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Yanks outnumber Canucks at Toronto WMA regional championships

Entrants are posted here for Toronto’s North and Central America and Caribbean Region WMA Championships — aka the We Bailed Out Mexico Meet. From Katty Abran to Debbie Zinman, both Canadians, the list includes 948 athletes, including submasters like Olympian Walter Dix. The most interesting stat? Team USA accounts for 385 athletes — more than […]

August 3, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

London schmondon; USATF masters throwers plan strong meet, too

More than 80 weightfolk are entered this weekend in the USATF Masters Throws Championships at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Many big names are coming, including Ray Feick, Tim Morse, Tim Muller, Larry Rheams, Patrick Toland, Carol Finsrud, Neni Lewis, Gloria Krug, Myrle Mensey and Mary Roman. It’s basically a meet to […]

August 2, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Emil Pawlik gets early start on 2018 WMA worlds in Malaga, Spain

M75 multi-eventer Emil Pawlik, a 2004 Masters Hall of Famer, has good years and great years. He’s having a good one in 2017 — his 30th in our niche sport — and gearing up for a great one in 2018. His local paper reports his secret: “Pawlik, a self-described early riser, is on a high […]

August 1, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Tributes pour in for Monte Upshaw, Joy’s dad and track inspiration

Joy Upshaw is a Masters Hall of Famer in large part because of her dad’s example and inspiration, not to mention his genes. Monte Upshaw in 1954 broke Jesse Owens’ high school long jump record. Joy, and her younger sister, Grace, went on to snap other long jump records in masters and college ranks. Grace […]

July 30, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Scott McPherson lays out theories on how he tested positive at ABQ

In my Times of San Diego story on M60 walker Scott McPherson and his four-year doping ban, I report that USADA found no other drug positives at Albuquerque indoor nationals. So that’s newsy news. The rest is Scott’s theories on how steroids entered his system. I also quote a USADA spokeswoman at length saying they […]

July 28, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Denmark hosting strongest 2017 outdoor masters meet in the world

Don’t look now, but the best masters track meet this summer has started in Denmark. It’s the European Masters Athletics Championships, aka WMA regionals. Well, do look. The folks in Aarhus are likely to be your competition at 2018 worlds in Malaga, Spain. The meet continues through Aug. 6, with the sked here. They have […]

July 27, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

M60 Scott McPherson on USADA 4-year doping sanction: ‘I’m done’

Scott McPherson of Lubbock, Texas, called me Wednesday to talk about his 4-year doping ban by USADA. Yes, he’s the optometrist I found online. No, he’s not a drug cheat. He calls this case “comical” because he’s been race walking only a year as a hobby. Here’s what I learned in a 20-minute chat: He’s […]

July 26, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  18 Comments

Nick Symmonds offers Vegas plan to jumpstart pro track & field

Nick Symmonds, the great 800-meter man, is retired from pro track but not trying to fix the sport. He doesn’t turn 35 until the end of 2018, but maybe he’ll have ideas for masters as well. “If I could raise $2–3 million,” he writes, “I could put on the world’s greatest and most modern track […]

July 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Father Ted’s miracle: Beating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as M70

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a horrible illness, but Aussie priest Ted Miller is conquering it, thank God (as he does). M70 Ted told his local parish weekly that the CFS he had was linked to glandular fever he contracted in his 20s, “which – when linked to a virus like the Epstein-Barr virus that causes […]

July 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

MTF Chair Harvey answers critics, questions on LSU weather delays

Mike Travers, USATF Eastern Region masters coordinator, has posted on Facebook a memo from national masters chair Rex Harvey with the title “Weather Delays at Meets.” Here’s what Rex wrote Friday: “This past weekend at the Outdoor Nationals in Baton Rouge, the competition was interrupted several times by weather delays. Some people called them rain […]

July 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments