Kathy Martin’s W65 mile WR sets up incredible finish: 800 as well?

Kathy at ABQ has 800 left. Photo by Dave Albo

Kathy Martin is in real estate, with the slogan “miles ahead of the competition. That was never so true as on Day 2 of ABQ nationals, where she set a W65 world record of 6:01.46 for the mile. On the Age-Graded Tables, her mark Saturday is worth 4:06 for 20-30 age group. Talk about insane. So now that she’s guaranteed USATF Athlete of the Week, the only question is by how much she’ll crush the 800-meter record Sunday, if she has any gas left. The listed indoor American record is 2:52.49 by Marie Michelsohn at 2007 Boston nationals. (It was Marie’s 3K record that Kathy broke Friday.) The listed W65 WR is 2:47.75 by Germany’s Lydia Ritter. At Perth worlds four months ago, Kathy was silver medalist in the 800 with a time of 2:41.34. Anyone think she won’t do the middle-distance record trifecta? Also kudos to M45 Derek Pye and M55 Karl Smith, who both set age-group PRs in the 60-meter hurdles. They also happen to be world records, since they both bettered their own marks of last year or this season. And stay tuned for Kathy’s outdoor WRs. Among others, she’ll likely improve the mile WR of 5:54.59. Hope she sells some homes as well.

Kathy’s 200 splits in W65 world record mile were amazing as usual.

Here’s the USATF release:

Kathy Martin (Northport, Long Island) defied the mile-high altitude at the 2017 USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, which distance runners find challenging, to set a world record in the W65 1 mile run, following her American record yesterday in the 3000m.

Martin completed the indoor mile in 6:01.46, breaking the previous record by four seconds. The Northport Running Club athlete kicked off the race with a fast-paced first lap in 44.32 and maintained under .47 for laps two through seven. For the final 200m, she released an extra burst of speed and ran her fastest split of 41.92.

In the 60m hurdles, two world records were set; 1984 Jamaican Olympian Karl Smith (Alexandria, Virginia) bested the M55 60m hurdles in 8.56, and Derek Pye (Long Beach, California), who also won in the long jump, conquered the M45 with a time of 8.15.

In the W80 mile race, Jeanne Daprano (Fayetteville, Georgia) of Atlanta Track Club broke the American record in 8:52.77. Daprano, the defending world outdoors champion in the 1500m, ran her fastest lap at the beginning of the race with a time of 54.67.

Albuquerque hometown favorite Lisa Valle (Albuquerque, New Mexico) won the W50 1 mile in 5:40.61.

In the field events, Antonio Palacios (Bloomington, Indiana) owned the M50 long jump and set a new American record of 6.5m/21-04. W60 competitor Monica Kendall (Portland, Oregon) broke her age group’s American record in the shot put with a throw of 12.06/39-07.

Two records in the 4x200m relay closed out the day’s events. Athena Track Club set a new American record in the W55 in 2:03.02. In the M35, Southwest Sprinters Track Club tied the world record in 1:29.74.

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February 18, 2017

5 Responses

  1. Track fan - February 19, 2017

    Kathy got the 800m WR! 2:44.35!

  2. Ken Stone - February 19, 2017


    WR for Kathy in 800 Sunday morning. And W80 American record for Jeanne Daprano, breaking old record by nearly a minute!

    Place Athlete Time Heat Pts
    Kathryn Martin
    65 – Northport Running Club
    2:44.35 R
    1 2 3 4
    1 8
    Results – Age 70-74
    Place Athlete Time Heat Pts
    Kathleen Frable
    71 – So Cal Track Club
    1 2 3 4
    1 8
    Angela Staab
    74 – Piedmont Pacers Track Club
    1 2 3 4
    1 6
    Results – Age 80-84
    Place Athlete Time Heat Pts
    Jeanne Daprano
    80 – Atlanta Track Club
    3:53.53 R
    1 2 3 4
    1 8
    Helly Visser
    83 – Canada
    4:29.26 R
    1 2 3 4
    1 6

  3. Weia Reinboud - February 19, 2017

    What a velocity of these women. Kathy is my age group but I could run at her side for about one third the distance. That’s just the start for her, I would be compleetly exhausted.

  4. SusieQ - February 20, 2017

    Nice work, ladies!!

  5. Ken Stone - February 24, 2017

    Kathy was named USATF Athlete of Week on Friday, later than usual but expected:

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