He delivered with WRs in the 1500 (4:12.35), mile (4:35.04), 3000 (8:56.80), 5000 (15:29.7) and 10,000 (31:51.86). Today (June 29) Keith turned 60, and in the run-up to aging up, he posted (on Facebook) his latest goals. Five more […]

June 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Rita Hanscom, Christel Donley set heptathlon WRs at nationals

Rita Hanscom knew about the new W60 heptathlon record going into the USATF National Masters Combined Event Championships ending Sunday at the University of Texas San Antonio. And knowledge is power. She proceeded to blast a world record in the event, scoring 6043 points. (See results here.) The listed WR (with the 500g javelin) is […]

June 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments