W65 Kathy Martin claims 3K WR, W55 Lorraine Jasper AR mile

Lorraine nailed her third individual American record. (She has many relays records.)

Oops, she did it again. Kathy Martin set another world record. Her fifth or sixth this season as a newbie W65. Bob Weiner shared details from Saturday’s meet in the D.C. area: “Kathy Martin, 65, from Northport, NY, set a new World Women’s 65-69 3000 Meter record of 11:42.8 today in the final day of the Potomac Valley Games, hosted by the Potomac Valley Track Club at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. Martin, a many time world champion athlete and likewise many time overall and age group USATF Masters Athlete of the Year, told meet organizers she would attempt to break the world mark, and she did so. Martin broke the old record of 11:48.2 set July 25, 2012 by Angela Copson of Great Britain in Leicester, Great Britain. USATF Masters Record Chair Jeff Brower verified the record results. Also today, Lorraine Jasper, Birchrunville, Pennsylvania, 55, also a world masters champion, set an American women’s 55-59 mile record of 5:39.46. The old mark was by Lesley Chaplin, 5:41.71 July 14, 2015, set in Fort Washington, PA.” See results here.

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September 3, 2017

5 Responses

  1. Peter L. Taylor - September 4, 2017

    Yes, Lorraine Jasper has been a fabulous performer over the years. I did mention to the spectators that she was a likely Masters Hall of Fame honoree in the future, and her smooth style always makes her a joy to watch.

    Let’s not forget that in February at indoor nationals Lorraine broke the W55 American 400 record of the legendary Carolyn Cappetta by throwing down a 1:06.79, and yesterday, as noted, she broke Lesley Chaplin’s mile record. That’s my kind of versatility.

    Kathy Martin, of course, is beyond remarkable, and it was a pleasure for me to announce her world record yesterday.

  2. Lesley Hinz - September 4, 2017

    Congratulations Lorraine and Kathy!
    Very happy for you both. Records are there to be broken.

  3. Thomas Sputo - September 4, 2017

    General note on the meet. I was competing in the Weight throws on Saturday. The officials and volunteers did a great job in the rain and the mud, and they kept up a good attitude. We had a better weather day on Sunday, but it was still muddy out there. Thanks to all who pulled this meet off.

  4. Peter L. Taylor - September 4, 2017

    Ken, thanks for posting this story and the meet results. Kathy’s FAT was 11:43.04, which I calculate to be a pace per mile of 6 minutes, 17.1 seconds. Enough said.

  5. John Stilbert - September 4, 2017

    It’s kind of confusing to lead with a story while featuring a photo of someone else, who isn’t even mentioned until the last 2 sentences of the post.

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