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USATF fires entire national Youth Committee in vendor dispute

USATF’s Masters Track & Field Executive Committee, led by chairman Gary Snyder, has its moments of drama. But nothing like the Youth Executive Committee. Or should we say former committee. On Wednesday, Indy HQ fired the youth overseers. “Since January, the USATF National Office and its volunteer Youth Executive Committee have been in a dispute […]

May 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

ESPN discovers Adam Nelson talking about 4th Olympic Games

ESPN reports on an open secret — that Adam Nelson, who turned 40 last July, is shooting for his fourth Olympic Games. That’s not news to this humble blog. We reported last September that he was targeting Brian Oldfield’s 70-3 WR in the M40 shot (same 16-pound ball that elites throw). He has work to […]

May 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Germany’s Norbert Demmel ups M50 WR in throws pentathlon

Our German blogger friend Alfred Hermes reports a sensational WR in the M50 throws pentathlon. According to these results, countryman Norbert Demmel scored 4,696 about 10 days ago to beat the listed WR of 4,590 by Britain’s Stephen Whyte in 2014. Norby’s marks were 6kg shot 16.18 meters (53-1), 6kg hammer 52.51 (172-3 1/4), 1.5kg […]

May 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Celebrating India’s M90 walk champion Vallabhajosyula Sriramulu

It’s the habit of India’s papers to abbreviate first names. That’s what happened when The Hindu profiled Vallabhajosyula Sriramulu. He’s 92 and does the race walk, winning the 5K event at the Asian WMA regionals. But the paper referred to him as “V. Sriramulu.” No matter. At least we get the full dope on his […]

May 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

W70 Toy Ungerer sweeps all 3 sprints at South African nationals

Toy Ungerer, a South African star who medaled at least three times at Sacramento worlds, was the queen of the sprints last weekend at her country’s masters nationals in Pretoria. She won the 100, 200 and 400 in great times of 15.66, 32.26 and 1:18.44. M80 Monty Hacker was the top male sprinter, clocking 15.47 […]

May 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

The whole story behind Ella Mae Colbert’s 100 WR at age 100

You’ve seen the video. Now read the backstory. On Friday, I spent nearly 20 minutes on the phone with Paul Humphries, the 42-year-old football coach nephew of Ella Mae Colbert, who broke Ida Keeling’s W100 WR in the Penn Relays 100. Paul hatched the plot to get “Miss Ella Mae” onto the track. He’s also […]

May 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Indonesian W35 short hurdler aims to qualify for Rio Olympics

It’s a long shot, but Indonesia’s Dedeh Erawati, 36, “is not giving up hope of qualifying for August’s Rio Olympics,” said a national paper. She used the recent Asia Masters Athletics Championships as a tuneup. “The three-time South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medallist (2007, 2009 and 2013) and Asian Games bronze medallist (2009) stepped up […]

May 20, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Mourning U.S. and British masters officials: Brooks and Whitaker

Northeast and British masters are mourning the deaths of two key officials who were outstanding athletes in their youth. Harry Brooks of Amherst, Massachusetts, died May 7, a couple weeks after former British Masters Athletics President Keith Whitaker passed away in Britain. Harry was 82 and Keith 84. Harry served for many years on the […]

May 19, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Ella Mae Colbert slices 30 seconds off W100 record (for naught)

Judging by video showing her dancing before a second attempt at the 100-meter dash, Ella Mae Colbert has plenty of life in those 100-year-old legs. Now that she’s warmed up with a solo, exhibition race in 46.79 seconds, it’s time for her handlers to get serious. As commenters have noted, her mark Tuesday at Chesnee […]

May 18, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Super Bowl sprint showdown at SCA meet: Gault vs. McConkey

In 1986, Willie Gault helped the Chicago Bears win Super Bowl XX. A year later, Phil McConkey starred for the New York Giants when they won Super Bowl XXI. Now they’re set to meet on the track May 28 — at the USATF Southern California Masters Championships (not nationals as I errantly posted earlier). The […]

May 17, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments