Joy Upshaw finally nails W55 American record for 100 in 13.27

Facebook photo of Joy running at Sri Chinmoy.

Since turning 55 in February 2016, Joy Upshaw has run the 100-meter dash at least 20 times, according to On Sunday, she finally achieved her goal — beating Phil Raschker’s listed American record of 13.30 set at 2002 Orono nationals — a world record at the time. (It’s now held by France’s Nicole Alexis at 12.80.) Joy clocked 13.27 at the USATF-sanctioned Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Masters Track and Field meet at Glendale High School near Los Angeles. (See results here.) Joy also ran a wind-hampered 50 in 7.28 and 200 in 27.69. She clocked 13.61 (again into a wind) in the 80-meter hurdles and also won the long jump at 4.51 (14-9 3/4). Joy lost her dad, Monte, in July. I’m sure he was cheering from Heaven’s Bleachers along with fellow prep record-setter Jesse Owens.

Joy with meet officials, including starter Andy Hecker (in red), record form.

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October 2, 2017

6 Responses

  1. Matt McCubbins - October 2, 2017

    Woo Hoo! Congrats Joy! It was very nice meeting you and chatting a bit up in Toronto – hope to see you at future meets :-).

  2. Jeff Davison - October 2, 2017

    Great job Joy

  3. Chip Upshaw - October 2, 2017

    Way to go Joyjoy!!

  4. Carol Upshaw - October 2, 2017

    Fab fun, honey❣️Stay tenacious!⚡️

  5. Ken Stone - October 3, 2017

    Turns out Joy ran a legal 13.22 in 2016, but that Mt SAC Relays mark wasn’t ratified.

  6. Mike Sullivan - October 4, 2017

    Great performance…….


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