W60 shuttle hurdle relay AR team (from left) Brenda Matthews, Rita Hanscom, Linda Cohn and Linda Lowery.
The shuttle hurdle relay came of age Saturday. Three age-group records were set at North Carolina nationals on a day when the weather was near perfect for all events. Rain early in the day and later in the afternoon kept things cool mostly. World records were set in several events, aptly detailed
by USATF intern Tyler Stevenson
(giving me a chance to focus on my 200. I broke 30 at 60, so I’m delighted.) I also had the privilege of meeting the next generation of masters star, including the M35 Ricketts twins, Brian and Chris,
who ran the shuttle hurdle relay. I attended the Athletes Banquet at the site of the 2015 indoor nationals in Winston-Salem. About 300 had a great time, entertained at one point by meet director Noel Ruebel, who did a karaoke version of “Chantilly Lace.” I have video. Stay tuned. And David Pain Distinguished Service Award winner Carroll DeWeese
made gave a wonderful acceptance speech noting how masters track is a social movement as well as a sport. I will post that video soon as well.
Rob Jerome got this great shot of Bruce McBarnette’s M55 American record of 1.84 meters (a touch over 6 feet) on his third try Saturday.
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July 19, 2014
Oscar “Purple” Peyton beats Damien Leake in M60 100 final Saturday, 12.08 to 12.12.
Folks running the 100 at North Carolina nationals may have been surprised to find white tape instead of a painted line to put their hands behind. That’s because Wednesday, the day before the meet started, members of the Games Committee found a rare mismeasurement of the 100. Actually, they were tipped to the glitch when they started putting tape down for the 100-meter hurdles in the various age groups. Every time they checked, they found the 100 was actually 99.95 meters. Five centimeters (2 inches) needed to be added to the race. Hence the white tape. The track had been surveyed and certified years ago, but the 100-meter start (or finish) was wrong. So out came the tapes, I was told. They measured three times, including with a steel tape. Each time, they found the 99.95-meter dash. This raises questions for meet venue Wake Forest. How many records might be invalidated for being run on a short course? Here are my photos
from Day 3.
An M35 field blasts off from behind white tape, marking true 100-meter start.
July 19, 2014
Brad nears bell lap of solo 1500 at nationals.
almost went sub-4 in the 1500 and Nolan Shaheed
missed setting a world record on his 65th birthday by only 1.5 seconds. So it went Friday on another lucky weather day at North Carolina nationals. At 48, Brad won the M45 15 by 11 seconds (beating middle-distance star Nick Berra
) and clocked 4:00.32 in a solo effort. He was shooting for John Hinton’s
American record of 3:56.39, set at age 45 in Durham, North Carolina. For more details on his race (and a video) see my Times of San Diego report.
Nolan crushed the listed M65 steeple record, however, going 7:19.62. The previous AR was Ross Bolding’s
8:03.15 at Sacramento worlds. The listed WR is 7:18.10 by New Zealand’s Ron Robertson.
Nolan was serenaded at the starting line with “Happy birthday” by other entrants. And Jim Wass
sang the same tune from the announcer’s booth in the first 200 of the race. Other record-setters included M90 Roy Englert
in the 5K, W60 Kathy Martin
in the 2K steeple, W80 Irene Obera
in the 400 (but not the 80 hurdles, where she has a better time this season) and W65 Sabra Harvey
in the 5K. See the USATF report here.
My Day 2 photo gallery is here.
On his 65th birthday, Nolan crosses finish line in 2K steeple just off WR.
July 18, 2014
Flo-Go’s hammer throw went for a W80 AR.
aka the 80-year-old Energizer Bunny, was hesitant to promise me she’d vault today at nationals. She was still in the midst of the pentathlon when I quizzed her. But you know, Flo. The Vermonter can’t resist a challenge. She’s entered in 14 events
at Wake Forest, and she won at least three on Day 1 â€” the pent, hammer and vault. Her point total in the 5-eventer
was 4319, setting a first-ever world record for that age group. Her hammer was 22.30 meters (73-2) for an American record. (Old AR: 21.33 or 69-11 by Gloria Krug
in 2011. And Flo vaulted 1.65 (5-5). She went 6-0 earlier this year. Photographer Rob Jerome
(both shots here) is documenting her meet. He’s given her a nickname: Flo-Go. So go, Flo!
After WR pentathlon, Flo won vault, beating listed WR (but not her recent best).
July 17, 2014
Lesley was thrilled with 800 gold (after 10K bronze).
