W50 Alisa Harvey adds 800 indoor WR to her W35, W40 and W45
Alisa Harvey turned 50 in September, and it was only a matter of time that she added to her 800-meter legend. Saturday at the Potomac Valley Association Masters and Open Indoor Championships, she ran the 8 in an amazing 2:18.14 (results arenâ€™t yet posted, but I learned the official time). That crushed the listed W50 WR of 2:21.09 by Britainâ€™s Clare Elms in 2014 and the American record of 2:25.95 by Lorraine Jasper at 2014 Budapest worlds. So now Alisa owns every AR in the indoor 800 from W35 to W50. Her indoor time is even superior to the outdoor AR of 2:21.98 by DeeDee Grafius in 1999. (The listed W50 outdoor WR is 2:16.05 by Aussie Jeanette Flynn.) On the Age-Graded Tables, Alisaâ€™s mark is worth an open time of 2:03.19. So in a year where the W55s will be showcased at IAAF worlds, watch out for the newbie W50 from Virginia.