M60 Lyndon Herzberg, the Yeti of masters track, enters N.Y. meet

Artist's conception of Lyndon Herzberg.

Artist’s conception of Lyndon.

Lyndon Herzberg, my favorite mystery of masters track, made a splash five years ago when he posted a 100-meter seed time of 11.26 as a 56-year-old. But he rarely shows up at meets, and his single mark on mastersrankings.com is a 15.04. Now guess what? He’s baaaaccck! According to the M60 entry list at this weekend’s New York Association USATF meet at Icahn Stadium, Lyndon entered a “qualifying” mark of 11.86. The listed world record is Ron Taylor’s epic 11.70 of 1994. I suspect that someone other than Lyndon is using his name as a prank. To test this theory, I’ve written the company where Lyndon works in Southern California. (I ran a poll in 2010, too) In any case, if you happen to be at the Randall’s Island meet Saturday, take a picture of Mr. Herzberg. I’d love to share an image of the gent — our answer to Bigfoot.

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June 18, 2015

4 Responses

  1. Jeff Davison - June 18, 2015

    I’ve spoken with him several years ago in Orange County. He is nice and quite and stays to himself. When he trains he trains hard and he is a very good sprinter.

    No mystery … he is just a busy guy.

  2. EM - June 19, 2015

    Are bogus seed times something new?

  3. Ken Stone - June 21, 2015

    Lyndon Herzberg was a no-show at the New York USATF meet, I’m told. But at least he supported the association with his entry fee, so some good came out of it. Ha!

  4. Stephen Gould - June 23, 2015

    I confess I was disappointed he was a no-show! Normally, my idea of competing against a legend is finding myself in the same race as Oscar Peyton…this is an entirely different kind of legend.

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