Day 1 of masters nationals saw at least two American records. At Wake Forest University, W65 Sabra Harvey
gutted out an 800 in 2:42.14
to lower the listed AR of 2:44.43 by Jeanne Daprano
in 2002. Jeanne, in the same race, won W75 in 3:32.23. Sabra was running just her second 800 of the season and was hoping for a WR, but the 2:41.81 by Canada’s Diane Palmason
is safe for now. In the M60 shot, Quenton Torbert
waited till his sixth and last throw to go 16.69 meters (54-9 1/4) to raise his own AR of 16.67 (54-8Â¼) from last year. But the happiest winner today may have been Lesley Chaplin
, who took the W55 800 in 2:39.97 only hours after taking bronze in the 10K (in 44:06.54). Another ironwoman was SoCal’s Debbie Lee
, who was second in the 10K and fourth in the same 800 as Lesley (2:54.56). Results are being posted here.
More Day 1 photos are here.
Sabra ran basically solo in her 800 final at Winston-Salem nationals.
July 17, 2014
I’m booked Friday and Saturday nights, but I’d be thrilled to tag along with a group going out to dinner tonight in Winston-Salem. I prefer local color, not some chain restaurant. I promise to behave. I also have room for one or two people in my tiny Toyota Yaris if you need a ride to the Charlotte airport immediately after Sunday’s final event. Contact me at TrackCEO@aol.com if you’re interested in dinner or Sunday trip. Meanwhile, keep watching this space for Twitter updates on the meet.
July 17, 2014
German masters nationals
Wolfgang bounds toward his M55 WR in TJ.
were held in Erfurt, and two world records are reported. One by old reliable Guido MÃ¼ller
takes my breath away. At age 75, he ran the 300-meter hurdles in 49.65. That crushed the listed WR of 52.91 by Canada’s Earl Fee
in 2005. On the Age-Graded Tables, Guido’s time is worth 44.34 for 400-meter hurdles. Insane.) Guido now owns EVERY possible 300 hurdles WR â€” M60, M65, M70 and M75. When he turns 80, he’s forced to run the 200 hurdles, where he’ll probably run sub-30. (Earl has the WR at 36.95.) Can we pass a new masters exception that forces him to run 400 hurdles, where he belongs? Also setting a WR was Wolfang Knabe
, who triple-jumped 13.87 meters (45-6 1/4) to nip the listed M55 world record of 13.85 (45-5 1/4) by Finland’s Stig BÃ¤cklund
at 1995 Buffalo worlds. Guido also won the 100 in 13.63, the 200 in 27.98 and the 400 in 70.00. Also the 80-meter hurdles in 14.50 (well off American Jim Stookey’s
WR of 13.62, thank goodness.) Complete results are here.
Now let’s kick butt in North Carolina!
Guido claims his latest world record in the 300-meter hurdles. As if I care.
July 16, 2014
I shouldn’t tell you this, lest you see me struggle through the 300-meter hurdles like a wounded duck. But what the firetruck. Many events at North Carolina nationals will be live-streamed via USATF TV. They might even be archived. The channel for masters nationals is here. Don’t count on cameras capturing all events, however. When an outfit webcast Orono nationals in 2007, you saw only races. (You also can record live-streamed video onto your computer. More advice is here.) Also keep watching my Twitter feed here. I’ll update when I can. Remember to use the #wsnats hashtag so your tweets show up below. See many of you soon!
July 15, 2014
At 10:24 Monday morning, I accepted a full-time job at Francis Parker Schoolï»¿ in San Diego, one of the most prestigious private prep schools in the state. I’m thrilled and honored to join former U-T colleague Grace Sevilla and web/graphics whiz Lori Foote in their Office of Communications. I’ll be a writer and help with photo and video chores. I have had incredible support from my wife, Chris, and Times of San Diego boss Chris Jennewein during my 11 months of unemployment (but with great freelance and other assignments). I can’t wait to start work at Parker! Parker has a track team but not a track. (They train at Clairemont High School). But I hope to find a way to help with the hurdlers. This was my longest time without a job since 1976. I hope to be at Parker a long time â€” starting the week I return from North Carolina nationals.
Parker recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. It’s an amazing place.
July 14, 2014
No time like 80 to start running hurdles! Go Irene!
ran hurdles in competition for the first time Saturday. Crash and burn? How about two world records? As a W80, she runs 80- and 200-meter hurdles. Proper, 27-inch sticks were used at the Pride Meet
at Chabot (pronounced Shah-BOW) College in Hayward (south of Oakland and north of San Jose). Her friend Alan Kolling
reports that the marks are her sixth and seventh WRs this year. “The meet is USATF sanctioned and Irene Herman
was the meet referee (and did a really great job too),” Alan says. “Irene first ran 19.62 in the 80m hurdles into a 1.5 mps wind. This is a 4.72-second improvement on Johnnye Valien’s
24.34 record from the 2005 worlds. Irene then followed this with a 48.27 in the 200 hurdles, with a 1.1 wind reading, hacking off 14.43 seconds off the previous record set in 2011 by Japan’s Michiko Yamane
.Â In between the two hurdles races, Irene logged a 17.26 hundred meter dash, no wind reading available. The time is surpassed on the all-time list only by her runs of 16.91 and 17.07 this year.”
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July 14, 2014