Michigan nationals Day 2: More records, masters chairman race on

USATF Masters T&F Vice Chairman Robert Thomas says tells athletes party he'll run for national masters chair.

USATF Masters T&F Vice Chairman Robert Thomas tells athletes party he’ll run for masters chair.

USATF’s account of Day 2 at masters nationals will suffice for now, including several big records. Just got back from the annual Athletes Banquet. Big news is that long sprinter Robert Thomas of Indiana announced he’ll run for national masters T&F chairman to succeed Gary Snyder. Longtime WMA executive Rex Harvey says he’ll also seek that office if his recovery continues from cancer surgery. About 250 people attended the dinner at the Double Tree by Hilton in Grand Rapids. The most touching moment was when Mary Trotto called on all members of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame to form a welcome line for three of the latest inductees — thrower/administrator George Mathews, sprinter Oscar Peyton and thrower Phil Brusca. I shot video. High-resolution photos of other award-winners are here.

Here’s a quick poll on who you’d like to see as masters national chairman. The only votes that count are those cast at the USATF annual meeting in Orlando.

Here’s USATF release on Day 2:

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The second day of the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships brought great performances, including several current records, both on the track and in the field events. Among the performances, Allen Woodard, Roger Busch and Joy Upshaw succeeded in their respective events.

In the M45-49 400m, Allen Woodard (Houston, Texas) improved his world record to 49.32 Friday, taking over three-tenths of a second off of his previous best (49.69) from April 2015. Woodward led from the gun and kept nearly 30 meters of track between himself and his competitors, cruising through the line to better his previous world record.

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication, I just had to do what I do in practice and execute,” Woodward said following his world record performance. “I just try to lead by example as a [youth] coach, and inspire other people.”

In the M75-79 discus, Roger Busch (Greenwich, Connecticut) used his first throw of 42.30m to break the listed American discus record previously held of 42.18m/138-4 held by Bob Ward in 2002. However, on his fourth attempt, Busch improved upon his record by throwing 42.85m/140-7 to set a new M75-79 American discus record.

“I have mixed emotions,” Busch said of his record-setting performance. “It’s nice to set the record, but the biggest joy was getting to compete with the other throwers. But I am happy to have broken the record at a National meet.”

Following Busch’s performance, 99-year-old Champion Goldy (Haddonfield, New Jersey) took the gold in the M95-99 discus throw, with a winning throw of 10.23m/33-7 on his second attempt. Goldy will take on the 100m, shot put, javelin throw and weight throw throughout the remainder weekend.

World champion sprinter, Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, California) continued her record-breaking year by topping the current W55-59 American record with a 13.06 performance in the 80mH on Friday. Upshaw also initially broke the listed American record with a time of 13.04 at the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival on June 25, though her previous record has not yet been certified. Upshaw rounded out Friday’s performance with a first-place finish in the W55-59 long jump, with a 4.70m/15-5. Joy will continue her record-breaking run by competing in the 100m, 200m, 300m hurdles and triple jump.

In the W35-39 pole vault, Jamie Connor (Louisville, Colorado) dominated the field vaulters by outperforming the competition by nearly one-meter. Connor’s winning vault of 3.35m/10-11.75 earned her the national championship.

The last record of the day was broken in the M85-89 2000m steeplechase, when Gunnar Linde (Venice, California) crossed the finish line in 13:28.68; one-minute faster than the previous record set by Dan Bulkley in 2004.

Watch all of the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships available on-demand on USATF.TV +PLUS (races posted shortly after completed), and join the conversation by following #USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For full results from the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, please click here. For more information about the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, visit: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2016/USATF-Masters-Outdoor-Championships.aspx

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July 15, 2016

3 Responses

  1. Ken Stone - July 15, 2016

    And congrats to M40 elite Bernard Lagat for being named USATF Athlete of the Week:

  2. Ken Stone - July 15, 2016

    Michigan Live has a nice photo gallery here, including lots of Flo Meiler vault shots:

  3. SusieQ - July 16, 2016

    Is it a new thing to have to pay to watch races on usatf.tv? I don’t remember that previously. It seems kind of pricey.

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