USATF buries word of masters exhibition 400s at nationals Sunday

Antwon Dussett should dominate men’s race.

Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, between the semifinals of the women’s 200 and men’s high hurdles, packed fields of masters quarter-milers — women and men — take the stage at USATF open nationals. But online that stage has barely any spotlight. The 400s aren’t mentioned on the USATF results site. The entries aren’t listed on the official heat sheets. You have to dive into the homepage for nationals to see a reference to exhibition events. Such a shame. Joy Upshaw, taking over from Mark Cleary as exhibitions czar, has done a great job assembling the fields. Every lane should be filled (unlike races at previous nationals). She’s gathered personal info from each entrant for use at Sacto. It’ll be a great show. Just hope the livestream doesn’t overlook our folks. The women go at 12:38 p.m. Pacific and the men 10 minutes later. Best of luck to all.

Expected to run Sunday:


1. 56.24 Angee Henry – age 41
2. 60.60 Cynthia McNamee – age 41
3. 60.78 LaTisha Staten – age 42
4. 61.88 Erika Pierce – age 46
5. 62.03 Jenniffer Patenge – age 44
6. 64.03 Chris Gentile – age 47
7. 64.54 Andrea Collier – age 50
8. 64.56 Evelyn Conrad – age 49

9. 64.69 Venessa Lordi – age 40
10. 67.45 Rebecca Connolly – age 51


1. 49.17 Antwon Dussett – age 41
2. 51.77 Lee Bridges -age 50
3. 52.66 Jason Rhodes – age 45
4. 52.97 Peter Haack – age 42
5. 53.89 David Cahill – age 40
6. 54.99 Terry Parks – age 53
7. 55.22 Antoine Batiste – age 45
8. 58.77 Brent Cottong – age 60

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June 24, 2017

8 Responses

  1. Matt B. - June 24, 2017

    Gatlin got the age 35 WR yesterday

  2. Peter L. Taylor - June 25, 2017

    Big story here is that Khalid Mulazim was rejected for the men’s race even though he ran 52.02 at the indoor exhibition race this past winter and shows a seed time of 51.21. All other men on the list are shown as “accepted.”

  3. EM - June 25, 2017

    Peter, Why was Mulazim rejected? Same for Nationals?

  4. Peter L. Taylor - June 25, 2017

    I have no idea, EM. He has the second-fastest seed time, and the column on the extreme right is headed “Notes,” but it is empty. Someone at USATF should enter a note of explanation for Khalid.

  5. David E. Ortman (M64), Seattle, WA - June 25, 2017

    Memo to USATF and NBC:
    High School Track Ages 13-18
    College Track Ages 18-23
    Open Track Ages 20-40
    Masters Track Ages 30-100+

    Why keep giving the middle finger to the largest age group?

  6. Andrew Hecker - June 25, 2017

    To the results missing, that is a USATF decision and we should raise hell.

    To the broader question: NBC and the television industry in general does not care about old people. They are not their preferred demographic. Replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon and look 30 years younger. Advertisers want to hook a young kid on Coke and have them buy for their product for the rest of their lives. We’ll all be dead soon, so we don’t provide the long term benefit.

    Of course, television has become irrelevant to their cherished youngsters. Virtually nobody under 40 even watches television. It is not a part of their life.

  7. Khalid - June 25, 2017

    I’m not sure why it says rejected. Anyone who signed up but decided not to compete or did qualify in the top 8 had “rejected” next to their name for both men and women.

  8. Peter L. Taylor - June 25, 2017

    Thanks, Khalid. Look forward to seeing you at a meet at some point in the future.

    Peter L. Taylor

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