M75-plus, W70-plus sprinters sought for ABQ exhibitions Feb. 18

New Mexico is good for sprinters.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, masters exhibition 200-meter races are being held at USATF open indoor nationals in Albuquerque. Joy Upshaw is in charge of putting fields together in W70-plus and M75-plus. But the Status of Entries page shows nobody registered. Uh oh. The time standards are sub-30 for men and sub-34 for women. I suspect those will ease if need be. A Facebook post says: “Each field will have six athletes and the races will be run in prime time. … Contact Joy Upshaw (coachjoyupshaw@gmail.com) for details.” Joy also is looking ahead to a long-jump-centric meet. Her local paper says: “Joy and [Olympian sister] Grace, along with their other siblings Chip and Merry, plan to honor their father with a Monte Upshaw Long Jump Festival to be held at Edwards Stadium…. The event is being planned to coincide with the Brutus Hamilton Invitational meet on April 27-28. Proceeds will go to benefit the UC Berkeley track program. The venue is appropriate, since the long jump pit at the stadium is memorialized with a plaque in Monte’s name. Monte and Grace Upshaw are the first father/daughter pair inducted to the UC Berkeley track and field Hall of Fame.”

The story continues:

Joy Upshaw traveled the globe last year, participating in Masters track and field events in Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Canada. She holds numerous American and world records for her age group in hurdles, sprints and relays.

When she’s in town, Upshaw runs Joy’s Jackrabbits Track Club. The Club meets on Mondays at Acalanes High School. More information is available on the Jackrabbits’ website. She is also co-head track coach for Acalanes High School, and recently was named chair of National Exhibition Events for Masters.

“My goal is to show the general track and field public that our Masters can race at any age.” She will be coordinating Masters races during National track and field events.

One person Joy would dearly love to recruit to Masters competition would be her sister Grace. The two-time Olympian is busy raising two children (who are also in the Jackrabbits) and is a high performance training coach. Knowing what it takes to reach the highest level of competition, her specialty is working with the high school athlete that is looking to compete in college, as well as collegiate and open athletes that have Olympic aspirations. Masters track may be down the road for her; she says she may start competing when she turns 50.

For now, though, the family will turn their energy toward organizing the Monte Upshaw Long Jump Festival.

“These types of events are very popular in Europe where fans can sit in bleachers very close to the action, whether it be vaulting, jumping or any other event,” says Joy Upshaw. “It’s super fun and you can feel the great energy. My dad would love it!”

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January 10, 2018

22 Responses

  1. Bill Kaspari - January 11, 2018

    Indoors are being held in Landover, MD this year.

  2. Jerry Bookin-Weiner - January 11, 2018

    Masters indoor is in Landover.

    Open indoor is in Albuquerque.

    This is for the masters exhibition events at the open indoor meet in Albuquerque.

  3. Terry Parks - January 11, 2018

    I am happy to see that the Masters Exhibition expanding to encompass more age groups. I must say that participation in the Open Nationals was extremely fun. I hope that we get some good participation for the event.

  4. wayne bennett - January 11, 2018

    There are very few M75 runners that can go under 30 in the 200. That seems rather strict restrictions, several can get under 35 but only Lida can possibly get under 30.

  5. Curtis Morgan - January 11, 2018

    Mastersrankings has only “one” M75 athlete, world-wide, under 30 sec in 2017 indoors for 200m. Fastest Yank was Dominic Rappazzo (31.36).

    And of course, “Rapid” Robert Lida is now M81 (but would probably love to gallop with the kiddies).

  6. Peter L. Taylor - January 11, 2018

    I took a quick look at our indoor masters nationals for the last 4 years, which included one meet in Albuquerque, one in North Carolina, one in Boston, and one in Maryland. I saw exactly 0 (as in zero) women 70+ who broke 34 seconds in the 200.

    Even if I missed one because of speed reading, I think that having to run 33.99 or better will be a very punishing standard for the women.

    As for the men, I agree with Messrs. Bennett and Morgan: very, very tough indeed to imagine any men 70+ running 29.99 or under INDOORS. Getting a full field seems as likely as William Jefferson Clinton being appointed to the US Supreme Court in the next 3 years.

  7. Peter L. Taylor - January 11, 2018

    My error: I should have said “any men 75+” running 29.99 or under INDOORs. That’s about as likely as having my brother in Washington state appointed to the US Supreme Court, and he’s an attorney.

  8. Matt B. - January 11, 2018

    About 43 men 75+ have broken 30 indoors or out all-time. It is amazing how many do it though in the previous age group 70-74. Including a 74 year old who ran a 28.46 last year- now 75.

  9. Christa Bortignon - January 11, 2018

    Don’t forget Kathy Bergen and I were the first W75 to run the 200m under 34 seconds. In 2017 Carol Lafayette-Boyd ran the 200m in 31.89

  10. Peter L. Taylor - January 11, 2018

    My focus must not have been very good a few hours ago. My main points are as follows: (a) It will be extremely hard to get FULL fields for these events, given the stringent requirements; (b) one would expect that given the restriction to a single event the entrants will all come from the US. That said, the results from our last four indoors do not offer a lot of hope for filling out the fields.

    Christa, you, Kathy Bergen, Carol Lafayette-Boyd, and Bob Lida are superstars. However, I don’t know whether your superstardom will produce a packed, competitive field, given the travel requirements, the restriction to a single event, and so forth.

  11. Stephen Robbins - January 12, 2018

    Take it from someone who turns 75 at month-end, there might be four M75+ guys in the WORLD who can run sub-30 for the 2. Can the race be changed to M70+? It would be a much more competitive and entertaining race with the likes of Charles Allie, Kenton Brown, Ty Brown, Roger Pierce, and Lida.

  12. track fan - January 12, 2018

    Didn’t Joy do any research before posting these standards? Now in order to fill the lanes she must either adjust them or allow competitors in who don’t meet them. False advertising if the latter happens and not a good look for masters track.

  13. Tom Sputo - January 12, 2018

    Or maybe Joy had nothing to do with setting those qualifying times. Perhaps these came from someone in Indy who was clueless. Or worse, someone who really does not want to see these races happening, and set these times accordingly.

  14. Michael D Walker - January 12, 2018

    Tom # 13, the same thing occurred to me.

  15. Ken Stone - January 12, 2018

    New details on 200s suggests easier standards or younger ages allowed:

  16. Roger Pierce - January 13, 2018

    I agree with Steve Robbins.. Our 70+ group of Male sprinters is loaded. I would love to compete in that 200m…And..Steve Robbins and Bob Lida should also be invited. Let’s do it Joy!!!
    It would be an awesome gathering of Male Masters Sprinters.

  17. Roger Parnell - January 14, 2018

    I absolutely agree that putting together men’s 70 200 would entertain the crowd. On the other topic that was mentioned. It is unclear whether the Monte Upshaw LJ Festival would include all age groups. Is it for open athletes only?

  18. Curtis Morgan - January 14, 2018

    I note the USATF web site is currently accepting 200m dash entries from master’s athletes for this meet for M70+ women and M75+ men. As I write, Kathy Bergen and Bob Lida are only entrants.

  19. Milan tiff - January 14, 2018

    Can you imagine what their standard would be for men, women ages forty to forty five. I’m assuming their thinking is, the standard 60 second, 30 second time for a 400 – 200 is something one should be able to maintain for a lifetime. If you had come up through the ranks.

  20. Patrick Toland - January 14, 2018

    I don’t think there has ever been a masters exhibition event for the field – I think there were 20 or so exhibition events in the last 5 years or so and not a single field event. Does not surprise me, but the USATF should drop the “F” in the name since it has no meaning….

  21. Jerry Bookin-Weiner - January 15, 2018

    Actually, the first time the open indoor meet was in Albuquerque there was an exhibition masters men’s shot put and this year there’s an exhibition masters pole vault. The LOC can have one exhibition event of its choosing at each national championships and almost all go for youth events. This is the second time the LOC in Albuquerque has chosen a masters field event.

    Joy Upshaw, herself both a track and a field athlete and chair of the Masters Exhibition Events Subcommittee, has said that she will be working to include field events in the Exhibition Events program in the future. Convincing meet organizers to include an exhibition field event that takes half an hour or more is a lot more difficult than convincing them to include a running event that takes, at most, five minutes. That said, Joy is continuing to work on including field events.

  22. Patrick Toland - January 15, 2018

    That’s great to hear that field events can/will be exhibition events… As a thrower, I have seem some really cool shot put events (Germany in the street in front of town hall?) and I think there was a pro indoor shot meet where all other events were on hold while the shot was thrown… We are usually not performing in front of many people due to the location of the circles, so to have a masters exhibition field event in front of a huge paid crowd would be a once in a lifetime event… Us throwers can dream on.. and lets put that “F” back in USATF!!! 🙂

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