Orville Rogers was ABQ ironman; won 60, 200, 400, 800 and mile!

Dave Albo shot Orville (and his fans) in mile.

Orville Rogers at 99 wasn’t cut any slack at ABQ nationals. In his 60-meter dash, he had to push to beat M90 Dixon Hemphill in a photo finish — 18.00 to 18.05. Orville also won the 200 (1:24.54), 400 (4:08.88), 800 (8:58.40) and mile (19:23.23). Whew! In the mile, where he holds the M95 world record of 14:39.91, he ran negative splits — doing the first half in 9:55.7 and the second in 9:27.5. Double whew! On the Age-Graded Tables, his times were equivalent to these for open (20-30) athletes: 60 (4.99 seconds!), 200 (22.75), 400 (63.99), 800 (2:18.37) and mile (4:09.2). So he’s a natural sprinter after all — who knows how to pace himself. He turns 100 in late November, so he’ll be using this season to sharpen up for an attack on M100 records in 2018. WMA doesn’t list M100 records in these indoor events: 200, 400, 800, 1500, mile and 3000. WMA lacks outdoor M100 WRs in these Orville-possible events: 800, mile, 3000, 5000, 10K (no M95 either). So unless Wilbur gets there first, he’ll be our First in Centenarian Flight. Go, Orville, go!

Orville’s 200 splits in mile show he handled mile high elevation quite well.

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February 20, 2017

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  1. Matt B. - February 20, 2017

    60m record should be 19.72
    In Torun, Stanislaw Kowalski – 104 year competitor ran 60m in 19,72s, while in the Shot Put score – 5,08m.

    Age 105 he ran 20.27.
    Also lists a a 1:23.16 200 season best that year. That may have been run at age 104.

    Wonder if he will compete again in the next 3 years?

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