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Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:15 am

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Bruce Caldwell of Essx pole vaulting poles and XLogic posted this over on Pole Vault Power . com. It's a great summary of what we can expect in Boston.
Sullivan Award Finalist Phil Raschker, Now 60, to Assault 9 World and US Records;
For Release: March 20, 2007
Contact: Robert Weiner, National Masters Track Media Chair 301-283-0821/202-329-1700

Sullivan Award Finalist Phil Raschker, Now 60, to Assault 9 World and US Records;


(Boston, MA)—The USA Track and Field National Masters Indoor Championships are set to be held in Boston March 23-25 for the 12th time since 1975 with perhaps the best field ever -- including 36 current reigning world champions. 2004 Sullivan Award Finalist, Philippa Raschker, who just turned 60 Feb. 21, is entered in nine events and set to assault world and US age records in each. Over 700 top competitors ages 30 to 90+ are entered in the meet. The event occurs at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track, 1350 Tremont Street. Finals are 4-6PM Friday, 9-5 Saturday, and 9:30-2 Sunday. Spectators are free.
Raschker, of Marietta Georgia, was the first-ever masters track athlete to be a Finalist for the Sullivan Award for America’s top amateur athlete – the other four finalists in 2004 were basketball star Lebron James, Olympic speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, swimmer Michael Phelps, and University of Connecticut basketball leader Diana Taurasi. Raschker has set more than 200 U.S. and world track and field records during her career. In Boston she will compete in the 60 meter dash, 60 Hurdles, 200, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, and pentathlon (another 5 events combined).
Raschker said that she hopes her recognition "inspires lifetime fitness as we age" and that "sports are breaking the age stereotype. The majority of Americans are over 40 now, and 35 million Americans are over 65.” She wants to “send the message that we never need to lose our competitive spirit and that we can remain healthy and fit for an entire lifetime through participating in sports. There are competitors even over 100 in masters track and field, and I hope one day to be among them!" Raschker added that her medals “are for all the aging athletes out there."
USATF-New England is hosting the meet. Former USATF-NE President Gary Snyder is now National Chair of USATF Masters Track and Field, elected at the USATF National Convention in December in Indianapolis. Snyder, 63, will be competing in the meet in the 60 and 200 meters.
This year’s oldest entrants include four over 90: Leland McPhie of San Diego, who turned 93 March 10, is the meet’s oldest and is entered in seven events--the 60, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, 12-lb. Weight throw, and 25-lb.superweight throw. Betty Jarvis (92), oldest female, of Aberdeen, NC is in the shot and weight throw. Bob Matteson, age 90 of Bennington, VT, who holds American records in the 200 & 400, is in five events -- the 60, 200, 400, 800 and 3000. Rev. Champion Goldy (90), from Haddonfield, NJ, is in the 60, 200, and shot.
One of the nicest stories in masters track is that 50-year-old Carla Hoppie of Centrailia, WA and her 20 year-old college sophomore son Chris are going to college and competing on the SAME COLLEGIATE TRACK TEAM (son in decathlon, Mom in heptathlon & pentathlon) at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. Carla is competing in the Pentathlon in Boston.
* For media interviews onsite, see Bob Weiner, National Masters Media Chair at Trackside or call Bob’s cell at 202-329-1700.
Media Notes follow. For additional meet information on entrants and full schedule, see ... pionships/ .

MEDIA NOTES from Ken Stone (
Reigning Indoor World Champions Entered in Boston

M75 John Starr in 3000 racewalk
M65 Emil Pawlik in 60, 60H, high jump, long jump, pentathlon
M65 Sid Howard in 800, mile
M60 Roger Pierce in 60, 200, 400
M55 Bill Collins in 60, 200, 400
M55 James Broun in 60H
M50 James Barrineau in high jump
M45 Gregory Foster in 60, 60H, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, pentathlon
M45 Bruce McBarnette in high jump
M35 Daniel Holton in pole vault
W45 Joy Upshaw-Margerum in 60, 60H, 200, long jump
W45 Lesley Chaplin-Swann in 200, 400, 800, mile, 3000
W40 Patricia Porter in high jump

Reigning World Outdoor Champions Entered in Boston:
M35 Don Drummond in 60, 60H
M35 Neil Fitzgerald in 800
M40 Robert Thomas in 60, 200, 400 and 800
M40 Michael Trunkes in 3000
M45 Darnell Gatling in 200, 400
M45 Anselm Lebourne in 800, mile
M45 Bruce McBarnette in high jump
M55 Charles Allie in 60, 200 and 400
M60 Larry Barnum in 400, 800
M60 Norman Frable in 3K walk, high jump
M60 Roger Pierce in 60, 200 and 400
M65 Emil Pawlik in 60, 60H, high jump, long jump and pentathlon
M75 Jerry Donley in pole vault and long jump
M80 Mel Larsen in 60, 60H, 200 and long jump
W35 Lisa Daley in 60, 200 and 400
W40 Patricia Porter in high jump
W80 Miriam Gordon in 3K walk

Please note:
M40 Robert Thomas Jr. – a silver medalist at Linz Indoor Worlds in both M35 200 and 400 – is entered in the 60, 200, 400 and 800 in Boston. In mid-February, he broke the M40 American indoor record for 400 meters:

Here are some events or entrants to watch (with supporting links):

-- Kathryn Martin, who has set at least five W55 world indoor records this year, is entered in the 800, mile and 3000.

-- M75 vaulter William Bell is Olympian Earl Bell’s father.

-- M60 vaulter John Altendorf in February raised his age group’s world indoor record to 3.96 meters (12-11 3/4).

-- M50 vaulter Gary Hunter set a world indoor record (4.65/15-3) and American outdoor record (4.60/15-1) in 2006 but jumped an unratified 4.75 (15-7) outdoors in May 2006, which betters the M50 world outdoor record.

-- The top three finishers in January’s Hartshorne Masters Mile at Ithaca, New York, will race again:
John Hinton 43 Chapel Hill, NC 4:21.20
Kevin Forde 43 Philadelphia, PA 4:29.46
Anselm LeBourne 47 Maplewood, NJ 4:29.59
(But Anselm will be in M45, while John and Kevin will tangle again in the M40 group)

-- Phil Raschker, who turned 60 February 21, already has set two world and two American W60 records (at the USATF indoor heptathlon championships). She’s entered in 60, 60H, 200, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put and pentathlon.

-- All four members of the 4x200 indoor M70 world record relay team of earlier this month are entered in various sprints – Larry Colbert, Rich Rizzo, Dick Camp and Bob Lida.

-- High jump champs Patricia Porter (W40) and Jim Barrineau (M50) also jumped in the Olympic Games (Patricia Porter was Patricia Morley King in the Olympics).
-- M50 John Tuttle (entered in Boston 3000) was a 1984 marathon Olympian.

In addition, note the presence in Boston of M55 Nolan Shaheed, entered in 800, mile and 3K. He's a favorite to win all three and threaten age-group records while he runs to a beat. Jazz musician Shaheed played lead trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra, was musical director for Marvin Gaye, and has worked with Natalie Cole and Stevie Wonder.

M55 high jumper Ed Baskauskas is a Harvard alumnus now living in Northern California. Ed beat Richard Sobel (an old Princeton rival) in a jumpoff in Hawaii in 2005 for the National title. Ed jumped for Harvard in the early 1970s.

MORE MEET NOTES – Are these… Collegians or Masters?
From Peter Taylor, USATF National Masters Meet Announcer and Media Committee Member:

Masters track and field in the US is now so strong that many of the competitors look and perform like collegians. At the USATF Indoor Masters Championships in Boston (March 23-25) there will be many sprinters who would fill out many of today’s collegiate teams very nicely. In the M30 (men 30-34) group, Antwon Dussett, who ran a shocking 46.98 in the 400 last year at the masters outdoors, heads a strong group of dash men. In M35, Sean Maye (37, out of BrighamYoung University) is the indoor record holder with a scorching 22.02 200 and will be tough to down in that event. As for M40, Robert Thomas (Indiana) already has a record-breaking indoor time of 49.60 for the 400 this year and will endeavor to complete an unheard-of sweep in the 60 through 800.

Winning the 60 and 200 in M40 will be brutal, however, as Aaron Thigpen (Brentwood, California) has become “the man” in the short sprints, turning in a brilliant (and not wind aided) time of 10.73 in the 100 last summer. Aaron, a member of 11 U.S. national teams, would look great on most of the collegiate squads in New England. In M35, Don Drummond (Texas) is a heavy favorite to win the 60 hurdles and is also in the 60 dash; Don has won the outdoor 110 hurdles every year since 2000 and ran 53.36 in the 400 hurdles last year in Guatemala. In M45, newcomer (to masters championships) Michael Sullivan has already shown great promise; the former All-American at Arizona State knows what it’s like to run in a big-time program and hopes to win the 400.

Among the women “collegians,” Joy Upshaw-Margerum (California), the national outdoor champ in the 100, 200, and 80 hurdles (W45), will be the favorite in every event she enters and would immensely strengthen any collegiate team in Massachusetts (Joy ran 26.48 in the outdoor 200 last year). In W35, world champion Lisa Daley will be a heavy favorite in the 200 and 400 (she ran 25.17 and 56.03 at the worlds in 2005). Even the M55 favorite, Bill Collins of Houston, Texas, could help an NCAA Division Three team; Bill’s record in the M55 200 is 23.36 (Collins was an All American at Texas Christian University and was a member of the US squad that ran a world mark of 38.03 in the 4 x 100 in Dusseldorf, Germany).

On the women’s side, hard-hitting Kathy Martin (Northport, NY) has already obliterated the indoor mile mark for W55 (recently blazed a 5:19.87) and would suit many a college squad perfectly. Even in W60, Phil Raschker (known to some as “All World”) would help out; Phil was a Sullivan Award finalist in 2004 and will tear up every sprint, hurdle, and jump in sight. And, can you believe it, Nadine O’Connor (W65), of California, is posting marks that many a collegian would envy. Nadine pole vaulted an unheard of 10’ 2 ¾” last year at age 64 (!) and holds the American 60-64 mark outdoors in the 200 at an unthinkable 29.09. Also in W65, Marie-Louise Michelson (professor of mathematics, State University of New York – Stony Brook) is an absolute standout. Marie-Louise is a multiple world champion and as recently as 2002 ran an absurdly fast 5:32.82 in the 1500.

Need a pole vaulter? How about Indiana’s Gary Hunter, who will try to better his record of 15’ 3” – Gary is in the 50-54 group (M50)! From Oregon, John Altendorf will be in Boston to try to break his mark in M60 of 12’ 11 ¾” -- the small colleges would welcome John.

Want a high jumper to win some points for your college? What about Patricia “Trish” Porter (the former Trish King, from Albuquerque, NM); yes, she is the same Trish King who was a 1988 Olympian. Trish has the W40 world standard of 5’ 91/4” and should prevail at Boston with no problem. Or try M50 favorite Jim Barrineau (Burke, Virginia) who competed in the high jump for the US at Montreal (1976 Olympics).

Want to go way up the ladder? Mel Larsen (M80) from Iowa, should run the competition ragged in his age group; in the 2005 world masters championships in Spain Mel ran an ungodly 14.99 in the 100-meter dash; his time in the 80-m hurdles was 14.75 (both efforts won gold). Going even farther up, consider Bob Matteson, still a management consultant at 91, who will look to set records in M90 every time he steps on the track; Bob is from Bennington, Vermont, and has a pending indoor American mark of 44.62 in the 200. Bob may not even win the M90 60 dash, however, as Reverend Champion Goldy (Haddonfield, NJ) just turned 90 this winter and has speed to burn.

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