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Rex Harvey wins national masters T&F chair; Spokane nationals

Rex Harvey lost the WMA presidency by one vote in 2009 but handily won the chairmanship of the USATF Masters T&F Committee over the weekend in Orlando. He had 76 votes to 46 for Robert Thomas. He took over from termed-out Gary Snyder. Jerry Bookin-Weiner won the vice chair job (edging Mark Cleary 69-54), and […]

December 4, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Germany’s Alfred Hermes hits IAAF for not honoring masters, vow

Our German masters blogger friend Alfred Hermes is angry about IAAF’s failure to fly in masters for its renamed gala. He wrote me: “IAAF is obviously no longer willing to honor Masters during the Athletics Gala in Monaco. This decision was announced by the WMA in the run-up to the 2016 [WMA] elections. For this […]

December 3, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Bill Collins wins 4th Athlete of the Year Award; Hall of Famers told

For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Bill Collins has been named USATF Masters Male Athlete of the Year. (Other years were 1997, 2003 and 2006.) He outpointed 5XWR distance man Sean Wade and 400-meter WR crusher Allen Woodard. Bill’s three indoor WRs and Perth exploits — going from hospital bed to […]

December 2, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Jeff Davison wins David Pain Award as shuttle hurdles relay maven

Jeff Davison isn’t a stellar hurdler — although he claims an age-57 record for the 110-meter highs set at 42 inches (22.74). But he’s famed in a bigger way — as founder of the shuttle hurdle relay in masters track. Before him, it never happened. Because of him, it did. And to honor that effort […]

December 1, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

120 USATF masters records set for ratification at Orlando meeting

Jeff Brower, masters records chair, has filed his list of USATF age-group records for approval in the wider Records Committee at the Orlando annual meeting. (See it here.) Some 168 marks were considered for review. Ten were rejected for reasons like illegal wind, meet lacking a USATF sanction or track not being marked properly. Three […]

November 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Merlene Ottey done sprinting? Retirement suggested in news story

Merlene Ottey in her 40s and 50s has been fun to follow as fan clubs (and moi) tracked her progress from one Olympiad to the next. Now it’s done. Merlene, 56, is quitting the masters record chase, says a Jamaican newspaper: “The evergreen sprinter told The Gleaner that she would welcome the opportunity to get […]

November 29, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Irene Obera paired with Sydney McLaughlin in AoY announcement

It’s not news that W80 superstar Irene Obera is USATF’s Masters Athlete of the Year. But I love how Indy paired Irene, 82, with 16-year-old phenom Sydney McLaughlin in Monday’s homepage announcement. Sixty-six years apart, but fellow hurdlers they are. “McLaughlin and Obera will be honored on Saturday, December 3, at the Jesse Owens Awards […]

November 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

How many masters athletes have TUEs? WADA inspires question

WADA recently posted an FAQ on TUEs — therapeutic use exemptions. Russian hackers put TUEs in the news after Olympians’ data were made public. And we learned: “Based on information compiled by WADA from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, there were 143 TUEs held by a total of 11,303 competing athletes. 51 TUEs were granted […]

November 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Rev. Dick Camp’s advice on life, track: ‘Be physically, spiritually fit’

M80 sprinter Dick Camp sent friends a Thanksgiving message with thoughts good all year ’round. He wrote from Stuttgart, Germany, where he was visiting his daughter (who talked about her Dad’s fight with Parkinson’s a year ago.) “Being thankful causes us to be reflective,” Dick wrote. “Now that I’ve reached 80, I’m looking back at some […]

November 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Why no info on 2018 Malaga outdoor world meet on WMA website?

If Perth was near perfection, Malaga is a mystery. The 2018 world masters outdoor meet isn’t even listed yet on the WMA website. “Nothing on the outdoor meet,” writes a friend. “Seems like putting on the world masters outdoor and indoor meets are the primary job of WMA, so why is this information so hard […]

November 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments