M100, W100 records should fall at Landover indoor nationals

Maybe Rob Jerome can use a fast shutter speed on Orville again as M100 newbie.

MTF Communications’ latest preview of masters nationals notes: “Julia Hawkins, a 102-year-old champ hailing from Baton Rouge, will be the oldest competitor in history at any USATF national championship she will run the 60m. Retired pilot from Hubbard, Texas, Orville Rogers, 100, will be the oldest man to compete at the meet this year and is expected to set a number of centenarian age group records. The oldest local competitor is Dixon Hemphill, a young 93, of Fairfax, VA, whom Rogers, ran with (albeit in different age groups) and narrowly beat in an exciting 60m dash in 2017 which was seen widely in a viral video.” But the biggest challenge involving the 60s is finishing before midnight. Close to 350 sprinters are entered. (The March 16-18 meet already is being touted as the biggest masters indoor nationals in U.S. history, with 1,200-plus entries.)

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March 7, 2018

6 Responses

  1. Peter L. Taylor - March 8, 2018

    Yes, it will be a wild one, Ken, or should I say a long one? Friday looks like 11 hours, while Saturday appears to be about 11 hours and 35 minutes. Can you imagine trying to announce this meet, even with a partner?

    On Sunday the track events start at 8:00 AM with the preliminaries in the 200 for W75. Superstar Kathy Bergen heads the field of 8; when they make me king I will say that in any masters 200 with 10 or fewer competitors the referee has the authority to split it into 2 timed finals.

    After all, Ken, what is the likelihood that Kathy will be eliminated in the trials? I would say about 0.00001%, at best.

  2. Matt McCubbins - March 8, 2018

    I think I found a typo in Bob’s write-up. He wrote: “Hall of Famer, Bruce McBarnette, Sterling, VA, 65, has set 12 world masters titles in the High Jump”.

    I’m pretty sure Bruce is just starting his M60 campaign, not M65.

  3. Jeff Davison - March 8, 2018

    100 women:
    Ida Keeling is getting the tv time as fastest woman and just finished writing a book.
    Julia just keeps breaking the records.

  4. comm team - March 8, 2018

    Clarification: The press release was written by the USATF Communications Sub-committee, it was submitted to PRnewswire by Bob (many thanks to him for that).
    Matt, correct Bruce is 60, not 65 and that has since been fixed. I agree with Jeff, since Ida has been competing for longer she has a lot more name recognition, but I predict Julia will get growing attention. Landover Promises to be a great event, good luck to everyone competing!

  5. em - March 15, 2018

    Too bad the flat track. Envious of our European friends now logging fast times in their 800s/400s/200s on their banked tracks at their nations’ nationals. No 4×200 WRs in Landover. ; (

  6. track fan - March 16, 2018

    Sorry Bill, beggars can’t be choosers. Perhaps you could help work on a bid.

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