M60 long jump superstar emerges at SoCal Indoor … Outdoor meet

Andy Hecker, director of the annual Southern California Indoor Meet Held Outdoors, has posted results. See them here. Besides the Nolan Shaheed M60 American record for 3,000, the meet saw M60 Jim Stevens long jump 5.85 meters (19-2 1/2). How good is that? The listed WR is 6.07 (19-11) by Southern California’s Tom Patsalis way back in 1982. So who is Jim Stevens? I haven’t a clue. His name doesn’t turn up in my results searches. But I love the prospect of out-of-the-woodwork track stars over 60.

Interesting events included the 40-yard dash (as in NFL combine).

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February 22, 2012

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  1. peter taylor - February 23, 2012

    A very nice meet, from all appearances. Temperature range for this “indoor” outdoor meet was 48-62, a bit below the historical average for Santa Ana on February 19 of 48-70. Still, the sprint times were very good.

    I could not find anything for long jumper Jim Stevens, and he is not entered at Bloomington nationals. Pity.

    The sprinter who stood out the most at the Santa Ana meet was Kathy Bergen. The results show that at age 72 Kathy ran the 60 meters in a startling 9.14 seconds.

    Kathy, of course, is the W70 world indoor record holder in the 60 dash at 9.21 seconds. In addition, at Albuquerque last year Kathy ran 9.13 (not accepted as a world or American record, however).

    Kathy is entered in Bloomington nationals along with many other stellar women, including Phil Raschker and Renee Henderson.

  2. Steven Snow - February 23, 2012

    This is even more impressive when you consider that Mr. Stevens didn’t break 13 seconds in the 100. His long jump technique must be very good. I hope that he continues to participate henceforth.

  3. Steve - February 23, 2012

    If this is the same M60 Jim Stevens who jumped
    15′ 4 1/2″ (4.69m) to win the meet below in Sept. 2011, that would be “off the charts” improvement! Let’s just say someone made a mistake somewhere…


  4. Jeff Davison - February 23, 2012

    Several years ago the “Indoor” Meet was almost “rained out” . . . thankful the rain slowed down so the meet could be completed.

    Great job by Andy for getting this meet as a regular meet for the So Cal folks.

    The meet has been great for those that would like to try out the “Indoor” Pent. and other events as well.

  5. Jeff Davison - February 23, 2012

    Did you catch the 40 yard dash results as well?

  6. Fidel - February 23, 2012

    I want to go to this next year. Does anyone know if the 40yd dash is timed on first movement or is it FAT?

  7. Andrew Hecker - February 23, 2012

    One of the jump officials, Kirk Bentz (who regularly beats me jumping), talked to him. “A very nice guy that used to HJ in High School and this is his 2nd meet after a forty year lay off! We talked a little about training and nursing injuries as Master Athletes do.”

  8. Andrew Hecker - February 23, 2012

    Fidel, we do it the track and field start and automatic timing. The 40 yard dash was a requested event. After conducting the Indoor Championship list of events, we do whatever events have interest, by request. Since the 100 meters is not an Indoor event, we do it first–there is always interest. We had a request to do the 300 meters, but all two of the three competitors pulled out and the third moved into the 40. In the past we’ve done 600 yards, 1000 meters for the pentathlon and the super weight.

    The 40 was requested by sprint legend Dick Richards. We had a lot of interest. With a few people circling back to do it again, we ended up with three heats.

  9. Ace Bond - February 24, 2012

    i will definitely put this on my target list of events for next season. love the idea of having the 40yd dash – sounds like a blast.

  10. Karen Vaughn - February 27, 2012

    Andrew, as always, it was a great meet.

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