Michigan nationals Day 3: Jump records, Leake upsets Peyton

Oscar and Damien savored their close contest.

Oscar and Damien savored their close contest.

While I was napping under the Striders tent, two American records fell Saturday at Michigan nationals. USATF reports: Antonio Palacios (Bloomington, Indiana) set a M50 American record in the men’s long jump, leaping 6.48m/21-3 on his final attempt to break the current mark of 6.42m/21-0.75 by Shirley Davisson in 1980. Palacios, the M45-49 indoor long jump World record holder had the winning jump going into his final attempt, and used the crowd’s energy to soar past yet another record. ‘This is the hardest I have ever had to work to pull this one out, and I really had to rely on the crowd to do it,’ Palacios said of the exuberant crowd. ‘When I got to the [long jump] board it was just give it everything for everybody. It’s really an honor.’” David Montieth (Ridgefield, Connecticut) set a M70 American record in the men’s high jump, clearing a mark of 1.58m/5-2.25 Saturday. The current record of 1.57m/5-1.75 was set by John Dobroth at the 2011 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships. Monteith’s field series was clean until his first attempt at the winning height, where he nicked the bar on his way down. Monteith easily cleared his second attempt at 1.58m, thus setting the M70 American record.” Notable on Day 3 was Damien Leake of the Southern California Striders handing Oscar Peyton a rare defeat in the M60 100. (Oscar concedes he had a poor standing start.) Damien won 12.26 to 12.32 into a 3.4 mps wind. (The later 200s were turned around, mainly run with aiding wind.)

Damien (white jersey) battles to hold off Oscar in M60 100 showdown.

Damien (white jersey) battles to hold off Oscar in M60 100 showdown.

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July 16, 2016

6 Responses

  1. Randy Harris - July 17, 2016

    Congratulations David! To High Jump 5′ 2.25″ at 70 years old is astounding. Sorry I had to leave on Friday , and could not watch it. I hope to watch you jump again this year at the WSG in Utah.

  2. Craig Simmons - July 17, 2016

    Ken- Very, very special photo of Oscar and Damien after the 100. Great photographers capture great moments. Beautiful. I’m an Oscar fan too but I thought Damien was going to turn the tables on Oscar in a race this year. Way to go Damien !!!!

  3. David E. Ortman (M63), Seattle, WA - July 17, 2016

    Ken: Although, back in the day, high school and college meet officials cared enough about the safety of hurdlers to switch the 110 HHs to run with wind, I have NEVER seen a Masters meet where this was done, no matter how strong the head wind. Why would the 200m be turned around to run with wind??

  4. Steven Snow - July 17, 2016

    Congratulations to Damien! I wish I had been there. I’ve been following results on the USATF web site, but the relay results don’t seem to be available as of 4:00 p.m. EDT.

  5. Mike Sullivan - July 22, 2016

    Wish I was there to see Damian and Oscar battle it out …..You guys inspire me!!


  6. steph - July 23, 2016

    Wish you were here too!

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