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Distance giant Miki Gorman dies at 80; Hall of Famer, world champ

Miki Gorman, a member of the inaugural 1996 Class of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, died Sept. 19 in Bellingham, Washington, her daughter reported Tuesday in a blog post. She was 80. Miki is being remembered as a pioneering female marathoner — and world-record holder. But she also was a giant on the track, […]

October 6, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

What does NCCWMA region do? How does Sandy Pashkin lead?

Oregon’s Sandy Pashkin was elected president of the North and Central America & Caribbean WMA Region the morning of Aug. 10, 2012, in Room 326, Hazen Hall, at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. A WMA regional meet was being held there. “There were approximately twenty voting members present, along with a handful […]

October 5, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Time for masters throwers to recruit stars from Scottish Games?

W40 Beth Burton is a former track All-American at Cal State Northridge and has coached at Chico State and a high school. But she doesn’t appear to be throwing her old discus and shot. Instead she heaves trees and rocks. That’s the deal for the Scottish Highland Games, where she recently won a world title […]

October 4, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Don Pellmann may be oldest to appear in SI’s Faces in the Crowd

Michelle Xiao was a Nebraska state Junior Olympic 200-meter hurdles champion who attended my archrival high school in Omaha (Westside). I went to Burke my senior year. Now she’s a soccer midfielder as a Stanford freshman. But she’ll never forget this week’s honor — appearing next to 100-year-old Don Pellmann in Faces in the Crowd. […]

October 3, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Anselm LeBourne spills the beans on his track career in video Q&A

“We were so poor, we dropped the OR. Just po … but we had three square meals,” M55 WR-man Anselm LeBourne recalls about growing up in Trinidad and Tobago. In a 30-minute interview posted Friday, he talks about stretching, being a vegetarian and his first 5K race, which he easily won. “When they finished, they […]

October 2, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Americans McClung, Gant compete in Singapore masters meet

Last weekend, at least two Americans competed at Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore. That island nation’s open masters meet posted these results. Also a bunch of videos. The Yanks were M60 Jeff McClung and M60 Keith Gant. Jeff apparently lives over there, since he hasn’t entered stateside meets for a while. I’m not familiar with […]

October 1, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Alfred Hermes’ German masters site shares newsy news of nation

If it’s news, it’s news to me. Especially German masters news. On Wednesday, I learned of a German masters track website, whose title translates as “magazine for senior athletics.” Use the Chrome browser to see it translated into English. The gent behind it is 69-year-old Alfred Hermes, who excels in sprints and middle distances. He […]

September 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

IAAF Portland 2016 worlds should host M105 sprinters showdown!

Kudos to NBC Sports for correcting its earlier, erroneous report that the 105-year-old Japanese gent was the fastest and oldest M105 sprinter on earth. In this post, writer Nick Zaccardi says: “Hidekichi Miyazaki may have been presented with a Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter on Wednesday, but another man deserves the […]

September 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

‘Supermasters’ beer mile record downed; Finlayson clocks 5:01.24

Quaffing a bottle of Sleeman’s Honey Cream Ale every quarter-mile, Jim Finlayson of Victoria, British Columbia, crushed the beer mile world record for “supermasters” — age 40-plus — Saturday in his hometown. He ran 5:01.24, which is pretty good without the suds. According to this report, Jim previously held the open beer mile world record […]

September 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

SoCal coach Mark Cleary on Leland McPhie: ‘He loved to compete’

SoCal Track Club coach Mark Cleary, who oversees the winningest masters track club in America, recalls teammate Leland McPhie with fondness and admiration. Leland died three weeks ago at 101, and Mark graciously provided this tribute. Mark writes: “It was back in 2011 in Sacramento at the world championships. I spent a great deal of […]

September 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment