High jumpers highlight Pasadena Senior Games results at Caltech

Me didn’t jump this year at Caltech (saving myself for my all-out 100-meter jog), but I got some nice 400mm shots Saturday of some superstars, including John Dobroth, Jim Goodreau, Otis Burrell, Charlie Rader, Annelies Steekelenburg, Kathy Bergen and comebacking Jason Meisler (a former 7-2 guy at UCLA, now a lawyer). Charlie, a one-time M45 record-holder, turns 70 next year. He straddled 1.45 (4-9). At 72, Jim flopped 1.40 (4-7). And at 76, retired Judge John straddled 1.30 (4-3 1/4). The oldest jumper was Pasadena’s own Don Leis, who cleared 0.95 (3-1 1/4). Also making an appearance was a bearded Nolan Shaheed, also of Pasadena, who at 68 ran the 800 in 2:31.54 and the 1500 in 5:14.19. Meet results are here. Avert your eyes from the M60 50 and 100. Selected photos — raw, uncropped images — can be found here. No charge, but please credit Ken Stone / masterstrack.com.

Former world-class jumper Otis Burrell, now 73, showed great form at Caltech.

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June 5, 2017

7 Responses

  1. Weia Reinboud - June 6, 2017

    The results give age by year, not the official age group per day of birth? As far as I know Linda Cohn turns 65 in december, otherwise she had smashed the javelin world record.

  2. tb - June 6, 2017

    That’s how Senior Games do it, your age as of Dec 31st, 2017.

  3. Matt - June 6, 2017

    no hurdles??

  4. Ken Stone - June 6, 2017

    Many Senior Games eschew hurdles. This was one of them.

  5. Christel Donley - June 7, 2017

    Ken, thanks for the write-up and the pics. A study for the highjumpers, great.

    We finally made it home, going from 109 F in Nevada to 42 F in CO. Anything goes.

    Yes, hurdles were taken out after one attempt. At that time the age for Senior Games was 55 plus!!

    Having participated in many Senior Games all over the USA , over the years, no hurdles and some of the rules are very “optional” and up to the meetdirectors. We get a reminder on and off: “that’s how we run our meet…..” so there.

    Age – for those meets – determined by the end of the year. RECORDS – AGE AT THE DAY OF THE MEET.

  6. David E. Ortman (M64), Seattle, WA - June 7, 2017

    Remember, the emphasis is on “games.” If you are disappointed that you can’t run hurdles at the National Senior Games, you can always try for a medal in badminton, bowling, table tennis, pickle ball, or shuffleboard, which sounds a lot easier. Or perhaps cowboy action shooting, dance, or disc golf at one of the state Senior Games.

  7. Christel Donley - June 8, 2017

    laughing out loud about your remarks. YES, I was THE ONE – back in 1994 refusing to put on hurdles – at least at the Pasadena Senior Games (then Crown Valley Senior Olympics) The legendary Walt Butler was pushing for hurdles and I only let him run once, helping him to even put up hurdles …. that was the beginning and the end, different hurdle hts were
    discussed, and athletes, that had never run hurdles, were kind of “discouraged” to try it at the Senior Games.
    ,Yet, I take credit to offer softball throw – which took off well! ( I was my best customer)

    No standing Long Jump at our meet, yet it is conducted in many other Senior Games.
    Very true, most of the Senior Athletes are happy with even a ribbon or a compliment of having done well – and not getting hurt. Comraderie,sp? is the key! I just experienced that to the fullest at the
    Pasadena Senior Games.

    And yes, I am getting a new keyboard, it’s not my typing, it’s the …….

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