Dussett, Henry win USATF masters 400s; Gröger goes sub-51 at 52

Roland lowered his own M50 WR in the 400.

Antwon Dussett easily won the masters men’s 400 exhibition Sunday at Sacto open nationals, clocking an M40 world leading 49.01. (No. 2 is 50.13 by a Brazilian.) His mark is less than six-tenths of a second off the listed American record of 48.44 by James King in 1989. Nice! The women’s winner was W40 Angee Henry, whose 57.11 is way better than the world No. 2 this season of 60.35 by an Aussie. It’s also close to the listed AR of 56.90 by Latrica Dendy at 2016 Perth worlds. Double nice! But word also arrived of a new M50 WR at the 400 by our old friend Roland Gröger, whose 50.73 made him the first M50 to go sub-51. His coach, Daniele Biffi, said “our goal was 50.80!” The race was in Sunday’s Nord Germany Championships in Berlin (see results here). Roland ran 51.02 last year, but didn’t get credit for beating Fred Sowerby’s listed M50 WR of 51.39 from 1999. “Next week we have the German Championships.” Also at Sacto: Justin Gatlin won the 100 in an M35 WR 9.95 (beating a Kim Collins 9.96), and Jenn Suhr at 35 took silver in the vault at 4.65 (15-3). Not as good as her 5.83 (15-10) also at 35. But USATF/WMA better recognize this as superior to Stacy Dragila’s listed WR of 4.55!

USATF media folk helpfully fetched quotes from the masters winners:

Masters women’s 400 meters – Angee Henry

“I’ll like to see more Masters opportunities. So hopefully me running here with these ladies will help to open up those doors for others to be encouraged but also for us to have more opportunities. I have been competing since I was four, competing in USATF or AAU since I was little. What else was there to do?”

Why do you compete?

“This is new for me — my first Masters. I still run collegiate races and place in the top three. So this is a transition but a good one. They have been so welcoming and have done a good job. I am encouraged to follow this path.”

Masters men’s 400m – Antwon Dussett

“I was a good race. I ran just how I wanted, not quite as fast as I wanted but that’s OK. The crowd had a ton of energy. Track’s a solo sport so any time the crowd can get behind you that’s a huge boost and gives a ton to run for.”

Here are results (from emailed images):


Angee Henry 57.11
LaTisha Staten 59.65
Erika Pierce 1:00.79
Cynthia McNamee 1:00.82
Andrea Collier 1:04.35
Evelyn Konrad 1:05.00
Chris Gentile 1:05.43
Jennifer Patenge 1:08.97

Here are ages and seed times:

1. 56.24 Angee Henry – age 41
2. 60.60 Cynthia McNamee – age 41
3. 60.78 LaTisha Staten – age 42
4. 61.88 Erika Pierce – age 46
5. 62.03 Jenniffer Patenge – age 44
6. 64.03 Chris Gentile – age 47
7. 64.54 Andrea Collier – age 50
8. 64.56 Evelyn Conrad – age 49

MEN’S 400:

Antwon Dussett 49.01
Lee Bridges 51.81
Jason Rhodes 53.56
Peter Haack 53.67
David Cahill 54.07
Terry Parks 56.40
Antoine Batiste 59.80

Here are ages and seed times:

1. 49.17 Antwon Dussett – age 41
2. 51.77 Lee Bridges -age 50
3. 52.66 Jason Rhodes – age 45
4. 52.97 Peter Haack – age 42
5. 53.89 David Cahill – age 40
6. 54.99 Terry Parks – age 53
7. 55.22 Antoine Batiste – age 45
8. 58.77 Brent Cottong – age 60

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June 25, 2017

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